Beyond the Cusp

October 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy, President Obama and Benghazi, Libya

The predictions for Hurricane Sandy have been quite dire and have claimed that this storm will be one, if not the, worst storm congruence, especially as there is what is called a nor’easter which will be striking simultaneously over almost the entire area with Hurricane Sandy. This is presumed to produce double the amount of precipitation, be it rain or snow. Anticipating the worst, President Obama declared a state of emergency for Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island thus enabling them to receive federal emergency assistance funds and other advantages to facilitate their recovery. While I am glad that the residents who are in the sights of this horrific storm system are likely relieved that they will be eligible for every form of assistance which the Federal Government is able to provide, there is something about declaring such a wide area as being in a state of emergency even before the calamity has arrived for what is an act of nature and the contrast it makes with last month’s complete lack of action for our personnel in the Consulate in Benghazi, Libya when they came under deadly attack from terrorist forces. This is another thing that makes people ask, why?

There actually are many parallels between the horrific events in Benghazi, Libya and the events unfolding on the northeastern coast of the United States facing off against nature. Both events fit under the classification of an attack, one by nature and the other by terrorists. Both had some amount of predictability, one by weather forecasters and the other through intelligence agency warnings. At the onset of both threats there are predictions of possible casualties and unavoidable dangers which demand remedial steps to be taken. And it is at this point where President Obama’s actions are in stark contrast. For the combined assault by two very potentially destructive storms over a multistate area President Obama declared a state of emergency well before either storm had arrived with their full fury. President Obama acted with anticipation for the inevitable results. While it is welcome that the President declared measures for dealing with a coming potential disaster of nature, his actions will hopefully prove premature for most, if not all, of the areas under threat from this combined assault by nature. The usual protocol for acts of nature is to wait until the damages are assessable and then declare the necessary state of emergency for the areas which suffered the worst that nature could deliver.

On the other hand, in Benghazi, Libya the President is reported to have seen the events from the White House Situation Room as they were unfolding and did not at any point declare the assault to be a state of emergency requiring immediate remedial actions. Had President Obama declared a state of emergency concerning the assets of the United States under assault in Benghazi, Libya; it could have resulted in military actions by protocols already in place which may have saved lives and dealt a blow to the terrorists at the same time. The nonsense excuse that one does not deploy troops into an area without having complete picture of the threats, their positions and any other mitigating conditions is pure nonsense. These are the exact conditions into which troops are usually sent. We did not have a complete picture of the threats and all other mitigating factors before the assault on Iraq and Saddam Hussein, sending troops to coordinate and execute the attacks against the Taliban in Afghanistan, nor was there much more than a complex plan and prayers on the eve of the D-day invasion of Europe that was the beginning of the end of World War II. Likely the sole battle which those entering the battle where the final results were known ahead of time was the Battle of Thermopile where King Leonidas and his 300 Spartan Warriors were fully cognizant that theirs was a final battle which could only end with their deaths. Even knowing this, the Battle of Thermopile very likely surprised even the Spartans who managed to hold off the inevitable through the first two days and gave their all refusing to desert their fatally stricken King to the Persians until they had fought to the very last man. Their effort and spirit of sacrifice for glory, country and honor was also carried forth in Benghazi by Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, the two Navy Seals who against orders entered into the battle with no real intelligence beyond that people were under attack and desperately in need of their specific talents. They never quit and in the end gave their every last ounce. May their actions and sacrifice become as legendary as that of King Leonidas and his Spartans. May the lack of action by President Obama and every other person who concurred with his lack of decision and commitment to the safety and lives of American personnel who were left to their own devices also be remembered for all his days.

So, in conclusion we have a President who declares a wide swath of area potentially facing the extreme wrath of nature as being in a state of emergency while making no declaration and taking no action when Americans were facing obvious threats to life and limb in real time while he watched and was appraised of every single action and moment. President Obama was completely unable to pull the trigger when Americans were being assaulted in the consulate in Benghazi in what classifies as an act of war but rushed to hold a press conference after a White House briefing in the same Situation Room where he had watched Americans under attack a few weeks earlier. Some actions simply make no sense though I am sure there will be some who will take it upon themselves to instruct me as to the logic and reasoning behind the Presidents unacceptable leadership.

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