Now, I haven't been able to confirm any report of the Secret Service investigating the guy who "lynched" an empty chair down in Texas, but it would be standard procedure under the circumstances, so let's assume it's happening. I think the display was in bad taste and we can talk about the limits of the First Amendment, and all that.
On the other hand, the chair symbolizes the President. It's nice to know that the President accepts the symbol and sees himself in it enough to let the SS go and investigate the guy.
But, an ambassador is not a mere symbol, but a legal, internationally protected extension of the person of a head of state to another country. As far as Libya is concerned, the ambassador from another country IS, for all intents and purposes, the other head of state. The murder of our ambassador should be seen by the president as a direct attack on himself.
He should see it as an act of war.
He should have seen it coming. He should have protected American interests and personnel, who represent himself after all, better.
His response couldn't be any more wimpy.
Blame a video for the death of your ambassador? Why not blame the maniacs, who killed the ambassador, for killing the ambassador? Blame the killing on the killers who killed. Don't blame the motive. It's like blaming an insurance policy for the murder of a rich man by his wife. As if -- as if a stupid video was actually the motive.
A good or understandable motive does not justify killing an innocent person. But given the left's perspectives on euthanasia and abortion and all that, you can see how the President reacted the way he has.
This is beyond the pale.
Give an empty chair SS protection. Fail to give your ambassador in a hostile, Muslim country on the anniversary of 9-11 military protection.
I think everyone will be happy to know that the chair has survived its lynching and is now happily occupying a nice piece of lawn. Where it continues to symbolize the accomplishments of the President.
The ambassador to Libya is dead, however.