America Attacked on 9/11…Again.

Yesterday, on the 11th anniversary of 9/11, the United States of America was attacked.  And the pitiful and appalling response of our government was to apologize…to those who attacked us.  The initial statement from our government read:

“The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.” 

After this apology was released to those that attacked our Embassy in Cario, Egypt, America was attacked again…and this morning four Americans are dead, among them our Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three staffers.

In light of these attacks and our government’s apology to those who attacked us for hurting their “religious feelings,” I present the following personal observations:

  • Not since the impotent leadership of President Jimmy Carter has our nation seen such anemic leadership from a President of the United States.  In 1979, our Embassy in Iran was attacked and seized and President Carter was not competent in his leadership to deal with it.  It took a change in leadership and the iron fist of Ronald Reagan to break the hostage crisis and restore the United States to a position of a peaceful world power that other countries did not want to test.
  • President Obama has shown that he does not know how to lead in a world where radical Islam threatens and attacks us.  His policies have now proven to be dangerous and deadly to Americans.  The “Arab Spring” was misread by our current administration and instead of beautiful democracy we have the rise of radical Islam in the Middle East and America has now been attacked.
  • To attack an Embassy of another country is an act of war.  Our President is not treating it as such.  Embassy property is considered territory of that particular nation.  When America is attacked on American soil we need a President that can protect us and not apologize to those who kill us.  President Obama chose a policy in the revolution of Libya of “leading from behind.”  I’m sorry, Mr. President, but leading from behind is not leading.
  • The attacks in Egypt and Libya are being blamed on an independent movie made in America that has offended Muslims.  Many fingers are being pointed at this movie by members of the mainstream media.  But the problem is not the movie.  Christianity is constantly attacked in movies and other media.  Jesus is continually demeaned and blasphemed.  If Christians responded the way some Muslims do to this type of insult, the finger would be pointed at the Christians – to the aggressors.  And that is where the blame for yesterday’s attack should be pointed. At the radical Muslims who attacked us, not at some obscure movie.
  • After the initial apology was released by our government for the attacks against us, the White House “walked back” those comments claiming that this was not the sentiment of our government.  This serves as a clear example that chaos is reigning in the current administration.  The left hand does not know what the right hand is doing.  Just another example of pathetic leadership from this President, leadership that has emboldened those who hate us to attack our country and kill our citizens.
  • At a time when the Middle East is coming apart under the rise of radical Islam, our President has snubbed our only ally in the Middle East – Israel.  Yesterday, President Obama refused to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu when he visits the United States later this month.  President Obama cited “scheduling conflicts.”  Yet President Obama has time on the same day that Netanyahu is in the country to appear on David Letterman. This is insulting to Israel and it is once again very, very poor leadership by our President.  This type of snub sends the message to the rest of the Middle East that there is separation between the United States and Israel and serves only to embolden those that would seek to hurt both nations.
  • In less than two months we can change the leadership of this nation.  We will either re-elect President Obama or elect Mitt Romney to lead us.  It will be critical to see how Romney responds to the attacks of yesterday and to see if he is able to paint a picture of renewed strength for our nation in the eyes of the world and in particular in the eyes of radical Islam.  President Obama has a chance to recast himself.  The coming days will tell the tale of whether or not he can rise to the occasion or whether the path of weakness and impotence will be the one we continue to walk as a nation.

Dear reader, these are serious days we are living in.  Leadership matters.  It’s about much more than ideas and academic debate.  Real lives are at stake.  Days such as this demand that we fall on our knees and pray to God for mercy and the blessings of heaven.

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20 responses to “America Attacked on 9/11…Again.”

  1. Jennifer Looper says :

    Thank you for that response and eye opening article. I hope everyone reads it, as i have passed it on to several family members. Thank you for all you do.
    Jennifer Looper

  2. Randy McFarland says :

    I could not agree more with your comments. We are in desperate need of strong leadership. May God help us.

  3. Carrie Belcher says :

    I have to admitt that it made me so angery yesterday as I watch our flag being ripped to shreds on a day that we are remembering those lost on 9/11. I had to remind myself to not hate them. Satan is the great deciever, and they have been decieved. How ever I do not understand a policy of sending millions of dollars to contries that hate us and would slit our throats in a moments notice. I say keep our money at home, tell them have a nice day, as long as you stay over there and leave our TRUE allies alone we will be fine. If you don’t you better back up because we won’t back down. I do not understand how the polls are so close, and I wonder are we Conservitive Christians truely a minority in this contry or are we being lied to. I guess we will find out on election day.

