They’re still pretending this is all about some stupid video. Yes, our Middle East policy — or lack thereof — is now being based on full blown delusion, ignorance and incompetence. Assign a little of the responsibility for the backlash, protest and terrorist attacks to Obama’s continual spiking of the ball about killing Bin Laden? Never!
Instead, they’ve actually spent taxpayer money to air ads in Pakistan apologizing for freedom of speech:
Trying to blunt protests surrounding the YouTube film trailer that mocks the Prophet Muhammad, the Obama administration paid $70,000 to buy ads on Pakistani television disavowing the video, the State Department said Thursday.
The ads, featuring President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, were airing on seven networks even as mobs tried to rush the diplomatic enclave in Islamabad housing the U.S. Embassy and other embassies Thursday. Pakistani police kept about 2,000 protesters at bay.
The ads and a broader effort to solicit and promote pro-U.S. testimonials on YouTube are an effort by the State Department and the Obama administration to counter the pervasive view in Pakistan and other Muslim-majority nations that the crude video is either the work of the U.S. government or is condoned by it.
Anti-American sentiment runs high in Pakistan, and suspicion of U.S. motives runs deep.
And the U.S. gives Pakistan on average $2 billion a year in aid.
Here’s the ad that the Obama administration bought time for to air in Pakistan:
So far protesters in Pakistan seem real impressed by that explanation:
Remember though, Jay Carney says these types of things aren’t protests against the United States writ large.