By the Left Coast Rebel
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The UK's Daily Mail on what this means for our Dear Leader:
The Obama administration is engulfed in a full-blown foreign policy crisis just two months before the presidential election with the two campaigns trading angry accusations over events in Libya, Egypt and Israel.
Footage of the body of Christopher Stevens, United States ambassador to Libya, slung over the back of a protester, was reminiscent of the 1993 'Black Hawk Down' incident in Somalia in 1993 when militia fighters lynched American aircrew in the streets of Mogadishu.
President Barack Obama's staff will also be mindful that a shadow was cast over Jimmy Carter's presidency by the Iranian hostage crisis after the US embassy in Tehran was stormed by Islamist extremists following the Iranian revolution.
But I thought Egypt and Libya were Obama Country? On that point, here's what Obama's peeps in Egypt did yesterday on the 9/11 anniversary. Nice, no?
What's that? What caused all this chaos, you ask?
A movie called "The Innocence of Muslims" by wacko Florida pastor Terry Jones:
The attacks in Cairo and Benghazi were ostensibly triggered by the release of a low-budget film ridiculing the Prophet Mohammed. Excerpts of the film, dubbed in Arabic, had been posted on YouTube.And, here is our government's Orwellian response to then-escalating situation in Libya:
Leslie Eastman at Temple of Mut chimes in on this nonsense and notes that the White House is in full retraction/damage control mode:
September 11, 2012The 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
So let me get this straight — just because some attention-getting pastor makes some stupid film about the prophet, it is OUR fault that our EMBASSY gets attacked by rioting extremists. WTF???? That was the initial take by Obama’s Embassy staff! Happily, it seems there was such an outrage that Team Obama had the Embassy staff delete an apologetic tweet and issued a clarification:
Walking Back the Cairo Apology
The Obama administration is attempting to walk back the damage done by the apology issued by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo for criticisms of Islam made by American citizens. In the wake of condemnations of the embassy’s shocking statement, which seemed to justify the violence that was directed at the United States, administration officials have now said the apology was not vetted by Washington. Responding perhaps to Mitt Romney’s outrage about the apology, last night Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued her own statement in which she also condemned critics of Islam but added, “There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.” But with the attacks on posts in both Libya and Cairo now having left four Americans dead and with anti-U.S. rioters acting with impunity, the problem here is bigger than one retracted apology.
Matt Welch on the Cairo US Embassy's response and the First Amendment:
I would add that my government has no business giving a whirl about "hurt[ing] the religious beliefs of others" (a standard both elastic and asymmetrical, virtually begging for a heckler's veto) and that there is no "universal right of free speech," at least in practice (as opposed to the philosophical principle, which I wholeheartedly endorse).
The fact is that the First Amendment, no matter how embattled, protects a range of expression unthinkable even in Western Europe. Because of that unique position, and because the U.S. seems doomed to play an outsized diplomatic and military role in the tumultuous Muslim world, it behooves the State Department to constantly explain the vast differences between state-sanctioned and legally protected speech in the so-called Land of the Free. If the U.S. government really was in the business of "firmly reject[ing]" private free-speech acts that "hurt the religious beliefs of others" there would be no time left over for doing anything else.
It's really not that hard. The values in that film (or "film") are not our values; our government respects religion, religious expression, and religious pluralism (including and especially that of Muslims, even in the wake of murderous Muslim-led attacks on American soil); and we are not in the business of approving or (for the most part) regulating the private speech of our citizens. To the extent that that message is not sufficient for riot
Is simple cause and effect of American Middle East foreign policy on display? I'll let you be the judge on that. I'll leave you with an excerpt for George Washington's farewell address:
While, then, every part of our country thus feels an immediate and particular interest in union, all the parts combined cannot fail to find in the united mass of means and efforts greater strength, greater resource, proportionably greater security from external danger, a less frequent interruption of their peace by foreign nations; and, what is of inestimable value, they must derive from union an exemption from those broils and wars between themselves, which so frequently afflict neighboring countries not tied together by the same governments, which their own rival ships alone would be sufficient to produce, but which opposite foreign alliances, attachments, and intrigues would stimulate and embitter. Hence, likewise, they will avoid the necessity of those overgrown military establishments which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty. In this sense it is that your union ought to be considered as a main prop of your liberty, and that the love of the one ought to endear to you the preservation of the other.
Updated: Despite previous reports, Terry Jones had nothing to do with the "Innocence of Muslims" film (although he was promoting it), rather the author is some guy named Sam Bacile out of California (though if you read this article, Sam Bacile is likely not his real name).