In light of today’s reports concerning the U.S. consul attack in Libya, here are just a few thoughts: I’m sick of having a President who has failed his duty as Commander-in-Chief.

Yesterday marked the 11th Anniversary of September 11, while also seeing an array of mistakes. Not only did the White House Staff deny Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request for a meeting, but reports of attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Libya started filing in early yesterday afternoon. My question: Where in the world was the President during all of this? I’m assuming his breaking 9/11 attack ad truce with the Romney campaign has something to do with it, but we won’t go there.

Let’s get to the point. Most U.S. Presidents would see the death of a U.S. Ambassador and attack on our embassy abroad as a declaration of war because the residing foreign government failed to restrain its citizens from executing genocide. As reports were streaming in yesterday, why didn’t the President respond through action? The U.S. military is capable of launching aid within mere hours, giving air cover to our embassies if need be, and yet we didn’t. The result: The death of a U.S. Ambassador and three other Americans at the embassy consul.

Now for today’s mishaps. Instead of telling the Libyan government to control its people and giving a “hell hath no fury like American militant scorn” threat, the President decided to deliver what seemed to be a eulogy in his statements on Libya. On top of everything else, his remarks included the following statement:

“Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. None. The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts.”

Ironically, the attacks in Egypt on the same day were sparked thanks to a controversial Christian film the Muslim Brotherhood stated had: “serious insults to the Prophet Mohammed. The party considers the film a racist crime and a failed attempt to provoke sectarian strife between the two elements of the nation: Muslims and Christians.” Clearly the Muslim Brotherhood missed the memo that our President considers the U.S. to be one of the largest Muslim nations in the world. These statements from the Brotherhood coming after an anniversary that is still an open wound to Americans that clearly was the result of indifference towards the open population of differing faiths in the U.S. is inexcusable. And still no apparent action on behalf of the President towards Libya.

My point being: Enough political pandering. I would much rather have a President who, as Commander-In-Chief, has to be held back by threats from Congress in regards to protecting citizens as home and abroad in Embassies than a leader who sits and does nothing to defend our people. As a President he is supposed to be our ultimate representative as a world leader, a figure people think of when they hear of the U.S., as well as keeping our citizens safe. Like him or not, there is no denying President Obama has failed to lead in this situation.

Elissa Roberson | College of the Desert | @ElissaRoberson