Did anybody really fall for the “they’ll all love us now” talk that surrounded Obama’s Cairo speech in 2009? Sadly, yes.

There were attacks on US interests yesterday in Egypt and Libya. Fatalities in Libya include the US Ambassador to Libya and three other embassy staff:

The U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, was killed when Libyan militants stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

Stevens, 52, died on Tuesday as 20 gun-wielding attackers stormed the U.S. consulate, angry about an American-made movie that depicted Prophet Mohammad as a fraud and a womanizer. The attackers fired automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades at the consulate, Deputy Interior Minister Wanis al-Sharif told a news conference in Benghazi.

Nearly a dozen Americans were inside the consulate at the time, guarded only by Libyan security. For nearly 20 minutes the Libyan guards exchanged fire with the attackers, who hurled a firebomb inside.

Stevens is the first US Ambassador since 1979 to be killed in the line of duty.

Meanwhile, the White House has disavowed now deleted Tweets from the US Embassy in Cairo:

“The statement by Embassy Cairo was not cleared by Washington and does not reflect the views of the United States government,” an administration official told POLITICO.

The U.S. embassy in Cairo put out a statement early Tuesday that apologized for an anti-Muslim film being circulated by an Israeli-American real estate developer.

“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,” the embassy said in a statement published online.

The administration demands line item veto-style control over Vanity Fair articles and press pool reports but don’t insist on previewing US embassy statements during powder keg situations before they’re released to the world? …on the anniversary on 9/11? In any case, Hillary appears to have doubled down on the apology, so the president might want to have a chat with her as well.

Oddly enough, the White House ended up comdemning Mitt Romney for condemning the same embassy statement the White House disavowed, and then accused Romney of playing politics. Go figure.

Update: This must be a big deal. The first US Ambassador to be killed on the job in over 30 years and massive anti-American unrest overseas that is putting US citizens there in more danger has warranted that the president’s two-day fundraising trip to Vegas be delayed by… one hour.

Comments

51 Responses to “US Ambassador to Libya Killed; Obama Administration Condemns Romney for Condemning Same Embassy Apology Obama Administration Disavowed; Updated

  1. Marshall_Will on September 12th, 2012 12:20 pm

    How "deliberately provoactive" need anything be ( including cartoons ) to set off The ROP? From what I've read, this sounds more like a vanity publishing, self-financed endeavor.

    Just yesterday on Doug's "White House declines Netanyahu meeting request" at Michelle's Place, we discussed creating channels for Jews to express themselves within the GOP/Conservative platform, in the hopes of embracing and converting them away from a long standing and ABUSIVE relationship they share w/ Dem's.

    Somehow, this isn't what I was talking about? Sad, just sad.

  2. Truesoldier__ on September 12th, 2012 12:45 pm

    When you cannot defend your policies attack your critics.

    I think that about sums up the Obama response.

  3. Truesoldier__ on September 12th, 2012 12:51 pm

    The one thing that I have been hearing is that the 2 Marines and the FSO were shot and the Ambassador was suffocated. This appears to have occured when the 4 of them were trying to get out of the AO in a vehicle.

    If this is true, then I contend that this was an attempted abduction of the Ambassador. The 2 Marines and FSO were shot so that they could take the Ambassador. Whatever they placed over the Ambassadors head end up suffocating him.

    From the pictures circulating of the Ambassador you can see his lips are blued which is a sign of ashpixiation, but there were no marks around the neck showing signs of being strangled. This is what leads me to believe that he had something placed over his head.

    It has also been reported that the Muslims in Libya were armed with RPG's and weapons when heading towards teh Consulate. How much you want to bet the fire was started by RPG's being shot into the Consulate.

  4. SignPainterGuy on September 12th, 2012 1:04 pm

    This looks like Acts of War against the USA to me; two attacks on our Embassies and burning our flag PLUS murdering an Ambassador and staff members and all we have in the WH to represent our interests is the mooslime appeaser, linguini-spined, golfer / campaigner-in-chief ! ? Oh, I almost forgot; APOLOGIZER-in-chief and his Sec. of State-Apologies and State-Secret Giveaways Shrillary the communist !

    The Libyan Embassy was guarded ONLY by Libyan security ? I thought we always had MARINES guarding embassies !? What`s up with that ?

  5. Truesoldier__ on September 12th, 2012 1:09 pm

    Intersting, the Daily Mail is reporting that the embassy guards were Libyan's not US Marines, not to mention this was an out and out attack not a protest over a film:

    During a 20 minute fire fight, Libyan guards positioned inside the consulate managed to hold the attackers off as they sprayed the building with bullets before hurling a bomb inside.
    In the carnage, Sean Smith, a foreign service information management officer was shot dead.

