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Former deputy national security adviser: US response to embassy attack ‘bizarre and unacceptable’
The Daily Caller ^ | September 12, 2012 | Jamie Weinstein, senior editor

Posted on 09/11/2012 11:21:16 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Former deputy national security adviser Elliot Abrams and renowned Middle East scholar Barry Rubin lambasted the U.S. Embassy in Cairo’s response to Tuesday’s attack on it by Egyptian protesters.

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.

“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 in Cairo said in a statement.

“Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.”

Abrams, who advised President George W. Bush and is a senior fellow for Middle East Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, told The Daily Caller that he found the embassy’s statement “bizarre and unacceptable.”

“[I]nstead of a protest the embassy has responded with a statement that says nothing about this failure by the government of Egypt to protect our people and property,” he wrote in an email. “Instead it criticized those who say mean things about Islam, when in fact in Egypt today it is non-Muslims, and Christians in particular, who feel threatened. So I find the embassy statement untimely on 9/11, bizarre and unacceptable.”

Rubin, who directs the The Global Research in International Affairs in Israel, found the embassy’s statement baffling.

“The response to an attack on the U.S. embassy by several revolutionary Islamist groups — one of which is the Egyptian affiliate of al-Qaida — is to apologize for hurting Muslim feelings!” he exclaimed in an email. “Yet the problem is not the production of some obscure film that no American knows anything about but the political program of the jihadists, Salafists, and Muslim Brotherhood to destroy U.S interests in the region.”

“And the administration doesn’t seem to notice that the new regime’s media and institutions are promoting anti-American incitement despite all the nice things Obama is doing for it,” Rubin added. “And all this on the anniversary of September 11!”

Abrams questioned why the Egyptian government didn’t do a better job protecting the embassy.

“On the anniversary of 9/11, thousands of Egyptians chose to protest at the U.S. Embassy, in essence making common cause not with the victims of 9/11 but with its perpetrators,” he said. “First, the United States embassy ought to be protesting the lack of police protection. The demonstration was planned, and known in advance. Why did police not protect the embassy? Why did they permit protesters to scale the walls?”

Late Tuesday evening, the Obama administration disavowed the embassy’s statement.

“The statement by Embassy Cairo was not cleared by Washington and does not reflect the views of the United States government,” a senior White House official told Politico.

No embassy staff were reported to have been hurt in the attack in Cairo.

Two gunmen also attacked the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya Tuesday, killing one U.S. official.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: 911ii; egypt; islam; jihad; libya; muslimbrotherhood; obama; romney; wot
"I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction." ~Barack Hussein Obama
1 posted on 09/11/2012 11:21:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

People were attacked and died in Libya.

It all ties together but why are they focusing on Cairo?


2 posted on 09/11/2012 11:25:21 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A feckless reply from a feckless regime.


3 posted on 09/11/2012 11:25:57 PM PDT by Jan Hus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Bears repeating:

"I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction." ~Barack Hussein Obama

Of course, we'll see if he'll stick by that statement when the political winds shift against obastard...

4 posted on 09/11/2012 11:26:10 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: mylife

Of course we know the answer.


5 posted on 09/11/2012 11:27:30 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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Benghazi was way worse, and both are a poke in our eye on 9/11


6 posted on 09/11/2012 11:29:33 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: All

What was even worse is when the asshole in chief exposed seal team six and got 16 of then killed while he gloated over personally pulling the trigger on Osama


7 posted on 09/11/2012 11:33:13 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It is very clear. This State Department as well as this total administration if derelict in duty regarding the well being of this United States of America.
Can't be any more concise in my presentation. I must log out. It has been a going on fifteen hour day for me. Time to hit the rack. Do try to have a nice upcoming day.
8 posted on 09/11/2012 11:42:16 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: piytar

He already has. Today he ordered US Troops to conduct War Games with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and dissed the games planned with Israel.


9 posted on 09/11/2012 11:42:27 PM PDT by stilloftyhenight
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To: mylife

A) Egypt is a much larger (in power, military and population) country than Libya and considered by many as the center of the Arab world and (B) Cairo is much closer to Israel than Benghazi.


10 posted on 09/11/2012 11:44:03 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Marine_Uncle

Talk to you soon.


11 posted on 09/11/2012 11:45:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

0bama is sending his signal to the MB that they’re free to make their move now.


12 posted on 09/11/2012 11:50:25 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Roger that. Now I will log off.


13 posted on 09/12/2012 12:07:25 AM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All

Romney blasted Obama for his dispicable apology - but all I can find on the net is a few headline stories - no video link works.

Scrubbed?


14 posted on 09/12/2012 12:32:01 AM PDT by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does....)
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To: maine-iac7

I’m seeing this...”The Romney campaign released a statement tonight...”, so there may not be any video of it.

I have seen this site linked on FR and bookmarked it, as they seem to quickly post relevant videos...

http://freedomslighthouse.net/


15 posted on 09/12/2012 12:53:10 AM PDT by deks ("...the battle of our time is the battle of liberty against the overreach of the federal government")
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To: y'all

See-BS News covers reactions to the “apology” by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo...

Did the U.S. apologize for the Cairo embassy attack?

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57510951-503544/did-the-u.s-apologize-for-the-cairo-embassy-attack/


16 posted on 09/12/2012 1:10:13 AM PDT by deks ("...the battle of our time is the battle of liberty against the overreach of the federal government")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hillary Clinton is the Sec. of State and those were her subordiates who apologised to the islamists.. She should resign immediately... they were also just following Obama’s lead.. afterall the objective of his trip to Egypt was to make a speech apologizing to the arab world for his country.. un freakin believable


17 posted on 09/12/2012 1:33:09 AM PDT by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

U.S. ambassador to Libya, three staff killed in rocket attack
Reuters ^ | Wed Sep 12, 2012
Posted on September 12, 2012 1:27:16 AM AKDT by Lonely Bull

BEIRUT, Sept 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other embassy staff were killed in a rocket attack on Tuesday in the Libyan city of Benghazi, a Libyan official said.

