OPEN THREAD: If you were President, what actions would you take in response to Libya & Egypt news?
I am deeply dissatisfied with our President’s response to the actions by Islamic jihad in Egypt and Libya. For the record, I’m not one of those people who thinks that Romney will be significantly better on this, so this isn’t an “anti-Obama” thread. He just happens to be our current president.
But my dissatisfaction with President Obama’s response has caused me to think through what *I* would do in response were I President. And I’m interested in reader and blogger responses as well.
I won’t list all ideas, but my first two acts would be:
—halt all foreign aid to countries in the Middle East until such time as they have demonstrated that they are capable of protecting American citizens residing therein. Of course, this begs the question of whether those participating in the violence are not actually supported and approved of by a country’s leadership. But we don’t have to settle that at all. We need to merely say “If you want foreign handouts to continue, you’ll at least have to protect our citizens. If you are unable or unwilling, then ah well—you’re not the kind of country we wish to help.”
—shore up each and every embassy and consulate in countries with a majority Islamic population with Marines
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