Senior administration official: The Cairo embassy’s statement does not reflect the view of the U.S. government; Update: Romney calls embassy statement “disgraceful”

posted at 10:34 pm on September 11, 2012 by Allahpundit

I thought the White House might decide to keep quiet on this and hope that the media doesn’t press too hard tomorrow. And I think they would have, if not for the fact that Romney’s surely ready to go nuclear on them for it and force the issue. Remember, thanks to a few openings created by Mitt (most notably forgetting to thank the troops in his convention speech), Obama’s angling to frame himself as President Foreign Policy for the stretch run to election day. How would that play if he’s suddenly being hammered tomorrow for Apology Tour 2012?

So here’s the walkback. You know who’s going to have a fun day on Wednesday? Jay Carney.

The White House is disavowing a statement from their own Cairo embassy that apologized for anti-Muslim activity in the United States.

“The statement by Embassy Cairo was not cleared by Washington and does not reflect the views of the United States government,” a senior administration official told POLITICO…

“Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a Tuesday statement.

Here’s the last tweet from Cairo embassy account, posted three hours ago as I write this:

https://twitter.com/USEmbassyCairo/status/245665697408102400

Really looking forward to hearing Carney explain which part of the embassy’s earlier statement failed to represent the views of the U.S. government. I want to hear it in his own words; hopefully the press corps will make him elaborate. If the White House rejects the idea that criticizing religion constitutes an “abuse” of free speech, then good for them. But let’s get it on the record, because we all know there’ll be more incidents of embassies stormed and people shot over “insults” to Islam — quite possibly in Afghanistan — and the tune’s likely to change later as political circumstances demand.

Exit quotation from the Muslim Brotherhood’s Twitter account:

Update: Like I was saying, Obama had no choice but to retreat. Here comes Mitt:

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.


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Some of you are saying “we” should have shot the protestors. Who is the “we”? Is it the fault of the marines now?

The Marine Security Guards do NOT have the “mission” you think they do….

“Host” Nation is responsible for the general security of the embassy.

SwabJockey on September 12, 2012 at 7:47 AM

I’m telling you straight up that Romney is doing a fantastic job! No, he doesn’t need to shout and wave his arms and froth at the mouth. He is projecting nothing but confidence and it is a well justified confidence. His words are clear and forceful and most of all confidence-inspiring.

Fools like you can believe the cooked up poll numbers all you want. It’s to be expected that you wouldn’t question anything that confirms your bias against Mitt. But intelligent people can see them for what they are. A propaganda tool of the regime’s media lackeys. You’re one of those who thought that Mitt wasn’t going to win the primaries and cheered every time some ABR candidate had their day in the sun only to slide back in to derision and obscurity. Keep being a fool and keep being fooled.

MJBrutus on September 12, 2012 at 7:37 AM

Good grief no wonder Romney is losing.

bgibbs1000 on September 12, 2012 at 7:48 AM

For the second time in as many weeks, the State Department has contradicted President Barack Obama, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton re-affirmed the apologetic stance disavowed earlier this evening by the White House in reacting to the storming of the U.S. embassy in Cairo by a mob of radical Egyptian Al Qaeda sympathizers on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/09/11/Hillary-Contradicts-Obama-on-Egypt-Apology

Smart Power™

Naturally Curly on September 12, 2012 at 7:48 AM

I see an article says they have now learned how to grow a pair of testicles in a lab. Would they ship them to our current preident. And while they are at it, work on a spine for him also.

crosshugger on September 12, 2012 at 7:48 AM

Fox is covering Harry Potter.

God help us.

faraway on September 12, 2012 at 7:49 AM

libfreeordie on September 12, 2012 at 7:01 AM

So, how was your Day of Service? You cannot make up naming the website serve(dot)gov. Afterall, we belong to the government anyway, right?

Fallon on September 12, 2012 at 7:52 AM

Don’t tell me the Romney campaign is doing a good job when they are losing in poll after poll to an Empty chair. He should be leading the DOTUS by 10 points. His ads are NOT FORCEFUL enough.

Duh…….did anyone here live through the 1976 Ford campaign?

Dole 1988?

McCain 2008?

Step it up Mitt!!!

PappyD61 on September 12, 2012 at 7:16 AM

Really? You are allowing yourself to be sucked in by stacked polls???? You DO know that the ratio of dems to all the others is usually at least a 8-10pt difference, don’t you? Eyore much?

lovingmyUSA on September 12, 2012 at 7:52 AM

Good grief no wonder Romney is losing.

bgibbs1000 on September 12, 2012 at 7:48 AM

Go back to bed…you are still sleepwalking and mumbling in your sleep…

lovingmyUSA on September 12, 2012 at 7:56 AM

Fox is covering Harry Potter.

