If you are an American who is traveling in the Middle East or North Africa, the U.S. government wants to know one thing. You need to be extra cautious in the days to come after Al Quaeda released a statement that a threat may be carried out in that region. While not specified, apparently its pretty serious since they are closing there embassies as well, and so you should be as cautious as they are.
Not only does this have the U.S. government and American travelling abroad on alert, but it has also sparked debate in the media that our embassies may not be properly guarded since we are being forced to close them. While this is coming from some of my fellow conservatives, as they bring up Benghazi in the process, I must say that this argument seems nonsensical to me at this time. After all, if the U.S. government can protect one or more American lives by shutting down the embassies, I have not one problem with them taking this step. If an attack were to happen while our embassies were open, my fellow conservatives would be outraged, and that is why I find it hard to believe that they are using the closure of these embassies as something to complain about.
Yes, there is a time to talk about giving our embassies more funding, but this is not the time. As the lives of our fellow Americans and Israeli and other allies hang in the balance, we should be more focused on protecting human life than in bickering about Benghazi. There’s a time and place for this, but this is not one of those time. We should only concern ourselves with making sure that these embassies are closed so a potential terror attack does not take the lives of any of our citizens.
In the meantime, I urge my fellow Americans travelling in the Middle East or North Africa to be extremely cautious. Make sure you are aware of your surroundings, and, if possible, stay as close to home (or your hotel room) if possible. Safety matters in times like these, and I wish you all the best in your travels.
May God Bless America And Safe Travels,
The Generation X Conservative