U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice made the rounds of the programs aired this morning and NBC scored an interview with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (as did CNN’s “State of the Union”). Rice gave the administration’s case on the turmoil over the past week in the Middle East and elsewhere that took the lives of the U.S. Libyan ambassador and three others at the consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
On “Fox News Sunday,” hosted by Chris Wallace, House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) offered a balanced perspective on the events as they relate to Obama administration policies. He said, for example, that it’s too early to draw any conclusions about whether security was adequate at American facilities or whether the violence could have been prevented.
He refused to criticize the President on the specifics of last week’s violence. He did say the White House needs to be a better leader in its Middle East policies.
On “Meet the Press,” Gregory conducted what we view as an excellent interview with Netanyahu. He asked all the relevant questions bearing on whether the Israeli leader views Pres. Obama’s policies toward Israel as adequately supportive. Netanyahu said he was satisfied that both Mr. Obama and Mitt Romney both had full support for the Jewish state.
“State of the Union” also hosted House Miinority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who said the Romney-Ryan plan severs the Medicare guarantee. Crowley pointed out that it provides a choice of keeping the current program or switching to a voucher system. Pelosi’s reply was that Medicare was designed to be a guarantee, an unconvincing response, we believe.
Asked about the consequences of an Obama victory while the House remains in Republican control, she said, “You’ll see the same” Republican obstruction.” Romney is not going to “become the president of the United States. I think everybody knows that.”
That last statement is a reflection of arrogance, certainly noit respect for the election process. The polls indicate a close race, though the President has gained points recently.
At the very least, it’s an attempt to predict the future, which we often cite as reducing the credibility of the person trying to do it.
Later on “State of the Union,” Rudolph Giuliani, the former New York mayor and presidential hopeful, said he thinks “Mitt Romney had a better week.” He cited the president’s Middle East policy as “falling apart.” America is “no more popular than it was four years ago.”
It certainly can be argued who had the better week after Romney’s criticism of the statement issued by the U.S. consulate in Egypt as the demonstrations continued. Romney seemed not to understand that the folks at the consulate legitimately feared for their safety and that was the basis for the statement condemning those who talk disparagely about any religion. He referred to the You Tube video that tried to degrade Muslims.
It’s an overstatement to say that our Middle East policy is falling apart and has it been established by any poll?