  4. Nathan says :

    And right now, mainstream media is criticizing Romney for his criticism of Obama, rather than examining closely what the president actually said. It will be interesting to watch the presidents press conference….

  5. Spicer Family says :

    Thank you for your stand at such a critical time in our Country! As a fellow pastor I can see that if a change in political leadership does not take place we(USA) are in Serious trouble both economically and militarily worldwide. Our nation needs a real Spiritual awakening and needs a leader who will empower the people to change and not provide a government of pacifist, weak, liberal ideologies to determine the next 4 years of our future! No man will completely do this alone, it will be a man who leads a nation to revere the name of Yahweh and lead by example! Praying for America!! Yes, yesterdays events and our response was reprehensible and an act of war against us that need to be met with consequences in a just, not vengeful way!! Not with apologies!

  6. Kevin Read says :

    Thank you for a excellent comment on your blot.

  7. Judith Lamb says :

    I agree fully with your analysis! Our country is in desperate need of a leader who loves America and will keep her strong and safe. We Christians must be praying hard to keep ourselves, our country and our leaders under God’s protective will. Have you seen the movie “2016: Obama’s America” yet? It’s an eye-opener ….. Frightening to think of what will happen if Obama is elected again.

  8. Kim Dickens says :

    As I read this blog, I am listening to a video I am showing my students that is a tribute to the events, heroes, and loved ones from 9/11. To learn about the events yesterday brings tears to my eyes. I hear the screams, sirens, and commentary from the video and I am reminded of the fear I had on that day as a teenager. What stood out to me the most in the video is the press conference George W. Bush gave in the Florida school shortly after the attacks. He said “May God bless the victims, their families, and America.” His statement came right after a moment of silence he had for the victims. Yesterday President Obama apologized for offending other nations’ religious beliefs. Not in support of what our Constitution states. How sad and painful yesterday was for many families across our nation. Even more so with the new attacks. I remember President Bush being encouraging to America during that time of pain on 9/11. I wonder if our nation felt comforted and encouraged by our current President yesterday? …

  9. cynannw says :

    Rev. Crawford: Thank you for the timely courageous words

  10. Marsha Pogue says :

    the U.S. seems like a herd of lost sheep without a Shepard……..
    thank you for being our Shepard Pastor Jeff…..

  11. Nancy Hatcher says :

    All I can say is “Bravo, Bravo, and Amen”!!

  12. Jane says :

    Does our president not realize that these radicals hold him in complete and utter contempt?

  13. Tamara says :

    I am appalled and ashamed that a Christian would bring politics into 1. a horrific situation and 2. the Church. It is vitriol like this that has made Christians, like myself flee the (small “c”) church in recent years. President Obama was not apologizing or appeasing, but it is absolutely ABSOLUTELY pointless to argue such points. “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”–Mahatma Ghandi. Your post truly made my heart hurt. I am a Democrat BECAUSE I am a Christian, not in spite of it and I think you are mean.

    • Magdalena Molina says :

      There’s nothing wrong with President Obama’s speech. I think he was very clever in not igniting or contemplating another war at this point. Diplomacy and targeting the isolated radicals is best than to be against the whole nation of Libya!

  14. jeffcraw4d says :

    It’s been a long day and with much going on in the world and much to pray over. Thanks to all who read and especially those who took the time to respond.

    To Tamara – thanks for wading in with a dissenting opinion. That’s not always easy to do. My words were not intended to be mean but to be honest. I beg to differ with your conclusion – this post was not about politics and it had nothing to do with democrats or republicans. It had everything to do with leadership and the continuation of a religious war on this nation. Both topics fair game for all Christians. Both topics demand a response from pulpits across the fruited plain. Sadly too few pastors comment on these important issues because they have fallen victim to the voices that claim Christians should keep their voices out of the public square.

    • cynannw says :

      I respect that you voiced the opinion and you are right. Christians are remiss not to address the issues. I really love my pastor and church but this type of courage is not shown. God bless you Pastor Jeff

    • rudysdiet says :

      My thoughts and prayers are with the families of Ambassador Chris Stevens and the other State Department employees murdered in Benghazi last night. It’s tragic that those deaths have become occasion for cheap political grandstanding by Romney. As everyone now knows, the Romney campaign blasted President Obama for allegedly sympathizing with Stevens’ killers in a ridiculous statement late on the evening of Sept. 11:

      I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. It’s disgraceful that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.

