9-11-12: US Embassies Attacked, FOUR American Dead, Obama Team Slams Romney
Nothing is so clear as to the focus of the Obama campaign as their reaction to today’s attacks on American embassies that have resulted in evacuations and the death of one State department official, and 3 other Americans. For hours report after report came in about the attacks, and no word from the Obama camp was forthcoming.
Before the attacks, the US Embassy in Cairo knew there might be demonstrations against them, and released a statement apologizing for any offense against Muslims by anyone ever:
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.
After the attacks, they stood by their condemnation of those insulting their attackers. Then the White House pulled the rug from under them and said their condemnation was not supported by the administration. So then the embassy deleted their statements.
Meanwhile, Hilary Clinton condemns the death of the State Department official, and nearly comes close to apologizing herself.
And all this time, nothing official from Obama.
Finally, the release a statement soundly and firmly condemning… 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,” Obama’s campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt said in a statement.
This was one of
our Ambassador’s the murdered Americans, Sean Smith’s last messages before he was murdered:
(12:54:09 PM) vile_rat: assuming we don’t die tonight. We saw one of our ‘police’ that guard the compound taking pictures
“Vile rat” was his gaming screenname. Is this evidence that the attack was premeditated and not spontaneous? This message is being reported as having been sent hours before the mob arrived, and there are reports that Libyan guards helped the protesters find the evacuating staff.
This is despicable.
Via Michelle Malkin, the Muslim Brotherhood is calling for Muslims worldwide to “join the protests”:
The Brotherhood calls “for peaceful protests on Friday outside all the main mosques in all of Egypt’s provinces to denounce offenses to religion and to the Prophet,” the Muslim Brotherhood’s Secretary General Mahmud Hussein said in a statement.
He also urged all “national forces to join the protests.”
The Muslim Brotherhood, from which President Mohammed Morsi emerged, is the largest and most organized political force in the country.
No condemnation of the murder of our American citizens. Just more chaos…
The Palestinians have responded to the call, and are protesting in the Gaza Strip:
Dozens of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip burned American flags Wednesday and chanted “Death to America,” protesting an American film that mocks the Muslim Prophet Muhammad. The protest Wednesday in Gaza City was sponsored by supporters of the Popular Resistance Committees, a militant group aligned with the ruling Hamas movement…
In Gaza City, some protesters carried swords, axes and black flags. They also used knives to cut posters of Morris Sadek, the Egyptian-born Christian who has promoted the film, which was produced by an American-Israeli and also promoted by American pastor Terry Jones.
They chanted, “Shame on everyone who insults the prophet.”
Hamas, the larger militant group that governs Gaza, also condemned the film.
Its religious affairs minister, Ismail Radwan, called it an “insult to the millions of Muslims all over the world.”
The American embassies in Algeria and Tunisia, both of which border Libya, warned Wednesday of possible protests.
In an emergency message, the U.S. Embassy in Tunis warned Americans to avoid crowded places, saying that even gatherings “intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.”
FLASHBACK!! Slate Journolist Dave Weigel mocks Glenn Beck and Romney for their warnings about the Muslim Brotherhood – what maroons!!! Also: Gawker mocks Sarah Palin for not trusting the Muslim Brotherhood during the Egyptian uprising! She’s sooo dumb!
From the left-wing think tank Brooking Institute in January 2011: “Don’t Fear the Muslim Brotherhood”, and NPR in February 2011 attempts to make Muslim Brotherhood appear moderate, sensible.
And just to be fair, here’s one from right-wing dark Lord of Neo-Cons, Bill Kristol mocking Glenn Beck as well.
Now in Sudan:
Hundreds of protesters upset over a movie mocking Islam demonstrated outside the American embassy in Sudan on Wednesday, an embassy official said, after attacks on US missions in Libya and Egypt.
“I do believe it was a few hundred,” the official said, asking for anonymity. “Our compound was not breached.”
And in Kuwait:
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) September 12, 2012
And in Morrocco:
A protest from Morocco/Casablanca in front of the American embassy to protest against that film about the Prophet sws pic.twitter.com/lYyAArpd
— خديجة (@IamDiijah) September 12, 2012
And in Tunisia:
#Tunisia U.S. Embassy protesters throwing rocks at police, police firing back with teargas, running thru streets in Embassy neighborhood.
— Erik (@kefteji) September 12, 2012
I should clarify, Tunisia US Embassy protesters small in number, perhaps ~40.
— Erik (@kefteji) September 12, 2012
This protest was quelled pretty quickly with the police fighting off rioters.
PRESSTV is reporting a second mob attack is erupting in Cairo… not many details yet.
The producer of the video that started this murderous riot has been reported to be a “Sam Bacile,” including quotes attributed to him. Now, it appears that it’s a pseudonym, and his real identity is unknown [emphasis added]:
…I just called a man named Steve Klein — a self-described militant Christian activist in Riverside, California (whose actual business, he said, is in selling “hard-to-place home insurance”), who has been described in multiple media accounts as a consultant to the film.
Klein told me that Bacile, the producer of the film, is not Israeli, and most likely not Jewish, as has been reported, and that the name is, in fact, a pseudonym. He said he did not know “Bacile”‘s real name. He said Bacile contacted him because he leads anti-Islam protests outside of mosques and schools, and because, he said, he is a Vietnam veteran and an expert on uncovering al Qaeda cells in California. “After 9/11 I went out to look for terror cells in California and found them, piece of cake. Sam found out about me. The Middle East Christian and Jewish communities trust me.”
He said the man who identified himself as Bacile asked him to help make the anti-Muhammad film. When I asked him to describe Bacile, he said: “I don’t know that much about him. I met him, I spoke to him for an hour. He’s not Israeli, no. I can tell you this for sure, the State of Israel is not involved, Terry Jones (the radical Christian Quran-burning pastor) is not involved. His name is a pseudonym. All these Middle Eastern folks I work with have pseudonyms. I doubt he’s Jewish. I would suspect this is a disinformation campaign.”
I asked him who he thought Sam Bacile was. He said that there are about 15 people associated with the making of the film, “Nobody is anything but an active American citizen. They’re from Syria, Turkey, Pakistan, they’re some that are from Egypt. Some are Copts but the vast majority are Evangelical.”
What are we to make of Steve Klein’s assertions? I’m taking everything about this strange and horrible episod [sic] with a grain of salt, though I will say that I haven’t seen any proof yet that Sam Bacile is an actual Israeli Jew, or that the name is anything other than a pseudonym. More to come, undoubtedly.
This is amazing… what could be the real intention of whoever was behind this film?
— el SOOPer (@SooperMexican) September 12, 2012