I’m still trying to wrap my head around everything that happened yesterday, but this Politico headline just about sums it up:
“Sorry you caught us saying sorry.”
And which apology was that? Here it is from the official Twitter Cairo account for the U.S. embassy in Cairo:
Well, how about that. And just remind me, what prompted this apology from our official representatives in Egypt? Jamie Weinstein reports:
On Tuesday, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo was attacked by an Egyptian mob to protest an obscure and almost entirely unheard of American film being made that supposedly depicts the Muslim prophet Muhammad in a negative light. According to Reuters, some of the Egyptian vigilantes scaled the embassy walls, pulled down the American flag and burned it, and attempted to raise a black jihadi flag with the inscription, “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger.”
In response to the brazen attack, the American embassy in Cairo released a statement to criticize the film — not the protesters committing violence.
Of course not. That would hurt their feelings. Meanwhile, in Libya:
Libya’s interim president has apologized to the United States for the attack on the U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi that killed the American ambassador and three of his staff.
Mohammed el-Megarif described the attack as “cowardly” and offered his condolences on the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and the three other Americans. Speaking to reporters, he vowed to bring the culprits to justice and maintain his country’s close relations with the United States. He said the three Americans were security guards.
The attack on the Benghazi consulate was carried out by protesters angry over a film that ridiculed Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. They used machine guns and rocket propelled grenades.
And how is Obama responding? Neil Munro reports:
President Barack Obama today “strongly condemned” the Islamist attack that killed four American diplomats in Libya, but he also used the same statement to condemn Americans’ criticism of Islam.
“While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants,” he said in a 7:21 a.m. statement…
Obama’s two-sided message came only a few hours after Gov. Mitt Romney accused him of sympathizing with the Islamists who attacked the U.S diplomatic sites on the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2011 attack by other Islamists that killed 3,000 Americans.
“I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt,” Romney said. But, he added, it “is disgraceful that the Obama Administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks,” said his late-night Sept. 11 statement.
Yeah, but what does Romney know about foreign policy anyway? Barry’s the expert. Barry’s the genius.
He would’ve gotten around to addressing this yesterday, but he was busy:
It used to be a bad thing when the President of the United States dicked around while Americans were being killed by Muslims. But that only counts when he’s reading My Pet Goat to little kids. And is a Republican.
So, to recap: On the 11th anniversary of 9/11, several of our embassies were attacked and at least four U.S. citizens were killed, including a U.S. ambassador, because of some movie nobody in America has ever even heard of. Our first official response was to apologize for making them mad at us, and then we apologized for that apology. Meanwhile, Obama was yukkin’ it up with some radio DJ in Miami.
Four more years!
P.S. A week ago, anytime a speaker at the DNC uttered the name “Bin Laden,” all the delegates jumped to their feet and chanted “USA! USA! USA!” But that’s not incitement… Oh, yes, and Democrats are very concerned about religious bigotry. That’s why they’re so scared of Romney and his magic underpants.
P.P.S. As usual, I can’t argue with Burge:
Any US State Dept employee who condemns or apologizes for Americans exercising their freedom of speech needs to be fired at once.
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) September 12, 2012
Given my own experience with the State Department, though, this seems unlikely. They’ll just stonewall. That’s what they do.
P.P.P.S. I’m now being told it’s very, very important to note that Obama’s latest wacky radio interview was pre-recorded. Was it presented as such to the radio listener? If it didn’t matter yesterday, why does it matter today? Well, because it reflects badly on The One, of course. Can’t have that.
P.P.P.P.S. Here’s the trailer for the movie we apologized for, before we apologized for the apology. Stay tuned for the apology for that apology.