CBS: Libyan security team fingered US ambassador to be killed; Update: Libyan president issues apology

posted at 9:21 am on September 12, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

In the confusion surrounding the murders of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya yesterday, the Libyan government — which exists due to the military intervention of the US and NATO — initially left the impression that loyalists to dead dictator Moammar Qaddafi conducted the assassinations.  CBS, however, now reports that the Libyan government has changed its tune.  Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and the other diplomatic personnel got moved to another building by Libyan security forces when the consulate was attacked, and then betrayed by them to the attackers:

Military officials told CBS News an anti-terrorism team of U.S. Marines was being deployed to Libya to help secure U.S. interests in the country following the attack. The State Department said, however, that no Americans were remaining at the facility in Benghazi. State officials would not confirm how many Americans were evacuated, or to where.

Wanis al-Sharef, a Libyan Interior Ministry official in Benghazi, said the four Americans were killed when the angry mob, which gathered to protest a U.S.-made film that ridicules Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, fired guns and burned down the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

He said Stevens, 52, and other officials were moved to a second building, deemed safer, after the initial wave of protests at the consulate. According to al-Sharef, members of the Libyan security team seem to have indicated to the protesters the building to which the American officials had been relocated, and that building then came under attack.

Stevens, 52, was the first U.S. ambassador to be killed in the line of duty since 1979.

The dispatch of more Marines to Libya comes a little late, writes Michael Patrick Leahy at Breitbart, who wonders why the US didn’t have more Marines stationed at this mission in the first place.  Or did they have any?

Security at the consulate was apparently provided by Libyan nationals hired by the United States. While security for American embassies is typically provided by our own Marines, the two Marines reported killed in yesterday’s attacks appear not to have been stationed at the embassy, but were sent there from another unknown location as the violence erupted. There is also no indication if these two Marines were the only American military personnel on site at the time of Ambassador Stevens’s death.

All reports indicate that the security forces at the consulate were overwhelmed by the size of the militant crowds and offered no resistance as they stormed the building, looted it, and killed the four Americans.

As the facts surrounding the destruction of the American consulate and death of Ambassador Stevens become known, investigators will focus on these question: Did the State Department provide adequate security for our embassy staff there? If not, why not?

And finally, the most important question of all: Where were the Marines?

We’d better get those answers quickly … perhaps as quickly as tomorrow.  The Muslim Brotherhood, which now controls Egypt, has called for a “peaceful protest” on Friday throughout all the country — and wants “all national forces” to participate in it:

Egypt’s powerful Muslim Brotherhood on Wednesday called for nationwide protests Friday after a film deemed offensive to Islam sparked a deadly attack in Libya and furious protests in Cairo.

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.

We’d better figure out our security in Cairo ASAP, or get our people out of there. This is going downhill fast, and the weak-sauce responses from the Obama administration is very clearly not dissuading radicals from their purpose.

Update: Libya’s interim president, Mohammed el-Megarif, issued an explicit apology for the murders of Stevens and the three other Americans:

Mohammed el-Megarif described the attack as “cowardly” and offered his condolences on the death of Ambassador Chris Stevensand 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. He said the three Americans were security guards. ….

“We extend our apology to America, the American people and the whole world,” el-Megarif said.

Contrast that with the silence coming from Egypt’s leadership after the attack on the US embassy.


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“Well, the previous administration shouldn’t have been so arrogant. Now, who’s up for some White House Brewskies and 18 holes?”

- BHO

ROCnPhilly on September 12, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Libyan security team fingered US ambassador to be killed

IOW, this “spontaneous” 9/11 “protest” and assassination was premeditated and planned and it involved Libyan personnel assigned to protect our embassy staff.

farsighted on September 12, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Time for R&R to start emphasizing Obama’s affection for all things Muslim.

BettyRuth on September 12, 2012 at 9:52 AM

I agree that Romney should wait until the SOS/B.O. make their statements. His statement he made last night is sufficient for now.

bluefox on September 12, 2012 at 9:53 AM

There is no possible way to augment security in Egypt or Libya in a day.

