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WASHINGTON — According to Hillary Clinton, "the safety and well-being of Americans has to be our highest priority." Oh, really? That comment, proffered by our secretary of state Tuesday, is overshadowed by the serious jeopardy U.S. citizens now encounter thanks to the ideological blindness and national security incompetence of the Obama administration.

Since 2011 began, more than 20 Americans have been injured, killed or gone missing in the midst of violence in Lebanon, Tunisia, Iran, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya, Mexico and the Indian Ocean. American citizens are being held by government authorities in Iran, Yemen and Pakistan — and by pirates in Somalia. Our State Department says it is "concerned."

Last week, two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were ambushed in Mexico. Special Agent Jaime Zapata was killed, and his partner was grievously wounded. Mexican authorities now claim they have apprehended some of the perpetrators with "connections" to one or more drug cartels. The Obama administration, with its history of "slow rolling" counter-narcotics assistance to Mexico and doing next to nothing to protect our borders, is confronted now by news that a Saudi national has been apprehended in Texas with plans to attack sensitive U.S. infrastructure.

Last week, four Americans aboard the sailing vessel Quest were seized by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. A U.S. warship was ordered to the scene as the seaborne terrorists headed for safe haven in Somalia. If past is prologue, it should have ended like previous armed rescue operations conducted by U.S. Navy SEALs, U.S. Marines, South Korean navy commandos and even Russian and French special operations units — with the safe recovery of nearly all hostages.

But in this case, our ships were inexplicably ordered to simply tail the captured yacht while an FBI hostage negotiator conducted a parley with the pirates. During the negotiations, all four hostages were killed. The Obama administration now says it's bringing the 15 captured pirates to the U.S. to "face justice" in a U.S. courtroom. Count on a "circus maximus" resulting in more of the "catch-and-release" program for terrorists.

In Pakistan, Raymond Allen Davis, an officially credentialed American with diplomatic immunity, is being held on murder charges at a notorious and often deadly detention facility in Lahore. Unnamed "U.S. officials" are widely quoted in international media claiming Davis is variously a "CIA officer," a "CIA employee" or a "CIA contractor." Any of these sobriquets are a virtual extrajudicial death sentence for an American held by anybody in Pakistan.

According to news reports, Pakistani authorities have moved Davis to a "separate area of the prison" and disarmed his jailers to prevent them from killing him.

The State Department has filed a "protest note" complaining that the government in Islamabad is not abiding by its international obligations and held a surreal media conference call with an unnamed government official to explain diplomatic immunity.

Meanwhile, U.S. Army Spc. Bowe Bergdahl, initially declared MIA in June 2009 and now in the hands of the Taliban, isn't even mentioned by the administration.

On Wednesday afternoon, after more than a week of violent protests and brutal suppression by Libyan despot Moammar Gadhafi, Obama finally broke his silence on the bloodshed and declared it to be "outrageous" and "unacceptable" — without ever mentioning Gadhafi by name. He also said his crack national security team is exploring "the full range of options that we have to respond to this crisis."

Unfortunately, his options in Libya are, perforce of other inept decisions, very limited. For the first time in more than three decades, Iranian warships are steaming to Syria, and we have no U.S. carrier battle group in the Mediterranean Sea.

Instead of sending a U.S. aircraft carrier to the coast of Libya to prevent members of the Libyan air force from bombing their countrymen, our commander in chief has dispatched Secretary of State Clinton to Geneva to confer with the absurdly impotent, anti-American United Nations Human Rights Council. Perhaps he has been too busy sending activists to protest in Wisconsin and ordering his Justice Department to "cease defending" the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act to have noticed that Gadhafi's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya is a member of the UNHRC.

The Obama administration's flaccid and inept responses to the crises in Mexico, North Africa and the broader Middle East are putting American citizens and U.S. interests in grave jeopardy. The O-Team could have staked out the moral high ground in January, when Iran's proxy, Hezbollah, subverted the fragile democratically elected government in Lebanon — and protests began in Tunisia. The administration had a second chance to take a principled stand for human rights and freedom of assembly when popular unrest erupted in Iran and Egypt.

Instead, Obama dithered. He eventually chose to ignore the Iranian students being bludgeoned in Tehran and ultimately supported a military coup to oust Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak.

