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Inside the Public Relations Disaster at the Cairo Embassy
The Cable - Foreign Policy ^ | Wednesday, September 12, 2012 | Josh Rogin

Posted on 09/12/2012 8:16:12 PM PDT by kristinn

One staffer at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo was responsible for the statement and tweets Tuesday that have become grist for the presidential campaign, and that staffer ignored explicit State Department instructions not to issue the statement, one U.S. official close to the issue told The Cable.

Two additional administration officials confirmed the details of this account when contacted late Wednesday by The Cable.

The statement, issued as a press release on the U.S. Embassy website, has been attacked by Republican challenger Mitt Romney, lawmakers, and conservatives around the country as an inappropriate "apology" and a failure to stand up for American principles such as freedom of speech.

The White House distanced itself from the statement Tuesday, and Romney criticized it directly in his initial reaction to the attacks in Egypt and Libya shortly thereafter, accusing President Barack Obama of evicing sympathy for the attackers.

On Wednesday, Romney doubled down on that criticism, saying, "I think it's a terrible course for America to apologize for our values."

President Obama commented on the controversy in an interview to be aired Wednesday evening on 60 Minutes.

"In an effort to cool the situation down, it didn't come from me, it didn't come from Secretary Clinton. It came from people on the ground who are potentially in danger," Obama said. "And my tendency is to cut folks a little bit of slack when they're in that circumstance, rather than try to question their judgment from the comfort of a campaign office."

But Obama's remarks belie the enormous frustration of top officials at the State Department and White House with the actions of the man behind the statement, Cairo senior public affairs officer Larry Schwartz, who wrote the release and oversees the embassy's Twitter feed, according to a detailed account of the Tuesday's events.

(Excerpt) Read more at thecable.foreignpolicy.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 9112012embassyattack; 9112012obamaresponse; cairoembassy
The Obama administration chooses incompetence over malice spin.
1 posted on 09/12/2012 8:16:19 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

“Hey, Larry. I’m Jeremiah Wright - welcome to the underside of the bus, and be careful not to step on Stanley Anne’s corpse.”


2 posted on 09/12/2012 8:19:40 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: kristinn

That official said what Obama signed off on in 2009— curb free speech rights to not ihurt the feelings of Muslims.


3 posted on 09/12/2012 8:19:47 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: kristinn

Under the bus for some embassy flunky. And I am sure he or she was just doing what they were told.

Just another sacrifice at the alter of the Obama campaign


4 posted on 09/12/2012 8:20:38 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: kristinn

If that apology statement was so objectionable, why did both Obama and Hillary pick up that same theme?


5 posted on 09/12/2012 8:22:18 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: kristinn

I think we all knew they would come up with fall guy. And they did. But he will be well rewarded and live happily ever after.


6 posted on 09/12/2012 8:22:38 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: kristinn

He’s an effin liar. If anybody thinks the Obama administrtion did not OK that tweet, they are either nuts or dead drunk. Not that it matters to Obama voters, they would still vote for him if he led the attack on our embassies. America is in a world of hurt these days.


7 posted on 09/12/2012 8:24:29 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (.)
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To: kristinn; pnut22
What pnut22 said is worth repeating:

Obama spends a week bragging that he killed Bin Laden.
People storm an embassy saying we are all Osama.
The media blames a movie no one has ever seen or heard of.

8 posted on 09/12/2012 8:25:58 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1332 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: kristinn

Zer0 needs to go to Cairo immediately and straighten things out personally.


9 posted on 09/12/2012 8:26:48 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: kristinn

But of course, Romney’s the bad guy for pointing their incompetency out.


10 posted on 09/12/2012 8:27:05 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: null and void

Valarie Jarret was apparently correct.


11 posted on 09/12/2012 8:28:12 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

If you believe Valarie Jarret and he minions.


12 posted on 09/12/2012 8:31:14 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1332 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: kristinn
I am not surprised that 'The Buck passes here' Administration would find some fallguy to try to pin the blame for this miserable apology. The problem is that the apology fits the meme of the Apology-palloza tour that Obama has led before; this apology was not repudiated for hours and not until Americans called out the travesty; and a similar apology was launched by the Washington DC State Department....

I.e., fallguy or not, apologizing to our enemies is part and parcel of the Obama Doctrine.