Letting these attrocities happen looks weak.
Being unable to do anything about it looks weak.
Pulling people out looks weak.

Take away: In this instance, we are weak.

juanito on September 12, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Hurry….we need to apologize some more….!

SPGuy on September 12, 2012 at 9:54 AM

IOW, this “spontaneous” 9/11 “protest” and assassination was premeditated and planned and it involved Libyan personnel assigned to protect our embassy staff.

farsighted on September 12, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Yes that is exactly what it means.

SWalker on September 12, 2012 at 9:54 AM

President Kardashian picked a heck of day to skip another National Security briefing. To hell with him and to hell with a press that fails to question the president’s daily activities.

RobertE on September 12, 2012 at 9:54 AM

IOW, this “spontaneous” 9/11 “protest” and assassination was premeditated and planned and it involved Libyan personnel assigned to protect our embassy staff.

I want to know what warning memos were passed to the President and why he did NOTHING about them.

18-1 on September 12, 2012 at 9:54 AM

These murderers are the people we backed over Qaddafi, remember that the next time you listen to McCain or Krystal or the rest on the right that pushes this sh*t.

lowandslow on September 12, 2012 at 9:37 AM

We?

joejm65 on September 12, 2012 at 9:54 AM

hey, but at least Government Motors is still in business right? I have to do Letterman and can’t be bothered with this stuff my real brothers are up to over there….

OBAMA IS CARTER!

SDarchitect on September 12, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Libyan security team fingered US ambassador to be killed

IOW, this “spontaneous” 9/11 “protest” and assassination was premeditated and planned and it involved Libyan personnel assigned to protect our embassy staff.

farsighted on September 12, 2012 at 9:52 AM

I agree. That 14 minute trailer of the “movie” has been on youtube since July. It was just last week “someone” dubbed it into Arabic.

bluefox on September 12, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Four Amercians needlessly killed and their bodies desecrated and dragged through the streets. Those pictures circulating the internet and the middle east. American families lives impacted forever and the best we can hope for are strongly worded statements and speeches? I, like others who have posted, say we get our people out in the next 48 – 72 hours and then have the fecal matter hit the rotating oscillator. I know its a pipe dream but shouldn’t something forceful be done here?

rsherwd65 on September 12, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Libyan security team fingered US ambassador to be killed
IOW, this “spontaneous” 9/11 “protest” and assassination was premeditated and planned and it involved Libyan personnel assigned to protect our embassy staff.

farsighted on September 12, 2012 at 9:52 AM

…of course our intelligence capabilites have not been decimated over the last 3 years!

KOOLAID2 on September 12, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Obama foreign policy at its zenith!

pilamaye on September 12, 2012 at 9:56 AM

I’m thinking of last night’s Fox News All Stars (before we knew about the death of the Ambassador) when Krauthammer said Libya can “go to hell” and Brett Baier, Juan Williams and Jonah Goldberg all had their delicate sensibilities insulted.

DaydreamBeliever on September 12, 2012 at 9:56 AM

1979

Not a numerologist, but there’s some significance to that number.

Two Marines killed but the embassy security

offered no resistance

?! Something not right there.

maintain his country’s close relations with the United States

Translates to, “We hope Hillary still comes with next week’s scheduled satchel full of US taxpayer money.”

We extend our apology…

Does. Not. Cut. It.

Especially after..

Muslim Brotherhood … called for nationwide protests

curved space on September 12, 2012 at 9:57 AM

I mean really…who could have seen this coming.

….How could anyone question the overwhelming intelligence of the “smart power” crew when they championed the Arab Spring and countries falling to the jihadist.
…..Obama even actively helped by launching a war in Libya that installed Shira law and gave power to the jihadist in and around this country.

……actively supported the takeover of Egypt by the muslim brotherhood and has capitulate in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

…Obama has done nothing but send love letters and beg for a seat at the table in Iran where they are closer to a nuclear bomb than ever.