    Ambassador Stevens and his team made a desperate bid to flee by car to safety. But the vehicle came under heavy arms fire and was hit by a rocket, leaving it disabled and at the mercy of the mob.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2201780/U

  6. Marshall_Will on September 12th, 2012 1:09 pm

    For those of us w/ no Infantry experience.., FSO, AO?

    Field Service Officer, Area of Operation? You guys have your own acronyms you know! Certainly seems to stand up to reason. The belching flames and smoke didn't seem consistent w/ hand launched improvised weapons.

    The flame was rich, thick and dark orange. In order to reach that intensity in that short a time, more fuel would have been needed. Even reams of filing cabinets and all wood furniture can't provide that kind of blaze so quickly. It's a paperless world besides. But WHERE would they get an RPG..?

  7. SignPainterGuy on September 12th, 2012 1:11 pm

    With the acts of aid to the Muslim Brotherhood and others and denying there even are extremist muslims, we also have a TRAITOR in the WH who calls himself president !

  8. Doug on September 12th, 2012 1:14 pm

    "not to mention this was an out and out attack not a protest over a film"

    Yes, sometimes I think people get fixated on what in particular set them off, when the answer is that it doesn't matter because it would have been something no matter what. If it wasn't that film it would have been the color of your shoes.

  9. SignPainterGuy on September 12th, 2012 1:16 pm

    Those RPGs probably came from the stockpiles of WMDs that Saddam Hussein didn`t have and didn`t slip off to Syria with the help of Russians during the month before we invaded Iraq in `03 ….. Just guessin` !

    Might have come from Iran more recently ……. by way of Russian suppliers …… again, just guessin` !

  10. Truesoldier__ on September 12th, 2012 1:23 pm

    FSO = Foreign Service Officer (an embassy term)
    AO= Area of Operations

    A couple of things that stood out to me in the article.

    First of all it was Libyan guards not US Marines that were defending the Consulate.

    Secondly, the Consulate was looted. Consulates have very sensitve data located at them. Was that information compromised or did they get it out earlier in the day?

  11. Marshall_Will on September 12th, 2012 1:31 pm

    Good point. I myself became fixated as the film maker Sam Bacile expressed regret over the incident, while at the same time faulting lax security. It was either the 13 min. film trailer ( likely none of them had SEEN ) or Janet Jackson's halftime n!pslip.

    We can't say for sure? Either way, we had it comin', right?

  12. Truesoldier__ on September 12th, 2012 1:32 pm

    I believe it had more to do with sending us a message of 9/11 than it did with any film.

  13. backwoodsconsr on September 12th, 2012 1:33 pm

    Indeed. You hit the nail on the head with that one, Doug.

    There were those who opposed the war in Iraq because it had nothing to do with the attacks on 9-11. They seemed to think that the war on terror began and ended with Osama Bin Laden. Bin Laden was just a symptom of a much larger problem, having to do with the attitudes of the followers of a barbaric religion. The war on terror isn't over by a long shot, nor will it be anytime soon.

  14. Marshall_Will on September 12th, 2012 1:33 pm

    It's anyone's guess and that's kind of my point. The entire region is such an armed camp he may have borrowed it from a neighbor. The same way we would bum some hedge clippers for fall clean up.

  15. Truesoldier__ on September 12th, 2012 1:33 pm

    I was wondering the same thing. Why were there virtually no Marines there to gurad the embassy? Makes me wonder just how well the Libyans were "defending against attack"?

    Now Obama is sending a contingent of 50 Marines to a guard a burned out looted Consulate. Nothing like closing the barn door after the horses get out.

  16. SignPainterGuy on September 12th, 2012 1:36 pm

    Exactly RIGHT, Doug ! The muslims hate us and want us dead because we are NOT muslims; everything else is just icing on their cake and excuses !

    islam: the religion of 7th century death-cult savages hell-bent on world domination and the eradication of all vestiges of ANY other religion ! The religion of hate and perpetual outrage ! The religion of pieces !

  17. backwoodsconsr on September 12th, 2012 1:40 pm

    Doug, you know you made a good comment when everybody lines up at once to respond to it.

  18. Truesoldier__ on September 12th, 2012 1:40 pm

    Too true. Bin Laden really had not been calling the shots for some time. He had become a figurehead in hiding while his "Generals" ran the show. Now that he is gone there will be someone else who will rise up to fill the position. Once we put that SOB in the ground the cycle will repeat once again.

