By JAVIER MANJARRESPresident Obama and his administration continue to project foreign policy weakness around the world by announcing the temporary closure of U.S. embassies around the world.
The State Department says that this is “a precautionary measure over terror-releated concerns.” According to an AP report posted by Fox News, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said that the decision was made ” out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting.”
“We have instructed all U.S. embassies and consulates that would have normally been open on Sunday to suspend operations, specifically on August 4,” a senior State Department official said Thursday night. “It is possible we may have additional days of closing as well.”
Other U.S. officials said the threat was specifically in the Muslim world.
The issue of security abroad has been prominent since the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, and a string of demonstrations on other U.S. embassies in the Middle East and North Africa. –Fox News
While it is important to protect U.S. assets around the world, including embassies and consulates, moves like this embolden terrorists, and give the perception that the U.S. is taking a defensive position, and not a much needed and respected offensive stance against global terrorism. This the kind of thinking that terrorists exploited when they attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
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