Spitting in the Face of Uncle Sam: Part II

 

Yesterday I wrote a post, which may be read here, detailing how an Egyptian mob, inflamed by allegations about a movie attacking Mohammed, stormed our embassy.  The embassy issued a truly craven statement apologizing for the fact that Americans in this country still enjoy freedom of speech:

The 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.

When it became obvious that many Americans found this cowardly in the extreme, the embassy initially stood behind its statement with these tweets:

This morning’s condemnation (issued before protest began) still stands. As does our condemnation of unjustified breach of the Embassy.

We condemn the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims— US Embassy Cairo (@USEmbassyCairo) September 11, 2012

The embassy has since deleted these tweets, not realizing what a futile action this is in the age of the internet.

Mitt Romney has responded:

 ”I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi.  It’s disgraceful that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”

After remaining silent throughout the day, the Obama administration finally responded….to Mitt Romney:

“We are shocked that, at a time when the United States of America is confronting the tragic death of one of our diplomatic officers in Libya, Governor Romney would choose to launch a political attack.”

This incident sums up the Obama administration well:  Oppressive at home, weak abroad.  Ever willing to excuse our enemies, ever willing to attack fellow Americans over domestic political disagreements.  Disgraceful and contemptible.

 Update:  The Obama administration, reacting to the widespread outrage over the Cairo Embassy statement, sends the Cairo Embassy under the Obama campaign bus.  Go here to Politico to read all about it.

  1. Obama is doing a marvelous job of projecting an aura of American weakness. The history of the last 60 years shows that things don’t go well in the world when America is perceived as weak.

  2. May these tragedies, however deplorable, be a reminder to the American people of what it means to have demanded a leader like that of European nations. 1st Samuel chapter 8 – we want a king like the other nations! November 6th – defeat the godless man of sin and depravity!

  3. More objectivity needed. We must be fair even if to evil doers like Obama. Yes…the responses in this incident are perverted and sycophantic but do we blame the Pope for everything a distant Bishop or a nearby Cardinal Sodano might say. Obama has given full support to the criticized drone program which has taken out key Al Qaeda leaders and he has made tough decisions in terms of Pakistan relations in the Bin Laden case. His military committment to Afghanistan has probably lost him votes on the left. Attack him all day…but with standards you would use for the Pope or a good US leader. Don’t alter your criteria based on a general revulsion.

  4. Does anyone think that an Embassy under George Bush would have issued this feckless a statement? No, Barack Obama did not directly issue these statements. But wake up and recognize that he sets the tone, and those under him surely reflect his general attitude.

  5. Paul,
    I think Democrats have a wider spectrum of ideologues within their regimes…ranging from militarists like Panetta to outright anti war people….all democrats. Republicans have a much narrower and focused population in their regimes. Were Obama similar to some of his spokesmen in this incident, there would be no drone program. The dems tent is very wide.

  6. Bill, it is his administration and his people. The idea that this statement is divorced completely from Obama is farcical.

    BTW, here’s a line from the official Obama statement:

    While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants.

    Not as mushy as what the embassy put out, it’s still needlessly apologetic.

  7. Not as mushy as what the embassy put out, it’s still needlessly apologetic.

    What the administration is saying is yes, that violence is bad, but you know what? The US has done some violent stuff too. It’s all bad.

    Maybe what Obama should do is vow to work tirelessly and never sleep until US drones seek out and bring that filmmaker to justice for making such a terrible film. Maybe then the Islamists will be appeased…

  8. Paul,
    I could one day lose real estate on the NY harbor if Al Qaeda contaminates the area with a dirty bomb. I like that Obama and a contingent of his people kills them…unrelentingly. I didn’t and won’t vote for him. But I like that he kills terrorists…and in one case delivered one to the bottom of the ocean much like Jehu trampling Jezebel before dogs ate her. Painting him as purely weak would be like painting John Paul II based on some of his appointees like the sexually defective Cardinal Groer in Austria or the tricky Cardinal Law in Boston. I will never vote for Obama. But I love that he kills terrorists. To forget the good and only remember the bad is not appropriate.

  9. At least the Secretary of State isn’t playing any verbal games:

    “Let me be clear: There is no justification for this. None.”

    Clinton also said, “As long as there are those who would take innocent life in the name of God, the world will never know a true and lasting peace.”