God help us.

faraway on September 12, 2012 at 7:49 AM

FOX has been covering this all morning…jeez…

lovingmyUSA on September 12, 2012 at 7:57 AM

lovingmyUSA on September 12, 2012 at 7:57 AM

Since 5am, or 4am HA time…I’m on CST…

lovingmyUSA on September 12, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Some way, some how, the Muslim world is going to have to get over itself.

Cindy Munford on September 12, 2012 at 1:32 AM

To get Islam to the point where it will disconnect religion from military conflict will take the equivalent of a Peace of Westphalia. The Great Peace came AFTER the 30 Years War which left 20% of Europe dead… not including the plagues and such, just due to the conflict, itself.

My remedy to these situations have been for the US to leave places going into chaos, deliver weapons and ammo by air drop to the population and let them figure it out for themselves.

When it comes to such things as people no longer holding to a patina of civilized restraint, storming embassies and having their government approve of same, then you have hit the definition of an ‘enemy’. One that sends civilians to do its dirty work. Which is barbaric. These regimes that support this are a threat to all Nations and all mankind. Acts such as this are the disproof that Nations have a monopoly on warfare: they do not as it exists within the liberty of man, both negative and positive. Civilized man restrains the negative liberty of external warfare, and attacking, but retains the positive which is self-defense.

These acts are barbaric, are supported by those in power and they thus endorse barbarism. Leave these places to their own devices and remind them that there are consequences to such actions which are Private War brought against any Nation.

Until the US upholds a standard for civilized activity and STOPS APOLOGIZING FOR IT and BEGINS EXPECTING IT there will be no end to such things against us.

This is Tehran all over again.

I remember what Carter did and didn’t do then.

We have expected no better of others and have gotten just that since then. Perhaps it is time to let actions speak for themselves and start defending what is and is not civilized behavior and why it is judged that way and stop applying the sliding scale to this standard. Set an example others can follow.

Because Islam won’t ‘gel’ until they finally get it through their religion that it really does need to be separated from deciding matters of State directly and, instead, preach morals and not imperial outlooks. That will take the equivalent of a 30 Years War with the bloodshed that came with it or even greater amounts left to soak the sands… until the few sane and civilized members come to their senses and start putting things right… which will require more of the same, unfortunately. Give the civilized a standard to follow and don’t apologize about being civilized. Not because it ‘feels good’ or is ‘humanitarian’, but because it is the right thing to do.

And, yeah, being civilized means sticking up for yourself, fighting back and calling enemies just what they are – enemies.

Notice that the diplomats have failed themselves here?

Put State back under the military as it used to be: every diplomat a soldier, every soldier a diplomat. And keep the politics and ideologues out of diplomacy as their good feelings are leading to barbarism and corrosion of civilized behavior with each and every excuse that is given. Diplomats have a mission to defend US interests and uphold a standard, and right now they aren’t doing that job and, arguably, haven’t been doing it for decades with Carter just being the most egregious example of a long festering problem.

ajacksonian on September 12, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Go back to bed…you are still sleepwalking and mumbling in your sleep…

lovingmyUSA on September 12, 2012 at 7:56 AM

Is that the best you’ve got? Half the squish RINO’s on here keep talking about the marxist needing to grow pair. They should ask when Romney is going to grow a pair and get busy winning. Pathetic that that Romney hasn’t already wrapped up the election. It should be no contest.

bgibbs1000 on September 12, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Wow the ambassador to libya was killed!

wargamer6 on September 12, 2012 at 8:02 AM

No, but giving real support to the locals who might actually be in favor of democratic reform rather than letting chaos and AlQaida take over would be helpful.

Terrye on September 12, 2012 at 7:07 AM

“Democracy” isn’t delivering more liberty and better societies even in the so-called western world; why would it perform better in North Africa in communities infused with Islamic values and Islamic beliefs?

The likes of Mr George W Bush and Mr Blair who saw themselves as the saviours of humanity, and the bringers of light, have themselves understood neither the light nor the darkness.

Letting AlQaida take-over might be the best possible thing to do. Let the servants of Allah call upon Allah to save them from the *other* servants of Allah. After all, Alahu Akbar, Insha Allah! Concerned western liberals can go there permanently to assist if they care so much. Eventually most of them, kuffar and Muslim alike, will starve to death and the remaining few might get a clue.

YiZhangZhe on September 12, 2012 at 8:03 AM

crazy larry thinks romneys response was “stupid” he should have kept his mouth shot.

mitt, for the love of heaven, do exactly the opposite of what the leftists clowns say.

renalin on September 12, 2012 at 8:04 AM

chuck todd and donny douche are also completely disgusted by mitts statement.