…………..Obama has consistently undermined Israel and now there is nothing but open contempt between their leadership and ours…. a very important ally in the region that is being left hanging in front of the jihadist wolves that call for their destruction on a daily basis.

…………..but Obama got Osama so “smart power” is a screaming success.

Nothing but weak horse coming from this administration and the jihadist are being emboldened beyond belief.

Baxter Greene on September 12, 2012 at 9:57 AM

This is pathetic. Prezbo skips out on half his intelligence meetings and kisses muslim butt over anything. I am not surprised this happened.

banzaibob on September 12, 2012 at 9:58 AM

IOW, this “spontaneous” 9/11 “protest” and assassination was premeditated and planned and it involved Libyan personnel assigned to protect our embassy staff.

farsighted on September 12, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Yes, that’s what the media wants us to believe. Sorry, ain’t buying it. When you have simultaneous attacks at our embassies in Egypt and Libya — on 9/11 — there’s no other conclusion than they were coordinated, funded, and armed by none other than Iran. Follow the blood.

TXUS on September 12, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Hill is speaking. What a disaster of a SoS.

Cody1991 on September 12, 2012 at 9:59 AM

I want to know what warning memos were passed to the President and why he did NOTHING about them.

18-1 on September 12, 2012 at 9:54 AM

The memo’s probably said something about potential protests. In the eyes of the Obama Administration, they were probably thinking they would be peaceful protests, just like OWS.

weaselyone on September 12, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Move along people, nothing to see here……

oh by the way, don’t forget Mitt Romney is unqualified because he was “disconcerted” with Pre-Olympic Security in London.

FlaMurph on September 12, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Time for a new Crusade. F em

faol on September 12, 2012 at 10:00 AM

But… but… beer recipe…

redzap on September 12, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Stevens wasn’t “smothered”.

He was strangled.

Obama Admin wants us to believe they were taking Stevens as a hostage and screwed up. But he corpse photos show no signs of bondage.

budfox on September 12, 2012 at 10:00 AM

What the hell is Hillary doing? There will be a time for this man’s memorial- what does this administration plan to DO about his death?!

BettyRuth on September 12, 2012 at 10:01 AM

I’m watching Hillary but I still can’t believe what I’m hearing. Jesus Wept.

Naturally Curly on September 12, 2012 at 10:01 AM

“Now is the time to apologize fast and to apologize hard. They will have never seen an apology like this before! You mess with the Barack and he’ll let you know it’s all his fault!”

JohnBrown on September 12, 2012 at 10:01 AM

I appreciate Sarah Palin’s FB post of last night, which in part says:

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

bluefox on September 12, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Oh my. I am not a big fan of Palin but that raises the snark to the whole new heights.

Archivarix on September 12, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Obama will make a statement and then walk out without taking one question.

The lapdog media even bother to try to ask a pointed question?

WisRich on September 12, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Obama Thumpers…
This wasn’t murder..murder..

Electrongod on September 12, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Is Obama campaigning today?

djl130 on September 12, 2012 at 10:02 AM

This is not the time for a eulogy….sheesh

esr1951 on September 12, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Can’t anyone speak without a written statement or Teleprompter??

This is not about those that were killed!!! Deflecting to that is outrageous. Not taking anything away from them, but this is insane.
The people of Libya honor their memory? Oh, I’ve got to shut her off.

Address the issue, Hillary.

bluefox on September 12, 2012 at 10:03 AM

This statement by Hillary is fishy as all get out.

BettyRuth on September 12, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Is Obama campaigning today?

djl130 on September 12, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Yes.

