Susan Stamper Brown

The leader on the ground, Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif, story doesn't mesh with the White House's canard regarding the video. el-Megarif told Al Jazerra he believed the attacks on the embassy in Libya were preplanned by "experienced masterminds" quite possibly connected to al Qaeda. From the BVD bombing attempt, to the failed Times Square bomb plot, and the Fort Hood massacre, the Obama administration has tried to paint a picture that Islamic extremism is a non-issue.

Sure, bin Laden's dead (and GM's alive, lest we forget), but getting one heckova lucky opportunity to sign your name to a military operation does not sound foreign policy make.

During his Cairo speech in 2009, Obama promised his leadership would be better than his predecessor's. Obama vowed, "I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition." One look at the flags, as dark as the Jihad they represent, rising across the Middle East will tell you who appears to be winning.

The world longs for and urgently needs American leadership but it is missing in action. The gut-wrenching scene at Joint Base Andrews last week of four American flag-draped coffins holding the remains of patriots savagely murdered in Benghazi is proof-positive as to how badly the world needs to know where America stands.

Susan Stamper Brown

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