4 Americans are dead. mitt stood up for them. lets hope he keeps talking about it today.

renalin on September 12, 2012 at 8:07 AM

So, anyone else think that this might have been a coordindated attack after MB and Iran intelligence meeting? Elect Romney, attack Iran w/ Israel, and let the chips fall on the periphery. For God’s sake, we have Hezbullah in Mexico now.

moyeti on September 12, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Hillary was right. Obama shits himself at the 3 am phone call.

wargamer6 on September 12, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Mitt should drum this. That will make the One so upset he’ll make a mistake. Not to mention it is the right thing to do as well.

moyeti on September 12, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Pathetic that that Romney hasn’t already wrapped up the election. It should be no contest.

bgibbs1000 on September 12, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Agreed.

But the problem is not with Mr Romney, per se, but with the electorate who don’t have the discernment to choose well, to distinguish the greater good from the lesser good, the greater evil from the lesser evil, and from whom the two candidates are themselves drawn.

The sickness is much deeper and more widespread than the mind and character of one man. Almost an entire generation has now been corrupted with the “progressive” dogma.

The west has systemic diseases that will take forty years or more to cure, and then only if the wholesome portion of the population correctly identifies the targets and attacks with vigor, determination and self-sacrifice. Presently conservatives in the west are behaving like people who expect to cure a cancerous tumour by saying nice things about it.

YiZhangZhe on September 12, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Yizhangzhe, dead on about this gen. Apathy. Pure and simple. The males have been nuetered, the females have been furiously empowered. I get online to bust up some of their conversations and it is like walking thru a communist handbook.

It will take the natural conclusion of this type of mindset to change it. I just hope that liberty keeps that shoe from dropping.

We are the West, the most advanced civilization man has known, and it is our duty to keep this world from doing a swirlie into history.

moyeti on September 12, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Not one single poll has Romney in the lead……..against the worst President in my lifetime.

He is losing to an Empty chair.

Results people. We want a WIN in November, not another gracious RINO concession speech.

PappyD61 on September 12, 2012 at 8:20 AM

The behavior of this government is quickly becoming grossly embarrassing and sad. The embassy exists to voice the opinion of the US government and for the administration to disagree with it is blatantly stupid and counterproductive.

rplat on September 12, 2012 at 8:21 AM

at 9:30 this morning chuck todd tells us romney will be speaking in florida and will comment on Libya. obama lip syncs at noon.

renalin on September 12, 2012 at 8:22 AM

“the U.S. Embassy in Cairo issued a statement saying that it condemns “the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.”***

***the exemption being forced abortion and contraception insurance coverage

Ellis on September 12, 2012 at 8:22 AM

The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.

Jay Carney.

So….can somebody explain to me the First Amendment again?

michaelthomas on September 12, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Senior administration official: The Cairo embassy’s statement does not reflect the view of the U.S. government.

Senior (Nov. 6, 2012): The U.S. government does not reflect the view of the U.S.

Barnestormer on September 12, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Not one single poll has Romney in the lead……..against the worst President in my lifetime.

He is losing to an Empty chair.

Results people. We want a WIN in November, not another gracious RINO concession speech.

PappyD61 on September 12, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Are you really whining about polls?

tom daschle concerned on September 12, 2012 at 8:29 AM

The statement that the Embassy statement does not reflect the views of the United States government is patently ridiculous. The Embassy IS the United States government! When these kinds of things are happening outside the embassy walls, you can bet your last dollar that cables are flying back and forth between the embassy and Foggy Bottom. Thes State Dept (the US government) know full well about this statement.

Trafalgar on September 12, 2012 at 8:29 AM

What is it that the Egyptian mob is shouting? “Obama, Obama, there are a billion Osamas.”
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/316569/obama-obama-there-are-still-billion-osamas-andrew-c-mccarthy

Obysmal has created a malignant stew with his Smart Power, and his passive “diplomacy” has paved the way for further sharia.

onlineanalyst on September 12, 2012 at 8:30 AM

“Don’t make our people angry, because we will kill, we will fight”…gee, strong words from a follower of The Religion of Peace.

ellifint on September 12, 2012 at 8:34 AM

tom daschle concerned on September 12, 2012 at 8:29 AM

And he is doing his best to get a WIN (for whom we are not sure) in November by bashing Romney with every one of his posts.

bayview on September 12, 2012 at 8:35 AM

YiZhangZhe on September 12, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Pretty much sums it up.

BettyRuth on September 12, 2012 at 8:36 AM

So, according to this administration frreedom of speech is limited and circumscribed by whatever may offend the most vicious and bloodthirsty among us. In which case there is no such thing as freedome of speech – it is subject to the murderer’s veto.

tommyboy on September 12, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Moody’s threatens downgrade, strikes in Chicago, violent murderous attacks on our embassies with threats of more to come, WH snubs Netanyahu while keeping a campaign schedule and the all important Letterman appearance, state department issuing conflicting statements about the mayhem, and what happens? Mr. President’s approval rating continues to go up. I’m sad for my country.

scalleywag on September 12, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Good grief no wonder Romney is losing.

bgibbs1000 on September 12, 2012 at 7:48 AM

Actually, the statement you make to MJB has nothing to do with Romney’s poll standing. Why do you make statements that are clearly non sequiturs ? Are you REALLY that brain dead?