Obama Schedule || Wednesday, September 12, 2012

by Keith Koffler on September 11, 2012, 10:09 pm

10:45 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
1:15 pm || Departs White House
3:00 pm PT || Arrives Las Vegas, Nevada
5:25 pm PT || Delivers remarks at a campaign event; Cashman Center, Las Vegas
6:40 pm PT || Departs Las Vegas, Nevada
9:10 pm MT || Arrives Aurora, Colorado

Cody1991 on September 12, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Hillary is name dropping the relatives of the dead. Sick.

faraway on September 12, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Oh good. The Libyan president has issued a strongly worded apology.

esr1951 on September 12, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Stuff your apology jackwagon…..

crosshugger on September 12, 2012 at 10:04 AM

According to al-Sharef, members of the Libyan security team seem to have indicated to the protesters the building to which the American officials had been relocated, and that building then came under attack.

WTH?!

And this…

Al-Sharef said there had been threats that Islamic militants might try to take revenge for the death of al Qaeda’s No. 2 commander Abu Yahya al-Libi, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan in June, and he said the U.S. consulate should have been better protected.

So Obama admin is blaming some film to detract from the probable real reason?

Deanna on September 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Oh, great, Hill. We’re going to sacrifice more of our people for these disgusting savages.

Yeah, it’s really worth it.

/////

Cody1991 on September 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Why did President Obama get America involved in Libya?

JoeHanson on September 12, 2012 at 9:30 AM

So they’d love us again. See, the real reason Muslim terrorists want to kill us is because they’re poor and uneducated (because white man’s greed runs a world in need). Also, the Muslim terrorists resent us because we evil (white) Americans have always sided with the despotic rulers (like Mubarak and Qaddafi) who have oppressed the noble (brown) savages of Middle Eastern lands.

If we just changed our evil, oppressive policies and started taking the side of the Muslim street (a/k/a AQ and the Muslim Brotherhood), they’d understand that we’re really good guys who are on their side, and they’d stop wanting to terrorize and kill us.

Their hatred for us has nothing to do with radical Islam, and the Islamofascists’ desire to rule the world, rid it of infidels, and install a global caliphate under shari’a law. No, that is merely a silly, paranoid myth perpetrated by the usual (white) right-wing, Tea Party-type crazies. We have nothing to fear from Islam, which is a religion of peace and light.

So sayeth the brain trust of Valerie Jarrett, Samantha Power, Barry Hussein Obama, Jeremiah Wright, et al.

And here we are.

AZCoyote on September 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM

The Obama Doctrine is only dangerous to those who resist the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic advancement. Obama has done everything he can to consolidate Middle Eastern power (oil-producing countries, anyway) into the hands of the “moderate” Muslim Brotherhood. Sadly, this atrocity will be used to further entrench the M.B. in Egypt.

ROCnPhilly on September 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/09/12/1130697/-Mitt-Romney-s-statement-translated-I-m-nbsp-not-ready-to-be-president

dont worry..Jed lewison at Kos has this all figured out. Thank God Obama is in charge.

lostinjrz on September 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM

… the angry mob, which gathered to protest a U.S.-made film that ridicules Islam’s Prophet Muhammad…

These are the same people that, if you look at them wrong, consider that action as ridiculing Muhammad. And from the reading I’ve done, telling the truth about him does the same (as it did here).

sadatoni on September 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM

10:45 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

This fking jackwagon doesn’t even begin his fking day until 1045?

1 0 4 5 ???????????????

tom daschle concerned on September 12, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Hillary is claiming that this was a small group of radicals, NOT the Libyan government. “Libyans carried his body to the hospital.”. Hasn’t seen the Drudge Report, I guess.

Naturally Curly on September 12, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Why is she talking do slowly?

esr1951 on September 12, 2012 at 10:07 AM

This is going downhill fast, and the weak-sauce responses from the Obama administration is very clearly not dissuading radicals from their purpose.

They’ve got a very strongly written apology ready to go!

mankai on September 12, 2012 at 10:07 AM

I appreciate Sarah Palin’s FB post of last night, which in part says:

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

bluefox on September 12, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Hilarious.

lorien1973 on September 12, 2012 at 10:07 AM

This speech is being brought to you by the Department of Idiots, formally known as the SOS/WH Administration.

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

bluefox on September 12, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Bush’s fault.

MaiDee on September 12, 2012 at 9:27 AM

I am really expecting this line to rear its head at some point today.

