Ken Blackwell

They didn’t. And the reason they didn’t is because they knew it would do no good. The Israelis don’t quail. They don’t quiver. They don’t quake. And they never cringe.

That’s why they have the Obama administration . Contrast the Obama administration’s official spokespersons—Jay Carney and Victoria Nuland—with this defiant Israeli posture, as evidenced by the Latma video.

Day after day, Carney and Nuland come before the world press and grovel. There is virtually nothing that happens on the Arab Street that makes either of these capital cringers angry. For such a relentlessly pro-abortion administration, it is positively weird to see how often their spokespeople go into a fetal position.

We recall that President Obama went out to Osawatomie, Kansas, last year to channel the spirit of Theodore Roosevelt. Mr. Obama celebrated TR’s embrace of national health care in his famous New Nationalism speech of 100 years before. Many of us admirers of the first Roosevelt think that run-up to his Bull Moose candidacy in 1912 was the greatest error of TR’s life.

Still, Mr, Obama might have been inspired instead by Theodore Roosevelt’s reaction to the seizure of an American Consul in North Africa by Muslim kidnapers. It was 1904 and, like Obama, TR was running for re-election. The hostage-takers, led by a desert bandit called the Raisuli, demanded ransom for the captured American Consul, Ion Perdicaris.

President Roosevelt’s response was terse. “We want Perdicaris alive or the Raisuli dead.”

We got Perdicaris alive. And afterward, TR even won the Nobel Peace Prize. Those were the days when Peace through Strength still echoed throughout the world.

Mr. Obama claimed Amb. Stevens as a friend. Yet as the ambassador’s broken body was being flown home, the president did not convene an emergency meeting of his National Security Council. Instead, he flew to Las Vegas for a fund-raiser. We might say his actions were biblical: “Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child, and your princes feast in the morning!” (Ecclesiastes 10:16)

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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