“Today’s Washington Post/ABC News poll has Romney leading by 11 points among independents.

Last night’s CNN poll shows Romney up 14 among independents.

You might ask yourself how in the world Romney could be losing (according to the corrupt media and their intentionally skewed polls) when he has a commanding lead with independent voters.

Well, that’s simple, the polls are weighted with over-generous samples of Democrats. In fact, the CNN poll linked above shows Obama ahead by six points overall but CNN’s absurd sample only includes 5% of the very same independent voters Romney’s enjoying a commanding lead with. The Washington Post poll, however, samples 36% indies and that poll only shows a 1% lead for Obama.”

~BNN~

There is no one who doesn’t believe that independents are the key to winnning this election. It’s Romney’s to lose. Obama’s had his 15 minutes of fame. He failed. C’est la Vie.

DevilsPrinciple on September 12, 2012 at 8:42 AM

libfreeordie on September 12, 2012 at 6:46 AM

So tell us professor, 4 Americans are murdered in cold blood in OUR embassy, including our Ambassador who’s body was then drug through the streets…

…what should your boy king do?

And why did it take him over 12 hours to release a statement about it?

And why did he not mention the storming of the American Embassy in Egypt, ripping down OUR flag and burning it, in his statement about Libya?

Flora Duh on September 12, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Flora Duh on September 12, 2012 at 8:43 AM

You go girl!

gophergirl on September 12, 2012 at 8:46 AM

RIP, Mr. Ambassador, and the others.

Clearly a simple ‘workplace incident’ .. Nothing to see here.
*eyeroll*

pambi on September 12, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Some of you are saying “we” should have shot the protestors. Who is the “we”? Is it the fault of the marines now?

The Marine Security Guards do NOT have the “mission” you think they do….

“Host” Nation is responsible for the general security of the embassy.

SwabJockey on September 12, 2012 at 7:47 AM

I would think once the mob comes over the wall, all bets (and safeties) are off.

FineasFinn on September 12, 2012 at 8:49 AM

CBS reporting that 2 of those murdered were Marines.

Flora Duh on September 12, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Clearly a simple ‘workplace incident’ .. Nothing to see here.

pambi on September 12, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Perfect

FineasFinn on September 12, 2012 at 8:50 AM

I don’t see a great divide between the “Religion of Peace” thugs assaulting us overseas and the “Chicago Machine” thugs assaulting us at home. Obama has finally out-Cartered Carter.

Oh, and for you fine grievance-mongers of the Left: Your support for the protesters representing a Pedophile-Prophet is once again noted.

Alisha’s Revenge

trl on September 12, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Update: Romney calls embassy statement “disgraceful”

Romney has it right. Elect this man President.

Happy Nomad on September 12, 2012 at 8:58 AM

And why did it take him over 12 hours to release a statement about it?

And why did he not mention the storming of the American Embassy in Egypt, ripping down OUR flag and burning it, in his statement about Libya?

Flora Duh on September 12, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Barry is leading from behind, by 12 hours in this count.

Barry will mention Egypt after he finished deleting all communications between the Embassy in Cairo and Washington D.C. since yesterday, and get the official revision of history lines straight.

bayview on September 12, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Looks like Romney’s putting the Obama WH in a frenzied hyper-defensive flailing state. Up against the ropes. Good stuff. The media will have a collective meltdown today those A-Holes.

RepubChica on September 12, 2012 at 9:00 AM

I don’t see a great divide between the “Religion of Peace” thugs assaulting us overseas and the “Chicago Machine” thugs assaulting us at home. Obama has finally out-Cartered Carter.

trl on September 12, 2012 at 8:56 AM

So in other words, Obama’s siding with the Muslim street thugs is professional courtesy?

Seriously, the administration’s reaction to this situation along with a slew of other gaffes prove that we need to wrest foreign affairs out of the hands of the children who think the world isn’t a dangerous place.

Happy Nomad on September 12, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Disappointed to see some people on here (in the posts related to the Libya murders) sounding all giddy over the murders and hoping that this will be Obama’s undoing. It just doesn’t feel right.

Yes, making excuses for the attackers (i.e., scolding people for making fun of Islam) and Obama’s naive approach to the so-called Arab Spring deserve criticism in the coming days… but if many people start blaming Obama for the murders, it’s going to backfire. The sick Islamists are responsible for the violence.

bluegill on September 12, 2012 at 9:01 AM

We already know that President Obama likes to “speak softly” to our enemies. If he doesn’t have a “big stick” to carry, maybe it’s time for him to grow one.