      That lie was apparently based on a message released by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo before the attack, which was designed to reduce tensions inflamed by the hate-speech of Terry Jones and his Muslim-hating supporters, who are promoting a despicably anti-Islam film via YouTube. The Cairo Embassy statement read: “The United States Embassy in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.” It didn’t come from either President Obama or the State Department, and it was issued before the killings in Benghazi, not after them.

      Romney had a chance to correct the record, and at least acknowledge that the Cairo Embassy statement didn’t come from Obama himself, and that it preceded the killings. But he didn’t. “When our grounds are being attacked and being breached, the first response should be outrage,” he told reporters. “Apology for America’s values will never be the right course. We express immediately when we feel that the President and his administration have done something which is inconsistent with the principles of America.” The incredulous traveling press corps pushed Romney on his dishonesty but he didn’t back down.

  15. Randy McGinnis says :

    Thank you Jeff for your timely and insightful comments on some very tragic events. You are right this is not a democrat or republican thing but has everything to do with strong and godly leadership. Thankfully we serve the sovereign God. Maybe concerns like this will get more believers, including me, on our knees before Him for our country and its leadership. By the way it is not meanness to speak the truth with courage and conviction. I appreciate you and am praying for you and your family.

    Randy McGinnis

  16. arkansasmediawatch says :

    “After the initial apology was released by our government for the attacks against us”
    There was no “apology for attacks”. There was a call for quiet and tolerance hours before any attacks started.

    “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
    That would be you, Reverend.

  17. Chris Caudle says :

    There are enough factual errors in this post that I fear the conclusions may be suspect.

    It took a change in leadership and the iron fist of
    Ronald Reagan to break the hostage crisis and restore

    We were children during the Iranian hostage crisis, so perhaps you can be forgiven for forgetting that the hostage situation was resolved by the Algiers Accords, negotiated by President Carter’s Deputy Secretary of State Warren Christopher. The agreement was signed during Carter’s last days of office. You were possibly confused by the fact that the hostages were actually released on the day that President Reagan was sworn into office, which most people view as little more than a mild parting insult to President Carter, and could not have had anything to do with Reagan since he was not involved with the negotiations, and in fact had only been president for twenty minutes when the hostages were handed over to U.S. custody.

    Perhaps you were remembering President Reagan’s “leadership” in attempting (unsuccessfully) to resolve the later Lebanese Hezbollah hostage crisis by selling weapons to the Iranians.

    I hope you can forgive me for being skeptical that appeasing our enemies by selling missiles to hostile governments is the kind of leadership the U.S. needs right now.

    The “Arab Spring” was misread by our current
    administration and instead of beautiful democracy we
    have the rise of radical Islam in the Middle East

    What is the basis for the claim that the administration misread the events of last Spring? I don’t think any reasonable person would expect an outcome other than new administrations dominated by Islamic parties from regions which have been culturally Islamic for the better part of 1200 years.
    Complaining that we got Islam instead of “beautiful democracy” in Arabic countries is like complaining that you wanted democracy and got Baptist state legislators in Alabama. The two things are not only not contradictory, they are exactly what you would expect when you get rid of a multi-decade military dictatorship: people tend to vote for representatives that they can relate to, which as often as not is someone from similar cultural and ethnic background as the voters.

    To attack an Embassy of another country is an act of war.
    Our President is not treating it as such. Embassy property
    is considered territory of that particular nation. When
    America is attacked on American soil we need a
    President that can protect us and not apologize to
    those who kill us.

    Embassy property is not actually territory of the represented state, but is afforded special status as described by article 22 of Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961.

    There are several examples of violation of embassies in the modern era, including British embassy in Beijing in 1967, the aforementioned U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979, hostages taken at the Japanese embassy in Lima in 1996, and the Israeli embassy in Cairo in 2011.

    You will notice that not one of those incidents actually resulted in a war between the represented state and the host state.