(Excerpt) Read more at af.reuters.com ...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2929781/posts


18 posted on 09/12/2012 2:59:23 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar (The pundits have forgotten the 2010 election.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If you believe giving lunch money to school bullies works, vote for Obama. Finally, we understand his plan...


19 posted on 09/12/2012 3:14:06 AM PDT by GOPJ (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading - T. Jefferson)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What’s the name of this movie and where can I get the DVD?


20 posted on 09/12/2012 4:34:43 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Hopey changey Low emission unicorns and a crap sandwich)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“The statement by Embassy Cairo was not cleared by Washington and does not reflect the views of the United States government,” a senior White House official told Politico.

Nonsense. If this were true why wouldn't you name the individual stating as much?

The Obama administration is a jalopy built on the wild left spectrum and corrupt realists looking to grift all they can. That's why they don't have a coherent policy on anything.

21 posted on 09/12/2012 4:43:43 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The US was attacked on the anniversary of the 911 Atrocities
while the Moslem undocumented pRes_ _ent gave an
Arabic speech, most likely beginning the attacks.

WHERE IS THE US CONGRESS?

On their knees to Islam and Marxism and Communism.


22 posted on 09/12/2012 4:48:36 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

THAT QUOTE neeeds to be put on EVERY thread!!!


23 posted on 09/12/2012 4:52:19 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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24 posted on 09/12/2012 5:00:59 AM PDT by SJackson (I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people people die of natural causes)
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25 posted on 09/12/2012 5:02:41 AM PDT by SJackson (I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people people die of natural causes)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I'm thinking that the embassy attacks had less to do with the film, and more to do with celebrating the anniversary of 9/11.

That said, it would be interesting if American Jews could make the Arab world explode in Obama's face in the weeks before the election, by simply publicly mocking Mohammed at every opportunity.

26 posted on 09/12/2012 5:40:36 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Charlie Daniels - Payback Time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWwTJj_nosI)
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To: PapaBear3625

I think you are spot on and anyone in the Administration, particularly the State Department, who can’t make that connection should be fired for incompetence.

Same for our Crackerjack media.


27 posted on 09/12/2012 7:55:36 AM PDT by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

THEY KILLED THE AMBASSADOR?! Watch Barry do nothing.


28 posted on 09/12/2012 11:20:25 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: generally

Amen but I’m still waiting for someone to get fired over 9-11


29 posted on 09/12/2012 11:36:33 AM PDT by wordsofearnest (Proper aim of giving is to put the recipient in a state where he no longer needs it. C.S. Lewis)
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I am going to put this on my protest signs and on sides of my truck!

The press is the enemy of our Republic. And I read somewhere that nearly all the press people pay NO income taxes, or they are cheating on their income taxes. PRESS PEOPLE ===PAY YOUR TAXES ! You will be turned in!

30 posted on 09/12/2012 11:38:43 AM PDT by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

seems like the chickens are coming home to roost on President Bowing and Scraping.


31 posted on 09/12/2012 11:40:57 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The dead of winter has come early to the Arab Spring.


32 posted on 09/12/2012 11:41:57 AM PDT by jwalsh07 (.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We give Egypt $1 billion each year and recently promised more aid.

We spent $100 million a week bombing Libya.

What do we get: trashed embassies and four dead ambassadors.

These men were official representatives of the US government. This is an act of war and seems to require a military strike or SEAL team sniper job. We should find out who did this and kill them in their homes.


33 posted on 09/12/2012 1:10:22 PM PDT by garjog (We do not want another four more years of the last four years.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What a mess. It seems things are coming to a boiling point.


34 posted on 09/12/2012 7:52:00 PM PDT by proud American in Canada (Pray for America. She is the world's last best hope for freedom.)
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To: Marine_Uncle

Stay well, Marine_Uncle. Thank you for your service.


35 posted on 09/12/2012 7:53:25 PM PDT by proud American in Canada (Pray for America. She is the world's last best hope for freedom.)
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To: proud American in Canada
I did not have the honor of serving in our military. But thanks for the kind words. You stay well as well.

36 posted on 09/12/2012 8:04:59 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: Marine_Uncle

While I was in law school, I wanted to join JAG, but in my last year, I found out I was pregnant—and all I wanted to do was to buy baby clothes. :) My GPA tanked after that. :)

Please tell your family member his or her service is appreciated, even by Americans living abroad. My two children were born in the States. My son was home sick on 9/11 this year; when they played the National Anthem on the t.v., I stood up, put my hand on my heart, and asked him, a 16-year old young man, to do the same. And he did. He will someday realize he was born in the best country in the world.

All the best,

Julie


37 posted on 09/16/2012 9:07:25 PM PDT by proud American in Canada (Pray for America. She is the world's last best hope for freedom.)
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To: proud American in Canada
Julie, You take care. And hopefully your son shall bounce back soon from his health issues.
My nephew the Marine having done two tours in Iraq, Intel on the ground among some bad parts in Iraq is now for the second time as a Civilian employee, in Afghanistan. At a very remote base I will not go into.
Obviously. I keep him and so many others "from our side" in prayer.
You take care, George PS. I can understand your urge to purchase baby clothes then bring up little ones. I was blessed as well for some years in my case being a father to a wonderful little girl.
IMHO. God is good. And being a good mom surpasses anything you could ever have done as a JAG officer.
I will try to remember your thank you to my nephew, God willing he shall return from his one year service in A.
38 posted on 09/16/2012 11:04:37 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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