I am truly disgusted by our supposed “leader” in all this. Mind boggling…

Gatsu on September 12, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Read the comments on the NY Times and you’ll find people blaming Bush and, even more so, Romney.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/13/world/middleeast/us-envoy-to-libya-is-reported-killed.html

The #2 comment, ranked by NY Times visitors:

Lisa NYC
Romney – aided by the same neocons who worked with Bush and ignored the 9/11 warnings – are now wading into US foreign policy and dangerously mucking it up. First, Russia…and now the Middle East. Not to mention attacking the President on the anniversary of 9/11.

And, not to be overdone, how about some good old fashioned “It’s a global Jewish conspiracy” anti-Semitism:

Maurizio New York
How strangely coincidental that we have an Israeli-American inciting significant unrest on the same day as interference in American politics by Netanyahu.

That’s the 4th most popular comment. Remember though, we’re the bigots.

strictnein on September 12, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Why did President Obama get America involved in Libya?

JoeHanson on September 12, 2012 at 9:30 AM

It looked like an easy country to topple. So who controls it (and its oil) now?

ROCnPhilly on September 12, 2012 at 10:07 AM

10:45 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

11:00 am || Hit the Links, Baby

mankai on September 12, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Feigning sadness….. Blah, blah, blah, blah……. so sad….. so disingenuous.

Sickening. Go away, Hill. You’re a disaster.

Cody1991 on September 12, 2012 at 10:08 AM

These Muslims are no better than gang members or psychopaths who’ll slit your throat if you disrespect them. This isn’t about their precious Prophet, it’s all about them.

Paul-Cincy on September 12, 2012 at 10:08 AM

And, not to be overdone outdone

FIFM

strictnein on September 12, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Hillary is claiming that this was a small group of radicals, NOT the Libyan government. “Libyans carried his body to the hospital.”. Hasn’t seen the Drudge Report, I guess.

Naturally Curly on September 12, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Exactly my reaction!

DaydreamBeliever on September 12, 2012 at 10:08 AM

If the Libyans want to be sincere, they can mail us the heads of those responsible.

Red Cloud on September 12, 2012 at 10:08 AM

And now our Secretary of State is honoring these fallen heroes and the Libyans WHO HELPED THEM!!!! This as they dragged his body through the streets. WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE! She is bragging on the Libyans! WTF! I don’t believe a word she said about any of it!

texgal on September 12, 2012 at 10:09 AM

I guess Barry told Hillary to do the soft sell, and he probably plans to come in and be the badass. That was a pitiful statement by our SOS.

BettyRuth on September 12, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Hillary is claiming that this was a small group of radicals, NOT the Libyan government. “Libyans carried his body to the hospital.”. Hasn’t seen the Drudge Report, I guess.

Naturally Curly on September 12, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Or Gateway Pundit.

More insults to America from the SOS. Fox praising her statement.
“She spoke from the heart” per Martha Crowley. Unreal.

bluefox on September 12, 2012 at 10:09 AM

This is a mess that obama has created. he owns this! You know, I think it is ironic that the other day the LSM and obama’s campaign was speaking of how obama’s foreign policy credentials are better than Romney. And then you get the Netanyahu fiasco, and Egypt and Libya fiascos, and it shows obama’s true colors.

ConservativePartyNow on September 12, 2012 at 10:09 AM

I’m thinking of last night’s Fox News All Stars (before we knew about the death of the Ambassador) when Krauthammer said Libya can “go to hell” and Brett Baier, Juan Williams and Jonah Goldberg all had their delicate sensibilities insulted.

DaydreamBeliever on September 12, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Sorry, I saw the same thing, and I had a different take. At one point during the discussion, Baier was about to jump down Juan’s throat. ONLY Williams was offended. Indeed, I thought he was going to start crying.

All the same, Dr. K was awesome.

