Carol Platt Liebau

For about 24 hours now, the MSM has been trying to convince Americans that Mitt Romney's statement is the big misstep in the unfolding debacle surrounding the 9/11 violence in Egypt and Libya.

Well, now it seems that if there was a "gaffe" (as the liberal establishment would define it), it was made by . . . President Obama.  This morning, he had this to say:

I don't think that we would consider [Egypt] an ally, but we don't consider them an enemy.

What's interesting is that what Obama said pretty factual.  Would YOU describe Egypt's government -- which clearly had the power to stop the attack on America's embassy but declined to do so -- as an ally?  Of course not . . .  But that's not the way a president should speak in the midst of a crisis, when every word should be deployed with knowledge and deliberation.

Because Egypt is officially an "ally" of the United States (Egypt became a "major Non-NATO ally" in 1989),  The White House is busy "clarifying."  Revealingly, it's been reported that "Administration sources [said] that Obama's 'ally' comment was not pre-arranged or prepared by staff and that the question was not anticipated."

Ah, so that's how he came to step in it. He was, in a sense, speaking off-teleprompter.

Sounds like someone running for President is a little confused . . . and it isn't Mitt Romney.

 

Source

http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/09/13/white_house_clarifies_obama_s_statement_that_egypt_is_not_an_ally

 


Carol Platt Liebau

Carol Platt Liebau is an attorney, political commentator and guest radio talk show host based near New York. Learn more about her new book, "Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Hurts Young Women (and America, Too!)" here.