    Incorrect premise of extraterritorial jurisdiction notwithstanding, even if the US were to consider attack of embassy premises as an act of war, against whom would the U.S. Congress declare war? Reports indicate that Libyan security forces, while ineffective, did attempt to protect the embassy until overwhelmed by small arms fire. The Egyptian police have been fighting rioters with tear gas and rubber bullets for the past four days protecting the U.S. embassy in Cairo. Obviously a declaration of war (or more likely an act of war with no formal declaration) against a host country who is actively trying to help defend a US embassy or trying to apprehend attackers would not be helpful.
    Would you have us declare war against a group of criminals while our hosts are still trying to determine exactly who those perpetrators are? That seems eminently unpractical.
    Going to war against a host country in a case like that would be akin to the federal government declaring war on Oklahoma because the federal courthouse was bombed there.

    OK, done with the fact checking and on to opinion now.

    President Obama chose a policy in the revolution of
    Libya of “leading from behind.” I’m sorry, Mr.
    President, but leading from behind is not leading.

    Just so I’m clear, is your argument here that the President did not seek to risk enough U.S. treasure and blood on some insignificant swath of North African desert?
    I’m sorry, Pastor Jeff, but leading sometimes involves knowing when someone else is doing their job well enough that we don’t need to put our nose in where it doesn’t belong. After having family put in harms way several times during the past decade I’m perfectly content to let our allies on the Mediterranean take care of their own backyard. We helped out when requested, and as far as I can tell that was a perfectly reasonable approach that worked out as well as can be expected.

    after the initial apology was released by our government
    for the attacks against us

    Seems a bit hyperbolic, especially considering that, as others have correctly pointed out, the “apology” (in quotes because it’s a bit of stretch to call it that) was actually prior to the attacks against the US embassies.

    At a time when the Middle East is coming apart under
    the rise of radical Islam

    That seems to show a surprising lack of historical perspective. Western conflict with Islamic regimes goes back to at least 1071 when Jerusalem was closed to Christian pilgrims, prompting the Roman church and European kings to instigate the Crusades, which of course was in some sense an expansion of the wars between the Arabs and the Byzantine Roman empire which had been going on sporadically since the 600’s. The current situation is hardly novel. Compared to Turks laying seige to Vienna, it hardly seems that the current situation warrants such alarm.

    Yesterday, President Obama refused to meet with
    Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu when he visits the
    United States later this month.
    President Obama cited “scheduling conflicts.”
    Yet President Obama has time on the same day
    that Netanyahu is in the country to appear on
    David Letterman.

    You appear to be partially quoting the Haaretz article from September 11.
    According tothat same article, “The President arrives in New York for the UN on Monday, September 24th and departs on Tuesday, September 25th. The Prime Minister doesn’t arrive in New York until later in the week. They’re simply not in the city at the same time.”
    According to a USA Today article quoted on FoxNews.com, the taping for the Letterman appearance took place this week (Sept. 18th), while Netanyahu will not be in New York until next week for the UN meeting, so appearing on Letterman is a non sequitur.
    According to UN Ambassador Susan Rice on September 16 “the prime minister hasn’t asked for a meeting.”

    This is insulting to Israel and it is
    once again very, very poor leadership by our President.
    This type of snub sends the message to the rest of the
    Middle East that there is separation between the United
    States and Israel

    If it is a snub (which is hardly clear), then so what? It’s just a little political showmanship to go along with Netanyahu’s intemperate remarks last week. The President is obligated to conduct foreign relations as directed by congress, and in the best interests of the United States. Mr. Netanyahu has been mouthing off in public about what the US needs to do or not do, and has generally been implying that we are obligated to do what he decides needs to be done. Mr. Netanyahu would do well to remember that his life would be considerably more difficult if not for the billions of dollars in financing and weapons that Israel receives from the US every year, and perhaps cooling his heels a little will give him time to reflect on the reality that when you go on the dole, you don’t always get to wear the pants.

    What I find most depressing is that few people want to talk about President Obama’s real leadership failures, probably because most of those are continuations of mistakes of President Bush, so neither political party has much incentive to point out these failings.
    Two of the most glaring are involving the US in foreign hostilities with no Congressional support in contravention of article 1, section 8 of the Constitution and the War Powers Act of 1973; and ordering the assignation of US citizens with no judicial oversight in contravention of article three, section 3 and amendments 5 and 6 of the Constitution, and part 2.11 of executive order 123333, as well as executive orders 11905 and 12036;

    It seems to me that abrogation of an oath to uphold the Constitution make squabling about who snubbed whose tea party invitation seem like teenage girls squabbling at a school lunch table. But maybe that’s just me.

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