Now — with rebellion sweeping Libya, Yemen and Bahrain, which is the home of our 5th Fleet, and U.S. oil spiking at more than $100 per barrel, the highest it has been since 2008 — his commitment to the "safety and well-being of Americans" rings more hollow by the minute. His weakness, incoherence and passivity have bred chaos that places us all at risk.

Oliver North is the host of "War Stories" on Fox News Channel, the founder and honorary chairman of Freedom Alliance, and the author of "American Heroes." To find out more about Oliver North and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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Where to begin... Has his association with FOX "news" addled Mr. North's brain, or is he just a willing mouth piece for obvious distortion of reality to blatantly political ends? One theory goes to his mental health and the other to his integrity. You make the call.
In a really nifty world, we would just call superman to make it all better. Unfortunately, President Obama doesn't have a hot line to Clark Kent. He is faced with objective reality.
A few points:
The Saudi citizen arrested for planning badness in the US has nothing to do with "securing our borders" in the sense of building a multi-billion dollar iron curtain between us and Mexico. He did not sneak in from Mexico. He flew in with a student visa. Unless we are willing to become a totalitarian xenophobic state, a few like him are going to get in. It is a price of a free society. A more honest appraisal of the incident would be to note that we have kept our society reasonably open and that our internal security system worked: Suppliers noted the nature of his purchases and alerted the appropriate authorities, who, under the Obama administration's strong leadership, apprehended the bad guy before he could harm a single American. (Sorry, I could not resist the gratuitous Obama plug. Just my attempted at being "fair and balanced".)
Obama was not on the destroyer negotiating for the release of the captured Americans. If he had personally directed a shoot 'em up rescue because that is what simple men like Mr. North demand and the hostages had died, I somehow doubt that Mr. North would write how it was OK because that's the way they do in in the movies. Each situation is different and to second guess the actions of those dealing with the actual situation without any real knowledge of the details is dimwitted in the least. Of course, if Mr. North and his Fox "team" had been on site, he could have just used his magic wand.
The CIA man in Pakistan is not, in my admittedly limited knowledge of the details, a simple situation. He was, I believe, operating outside of the normal rules for a diplomat. Yes, he should be released under diplomatic immunity, but the reality of Pakistani politics is that the central government is weak and for them to be seen handing the man to the Americans just because we say so would further weaken an important ally. I suspect that the original plan was to have him released in a few days when the nut cases in the public lost focus, but the unethical release of his CIA status has made a mess of things.
In Libya, a US declared and enforced no fly zone has the potential to de-legitimize the opposition. I suspect that the matter has been discussed at a higher level that Mr. North and his FOX "news" team. Due to a certain illegal war and our unconditional support of Israel, our meddling might not be the most welcome or effective thing for us to do, and could even strengthen Qaddafi's hand with the public. Mr. North writes as if the US were all powerful in the region and that every undesirable event in the region is the result of Obama's failure to use his magical powers.
What would Mr. North have Obama do about Iran's internal suppression of protesters? Should he encourage them to rise to the slaughter while we actually do nothing to come to their aid like Pappy Bush did to the marsh Arabs at the end of the first gulf war?
Yes, Obama has not been a perfect leader, but the situation that we find ourselves in is quite limited. The foolish little man from Texas may have avenged the attempt to kill his daddy, but we have been nearly bankrupted in the effort and the world has seen that our military might is quite a limited tool if the intent is to reshape other countries to our liking. (Sorry, another shot at being "fair and balanced".)
As a grown-up, Mr. North should be beyond magical thinking.
Comment: #1
Posted by: Mark
Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:53 PM
Re: Mark
So, then....this is an excuse for the Obamas having a "MOTOWN" party at the Whitehouse with no photographers allowed while people are dying in the mideast, Unions are creating havoc in Wisconsin, the Chinese, Turks and Canadians have gotten their citizens to safety, but the greatest Navy in the world can't rescue our citizens from Libya because the water is rough?
You can continue with your self deception as long as you want...but one of these days you will realize the truth and then it will be too late
Comment: #2
Posted by: diana Pasley
Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:47 PM
Diana,
Control of the weather is not a presidential power. I am not in a position to judge whether or not the weather created a large enough risk to have delayed a rescue at the particular location of the Americans in question and I suspect that you may not be either. I trust the judgment of our Navy in such matters.
Is your issue with the party one of his taste in music or that he should let FOX "news" in to capture images for the "Look! Obama is daring to engage in a social event when badness is occurring somewhere"! story?
Comment: #3
Posted by: Mark
Fri Feb 25, 2011 1:43 AM
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