Obama’s Benghazi Bungle? Yea – Americans are Bothered …

It appears the Benghazi, Libya cover-up and the mismanagement of Embassy protection and ambassador protection may be the nail in the Obama campaign coffin.  As voters learn more about this fiasco, they are outraged.

Voters are bothered by the fact that the Consulate in Benghazi did not have adequate protection. Voters are bothered that the Ambassador and the consulate personnel did not have a properly functioning security force and safe room. Voters are bothered that the president and his administration did not respond appropriately to the attack and calls for help. Voters are bothered that Obama went to bed on the evening of the attack and got up the next day and conducted business as usual – a short inappropriate speech from the Rose Garden – two days of campaigning in Las Vegas and Colorado – a   fund-raiser in NY City sponsored by Jay-Z and Beyonce – and an appearance on the David Letterman show.  Voters are bothered that the President did not stay at his desk or in the situation room at the White House providing appropriate analysis, leadership and encouragement.

Voters are bothered by the Obama  administration’s attempt to cover-up the Benghazi atrocity and its mismanaged preparation and response. Voters are especially bothered by the arrogance of President Obama during the second debate – looking Governor Romney and the TV cameras in the eye and stating that he was offended by the accusations that he and anyone in his administration were misleading the American people about the cause of the Benghazi attack.

Obama has been accused throughout his administration of Leading from Behind – which is a diplomatic way of saying: he is following. Of course, Obama’s had little choice but to follow – having come into office completely unprepared – with no executive, management or leadership experience. He was and still is totally dependent on appointees – mostly from academia – who are similarly lacking in proven executive, management and leadership experience. Never has Obama’s inadequacies and deceptiveness been more thoroughly exposed than during the past forty days.

Although the electorate is primarily concerned with jobs, wages, their loss of personal wealth, and overall economic growth – they have not lost sight of the importance of foreign-policy and the military incompetence of our Commander in Chief, the President of the United States.  And they are made very unhappy by the Benghazi demonstration of Obama’s incompetence – by the facts exposed by the Benghazi cover-up – and most of all, by the President’s inappropriate response to this attack while it was happening – and by his subsequent participation in its cover-up.

Needless to say, the time has come to hire a proven Chief Executive and Commander in Chief.  Romney/Ryan are the best of the best – a perfect team – a proven CEO, a Congressional leader, a financial expert, and a turnaround specialist – precisely what America needs today.

Image: The Keystone Cops; Publicity still: 1914, In the Clutches of the Gang; courtesy of author: Mack Sennett Studios; permission: PD-US.

About the author: William Pauwels

William A. Pauwels, Sr. was born in Jackson Michigan to a Belgian, immigrant, entrepreneurial family. Bill is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and served in executive and/or leadership positions at Thomson Industries, Inc., Dow Corning, Loctite and Sherwin-Williams. He is currently CIO of Pauwels Private Investment Practice. He's been commenting on matters political/economic/philosophical since 1980.

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