13 posted on 09/12/2012 8:41:19 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: null and void

Rush mentioned that Bin Laden’s death was bragged about 21 times at the convention.


14 posted on 09/12/2012 8:41:39 PM PDT by DManA
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To: kristinn
"In an effort to cool the situation down, it didn't come from me, it didn't come from Secretary Clinton. It came from people on the ground who are potentially in danger," Obama said.

It didn't take long for 0bama to be proved a liar again...

State Department: Hillary Responsible For Security Failures

The Cairo Embassy, of course, was busily tweeting just before it was attacked, condemning “the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.” After the Embassy was breached, they doubled down on the tweet, stating, “This morning’s condemnation still stands.” Then Clinton herself released a statement on the consulate attacks in Libya, in which she stated, “The US deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.”


15 posted on 09/12/2012 8:42:56 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: kristinn; All

16 posted on 09/12/2012 8:43:08 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: kabar

ping to post #15, kabar. I think you’ll want to see this.


17 posted on 09/12/2012 8:45:52 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: TigersEye

Thanks for the ping. It sounds like Hillary is invested in this language, which means she had a hand in either drafting or approving it.


18 posted on 09/12/2012 8:48:23 PM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

That is what I would believe. I’m happy to see your friend vindicated too. Your appeal on her behalf was moving.


19 posted on 09/12/2012 8:49:52 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: TigersEye
Before issuing the press release, Schwartz cleared it with just one person senior to himself, Deputy Chief of Mission Marc Sievers, who was the acting charge d'affairs at the embassy on Tuesday because Ambassador Anne Patterson was in Washington at the time, the official said. <.i>

Big revelation to me. Anne Patterson wasn't there. I mentioned that the language did not sound like something she would approve of. Now it is making more sense.

20 posted on 09/12/2012 8:53:21 PM PDT by kabar
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To: TigersEye

The good news is that this time it is not W’s fault. This time it is the fault of one Larry Schwartz. If I had a dollar for every buck passed by Obama, I could retire. Two questions: why did Larry think it was a good idea to go with the apology, i.e. who created the policy of apology; and why did both Clinton and Obama include references to not ruffling Muslim feathers in their statements. The answer to both questions is that Larry, Hillary and Obama were all adhering to a policy established at the very top of our government.


21 posted on 09/12/2012 8:56:50 PM PDT by p. henry
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To: TigersEye

I think Obama coming to the defense of the Public Affairs Officer in Cairo and the supposed unhappiness in Washington with the language is a fabrication leaked to the MSM. They are using the PAO as the fall guy to protect Hillary and maybe others. Nothing will happen to the PAO.


22 posted on 09/12/2012 9:01:41 PM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar
My suspicion is that none of this was an accident, a mistake or unplanned at all.

Your instincts about Anne Patterson were right on the money. I'm glad she wasn't the one who got thrown under the bus. Something tells me 0bastard and Hillbilly knew better than to try that.

23 posted on 09/12/2012 9:06:55 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: txrefugee

“If that apology statement was so objectionable, why did both Obama and Hillary pick up that same theme?”

They didn’t object to the criticism of free speech, they just wanted to balance it with a condemnation of the attackers’ violence.


24 posted on 09/12/2012 9:07:31 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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The statement was cleared by the Charge D’Affaires. In the absence of the ambassador, the Charge is the secretary of state's and the president's senior representative in country. O is trying to throw these career guys under the bus. But they were scared. And the impulse to apologize for America has been a hallmark of Obama foreign policy since before his inauguration. They can be forgiven for believing they were following established US policy under this president. It is unmanly for O to distance himself from these subordinates, even as they remain in harm's way amongst the ape-like goons of the Muslim Brotherhood. This isn't over.
25 posted on 09/12/2012 9:08:32 PM PDT by Godwin1
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To: p. henry

My bet is that Hillary scripted everything Larry said.


26 posted on 09/12/2012 9:08:55 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: kristinn
It came from people on the ground who are potentially in danger,” Obama said. “And my tendency is to cut folks a little bit of slack when they're in that circumstance, rather than try to question their judgment from the comfort of a campaign office.” <<

I was gonna answer...but I cant!...the Onion couldn't make that statement believable

27 posted on 09/12/2012 9:39:31 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: M-cubed
"...the comfort of a campaign office.”
28 posted on 09/12/2012 9:51:12 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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