  19. Truesoldier__ on September 12th, 2012 1:42 pm

    As you put it so well yesterday SPG, "They really believe in "Never Letting a Good Crisis (Excuse) Go To Waste" ! "

  20. Truesoldier__ on September 12th, 2012 1:43 pm

    Speaking of aid packages. Has anyone heard yet whether or not Congress is telling Obama to take a flying leap with the aid package he has been working on to Egypt?

  21. SignPainterGuy on September 12th, 2012 1:46 pm

    Monkeys see, monkeys do ! ;-)

  22. Granny55 on September 12th, 2012 1:46 pm

    Ozero: Sad situation in Libya – now I am off to campaign in Nevada – and keep up with my busy schedule so I don't have to see that rabble rouser from Israel. Just IM me if any more problems crop up in the Middle East.

  23. SignPainterGuy on September 12th, 2012 1:50 pm

    Do you remember hearing the story of a muslim sent to America to observe and report back sometime back in the `50s ; one of the things that really outraged this nut was "We mow our yards" !

  24. Marshall_Will on September 12th, 2012 1:51 pm

    SPG,

    True, as MM said earlier:

    "Lest you need reminding: 9/11 was a deliberate, carefully planned evil act of the long-waged war on the West by Koran-inspired soldiers of Allah around the world. They hated us before George W. Bush was in office. They hated us before Israel existed."

    Before Israel existed… let's all marinate on that for awhile?

  25. backwoodsconsr on September 12th, 2012 1:56 pm

    These monkeys were all typing at the same time. Still no works of Shakespeare, though.

    BTW, a wise monkey is a monkey who doesn't monkey with another monkey's monkey.

  26. SignPainterGuy on September 12th, 2012 1:56 pm

    Yep, don`t bother him while he`s memorizing jokes for David Letterman tonight and some more hip-hop radio interviews !

  27. Marshall_Will on September 12th, 2012 1:57 pm

    BWC,

    Correct, anything shy of a signed confession detailing complicit involvement and direct support from Saddam was nothing more than hearsay where that crowd was concerned.

    It was never the inaccuracy of that talking point that bothered. Well not nearly as much as the smugness with which it was delivered. NPR loved… to echo that and purveyors always acted as if it where The Ultimate Gotcha' phrase.

    So pleased with themselves they were…

  28. Marshall_Will on September 12th, 2012 2:01 pm

    Ah… so I wasn't far off. My Supply fave is:

    POS ( Peacetime Operating Stock )

    You guys back in DC sure… you thought that one thru?

  29. Truesoldier__ on September 12th, 2012 2:05 pm

    I can tell you that one of the biggest jobs in Iraq in 2004 was going around and marking where all the Iraqi conventional weapons were. When we bombed the sites it spread alot of the arty shells and other conventional weapons all over the place. We would mark the location, call it into EOD (so they could blow it up) and check back every couple days to see if the site had been disturbed. 9/10 we would vehicle tracks (non military) and could tell some of the ordance was missing.

    That is where a lot of the IED's came from.

  30. SignPainterGuy on September 12th, 2012 2:05 pm

    Like Canton Junior High being changed either to Pisgah Middle Sch. (after the hi sch) or stick with "Canton" M.S. The lady MS Principal insisted on CMS because she WAS NOT gonna put up with the ribbing they`d get being called "PMS" !

  31. Truesoldier__ on September 12th, 2012 2:07 pm

    Ah, so that is where the enviormental movement got it's start…

  32. Marshall_Will on September 12th, 2012 2:08 pm

    Even more vomit-inducing ( Letterman is working OT to craft jokes around the Right's understandably miffed response )

    The deflection will be well rehearsed.

  33. SignPainterGuy on September 12th, 2012 2:09 pm

    True and true, but we can rest assured there`s monkey business happening in our WH !

  34. Truesoldier__ on September 12th, 2012 2:11 pm

    He is more po'ed that this interupted his campaigning than he is over what actually happened.

    Besides, I thought he told everyone that they shouldn't go to Vegas?

  35. backwoodsconsr on September 12th, 2012 2:12 pm

    He wanted the place all to himself.

  36. SignPainterGuy on September 12th, 2012 2:19 pm

    At least we HAVE grass ! We take care of OUR spidey and cricket habitat !

  37. Marshall_Will on September 12th, 2012 3:19 pm

    TS,

    An issue that's already being hotly debated/refuted etc. If the (2) Marines were KIA, is that to imply there were 'others' that survived or were taken prisoner? Reports at present don't seem to indicate that.

