Embassy protests spread to other “Arab Spring” nations

posted at 8:41 am on September 13, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

So how’s that Arab Spring working out for us?  After riots “spontaneously” erupted on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11 in Libya and Egypt, they spread overnight to two more Arab nations with recent populist uprisings.  In Yemen, where we’re trying to fight a particularly virulent branch of al-Qaeda, protestors surrounded the US embassy chanting “Death to America!”  Just as in Egypt, they breached the perimeter and burned the US flag, replacing it with an Islamist banner:

Chanting “death to America,” hundreds of protesters angered by an anti-Islam film stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Yemen’s capital and burned the American flag on Thursday, the latest in a series of attacks on American diplomatic missions in the Middle East.

American missions have been attacked in three Arab nations – Yemen, Egypt and Libya – that have faced persistent unrest and are struggling to restore law and order after last year’s revolts deposed their authoritarian regimes.

Protesters smashed windows as they breached the embassy perimeter and reached the compound grounds, although they did not enter the main building housing the offices. Angry young men brought down the U.S. flag in the courtyard, burned it and replaced it with a black banner bearing Islam’s declaration of faith – “There is no God but Allah.”

Yemeni forces arrived and drove them out forty-five minutes later.  But that’s not the only US embassy that found itself under siege today.  Over in Tunisia, where hopes of liberalization after the so-called “Arab Spring” ran highest, Islamists nearly overran the gates of our still-open embassy:

Anti-American rioting spread yesterday to Tunisia, where police used tear gas to stop hundreds of protesters from storming the United States Embassy in protest over a film mocking the prophet Mohammed.

The throngs of demonstrators, who carried the white and black banners of militant Salifist Muslims, had been protesting peacefully in Tunis for hours when about 300 started to break through the gates.

The embassy remained open as police forced the protesters back.

Demonstrations continued in Cairo, and a flag-burning exercise took place in Gaza as well.

Yesterday I wrote that this looks like 1979 all over again.  Today, we’re seeing the same diplomatic impotence displayed in that awful year, and the inevitable result.  Thirty-three years ago, we got pushed out of the Persian Gulf; today, we’re getting pushed out of North Africa.  Three years ago, President Obama assured us that his speech in Cairo would change the world, and eighteen months ago gave himself credit for the Arab Spring by citing that very speech.  Ever since that speech took place, the American position has eroded in the Middle East, and it’s eroding rapidly now.  We may not be able to retain embassies in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt any longer; we certainly can’t fly the flag above them securely at the moment.

We haven’t lost the Middle East yet, but that’s the direction we’re heading unless we start making our power felt, and fast.  That can’t just be gunboat diplomacy, but that will have to be a significant component of it.

Update: Looting our embassy in Yemen?


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..Arab Fall!

KOOLAID2 on September 13, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Diplomacy – who needs that. There are Vegas fundraisers to attend.

gophergirl on September 13, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Yeah, but did you hear that Romney actually made a comment about all of this? How dare he?!

Doughboy on September 13, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Flatten Benghazi. Treat it like Carthage.

OhioCoastie on September 13, 2012 at 8:43 AM

…it’s all about a movie…that’s why the crowd was chanting “We’re all Osama!”
Spike!

KOOLAID2 on September 13, 2012 at 8:43 AM

OT: Just posted on Drudge

RASMUSSEN POLL: ROMNEY JUMPS BACK INTO LEAD…

R: 47%
O: 46%

Developing…

See? The convention(and weekend) bump is gone. We’re right back where we were a couple weeks ago.

Doughboy on September 13, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Clearly this is due to Romney jumping the gun with his poor timing. Also Bush.

Gatsu on September 13, 2012 at 8:44 AM

See? The convention(and weekend) bump is gone. We’re right back where we were a couple weeks ago.

Doughboy on September 13, 2012 at 8:44 AM

All that hand wringing for nothing LOL!

gophergirl on September 13, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Duh, it isn’t the movie so you can give up on that. These are coordinated strikes against American interests. With BO in the WH, they know America is weakened.

BobK on September 13, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Words, just words.

tom daschle concerned on September 13, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Obama’s pandering to the radical Muslims is finally paying off. It’s impossible to discuss his foreign policy because he simply doesn’t have one.

rplat on September 13, 2012 at 8:47 AM

carter 2.0

Lost in Jersey on September 13, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Obama will have to go to Saudi Arabia and bow lower.

