Clinton says U.S. government had ‘nothing to do’ with ‘disgusting’ anti-Muslim film
posted at 2:03 pm on September 13, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
It is not only the mind-numbingly wrong-headed remarks of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo that the Obama administration is distancing itself from today. The administration is trying to put daylight between itself and the anti-Muslim film that continues to be cited as the trigger of a wave of protests in the Arab world that have now spread to other “Arab Spring” nations.
Watch an interview with one of the film’s advisers, who defends the project
Standing side by side with Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Saad-Eddine Al-Otmani at the State Department on Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said:
The United States government had absolutely nothing to do with this video … We have the greatest respect for people of faith … [T]his video is disgusting and reprehensible. It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose, to denigrate a great religion and to promote rage.
Hmm, another apology. What do you know about that? Clinton did go on to allow as how the U.S. has a history of free expression, and the government does not stop individuals from expressing their views, “no matter how distasteful they may be.” She then added, almost as an afterthought, that “violence in response to speech is not acceptable.”
Wow. With a stern rebuke like that, one can just imagine that the murderous mobs that have once again assembled to chant “Death to America” (which is number one on their hit parade) are now shaking in their sandals.
Maybe what is needed here is more groveling from the White House, perhaps another “Cairo” speech (this one delivered from within the safe confines of Oval Office, natch) in which the president assures our Muslim brethren that our relationship is grounded in “mutual respect” and “tolerance.” He could conclude with a bow to Mecca and a humble request that, when we in the West “hurt the religious feelings of Muslims” (to borrow a phrase from the Cairo Embassy statement), that they not retaliate by murdering whatever Americans are handiest.
Foreign policy footnote: As the election draws ever closer, an increasing number of Obama surrogates are asking whether Osama bin Laden “is better off now than he was four years ago.” In light of that boast, it should be noted that, according to the Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram, the Cairo mob that shredded and torched the Stars and Stripes on Tuesday chanted as they worked, “Obama, Obama there are still a billion Osamas.” Their math may not be entirely accurate, but as James Taranto writes, “there were enough ‘Osamas’ to launch a fatal attack … on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi” yesterday.
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