    Seems to me we have more guys passing out basketballs at our Guard gym. This can NOT play well for any pRez seeking a 2nd term. Were there complaints from within the C.O.C on under-staffing -prior- to this total lapse?

    I was trying to reserve comment until later but looks like discrepancies are already leaking.

  38. Truesoldier__ on September 12th, 2012 3:25 pm

    And here is the Duh of the Day story:

    Officials say embassy attack in Libya was coordinated
    http://wtop.com/215/3033617/Officials-Embassy-att

  39. Granny55 on September 12th, 2012 3:34 pm

    Rush is talking about it right now. He is nailing Ozero and admin on this. Now when he is done with them he has to REALLY go after the media on this too!

    And a little O/T but I saw where Bing and Google acknowledge 9/11 in their banners yesterday. Yahoo didn't. But how interesting! Yahoo has been running polls forever on their main page. Shortly after Romney choose Ryan almost all of their polls had to do with politics and low and behold the conservative were beating the snot out of the libs in the polls. Have not seen a poll in about two weeks!!!

  40. Truesoldier__ on September 12th, 2012 3:38 pm

    It will be interesting to see what the answers are to these and many other questions.

  41. Truesoldier__ on September 12th, 2012 3:43 pm

    My wife pointed those polls out to me. She mused over how long it would be till they stopped showing them due to the outcome.

  42. Marshall_Will on September 12th, 2012 3:49 pm

    "The incident does not appear to be a random mob scene, but rather an opportunity that militants seized, sources say. The attackers used a rocket-propelled grenade, a weapon not traditionally carried by protesters, but commonly used by terrorists." ( or widely available at garage/jihad sales )

    That answers THAT. Sadly we can now name Chris Stevens' name to Brian Terry's among those left swinging in the breeze by this Administration. To be fair, the Brass should have been bellowing about the manning levels too. ( Perhaps they DID ? )

  43. archer on September 12th, 2012 4:51 pm

    “Updated”

    Zero in Vegas:

    OK people, listen, the people of this peace-loving religion are our friends. This was nothing more than a misunderstanding by misguided individuals.

    If you people would stop poking sticks into their cages and reviling them we wouldn’t be having all this trouble.

    Play nice and don’t rile the bullies. Just bow. Lower. Lower. And play those “…sweetest thing I’ve ever heard” prayer songs. Or will I have to bring FLOTUS out again for another teachable moment.

    AM I THE ONLY ONE THAT GETS IT!??

  44. Truesoldier__ on September 12th, 2012 5:50 pm

    Of course this is a test. A test to see what kind of response Obama would give to this kind of an attack during an election cycle. They are testing to see is willing to piss off his base by launching a major attack. So far he has continued to campaign like this whole incident was some kind of minor inconvience.

    The lack of any real response is only going to lead to a bigger attack within the next 45 days.

  45. Truesoldier__ on September 12th, 2012 6:00 pm

    It appears that the FSO was concerned about the Libyan guards:

    According to the online gamer, Smith wrote this yesterday:

    (12:54:09 PM) vile_rat: assuming we don't die tonight. We saw one of our 'police' that guard the compound taking pictures
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/diplomat-bein

  46. Marshall_Will on September 12th, 2012 6:03 pm

    Well, I'd agree but why wait until the last month and half of his term?

    ( This guy's been in re-election mode since, well since he got ELECTED!? )

  47. Truesoldier__ on September 12th, 2012 7:07 pm

    Planning and finanicing take time…..

    Seriusly though. Obama (and most the world) knows that average voters attention is not very long. If they had launched a major attack early on, Obama could have dealt with it swiftly and with force or utterly ignored it and it would be nothing that a distant memory come election time. Add to that AQ and their surogates have not had a "safe heaven" to plot from for quite some time. That is not till Obama helped give them Libya and Egypt. Add it all up and you get a pretty clear picture.

  48. SignPainterGuy on September 12th, 2012 7:45 pm

    RE, Update: "pResident`s trip to Vegas delayed by …… one hour." Was Reggie Love`s plane FIRST delayed by ….. one hour ? The embassy invasions don`t seem to bother him too much; he could have tweeted THAT response from AF-1 !

  49. SignPainterGuy on September 12th, 2012 8:33 pm

    Let me remind everyone again, shortly after Zero was immaculated, he told the world,"If it comes down to it, we will come down on the side of the muslims." (paraphrased) He is doing exactly that !

    His sending aid to the MB, his apologies to them and attacks on our responses, his non-response responses, for examples !

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