- Sarah Palin

Coming soon: Lab-grown genitals?

Flora Duh on September 12, 2012 at 9:02 AM

The Marine Security Guards do NOT have the “mission” you think they do….

“Host” Nation is responsible for the general security of the embassy.

SwabJockey on September 12, 2012 at 7:47 AM

According to at least one article, there weren’t Marines at the embassy in Libya. The guards were Libyans. WTH!

Deanna on September 12, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Interesting tweet this morning…

@JimPethokoukis: As I said during the RNC, a top GOP operative who knows Ohio well says the state is lost

gumbyandpokey on September 12, 2012 at 9:08 AM

The Marine Security Guards do NOT have the “mission” you think they do….

“Host” Nation is responsible for the general security of the embassy.

SwabJockey on September 12, 2012 at 7:47 AM

Ultimately, Obama has the responsibility of US citizens.

faraway on September 12, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Bush: Lets roll
Obama: Lets apologize

Syd B. on September 12, 2012 at 9:11 AM

We already know that President Obama likes to “speak softly” to our enemies. If he doesn’t have a “big stick” to carry, maybe it’s time for him to grow one.

- Sarah Palin

Coming soon: Lab-grown genitals?

Flora Duh on September 12, 2012 at 9:02 AM

What a STUPID, STUPID, STUPID comment from Palin. It’s crude and unbelievably childish. Can she be dignified even once? She is our former VP candidate, and I wish she would start acting like it. Earlier in that statement she made reference to the “see Russia from my house” quote falsely attributed to her. Sounded petty and almost like she is still hurting from all the garbage she put up with, and she’s just trying to back at people and give them a taste of what she had to deal with. The problem is that it just doesn’t seem appropriate now! Sarah Palin writes those posts as if she’s leaving comments on a blog like HotAir. I mean, really? Making indirect references to Barack Obama’s genitalia? It totally distracts from the serious points in her post.

bluegill on September 12, 2012 at 9:14 AM

gumbyandpokey on September 12, 2012 at 9:08 AM

OT trolling.

farsighted on September 12, 2012 at 9:15 AM

What a STUPID, STUPID, STUPID comment from Palin. It’s crude and unbelievably childish. Can she be dignified even once? She is our former VP candidate, and I wish she would start acting like it. … It totally distracts from the serious points in her post.

bluegill on September 12, 2012 at 9:14 AM

I agree. Palin got caught in the Obama’s chaos trap.

More will get caught in it today.

It’s time to be quiet and let Obama twist in the wind today.

faraway on September 12, 2012 at 9:16 AM

@JimPethokoukis: As I said during the RNC, a top GOP operative who knows Ohio well says the state is lost

gumbyandpokey on September 12, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Go to hell you 0)(&)96987 bastard. I’m sick of you people hijacking every thread with your Romney hate.

Happy Nomad on September 12, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Making indirect references to Barack Obama’s genitalia? It totally distracts from the serious points in her post.

bluegill on September 12, 2012 at 9:14 AM

LOL…Palin’s mocking Biden’s “big stick” statement re Obama & foreign policy from months back, silly. Hence the quotation marks.

RepubChica on September 12, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Please tell me someone took the USA, placed it inside a DeLorian with a flux capacitor, and took us back to 1979?
This BS reminds me exactly of 1979. Now, all we need is the news media in October saying the VP Ryan got aboard an SR-71 blackbird and flew to Iran to tell them to hold off until after the election, and it will be like DeJavu all over again!

Why the U.S. Military isn’t taking some .50 cal to these idiots when they storm the walls of U.S. soil (embassy) is beyond me. Maybe they aren’t allowed ammunition, because it might cause a problem or some other wacky PC thing.

p51d007 on September 12, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Say, why don’t we all head down to Egyptian Embassy in DC and give them a taste of their own medicine! I wonder how that would go over.

Happy Nomad on September 12, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Your Mamma loves me on September 12, 2012 at 6:45 AM

Bmore on September 12, 2012 at 9:21 AM

“The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation.”

Except for Catholics like me. Then it’s we’re going to force you to pay for birth control and say your hospitals are “secular” when they’re anything but. And when you object, not be climbing over the White House fence, but by writing a strongly worded letter and making the rounds on TV (you know, like reasonable people), then is save it for Sunday Churchy-Mchildabuser.

NoVAHockey on September 12, 2012 at 9:21 AM

“Host” Nation is responsible for the general security of the embassy.

