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When American Ambassadors Were Still Untouchable

The growing revelations that the Obama State Department watered down public statements on the attack in order to cleanse them of any mention of al Qaeda and terrorism is a travesty.
William Dodd, the United States ambassador to Germany, in 1934.

William Dodd, the United States ambassador to Germany, in 1934.

In a 2001 article published in The Atlantic, Samantha Power, author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning A Problem of Hell and arguably the world’s foremost voice against genocide and who currently serves on the National Security Council as an aide to President Obama, referred to Ambassador Susan Rice and her colleagues in the Clinton Administration as Bystanders to Genocide. She quotes Rice in the 2002 book as saying, “If we use the word ‘genocide’ and are seen as doing nothing, what will be the effect on the November congressional election?” Rice’s subordination of a human tragedy of epic proportions to partisan politic interests mirrors the current allegations of denying a terror attack in Benghazi for political gain.

Worse, the attempt to whitewash the Benghazi attacks as merely a protest that turned violent trivializes the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and the three Americans murdered with him and threatens to cheapen the life of every American diplomat currently serving in dangerous posts. We need to accept that the fear the United States once instilled in those with evil intent against our diplomatic staff has worn thin and the only way to reintroduce that fear is to understand fully what happened in Benghazi and rain fire on the culprits so that this never happens again.

About the Author: Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, “America’s Rabbi” whom the Washington Post calls “the most famous Rabbi in America,” is the international best-selling author of 29 books, including The Fed-up Man of Faith: Challenging God in the Face of Tragedy and Suffering. Follow him on Twitter @RabbiShmuley.


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2 Responses to “When American Ambassadors Were Still Untouchable”

  1. Edward Lobel says:

    As usual Rabbi Shmuley does not know what he is talking about!

    From the 1960's thruough now there have been 5 U.S Ambassadors who have been murdered in the line of duty! From Nixon through Bush! Yes 5 U. S. Ambassadors!

    How could the Rabbi miss these courageous people? Was it because they did not work under the command of a President called Obama?

    Rabbi, if you have to keep putting yourself in the middle of politics, I strongly urge you to first know what you are talking about and secondly put you emphasis on all things Jewish!

    For instance the legislature from Oklahoma who on the floor of the stat legislature bellowed out an anti semitic attic, or the fact that when faced with extremely anti semitic doings, you hero eric cantor simply cowers in fear by saying I did not see that. He may eat koher but that does not mean he is a good Jew!

    Stay focused on being a good rabbi, write your books that help people and stay out of politics. I do mean you got trounced when you ran for office, which should make you think twice when it comes to all things political!

  2. Dan Silagi says:

    Shmuley's worldview can be narrowed down to four words: It's all Obama's fault.

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