Wethal on September 13, 2012 at 8:47 AM

As our betters kept telling us yesterday; “this is not 1979″.

It’s worse.

cozmo on September 13, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Flatten Benghazi. Treat it like Carthage.

OhioCoastie on September 13, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Yeah, right. As if the limp wristed State Dept would even entertain that idea. Furthermore, do they even KNOW what Carthage is? Have they ever heard of Nineveh?

djl130 on September 13, 2012 at 8:48 AM

All of this is overshadowed by Romney’s multiple gaffes. And now, let’s hit the Vegas Strip!

RedRedRice on September 13, 2012 at 8:49 AM

The 1979 622 virus.

FIFY

Shy Guy on September 13, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Arab Spring = Springtime for Hitler.

Rixon on September 13, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Where are the Marines – I will say it over and over again!

You storm our Embassy – you get shot – end of conversation.

jake-the-goose on September 13, 2012 at 8:50 AM

I remember Alexander Haig’s suggestion: Give me 3 days:

Day 1 Nuke them

Day 2 Demand surrender, and if there’s no response…

Day 3 Nuke them again

AubieJon on September 13, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Obama’s handlers were aiming to campaign on foreign policy. You saw it just before 9-11 this year.

Try it now, guys. See how far that gets ya.

thebrokenrattle on September 13, 2012 at 8:51 AM

I remember Alexander Haig’s suggestion: Give me 3 days:

Day 1 Nuke them

Day 2 Demand surrender, and if there’s no response…

Day 3 Nuke them again

AubieJon on September 13, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Isn’t step 2 a little extreme?

Kraken on September 13, 2012 at 8:52 AM

So when is Obama gonna come out and blame Carter?

WordsMatter on September 13, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Isn’t step 2 a little extreme?

Kraken on September 13, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Haig was going soft by then.

AubieJon on September 13, 2012 at 8:54 AM

When exactly is it going to sink into the thick skulls of some of these filmmakers that making any type of film about Mohammed is literally like throwing a gallon of gasoline on an already raging inferno?

pilamaye on September 13, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Pull out from those hotbeds of terrorism and cut diplomatic and trade contacts. Give an official warning that every action against American personnel or property will be considered an act of war. Then nuke from the orbit any country that doesn’t understand, followed by full deportation of all its citizens residing in US. It *will* help.

Archivarix on September 13, 2012 at 8:54 AM

As once powerless Muslims begin to gain power and a sense of self and independence, they lash out against the West, to the detriment of us and the rest of the world. The only way to deal with this, IMHO, is strength, firmness, clear diplomatic boundaries.

For example, we need to make clear that violence and fatwas intended to kill based on someone or some thing “slandering the Prophet” will be met with deadly force. I don’t care if it’s in the Koran, it shouldn’t be mollycoddled as part of just another religious tradition that we’re supposed to respect. It started with Khomeni’s fatwa against Salmon Rushdie. Why didn’t we take a firm stand against it then?

The Islamic world should also understand that there’s nothing the U.S. government can do to curb speech. I’m sure most Muslims don’t understand this, themselves having lived so long under dictatorships or kingdoms.

Paul-Cincy on September 13, 2012 at 8:54 AM

…but…but we have improved our reputation in the world…JugEars just told us!…they….they…they love us!

KOOLAID2 on September 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Demonstrations continued in Cairo, and a flag-burning exercise took place in Gaza as well.

My God, have these savages never heard of kettlebells? Flag burning does nothing for your core!

EricW on September 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Arab Spring = Springtime for Hitler.

Rixon on September 13, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Oh, what I wouldn’t give to see LSD portraying a hippie burnout Mohammed.

Doughboy on September 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM

When exactly is it going to sink into the thick skulls of some of these filmmakers that making any type of film about Mohammed is literally like throwing a gallon of gasoline on an already raging inferno?

pilamaye on September 13, 2012 at 8:54 AM

pilamaye posted stupidly.

Paul-Cincy on September 13, 2012 at 8:56 AM

This has nothing to do with that stupid film. That is just the press’ attempt to deflect blame away from Obama. Watch them continue to push it though.

