Byron York gives a good summary of what happened in Egypt and Libya on the anniversary of 9.11:
The Libyan attack, in Benghazi, reportedly left an American official dead. In the Egyptian attack, in Cairo, an angry mob of Islamist radicals attacked the U.S. embassy, occupied the grounds, tore up the American flag, and waved the banner of al Qaeda — all on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. According to a Washington Post report, the protesters “said they were demonstrating against anti-Islamic attitudes in the United States and an alleged film in the U.S. that insulted the Prophet Mohammed.” The attackers in Libya were reportedly angry about the same film.
This was the official response from the US Embassy in Cairo:
The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.
Excuse us while we retrieve our jaws from the ground. This statement was disavowed by the White House later in the day, after howls of protests from Americans. The Obama administration really had no choice but to do so. However, one wonders if Obama and his team are more worried by the optics of the US Embassy’s actions, and not the substance. After all, the embassy is staffed by people hired by the Obama administration to carry out his policies.
We need to be clear: According to international law, an attack on US embassy facilities is in fact an attack on the US. The first response by the US Embassy in Cairo was to condemn free speech in the US, while at the same time refusing to condemn an attack on US territory. While the Obama administration has disavowed this statement, its own response has been a mere condemnation of the attack, and Obama has been silent. Such an assault on the US should have resulted in a forceful and immediate response from the president himself, outlining appropriate actions the US government was going to take in the light of what occurred. This still has not happened.
The whole thing is a disgrace.
Four people were killed in the attack on the US consulate in Libya; the US ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens, foreign service officer Sean Smith, and two US Marines who are yet unidentified as their families have not been notified.
Beitbart notes that:
At 11:53pm last night Talking Points Memo released a statement from the Obama campaign condemning Mitt Romney for criticizing something the White House itself disavowed — an appalling apology issued by the State Department.
Eight hours later, President Obama finally got around to condemning the monsters who attacked us on our own soil and killed our fellow citizens.
Thus Barack Obama was quicker to condemn Mitt Romney for his statement criticizing the despicable response of the State Department to the tragedy than he was to condemn the murderers of US diplomatic representatives overseas. While Obama can blame an errant employee of the State Department for the first statement, his own haste to condemn a political opponent for making a legitimate complaint shows his true heart. The 3 a.m. phone call came, and he was not there. And when push came to shove, he was more eager to run a political campaign than he was to lead our nation.