Instead of remaining silent, President Obama should have immediately denounced the failure of Libya and Egypt to protect the American embassies there, Richard Grenell, the former U.S. spokesman at the United Nations, tells Newsmax.
“I think the president should have immediately spoken out to condemn the developing situation, to call attention to a troubled spot on 9/11, and to call upon the leaders of Libya and Egypt to protect our embassies and publically put them on notice that we are watching,” Grenell says.
“Instead, the president was silent for 15 hours,” Grenell says. “Then the first words of his campaign were to condemn Mitt Romney, and then he went back to the White House and waited.”
The next day, Obama said in a Rose Garden statement that an investigation was under way into the murders of four Americans, including Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens. Well after his remarks about Benghazi, Obama said that “no acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.”
In an allusion to a YouTube video, he said the United States rejects efforts to denigrate religious beliefs.
“He didn't take any questions and went back into the White House for his trip to Las Vegas,” Grenell says. “This is the man who told us that he was going to have the most transparent government, and yet he doesn’t take questions.”
That same day, Obama was interviewed by “60 Minutes” and defended his Mideast policies as aligning the country with democracy, saying, “There are going to be bumps in the road.”
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