Matt Towery
Sept. 11, 2012, seemed like it was going to be another solemn day to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001 -- and, by pure coincidence, a day that Republican Mitt Romney was to take an endless parade of negative articles from top conservatives and Republicans blasting his namby-pamby campaign against Barack Obama.

But all of that came to a halt after a series of incidents in North Africa. The first was an attack on the U.S. embassy in Cairo -- a reaction, supposedly by vigilante types, to a new movie that allegedly insulted Muslim audiences, leading to the violence. That was followed by a rather tepid denunciation by President Obama that appeared to attempt to placate Muslims in that part of the world more than attempting to end anti-U.S. violence.

Romney pounced on the initial Obama statement, not realizing that the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans had been killed in a separate attack in Benghazi, Libya, later. Romney then decided to continue to question the strength of Obama's reaction to the violence in North Africa and the Middle East, leading some moderate Republicans and many in the mainstream media to question whether his comments were "appropriate."

For once, Romney gets some courage on an issue, and the press wants to tie his hands and certain Republicans want to play diplomat. Are they nuts? Look, let's face it: This administration has been playing semi-footsy with nations that tolerate Islamic extremism for the past few years. But when it comes to Israel, the Obama team has a deaf ear and not so much as a gentle pat on the back.

While President Obama was busy trying to put down extremist who would attempt to give Muslims as a whole a bad name, he was ignoring a plea from Israel's prime minister to meet with him while he is visiting the United States over the growing risk of a nuclear weapons system becoming reality in Iran before the upcoming election. That would likely necessitate a pre-emptive military action by Israel. But Obama's White House stated that, due to scheduling conflicts, the president could not meet with Israel's leader, Benjamin Netanyahu.

How much does it take before the balance of evidence confirms that this administration has taken us far away from our longstanding devotion to an independent Israel? Our policy now appears more intent on keeping Muslim nations and-or those of its faith happy than to worry about our longtime ally.

Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a pollster, attorney, businessman and former elected official. He served as campaign strategist for Congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. His latest book is Newsvesting: Use News and Opinion to Grow Your Personal Wealth. Follow him on Twitter @MattTowery