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U.S. Is Preparing for a Long Siege of Arab Unrest
The New York Times ^ | September 15, 2012 | PETER BAKER and MARK LANDLER

Posted on 09/15/2012 11:31:46 AM PDT by mdittmar

WASHINGTON — After days of anti-American violence across the Muslim world, the White House is girding itself for an extended period of turmoil that will test the security of American diplomatic missions and President Obama’s ability to shape the forces of change in the Arab world.

Although the tumult subsided Saturday, senior administration officials said they had concluded that the sometimes violent protests in Muslim countries may presage a sustained crisis with unpredictable diplomatic and political consequences. While pressing Arab leaders to tamp down the unrest, Mr. Obama and his advisers are left to consider whether to scale back diplomatic activities in the region.

The unrest has suddenly become Mr. Obama’s most serious foreign policy crisis of the election season, and analysts say it is calling into question central tenets of his Middle East policy. Did he do enough throughout the Arab Spring to help the transition to democracy from autocracy? Has he drawn a hard enough line against Islamic extremists? Did his administration fail to address security concerns? Has his outreach to the Muslim world yielded any lasting benefits?

These questions come at an inopportune time domestically as Mr. Obama enters the last stages of a campaign season with a measurable lead in polls.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 911ii; blindsheikh; egypt; elections; enemedia; foreignpolicy; imamobama; libya; marxistbrotherhood; middleeast; muslimbrotherhood; nytimes; obama; statedept; wagthevideo
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To: mdittmar

If this is true, why now? Islam knows the response this will provoke. It’s clear a coordinated, calculated decision has been made by the muzzies. Why now three months before an election on whether to reelect a President widely seen as “sympathetic” to their interests. The muzzies usually play a long game. What’s the real angle here?


21 posted on 09/15/2012 12:04:45 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: mdittmar

“These questions come at an inopportune time domestically as Mr. Obama enters the last stages of a campaign season with a measurable lead in polls.”

And this has the NYT VERY concerned.


22 posted on 09/15/2012 12:05:50 PM PDT by Henry Hnyellar
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To: circlecity

“What’s the real angle here?”
Don’t know,can’t think like a terrorist,guess it’s that Freedom thing.


23 posted on 09/15/2012 12:10:33 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: Travis McGee

This is Obama’s scorched earth policy. No matter who wins this fall there will be a horrible mess left to America for generations.

Carter took it easy on us with Iran. Obama’s outdone Carter a hundred-fold.


24 posted on 09/15/2012 12:11:04 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: mdittmar
I really wish there could at least be some negative consequences for these so-called journalists' and reporters' 'dereliction' of duty.

As long as there are none (and they don't appear to care about loss of revenue) this will likely continue. Makes me wonder what'll happen when 0 loses the election (will they even report it? /s).

25 posted on 09/15/2012 12:13:47 PM PDT by the anti-liberal
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To: the anti-liberal
Makes me wonder what'll happen when 0 loses the election (will they even report it? /s)

LOL - I am sure it will be very difficult for them, at the least, to do so.

26 posted on 09/15/2012 12:19:48 PM PDT by CitizenM (Obama - The architect of the decline of the U.S.)
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To: mdittmar
Translation: Obamugabe has no idea what to do, as Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod have yet to tell him. Plus, he is busy campaigning and golfing, hoping like HELL the media continue to prop him up and his cult continues to believe his bilk.

He'll vote "present" for the rest of the year.

27 posted on 09/15/2012 12:20:49 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Rapscallion

Great ideas, but we unfortunately need their oil. We have been prevented from enjoying the benefits of our own energy resources. Thanks to the left and the greenie weenies.


28 posted on 09/15/2012 12:20:57 PM PDT by doug from upland (I don't like RINOs, but I love my country more than I hate Romney...Muslim marxist, get out!)
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To: CitizenM

I’m envisioning a video montage of reporters from all the major networks hemming and squirming as they report election day results. Should be good for entertainment.


29 posted on 09/15/2012 12:27:44 PM PDT by the anti-liberal
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To: mdittmar
In recent days, critics have accused Mr. Obama of not paying enough attention to intelligence briefings. Mr. Obama receives the presidential daily briefing in writing every day but does not always sit down with intelligence briefers for an oral presentation as President George W. Bush did. Critics like former Vice President Dick Cheney said it indicated an inattention to a dangerous world.

“The hubris of a president who believes he does not need to meet regularly with them is astounding,” Marc Thiessen, a former speechwriter for Mr. Bush, wrote in The Washington Post.

No excuse for this. Obama is LAZY and figures to leave the detail of the Islamic revolutions and the machinations of moves in Afganistan to everyone else.

I hope this inattention to intelligence comes back to bite him in a BIIIIG way in coming days.

30 posted on 09/15/2012 12:33:13 PM PDT by what's up
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To: mdittmar
The unrest has suddenly become Mr. Obama’s most serious foreign policy crisis of the election season, and analysts say it is calling into question central tenets of his Middle East policy. Did he do enough throughout the Arab Spring to help the transition to democracy from autocracy? Has he drawn a hard enough line against Islamic extremists? Did his administration fail to address security concerns? Has his outreach to the Muslim world yielded any lasting benefits?

Everything working according to plan .
They have infiltrators in the top levels of our government letting them know exactly what will be done to them (nothing). We however have some really stupid ones like John McCain who went after Michelle Bachmann when she wanted Congress to investigate certain people in the "State Department" with ties to the muslim brotherhood.

We have lots of stupid people who think muslim brotherhood is a kinder and gentler form of islam .

They need to look at what they have done in Egypt with their kinder and gentler islam .

Islam is not a religion it is a form of government not compatible with our constitution posing as a religion.
NO what we have is a bunch of spiritual drunkards running the country in love with the kickbacks they get from the Saudis .

These people think that they can feed Israel to the muzzies and it will all be over nice and quick... that's NOT going to happen either ... keep your eyes on Israel , she is not going anywhere because the Bible says they will NOT be uprooted again .

The US however has no such promises from God .

America is about to humbled . The question is ....
Is she going to repent?
31 posted on 09/15/2012 12:41:34 PM PDT by Lera (Proverbs 29:2)
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To: mdittmar

The TV show Nightline was a direct result of the Hostage crisis.


32 posted on 09/15/2012 12:44:10 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (I can haz CW 2 now?)
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To: SoFloFreeper

“He’ll vote “present” for the rest of the year.”

Ya has to be a-sittin’ in the chair, a-fore’s ya can vote “present”!


33 posted on 09/15/2012 1:09:23 PM PDT by Road Glide
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To: mdittmar

We should just send a fully armed NOFX to one of the embassies & let them have a field day.


34 posted on 09/15/2012 1:10:55 PM PDT by sf4dubya (I rebelled against my parents by becoming a conservative. REJECT THEN STOP SOCIALISM THIS NOV!)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

35 posted on 09/15/2012 1:29:56 PM PDT by sunny48
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To: Gadsden1st
An intelligence breakdown....
36 posted on 09/15/2012 1:31:17 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: mdittmar

“Bin Laden is dead, GM is alive”

The leader of the great Satan boasted over and over again, shown on TV around the world.

....

but lets blame an obscure video instead


37 posted on 09/15/2012 1:42:54 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Gadsden1st

Well, now the “news media” knows how to spin Obama’s woes. They all read the NYT.


38 posted on 09/15/2012 1:43:19 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The first priority is get Obama out of the White House.)
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To: mdittmar

Iran looking at the current US leadership...

40 posted on 09/15/2012 1:57:43 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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