Charlemagne on September 13, 2012 at 8:56 AM

When exactly is it going to sink into the thick skulls of some of these filmmakers that making any type of film about Mohammed is literally like throwing a gallon of gasoline on an already raging inferno?

pilamaye on September 13, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Eventually, it might penetrate your skull that these goat jockeys don’t need a reason to stage a riot. All they need is an excuse. And if you don’t provide it, they will invent one.

Archivarix on September 13, 2012 at 8:56 AM

pilamaye posted stupidly.

Paul-Cincy on September 13, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Yep, like saying a ra__ victim asked for it.

cozmo on September 13, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Isn’t step 2 a little extreme?

Kraken on September 13, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Haig was going soft by then.

AubieJon on September 13, 2012 at 8:54 AM

(Oops, not drinking my coffee fast enough.)

Haig was a bit over-wrought at times.

AubieJon on September 13, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Remember when electing Obama would make the world like America again?

Yeah, me neither.

sentinelrules on September 13, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Yep, like saying a ra__ victim asked for it.

cozmo on September 13, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Or a wife who, if she’d just stop saying certain things, then her husband would stop beating her.

Paul-Cincy on September 13, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Let’s see how irrelevant the media can make itself by focusing on a statement by Romney rather than the complete, utter failure of the Obama administration, including the State Department. I hear they are already throwing Hilary under the bus. I wonder how that will sit with Obama’s newest cheerleader, Bill.

Night Owl on September 13, 2012 at 9:01 AM

This is what leading from behind gets you, like yogi berra said (1979) its dejavu all over again. Feckless leadership on display.

NY Conservative on September 13, 2012 at 9:02 AM

How are these Yankee killers going to keep their glorious Caliphate together?

OH……..yes, Hatred for all things free and Western.

Behold the failure of Jimmy Carter who let this evil have a home in 1978/1979.

PappyD61 on September 13, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Obama’s pandering to the radical Muslims is finally paying off. It’s impossible to discuss his foreign policy because he simply doesn’t have one.

rplat on September 13, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Sure he does: appease, apologize, and throw money at them.

How’s that working out for us so far? Maybe it’s time to build another mosque/multi-cultural center for international understanding, and increase Muslim immigration to the U.S.! If we just show them more understanding, they’ll surely love us and respect us, right? And hey, we really don’t need that pesky old First Amendment thing anyway, do we?

AZCoyote on September 13, 2012 at 9:02 AM

When exactly is it going to sink into the thick skulls of some of these filmmakers that making any type of film about Mohammed is literally like throwing a gallon of gasoline on an already raging inferno?

pilamaye on September 13, 2012 at 8:54 AM

The film was made and posted in July, IIRC. The Islamists knew about it, and just waited until 9/11 to “protest.”

Wethal on September 13, 2012 at 9:03 AM

We haven’t lost the Middle East yet, but that’s the direction we’re heading unless we start making our power felt, and fast.

Some hooligans in Egypt broke into the embassy grounds and desecrated an American flag… not quite an act of war. Unless there’s another incident of failure to protect the embassy, chest pumping isn’t going to go anywhere. No one actually believes that the US is going to war over an act of vandalism.

As for Libya, there’s no sign that the Libyan government either condoned or supported the attack. There’s no indication of antagonistic toward the US or of a threat to the Libyan state by extremists. Hardly 1979.

The way to undermine Cairo is to cut off aid. US support funds a middle class existence for the Egyptian military.

bayam on September 13, 2012 at 9:03 AM

The Obama Dividend.

tim c on September 13, 2012 at 9:04 AM

By the way, where is Obama . . . did he win anything on the slots?

rplat on September 13, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Time to warn the host countries that if anyone other than an authorized individual sets foot on American soil, there are orders to shoot to kill.

Enough already.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on September 13, 2012 at 9:06 AM

There are sadly some ugly truths to be told about Islam, and in a free country that allows free speech, SOMEONE is going to speak those truths. If Muslims are going to draw this “the penalty for slander is death” line in the sand, then, there will be “slander” and there will be death. SOMEONE with free speech rights will say something, probably true, about Islam, that will piss off some Muslims enough to try to kill a Westerner.

So, we better watch what we say? Or we stand up to this? Which.