BuckeyeSam on September 12, 2012 at 10:11 AM

“She spoke from the heart” per Martha Crowley. Unreal.

bluefox on September 12, 2012 at 10:09 AM

I know! I fully expected the first words would be, “Well, that was interesting.” Because it was, it was bizarre.

BettyRuth on September 12, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Reason #742 why I’ll never be President: first reaction would have been to suggest to all our allies to clear out of Libya and Egypt (and, what the hell, Tunisia and Algeria, too) by the end of the week. Make sure the Libyans and Egyptians (and Tunisians and Algerians) “find out” about the suggestion. 12.01A on Sunday? Turn on CNN… ;-)

affenhauer on September 12, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Hillary is claiming that this was a small group of radicals, NOT the Libyan government. “Libyans carried his body to the hospital.”. Hasn’t seen the Drudge Report, I guess.

Naturally Curly on September 12, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Hillary gave a textbook SOS speech. Nothing spectacular but hardly reassuring that this administration will do anything but “condemn” the murders.

Happy Nomad on September 12, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Hey, forget this. We need to get back to the important stuff like gay marriage and Romney’s tax returns.

Django on September 12, 2012 at 10:13 AM

affenhauer on September 12, 2012 at 10:11 AM

And this is why I would vote for you!

texgal on September 12, 2012 at 10:13 AM

In short, the Libyan leadership doesn’t think it’s as safe in power as the Egypitian leadership. Given Team SCOAMF/Hiliary’s reactions thus far, they need not have bothered with the “apology”.

Steve Eggleston on September 12, 2012 at 10:14 AM

“She spoke from the heart” per Martha Crowley. Unreal.

bluefox on September 12, 2012 at 10:09 AM

How the hell does Crowley know what part of her anatomy she was speaking from?

The bottom line is there is still a region of the world filled with a bunch of people living centuries in the past. They are animals that see our apologizing and scraping President/SOS as a sign of weakness. I say at a minimum we shut down their embassies here and tell their diplomatic personnel to get the hell out of America.

Happy Nomad on September 12, 2012 at 10:15 AM

I appreciate Sarah Palin’s FB post of last night, which in part says:

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

bluefox on September 12, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Joe Biden hardest hit.

Bitter Clinger on September 12, 2012 at 10:16 AM

“She spoke from the heart” per Martha Crowley. Unreal.

bluefox on September 12, 2012 at 10:09 AM

I know! I fully expected the first words would be, “Well, that was interesting.” Because it was, it was bizarre.

BettyRuth on September 12, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Fox is rapidly going to the darkside. Don’t know what you or others think of Glenn Beck, but he’s signed up and will be on Dish Network.

I guess when everyone in this Administration is involved in supporting our enemies and attacking our Allies it’s hard not to sound bizarre. Good word:-)

Romney is pre-empting B.O.:-)

bluefox on September 12, 2012 at 10:16 AM

…why the US didn’t have more Marines stationed at this mission in the first place.

Remember? Obama was so proud of himself for entering a war without congressional approval and got away with it because there were “no American boots on the ground”. Hey O! How’d that no boots war thing work out for our U.S. Ambassador and his staff?

Vote the pretender OUT in November!

ROCnPhilly on September 12, 2012 at 10:17 AM

This is a mess that obama has created. he owns this! You know, I think it is ironic that the other day the LSM and obama’s campaign was speaking of how obama’s foreign policy credentials are better than Romney. And then you get the Netanyahu fiasco, and Egypt and Libya fiascos, and it shows obama’s true colors.

ConservativePartyNow on September 12, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Obama’s just ticked that these a-holes didn’t wait until November 11th to attack.

Bitter Clinger on September 12, 2012 at 10:18 AM

They hanged him.

chango butt on September 12, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Our error in 1979 with the US embassy in Iran was doing nothing went it was stormed and the hostages taken. When your embassy is invaded, that’s an act of war. Embassy grounds are considered the same as the land of the country whose embassy it is. They could just as well have taken over a hot dog stand at Wrigley Field and killed 3 fans watching the game. So what’s our next move?