SwabJockey on September 12, 2012 at 7:47 AM

BULLSH*T! Anyone who knows anything about foreign policy understands that embassy soil is considered “native” soil. In other words, the attack against the US Embassy in Cairo occurred on AMERICAN soil. We should treat it just like any other armed attack against Americans on American soil. The responsibility of the host country is to ensure that their citizens do not engage in acts of war that would create a target of their country. What Egypt did or did not do is testament to their mindset. I believe we should close the embassy, withdraw our diplomats, cut off all funding, and place them on the hostile country list which would cut off shipments and tourism.

dominigan on September 12, 2012 at 9:23 AM

libfreeordie on September 12, 2012 at 6:46 AM

Bmore on September 12, 2012 at 9:23 AM

(I can’t believe I’m saying this next sentence.) Obama is apparently honoring his words. “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

So far, his resposne to this mess is atrocious. He will probably go there and bow the the Brotherhood and apologize for letting the Ambassador die on their soil.

I see only one viable response to this. Divert troops to evacuate all American citizens and declare Egypt, Lybia, Iran, etc. “No Travel” countries andf immediately withhold ALL aid. Then withdraw all troops from the region and let them melt down.

xmanvietnam on September 12, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Interesting tweet this morning…

@JimPethokoukis: As I said during the RNC, a top GOP operative who knows Ohio well says the state is lost

gumbyandpokey on September 12, 2012 at 9:08

Hmm, nice post, considering the topic.

We’ll leave the Light on, so your Stupidity can hang
it’s hat on the rack.

ToddPA on September 12, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Americans are dead in Libya, what ever their politics, Americans were murdered by a mob..

Any politician who doesn’t outright condemn the murderous thugs of the muslim street is unfit to serve in the office they hold, or seek. Every embassy at risk should either be fortified, including gunship over flights and carrier protection…. or closed and the people removed from harm’s way NOW.

If cluster bombs on the arab street are what’s needed to make the point, so be it. International “opinion” be damned.. they always argue for the right to protest no matter how many dead Americans it takes..

1979…. 2012… not much difference,…

Mitt’s comment was about right, and he needs to stay on that point,, screw the ABC CBS NBC MSNBC CNN NPR Obama media thugs who whine about it. They would defend Obama’s cartoonishly stupid response even if he hadn’t walked it back. Not just defend it.. but excoriate anyone who dared criticise Obama’s no less than Godlike abilities..

WE’RE SICK OF THIS!

ENOUGH……………..

Mitt says what we’re all thinking.. and the media Praetorian Guard goes all concern troll about what Mitt SHOULD SAY…. which not surprisingly is to bow to Obama..

The only thing we can hope for, is that someone tells Obama to pull them out and cut off every nation which has Muslim Brotherhood control.. until we can put a president in power who puts American lives FIRST, over muslim feelings..

mark81150 on September 12, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Making indirect references to Barack Obama’s genitalia? It totally distracts from the serious points in her post.

bluegill on September 12, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Keep posting Anti Palin Jackazzery.

You’ve been reduced to Doorstop territoy now because
of your Lunacy regarding this woman.

ToddPA on September 12, 2012 at 9:30 AM

bluegill on September 12, 2012 at 9:14 AM

I’m not in the mood for one of your jealous rants about someone who is more intelligent, successful, and probably better looking, than you.

She’s a citizen who has just as much right to voice her opinion as you do, so let me just keep this short and succinct – GFY.

#WAR

Flora Duh on September 12, 2012 at 9:30 AM

LOL…Palin’s mocking Biden’s “big stick” statement re Obama & foreign policy from months back, silly. Hence the quotation marks.

RepubChica on September 12, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Yes, I’m sure most people get it. But just because Biden “went there,” does that mean Palin has to “go there” too? Especially now? Biden isn’t exactly the picture of decorum, so saying “but Biden said it first” doesn’t really cut it.

I also hope Romney is very measured in his remarks later this morning.

bluegill on September 12, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Re:scalleywag@8:42: So now we know what fraction of the country cares only about its next government check.

tngmv on September 12, 2012 at 9:32 AM

I’m not in the mood for one of your jealous rants about someone who is more intelligent, successful, and probably better looking, than you.

Flora Duh on September 12, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Sorry it never entered your mind that some people might actually be willing to admit that Palin makes mistakes. I know that you think anyone who criticizes Palin must be jealous of the woman. Maybe you should get out of your little Palin worship bubble now and then, Flora. Conservatives have every right to point out Palin’s shortcomings, and it has nothing to do with jealousy; it’s called being honest and refusing to hold up the woman as some kind of infallible goddess. Deal with it.

bluegill on September 12, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Empty chair is claiming the phone didn’t ring at 3am, and Hillary says the embassy’s words were their own doing. Who’s in charge in our govt? Mitt, who wants the authority, condemns the non-actions by the guy who’s supposed to be in charge and Mr. K, a guy sitting in a wheel chair, said the protesters can all go to hell. I think I agree with Charlie on this one. Has Bam stopped payment on that generous gift from the US to the MB yet? You betcha Not!