Paul-Cincy on September 13, 2012 at 9:06 AM

When exactly is it going to sink into the thick skulls of some of these filmmakers that making any type of film about Mohammed Christ is literally like throwing a gallon of gasoline on an already raging inferno?

pilamaye on September 13, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Right?

thebrokenrattle on September 13, 2012 at 9:06 AM

That can’t just be gunboat diplomacy, but that will have to be a significant component of it.

I don’t know, I’m kind of partial to daisy cutter diplomacy at this point.

TXUS on September 13, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Remember when electing Obama would make the world like America again?

Yeah, me neither.

sentinelrules on September 13, 2012 at 8:59 AM

To be fair, some parts of the world really like Barry. Chavez, Castro, and Putin all hope to see him re-elected. In fact, Putin is such a fan-boy of Barry’s that he has opened an officially authorized chapter of a Barry fan club in the Kremlin.

AZCoyote on September 13, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Never mind all that al Qaeda stuff–what does the Pimp With The Lip think about Teh Won’s jump shot?

MidniteRambler on September 13, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Yemen’s president apologizes to Obama for embassy attack, orders investigation into incident – @AP

11 mins ago by editor

canopfor on September 13, 2012 at 9:08 AM

LIVE FEED
***********

Video: Protesters clash with security forces in Cairo

http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on September 13, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Hmmmmm….about that film

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/09/12/nakoula-a-copt-says-nakoula/

workingclass artist on September 13, 2012 at 9:10 AM

The way to undermine Cairo is to cut off aid. US support funds a middle class existence for the Egyptian military.

bayam on September 13, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Yeah, that will fix things right up. What about Libya, Yemen, “Palestine”, and Berlin? You really think you left wing whack jobs are going to quit sending money to the Palestinians? Your left wing diplomacy has been a complete failure. You elected a moron.

Night Owl on September 13, 2012 at 9:11 AM

VIDEO:

The Associated Press ‏@AP

RAW VIDEO: Protesters attack the U.S. Embassy compound in Sanaa, Yemen, burn U.S. flag: http://apne.ws/PvmQLL -BW

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bHGN1VquDw&feature=plcp

canopfor on September 13, 2012 at 7:48 AM

canopfor on September 13, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Pull out from those hotbeds of terrorism and cut diplomatic and trade contacts. Give an official warning that every action against American personnel or property will be considered an act of war. Then nuke from the orbit any country that doesn’t understand, followed by full deportation of all its citizens residing in US. It *will* help.

Archivarix on September 13, 2012 at 8:54 AM

I’m here. I might add that if Israel is harmed in any way, same result. Maybe we should consider evacuating them to the U.S.

BuckeyeSam on September 13, 2012 at 9:11 AM

It disgusts me that our soldiers have to risk their lives for the mistakes the little weasel in the White House has made. I can’t imagine having to accept him as their commander. They’ll kick ass when they get there, but that doesn’t erase the fact that it was avoidable. Arab Spring, indeed.

BettyRuth on September 13, 2012 at 9:12 AM

The Pappy Plan for Foreign Policy.

1. If they kill one of ours, we kill 1,000 of theirs.

Simple, easy to understand, and I bet highly effective.

BTW, Michelle Malkin was awesome on Hannity last night. I got to watch the video via Twitter today. It was great.

PappyD61 on September 13, 2012 at 9:12 AM

It’s not a 1979 virus; it’s a 1953 “virus” which is our military interventionism. The 1979 Islamic Revolution was in part a reaction to our overthrowing Iran’s leader in a coup and installing and propping up a dictator in his place. We continue to make things worse for ourselves. Stop intervening in the affairs of other nations, close our embassies and bases, pull our troops back home to strengthen our home defense.

Dante on September 13, 2012 at 9:13 AM

The Pappy Plan for Foreign Policy.

1. If they kill one of ours, we kill 1,000 of theirs.

Simple, easy to understand, and I bet highly effective.

BTW, Michelle Malkin was awesome on Hannity last night. I got to watch the video via Twitter today. It was great.

PappyD61 on September 13, 2012 at 9:12 AM

That’s worked out so well for us the past 60 years.

Dante on September 13, 2012 at 9:13 AM

That Gettysburg Address Cairo Speech is really paying dividends. Why…it’s almost as if the world doesn’t revolve around TFGRP.