    Guess we know who wears the pants in that administration.

  10. The most stupid thing anyone’s ever said in 2012: This campaign is about jobs, jobs, and jobs.

    The most stupid thing anyone ever said in 2008 (up until the crash): This campaign is about Iraq, Iraq, and Iraq.

    (OK, maybe any sentence with the word “Kenya” in it was stupider, but you get my point. The world is going to do what it does, and a campaign has to be ready to address everything. And that’s fitting, because an administration has to be ready to address everything.)

  11. I think Democrats have a wider spectrum of ideologues within their regimes…ranging from militarists like Panetta to outright anti war people….all democrats. Republicans have a much narrower and focused population in their regimes.

    Um….not really. There are a good number of Ron Paul and Paleo types that are anti-militarist.

    Far more, I would say, than there are pro-life Democrats.

  12. According to the Wall Street Journal, the film depicts the Muslim prophet Muhammed as a “womanizer, pedophile and fraud”. — a depiction bound to offend many Muslims.

    Of course, the Israeli-American producer is right. One can criticise him for his blindness to unforeseen circumstances, but the truth is the truth. That doesn’t justify the whimpering response from the Obama administration.

    Tony H. @ 6.27 am. is dead right. I think there are many Americans who don’t understand that point, probably sequestered away in their cosy beureuacratic, out-of-touch lives. Its too late when the front line is in your own back yard.

  13. For your enjoyment here is audio of an open mic that captures the press coordinating questions for Romney regarding Libya and Egypt

    “no matter who he calls on we’re covered”

    http://www.therightscoop.com/exclusive-open-mic-captures-press-coordinating-questions-for-romney-no-matter-who-he-calls-on-were-covered/

    And for your further enjoyment, here is footage of the over the top hostile questioning at Romney’s press conference. Never seen anything close to this done to Obama, or even his press secretary Jay Carney

    FULL PRESS CONFERENCE: Mitt Romney’s statement on Libya and Egypt and Q&A

    http://www.therightscoop.com/full-press-conference-mitt-romneys-statement-on-libya-and-egypt/

    Romney would have gotten better questions if he was talking to a pile of rocks

  14. The sovereignty of the United States is violated. Diplomatic immunity has been breeched. The president’s personal representatives are murdered and dragged through the streets because they represent the president. The heads of Libya and Egypt are not apologizing, nor are any other nations sending sympathy. They burnt the American Flag. Those dead ambassadors represent Obama. Obama is the one they want, not because he is Obama, but because he is head of the U.S. Demand an appropriate apology and send them no money. Oh, that’s right they own us.

  15. Mary de Voe wrote, “The heads of Libya and Egypt are not apologizing…”

    Mr Mohammed el-Megarif, the interim president of Libya has done just that. He “described the attack as “cowardly” and offered his condolences on the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and the three other Americans. Speaking to reporters, he vowed to bring the culprits to justice and maintain his country’s close relations with the United States.”

  16. Since Libya is in chaos a fat lot of good his apology does. A better question to ask is to wonder why the consulate security in Benghazi was left to Libyan mercenaries rather than to US Marines, since Libya has largely been chaotic since the revolution against Khaddaffi. An elite anti-terrorist force of 50 Marines is now being sent in after the fact. If we had a true news media in this country instead of unpaid Obama press agents, that is precisely the type of question they would be yelling at Obama at every venue, a charming habit they have only when the President is a Republican.

  17. Thank you Michael Paterson-Seymour.

    I was looking for more from the world community, but I guess it is dangerous to get to close to America.

    Bloodguilt. The American ambassador was put to death because he was an American and not for any crime of his own or any crime of Americans, except that we as American citizens exist as our own sovereign nation. I was gratified that Gov. Romney used the terms “sovereign” and “principle”. An act of war plain and simple. While it may be a religious war to impose Islam, nonetheless, it is a religious war. If it is a religious war for God, then let God fight it. If it is a religious war against God, then, all men must resist and wage peace.

    Our president, Barack Obama has chosen to take the immoral high ground and offered the olive branch of peace by apologizing for our existence. Apologizing for America’s existence and excusing the militant Muslims is inviting terrorism. When the salt has lost it flavor, what is left, but to throw the salt that has lost it savor out and trample it underfoot.

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