Kissmygrits on September 12, 2012 at 9:35 AM

bluegill on September 12, 2012 at 9:35 AM

And we have every right to point out Romney’s short comings..:)

idesign on September 12, 2012 at 9:43 AM

bluegill on September 12, 2012 at 9:35 AM

There’s disagreeing with someone and then there’s lunacy that causes someone to jump on and criticize every word someone says.

Unless of course, you want to hypocritically use that person’s words to serve your purpose.

Yep. I call on Sarah Palin because she’s not running for anything and she would bring even more attention to calls for Akin to drop out. It would speed up the process. Don’t want Romney to have to constantly be asked about this stupidity.

Time for Mark Levin, Hannity, DeMint, Palin and others to speak out and say he should go and go now.

bluegill on August 19, 2012 at 10:33 PM

You crossed the lunacy line a long time ago.

I’m done with you…for today.

#WAR

Flora Duh on September 12, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Disappointed to see some people on here (in the posts related to the Libya murders) sounding all giddy over the murders and hoping that this will be Obama’s undoing. It just doesn’t feel right.

bluegill on September 12, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Strawman. Just like the libs who yell about conservatives cheering when the stock market drops. “Sounding all giddy”? Sounds like a dog whistle to me.

Mitoch55 on September 12, 2012 at 9:47 AM

I’m done with you…for today.

#WAR

Flora Duh on September 12, 2012 at 9:44 AM

What are you on this morning? Why are you quoting posts from last month? You are just wasting space in this comment thread with your little childish obsessions. Can’t you stick to the subject at hand, without bending over backwards to try to prove some unrelated supposed hypocrisy on my part? You know, Flora, it is possible for us to praise Palin for some things and to criticize her for others. I know you like to put people into neat little “hater” or “supporter” categories, but not everything works out that way.

bluegill on September 12, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Making indirect references to Barack Obama’s genitalia? It totally distracts from the serious points in her post.

bluegill on September 12, 2012 at 9:14 AM

from the folks who endlessly complained about her when she was speaking seriously, was speaking perfectly normal political boilerplate…

she said what every American male with any stones was thinking,…

and after Romney, at the urging of folks LIKE YOU, has put a wall between his campaign and Governor Palin… you really think whatever she says has any impact on Mitt?

Stop whining about what the sideline says, and grow up.. Palin herself would tell you she’s just a citizen now, not running for anything, and the only response from the Hate Palin crowd is she can’t even have an opinion now that isn’t vetted by you?

oh screw off…

Mitt has the Official response covered, she doesn’t detract from that.. unless you’re obsessed and simply long for a reason to hate her all over again.

People like you are the reason, the party can’t come together, you spend all your time ridiculing ANY possible rival to Mitt.. When you should be looking for allies. Her opinion is perfectly valid, her ridicule just EXACTLY what the base is thinking.. and Don’t tell us, if Mitt had said the same thing..

You wouldn’t be here shrieking in defense of his right to say it.

She addressed the reason the democrats have lost the white male vote for decades, liberals have no balls at all… unless they’re kicking conservative women, then they have courage… bravely attacking other Americans… But foreigners?… oh no.. must not do that… they might think you’re racist..

mark81150 on September 12, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Strawman. Just like the libs who yell about conservatives cheering when the stock market drops. “Sounding all giddy”? Sounds like a dog whistle to me.

Mitoch55 on September 12, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Well, I could quote a few comments on here from earlier that led me to that conclusion. At this point I think the most common reaction is (rightfully so) anger, not giddiness. It just seems a bit premature to try to blame this all on Obama, who might end up giving a very tough-talking statement later. Would come across looking bad if you criticize Obama’s weak response right before Obama gives a very strong (even if it’s just in rhetoric and not in action) response. Almost feel like you’d want to wait to see what Obama does and says before you our candidate criticizes him for it.

bluegill on September 12, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Disappointed to see some people on here (in the posts related to the Libya murders) sounding all giddy over the murders and hoping that this will be Obama’s undoing. It just doesn’t feel right.

bluegill on September 12, 2012 at 9:01 AM

are you that dim?………… that thick headed?

“Giddy”?

I see outrage,.. mourning for the deaths.. I see the righteous anger, that again a liberal president has expressed as his first reaction… sympathy for those thugs being OFFENDED…

Not one post doing handsprings.. not one.

You really are the most out of step, no clue, liberal for Mitt I have ever seen on this site. You really see joy and happiness at Americans BEING KILLED here?

DO YOU HAVE ANY CLUE HOW OFFENSIVE THAT IS?

My first instinct during the primaries was you were a moby.. now I’m sure.

Everything you post is to spread dissensin and discord,.. to drive us apart. You aren’t one of us.

mark81150 on September 12, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Biden isn’t exactly the picture of decorum, so saying “but Biden said it first” doesn’t really cut it.

bluegill on September 12, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Not what I said. Do you understand what mocking means? Ridicule is the most potent weapon in politics. Just admit you had no idea Biden said it initially, Palin ridiculed the notion, and you jumped all over it half-assed and uninformed on the history.