Bishop on September 13, 2012 at 9:15 AM

This has nothing to do with that stupid film. That is just the press’ attempt to deflect blame away from Obama. Watch them continue to push it though.

Charlemagne on September 13, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Yeah…

Terry Jones said his site was hacked so he couldn’t post the video.

The film maker was first identified as a Jew..and now a copt…but has a record for fraud?

workingclass artist on September 13, 2012 at 9:15 AM

I lived through the Carter years. Carter was a wuss and a fool, but he didn’t hate America (not then, anyway). This is something different, and much more frightening. This guy is the enemy. God, please do not forsake us!

Naturally Curly on September 13, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Might be time to elevate to:DEFCON 2

Reuters Top News ‏@Reuters

U.S. consulate in Berlin partially evacuated after suspicious delivery http://reut.rs/PlJMK4

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/13/us-germany-usa-consulate-idUSBRE88C0KG20120913

canopfor on September 13, 2012 at 9:17 AM

“Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it”

Bitter Clinger on September 13, 2012 at 9:17 AM

***

BTW, Michelle Malkin was awesome on Hannity last night. I got to watch the video via Twitter today. It was great.

PappyD61 on September 13, 2012 at 9:12 AM

I enjoyed how she lost her breath once or twice while chewing out Obama. At one point, Hannity tried to interrupt to make some idiotic comment, and she talked right over him.

She was great. And so was Brigitte Gabriel.

BuckeyeSam on September 13, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Stop intervening in the affairs of other nations, close our embassies and bases, pull our troops back home to strengthen our home defense.

Dante on September 13, 2012 at 9:13 AM

O_o

Bishop on September 13, 2012 at 9:17 AM

What was our Ambassador doing at an interim facility with no protection?

workingclass artist on September 13, 2012 at 9:18 AM

BTW, Michelle Malkin was awesome on Hannity last night. I got to watch the video via Twitter today. It was great.

PappyD61 on September 13, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Yes she was, and I TOTALLY related to her fury!

BettyRuth on September 13, 2012 at 9:18 AM

By the way, where is Obama . . . did he win anything on the slots?

rplat on September 13, 2012 at 9:06 AM

As jihadis are continuing and escalating attacks on the sovereign territory of the United States, the Commander-in Chief is fundraising and campaigning in Nevada and Colorado.

Trafalgar on September 13, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Meme ma-meme meme ma-ma-making a ma-meeeeme.

It’s not working weirdo. Finally the press is calling out the hyperbole and it’s actually kind of shocking. Normally they let all the weird daddy party bluster go unchecked but it looks like that’s over.

Oh well, it’s better for your bottom line as your ad impression will soar in the second term.

tommyhawk on September 13, 2012 at 9:20 AM

It may be Obama’s foreign policy that facilitated this, but Romney is the one we need to punish. CNN said so.

claudius on September 13, 2012 at 9:20 AM

When exactly is it going to sink into the thick skulls of some of these filmmakers that making any type of film about Mohammed is literally like throwing a gallon of gasoline on an already raging inferno?

pilamaye on September 13, 2012 at 8:54 AM

The film was made and posted in July, IIRC. The Islamists knew about it, and just waited until 9/11 to “protest.”

Wethal on September 13, 2012 at 9:03 AM

If the film were an adaption of the Satanic Verses or delivered a comparable social commentary on religion and Islam, I’d say let the Muslims go to hell.
However, based on the descriptions I’ve read, the film is such absolute garbage and it hardly rises above hate speech weakly obscured by a contrived storyline. So I have trouble defending this ‘film’ as a beautiful expression of free speech.

If someone in the MidEast shot a film ‘Jesus does Blow Jobs’, I’d find it equally repulsive and inexcusable. The entire free speech argument has been blown far out of proportion in this case. It’s time to apply some common sense.

bayam on September 13, 2012 at 9:21 AM

We continue to make things worse for ourselves. Stop intervening in the affairs of other nations, close our embassies and bases, pull our troops back home to strengthen our home defense.

Dante on September 13, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Sorry dude, but Ron Paul opposes a border fence on US borders because it would prevent Americans from escaping or something.

sentinelrules on September 13, 2012 at 9:21 AM

We just need to wait for the “smart power” to kick into high gear. Love, respect, and appreciation for America will soon be restored.

