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Clinton says U.S. government had ‘nothing to do’ with ‘disgusting’ anti-Muslim film

posted at 2:03 pm on September 13, 2012 by

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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He says he wants to bring to Justice those who killed our Ambassador and others… really? Is the One gonna utilize the new Face recognition technology the FBI is using?

Good luck on bringing anyone to justice…

Just words coming out of the lying liars mouth again…

Scrumpy on September 13, 2012 at 2:28 PM

How did that link get there on the word technology? I did not do that!!!

Scrumpy on September 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM

As I sit here the entire ME is becoming a firestorm and other countries joining in, other Embassies threatened… and it’s not even Friday yet.

After the morning prayers in the ME expect things to get worse much much worse…

Obama needs to take a STRONG stand NOW!! Quit pandering to the Islamists…

What am I thinking, lol, he won’t…

Scrumpy on September 13, 2012 at 2:32 PM

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.”

Christopher Stevens isn’t.
If you want credit for the successes, you must take the blame for failures. Why wasn’t there more security for an embassy in such a chaotic place?

rbj on September 13, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Well, duh! But that’s not really what caused the attack. I ask as others have: Where were properly armed American security forces? Both Clinton and Obama failed to answer the 3am phone call the other night.

stukinIL4now on September 13, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Since the government had nothing to do with this film, it’s high time Clinton and Obama shut the hell up about it. Instead of condemning a crappy movie they have no control over or interest in, start condemning vicious animals who are attacking and killing Americans because their poor little feelings are hurt. Every time they mention that movie, they are justifying the actions of the rampaging mob and reinforcing their anger.

Wendya on September 13, 2012 at 4:12 PM

He says he wants to bring to Justice those who killed our Ambassador and others… really? Is the One gonna utilize the new Face recognition technology the FBI is using?

Good luck on bringing anyone to justice…

Scrumpy on September 13, 2012 at 2:28 PM

The dirty little secret in the security industry is that F-R tech is not really the miracle worker that it’s hyped to be. Like the way it gets described in Popular Science, you’d think it had near-godlike powers able to find anyone in a crowd of any size, anywhere.

But the truth is unless all your image recordings are crystal-clear focus and HD resolution, its effectiveness goes downhill faster than Calvin in his wagon on Deadman’s Hill. Especially in the middle of population’s where, if you’ll pardon me for quoting this, they really DO all look alike.

MelonCollie on September 13, 2012 at 10:52 PM