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After American Deaths in Libya, Ellison Defends Obama's Foreign Policy Choices

The congressman has been making the rounds on various news programs following the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.

Following the deaths of four Americans killed in attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya last Tuesday, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) appeared as part of a roundtable on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday morning to discuss the ongoing events in the Middle East and their impact on U.S. foreign policy.

Ellison defended President Obama's foreign policy skills after New York Republican congressman and chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, Peter King, accused the president's policies of being confusing, apologetic and misguided. 

"The president has been consistent, he's been steady," Ellison said. "The last thing we need is to start making quick, emotionally-charged decisions. We need consistent steady leadership like the president has shown."

As far as presidential candidate Mitt Romney's criticism of Obama after the Benghazi attacks, Ellison referenced President Ronald Reagan to spear Romney's choice to speak while attacks were still underway.

"What about Reagan?," Ellison asked rhetorically. "Reagan said, 'You know when we have a crisis like this, we should all come together as Americans and not sort of divide up politically.'"

Last week Ellison appeared on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" and said the United States needs to understand not all people in the Middle East are extremists or troublemakers—a point he reitterated on Sunday.

“We need to understand that everybody’s not on the same side," he said. "You have some radicals who want to push back. Some-some loyalists from the old regime, some extremists, who want to exploit the situation, and you have people who want a Democratic society. They’re both contesting for who’s going to come out and the United States should stay on their side.”

jerry D September 18, 2012 at 06:41 PM
THE LIBYAN PRESIDENT NOW SAYS OBAMA KNEW OF THE ATTACKS 3 DAYS BEFORE YET TOOK NO ACTION ! …&the Libyan President cites intercepted communications from the US govt to prove it. http://patdollard.com/2012/09/cover-up-libyan-president-proves-obama-knew-date-and-time-of-libya-embassy-attack-in-advance/ The Media is trying to sweep this story under the rug. But It Gets Bigger.A story that the American people deserve to hear, yet the press has chosen to withhold it. Libya now says the State Department was given three day warning of the attacks ! http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/libya-we-gave-us-threeday-warning-of-benghazi-attack-8145242.html The information would have been contained in the daily security briefings on the mornings of September 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th. The president chose to skip those daily security briefings. We are told that he read the synopsis of those security briefings. So Obama COMPLETELY MISSED THAT INFORMATION IN AT LEAST THREE TIMES? We are told the attack on the Libyan compound was spontaneous. FELLOW PATRIOTS - HAMMER THIS STORY. POST IT ON EVERY NEWSPAPER ACROSS THE NATION. SEND IT AS A LETTER TO THE EDITOR UNTIL WE SHAME THEM INTO RUNNING THIS STORY ! Did Obama have advance warning of the attacks or did he just miss it due to gross negligence? This brings us to the classic question: WHAT DID OBAMA KNOW, AND WHEN DID HE KNOW IT?

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