I’m Barack Hussein Obama, and I approve this message.

St Gaudens on September 13, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Meme ma-meme meme ma-ma-making a ma-meeeeme.

It’s not working weirdo. Finally the press is calling out the hyperbole and it’s actually kind of shocking. Normally they let all the weird daddy party bluster go unchecked but it looks like that’s over.

Oh well, it’s better for your bottom line as your ad impression will soar in the second term.

tommyhawk on September 13, 2012 at 9:20 AM

You must have missed today’s Rasmussen poll.

Romney: 47%
Obama: 46%

sentinelrules on September 13, 2012 at 9:22 AM

So I have trouble defending this ‘film’ as a beautiful expression of free speech.

bayam on September 13, 2012 at 9:21 AM

So your defense of freedom of speech only applies to speech which you deem to be ‘beautiful’?

Trafalgar on September 13, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Dante on September 13, 2012 at 9:13 AM

That’s right little dante, its so much easier to fight them over here.

cozmo on September 13, 2012 at 9:24 AM

MOAB Diplomacy, with a bit of Reagan mixed in just for fun.

When Reagan attacked Quadaffi, one of the U.S. planes “accidentally” dropped a bomb on the grounds of the French embassy, an embassy which was located about 11 miles from where everyone else was attacking. The French had denied us use of their airspace for the attack, so Reagan reminded them who is in charge. Ron was awesome.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsQdeAeOEg4

Bishop on September 13, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Sorry dude, but Ron Paul opposes a border fence on US borders because it would prevent Americans from escaping or something.

sentinelrules on September 13, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Well that was quite the non sequitur.

Dante on September 13, 2012 at 9:24 AM

It’s far more important to be chillin’ with the Pimp with a Limp than having to deal with something as inconvienent as the implosion of the Middle East.

crazy_legs on September 13, 2012 at 9:24 AM

“The embassies in Armenia, Burundi, Kuwait, Sudan, Tunisia and Zambia, along with the embassy in Egypt, which was hit by a protest on Tuesday, all issued warnings on Wednesday advising Americans to be particularly vigilant.

The warnings, posted on the embassies’ websites, do not report any specific threat to Americans but note that demonstrations can become violent…”

http://www.wtop.com//289/3033705/Embassies-in-7-countries-warn-of-possible-attacks

workingclass artist on September 13, 2012 at 9:24 AM

What about Libya, Yemen, “Palestine”, and Berlin?

Not sure, do we cut off all diplomatic ties to Germany to show those krauts who’s the bad arse? I say send John Bolton on a trip to Berlin to demand the Germans stop coddling terrorists.

bayam on September 13, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Looks like there’s some world class community organizing going on over there.

tj4osu on September 13, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Well that was quite the non sequitur.

Dante on September 13, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Translation: “Ughhh…what? Shut up, you’re wrong on all points so I won’t debate any longer.”

sentinelrules on September 13, 2012 at 9:26 AM

When Reagan attacked Quadaffi, one of the U.S. planes “accidentally” dropped a bomb on the grounds of the French embassy, an embassy which was located about 11 miles from where everyone else was attacking. The French had denied us use of their airspace for the attack, so Reagan reminded them who is in charge. Ron was awesome.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsQdeAeOEg4

Bishop on September 13, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Attacking a sovereign nation because they wouldn’t let us use their airspace is awesome?

I didn’t realize we were in charge of France, but look who’s taking the position of imperialism.

Dante on September 13, 2012 at 9:26 AM

MranWhile Team NYT gives Hopey the Finger!!
(sarc)

Michael van Poppel ‏@mpoppel

NYT declines U.S. State Dept request to remove photo of dead ambassador – http://tinyurl.com/8pbko3u
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Update: The Times Denies State Department Request to Remove Photo From Web Site
September 12, 2012, 6:20 pm
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The State Department asked The New York Times on Wednesday afternoon to remove a photograph of the dying ambassador to Libya from a gallery on the newspaper’s Web site. The ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens, was killed Tuesday in an attack on the American Consulate in Libya.

