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.
“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.
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.