RepubChica on September 12, 2012 at 10:04 AM

mark81150 on September 12, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Blah, blah, blah. Do you ever read before you post your comments? Or do you just like to shout in ALL CAPS? Read my previous comment.

Well, I could quote a few comments on here from earlier that led me to that conclusion. At this point I think the most common reaction is (rightfully so) anger, not giddiness.

bluegill on September 12, 2012 at 9:58 AM

bluegill on September 12, 2012 at 10:06 AM

I’m done this morning.. 1979 all over again..

and if I don’t walk away from the net right now, I’ll end up throwing my laptop out the window.. Carter’s under study has stepped up…

yay…

I pray to God, he doesn’t cost us more lives till we can get him voted out.

mark81150 on September 12, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Just admit you had no idea Biden said it initially, Palin ridiculed the notion, and you jumped all over it half-assed and uninformed on the history.

RepubChica on September 12, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Oh, please. I think we all knew it. Palin was just trying to be cute. Yeah, it’s just another example of why people don’t always take Palin seriously. It was crude, and I wish she would show the kind of dignity you would expect from a former VP candidate. She sounds like a run-of-the-mill HotAir commenter. It was cheap and unbecoming. She’s free to do it, of course, but she shouldn’t be surprised when she isn’t always regarded with the utmost respect.

bluegill on September 12, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Maybe a bit on the extreme side but all these countries could be calmed down by sending ambassador MIRV over there.

jistincase on September 12, 2012 at 10:13 AM

I wonder if Obama will start speaking to cut off Romney’s press conference/statement?

bluegill on September 12, 2012 at 10:14 AM

If this had happened under Bush, the media would be all over it shrieking all the same garbage Hotair is dancing around the town square with.

Hotair would have said it’s a non-issue- the statement was not cleared by Bush and therefore he cannot be held responsible for it – at the most he can be hand-slapped for not having more control over the embassy.

And, of course, we all know the last thing chicken Romney wants to do is step up to the adult table and discuss foreign policy:

“It doesn’t surprise me that they’re raising foreign policy because it’s another distraction from the Administration’s terrible economic record”
Romney senior policy advisor Robert O’Brien

Dave Rywall on September 12, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Bush: Lets roll
Obama: Lets apologize

Syd B. on September 12, 2012 at 9:11 AM
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Since the original statement wasn’t cleared by Obama, the only apology he owes is for the incompetent embassy staff not following proper statement approval procedures. So yes, technically he does need to apologize.

You should apologize for not knowing how to communicate in English.

Dave Rywall on September 12, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Romney did very well. Was spot on.

bluegill on September 12, 2012 at 10:26 AM

So will Obama now take questions?! Let’s see. Romney just did. He faced the reporters and handled them all.

bluegill on September 12, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Oh, please. I think we all knew it.

bluegill on September 12, 2012 at 10:10 AM

You didn’t. And your nonsensical verbiage doesn’t change the impression I have of your initial ignorance regarding political commentary circa 2012 and the history of the point she made in the first place. So stop your silly prude pretense. You’re a blank-shooting open book.

RepubChica on September 12, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Romney did very well. Was spot on.

bluegill on September 12, 2012 at 10:26 AM
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No, he sounds petty and misinformed.

Dave Rywall on September 12, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Dave Rywall on September 12, 2012 at 10:18 AM

At the risk of being rude, get back to us when it is your folks. We’ve seen this before, you’ll have to excuse us if we didn’t think it went well the first time around. Some how, some way these people have to learn that they cannot attack a entire nation because they are offended.

Cindy Munford on September 12, 2012 at 10:35 AM

RepubChica on September 12, 2012 at 10:28 AM

I don’t really care what an ignorant Sarah Palin apologist like you believes. You think you are special for knowing that Biden referenced Obama’s “big stick” in the past. Everyone knew that, sweetheart. Regardless, it doesn’t change the fact that that Palin was crude and childish. Sorry, some of us would have liked our former VP candidate to conduct herself with a little more dignity and not make cutesy wannabe zinger-like references to Obama’s genitalia. The cheap, attention-seeking comments she posts on Facebook don’t exactly help her reputation, but instead detract from the serious points she was making.

bluegill on September 12, 2012 at 10:37 AM

hmmm, interesting that a certain someone voices her disgust over criticism another certain someone said about Obama, yet she lets a scathing comment a known leftist makes about Romney go by without uttering a word.

Flora Duh on September 12, 2012 at 10:37 AM

The Official Obama Apology Tour has reached its endpoint in Benghazi…

Pest on September 12, 2012 at 10:42 AM

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