The Times did not comply with the request, citing the news value of the Agence France-Presse photograph.(more…)
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http://publiceditor.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/12/update-the-times-denies-state-department-request-to-remove-photo-from-web-site/

canopfor on September 13, 2012 at 9:26 AM

The entire free speech argument has been blown far out of proportion in this case. It’s time to apply some common sense.

bayam on September 13, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Another one of those terms thrown out by the left that is vaguely terrifying.

Bishop on September 13, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Their beef isn’t with America, it’s with the rest of the world. It turns out that there are lots of offensive YouTube videos. If you spend all day trolling the Internet, chances are you’re going to find something that offends you. That’s because the Internet exposes you to a world of people outside your little bubble.

Well, the Muslim world is the biggest bubble there is, and they’re not taking it well. We’re not going to apologize for every crappy YouTube video out there, and if you’re going to riot in response to each one, have a nice century. The Internet isn’t pretty because humanity isn’t pretty, but guess what Muslims? You ain’t no prom queen yourself. Quite the opposite really. Oh, and another thing. Someday someone is going to formally analyze the Koran from a historical/literary/archeological perspective and they are going to find a big, big mess.

xuyee on September 13, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Meanwhile…………..Part Deux!

Nigeria police order 24-hour security around all foreign embassies after Libya attack – @Reuters

11 mins ago from af.reuters.com by editor

http://af.reuters.com/article/energyOilNews/idAFL5E8KDB1R20120913

canopfor on September 13, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Attacking a sovereign nation because they wouldn’t let us use their airspace is awesome?

Dante on September 13, 2012 at 9:26 AM

But according to you, radical Muslim extremists attacking the sovereign territory of the United States is our fault.

Trafalgar on September 13, 2012 at 9:28 AM

So I have trouble defending this ‘film’ as a beautiful expression of free speech.

If someone in the MidEast shot a film ‘Jesus does Blow Jobs’, I’d find it equally repulsive and inexcusable. The entire free speech argument has been blown far out of proportion in this case. It’s time to apply some common sense.

bayam on September 13, 2012 at 9:21 AM

You mean like the “beautiful” free speech of the NBPP? You mean like the “beautiful” free speech of the people who made the movie about assassinating President Bush? You mean the “beautiful” free speech of the left tweeting that they hope that hurricane would kill all the Republicans at the Convention? Or is it just that you get to decide what speech is “beautiful” enough to defend? Moron.

Night Owl on September 13, 2012 at 9:28 AM

You must have missed today’s Rasmussen poll.

Romney: 47%
Obama: 46%

sentinelrules on September 13, 2012 at 9:22 AM

You mean the same qualified, brilliant pollster who had Obama up by 5 last week? Well now he’s an unqualified conservative hack says Joe Scarborough.

BettyRuth on September 13, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Attacking a sovereign nation because they wouldn’t let us use their airspace is awesome?

Dante on September 13, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Yes, the US attacked Libya in 1986 because France wouldn’t allow US airplanes in their airspace.

You seem to have gone Full Retard this morning.

sentinelrules on September 13, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Dante wants us to use the ostrich form of dimplomacy. Stick our heads in the sand and do an Alfred E. Newman – What me worry!

Yeah, that will work.

D-fusit on September 13, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Dante on September 13, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Are you an AP sockpuppet?

I find it hard to believe anybody can be as stupid as you and be able to go online.

cozmo on September 13, 2012 at 9:30 AM

We continue to make things worse for ourselves. Stop intervening in the affairs of other nations, close our embassies and bases, pull our troops back home to strengthen our home defense.

Dante on September 13, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Yeah, cause then they’ll really really like us.

In Dante’s world, it’s always our fault.

Bitter Clinger on September 13, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Time for another ME Apology Tour I suppose, with much bowing and speechifying. Perhaps Dear Leader can dazzle them with his rhetoric and calm the savages and barbarians with soothing apologies. After all, they have legitimate grievances against the US, and stuff like that.

farsighted on September 13, 2012 at 9:31 AM

So your defense of freedom of speech only applies to speech which you deem to be ‘beautiful’?

Trafalgar on September 13, 2012 at 9:23 AM

It excludes hate speech masquerading as something else. This kind of crap undermines real and meaningful commentary like the Satanic Verses by portraying Western critiques of Islam as nothing more than hate speech.

bayam on September 13, 2012 at 9:31 AM

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