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Offensive movie enrages Muslims

Well, not yet.

If some Z-grade amateur production that nobody had heard of before 9/11/12 is so offensive that the White House and the State Department have spent the past week and a half disavowing it (and, incidentally, the First Amendment), that they pressured YouTube in an attempt to get it taken down, that the filmmaker was dragged out of his home in the middle of the night for questioning, then how about this one? What will they say if Muslims across the globe riot at our embassies and kill more of our diplomats — which the President of the United States characterizes as “natural protests” — over this one?

They can’t exactly say they had nothing to do with it. Well, I suppose they can, because they don’t care how obvious their lies are to anybody who’s been paying the slightest attention. But that would be a whopper even for Obama, as Neil Munro reported on Aug. 28:

Officials at the White House, Pentagon and CIA eagerly cooperated with movie producers who were expected to roll out a pre-election movie about the successful mission to kill Osama bin Laden, according to a cache of documents revealed by Judicial Watch.

“I know we don’t pick favorites but it makes sense to get behind a winning horse,” CIA spokeswoman Marie Harf wrote in a July 2011 email. The “movie is going to be the first and the biggest. It’s got the most money behind it, and two Oscar winners on board,” she added…

The emails also provide new evidence that officials provided the filmmakers with privileged access to at least one of the participants in the May 2011 raid, and guided the design of the set to ensure it match the interior of bin Laden’s hideout in Abbottabad, near Pakistan’s largest military academy…

“Zero Dark Thirty” is produced by Kathryn Bigelow, who won an Academy Award for “The Hurt Locker” — a film about a rogue, alienated bomb-disposal expert in Iraq. The screenwriter, who accompanied Bigelow to meetings with national security officials, is Mark Boal.

At least Bigelow changed the title to Zero Dark Thirty from the original: Yeah, Suck It, Bin Laden! Woooooo! USA! USA! USA!!! Not only is that tougher to fit on a marquee, but it would’ve been even more hurtful to our sensitive Muslim friends in the region.

I’m with John Nolte from Breitbart.com: The White House must stop Sony from releasing this film.

If not, why not?

Update: Evidence mounts that al-Qaida group killed US ambassador to Libya. No, no, it was YouTube. Obama said so.

Update: Michael J. Totten has more on “the terrorists’ veto.” And John Hayward looks at Barry and Hillary’s amateur film criticism.