Paul-Cincy on September 12, 2012 at 10:19 AM

I know its a pipe dream but shouldn’t something forceful be done here?
rsherwd65 on September 12, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Yes. But what is that, honestly? What’s a proper forceful response to a violent protest in another part of the world? Do you punish the entire country and population? Targeted drone campaign?

I’m not being sarcastic. But what capability do we have in our arsenal to address the situation forcefully that is proportionate?

The ole’ turn it into a parking lot answer isn’t realistic.

Boomer_Sooner on September 12, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Two comments:

1) The Egyptian situation is clearly an act of war, with the MB now calling for more widespread protests. Note they did not call for restraint; and

2) Can we at least stop sending them billions of dollars in aid? Is killing our ambassador, at a minimum, grounds to stop paying them to do so?

Hucklebuck on September 12, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Good, hit Obozo on mixed signals. How about calling him what he is, though — a pro-Islamist marxist.

Western_Civ on September 12, 2012 at 10:19 AM

We have dead Americans because of a YouTube video? A freaking YouTube video? Really? While I’m sure YouTube acted swiftly and removed the offending video, I cannot believe people are dead over a freaking VIDEO and our president isn’t on television raising hell over it.

ButterflyDragon on September 12, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Muslims = savage animals

TheAudacityofNOPE on September 12, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Hillary is claiming that this was a small group of radicals, NOT the Libyan government. “Libyans carried his body to the hospital.”. Hasn’t seen the Drudge Report, I guess.

Naturally Curly on September 12, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Top officials shouldn’t jump the gun on facts so shortly after an incident, because it’s impossible to know the facts. The most trusted observers are dead. I guess this means it’s going to be a “small group of radicals” no matter WHAT the facts. First the conclusion, then the fact-finding.

Paul-Cincy on September 12, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Romney doing a great job here. I’m pleasantly surprised.

bgibbs1000 on September 12, 2012 at 10:23 AM

“Hillary is claiming that this was a small group of radicals, NOT the Libyan government. “Libyans carried his body to the hospital.”. Hasn’t seen the Drudge Report, I guess.”

This was Carter’s excuse for doing nothing in Iran ’79. Action at that time could have changed the entire world. It’s amazing how similar the two have responded to this point. History truly does rhyme.

Hucklebuck on September 12, 2012 at 10:23 AM

these media lapdogs are all asking Mitt the same question!

idiots!

Slade73 on September 12, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Romney is doing well.

bluegill on September 12, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Romney has now been asked the same question 4 times by the lapdog media.

His statement was very good, IMO.

Naturally Curly on September 12, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Romney doing a great job here. I’m pleasantly surprised.

bgibbs1000 on September 12, 2012 at 10:23 AM

*thud*

That’s me falling off my office chair.

gophergirl on September 12, 2012 at 10:24 AM

We have dead Americans because of a YouTube video? A freaking YouTube video? Really? While I’m sure YouTube acted swiftly and removed the offending video, I cannot believe people are dead over a freaking VIDEO and our president isn’t on television raising hell over it.

ButterflyDragon on September 12, 2012 at 10:21 AM

L. Henry Gates, Trayvon Martin – priorities

Trash talking the Tea Party, Mitt Romney, Middle America, business owners – priorities – and perfectly acceptable

Cody1991 on September 12, 2012 at 10:24 AM

naturally curly

stop reading my mind

Slade73 on September 12, 2012 at 10:25 AM

These reporters are like a pack of rabid dogs.

BettyRuth on September 12, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Romney speaking now and taking questions from the press. Why doesn’t Obama take questions like this?

birdwatcher on September 12, 2012 at 10:25 AM

The fate of our country is laying on the shoulders of a bunch of dhimmis.

kingsjester on September 12, 2012 at 10:26 AM

these media lapdogs are all asking Mitt the same question!

idiots!

Slade73 on September 12, 2012 at 10:24 AM

They are desperately trying for a gotcha situation with Romney.

bgibbs1000 on September 12, 2012 at 10:26 AM

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