The ineptitude and craven blathering coming out of the White House and Foggy Bottom would be funny were it not about such a deadly situation.
Picture it as it might appear on Newsbusted or on one of The Onion's broadcasts: "The latest exciting product offered by Wyle E. Obama's Acme Administration is 'It's The Video's Fault.' In announcing its release, Acme's Chief Spokeschild, Jay Bird, said, 'Pay no attention to these hundreds of thousands of screaming Catbirds in dozens of cities chanting "Allahu Akbar" and "Death to America" who are behind the curtain, this video seen by nobody is the only reason the ambassador and three other Americans are dead and embassies burn across the fanatical peaceful Islamic World. We are on top of the situation!'
As usual, Mark Steyn nails it:
So, on a highly symbolic date, mobs storm American diplomatic facilities and drag the corpse of a U.S. ambassador through the streets....(after) a Foreign Service officer...tweet(s) frenziedly into cyberspace...about how America deplores insensitive people who are so insensitively insensitive that they don't respectfully respect all religions equally respectfully and sensitively, even as the raging mob (poured) through the gates. When it comes to a flailing, blundering superpower, I am generally wary of ascribing to malevolence what is more often sheer stupidity and incompetence....Forget the free-speech arguments....the film has even less to do with anything than did the Danish cartoons or the schoolteacher's teddy bear or any of the other innumerable grievances of Islam. The 400-strong assault force in Benghazi showed up with RPGs and mortars: that's not a spontaneous movie protest; that's an act of war, (emphasis the author's) and better planned and executed than the dying superpower's response to it. Secretary Clinton and Gen. Dempsey are, to put it mildly, misleading the American people when they suggest otherwise.
The U. K. Independent goes into more depth on the background of the attacks:
According to senior diplomatic sources, the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and "lockdown", under which movement is severely restricted....Senior officials are increasingly convinced, however, that the ferocious nature of the Benghazi attack, in which rocket-propelled grenades were used, indicated it was not the result of spontaneous anger due to the video, called Innocence of Muslims. Patrick Kennedy, Under-Secretary at the State Department, said he was convinced the assault was planned due to its extensive nature and the proliferation of weapons. There is growing belief that the attack was in revenge for the killing in a drone strike in Pakistan of Mohammed Hassan Qaed, an al-Qa'ida operative who was, as his nom-de-guerre Abu Yahya al-Libi suggests, from Libya, and timed for the anniversary of the 11 September attacks.
CBS has more on the "cover story": "Heavily armed militants used a protest of an anti-Islam film as a cover and may have had help from inside Libyan security in their deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate, a senior Libyan official said Thursday."
Michael J. Totten writes about the dangers our embassies face and the need for the taking of a firm stance in the future:
...the biggest question isn't what Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, and Barack Obama should say on TV. The most important question is: why weren't our diplomats able to defend themselves and the overseas property of the United States?....But....after the Cairo and Benghazi incidents, our diplomatic posts appeared no more impregnable than shopping malls....Breaking into embassies is an inherently violent act-technically an act of war....we sent the wrong signal this week. We need to send a new message, and fast, that attacking our embassies is as dangerous as drawing down on a cop: you should expect to be shot.
And Glen Reynolds has a good idea: "...any time this happens we should cancel all visas from the offending country, and have at least a 90-day moratorium on new ones. Plus instant aid suspension."
So, the Islamic World erupts on 9/11 and Wyle E. Obama's Acme Administration blames it on a video, and then Obama goes fundraising in Vegas (from that same Steyn piece):
...the president flies to Vegas for a fundraiser. No, no, a novelist would say; that's too pat, too neat in its symbolic contrast. Make it Cleveland, or Des Moines....Like I said, no novelist would contrast Chris Stevens on the streets of Benghazi and Barack Obama on stage in Vegas. Too crude, too telling, too devastating.
Zo also mocks the fiasco (caution--autoplay).
And they're too inept to get the video taken down:
Google stood up for artistic expression and to White House pressure today when it rejected a request from the Obama administration to remove an online video that mocked Muhammed. Anti-American Islamists have used the video as an excuse to attack U.S. interests abroad this week even though al-Qaeda and other more sophisticated and organized terrorists are most likely behind the attacks. The U.S. Ambassador and a former Navy SEAL were among the Americans who have been murdered by violent mobs. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the White House had asked Google to consider if the video violated Google's terms of service. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama are trying to blame the attacks on the video to deflect from their foreign policy and intelligence failures.
His indolence and indifference to the real world's problems is staggeringly illustrated here.
And then there's the matter of Wyle E. Obama's shooting from the lip and blowing his foot off. That was so dumb naïve that even a former peanut farmer refused to accept it:
...Carter spoke to students at Drake University in Des Moines today and was asked if he agreed with what Obama said about Egypt: Carter: "Egypt is an ally of the US, we know Egypt well." President Obama had earlier stated during an interview, "You know, I don't think that we would consider them an ally, but we do not consider them an enemy."
Liz Cheney forcefully argues that Wyle E. Obama's serial apology tours and inept policies provided much of the fuel now being poured on the flames (this is how she introduces the catalogue of apologies and blunders):
It has certainly been a terrible 48 hours. In Libya, violent extremists killed American diplomats. In Cairo, mobs breached the walls of the U.S. Embassy, ripped down the American flag and replaced it with the al Qaeda flag. In response to the attack in Cairo, diplomats there condemned not the attackers but those who "hurt the religious feelings of Muslims." The president appeared in the Rose Garden less than 24 hours later to condemn the Libya assault and failed even to mention the attack in Egypt. The message sent to radicals throughout the region: If you assault an American embassy but don't kill anyone, the U.S. president won't complain. Though the administration's performance in the crisis was appalling, it wasn't surprising-it is the logical outcome of three-and-a-half years of Obama foreign policy.
Ed Morrissey comments:
As Cheney points out, most of President Obama's dealings on the international stage have been nothing short of a string of groveling apologies and attempts to weaken America and fall back to everybody else's impuissant level, instead of us telling them what's up, because apparently we don't have to "moral authority" to do so. Wow. There are real and growing existential threats in this world, but the president has targeted military cuts before entitlement reform, appeased hostile foreign bodies, and willfully diminished America's authority - and while we (rightfully) tend to be more preoccupied with more insular concerns, it's important not to forget that this president's policies abroad haven't been any better for America than his domestic ones.
The inimitable Michal Ramirez,as usual, perfectly illustrates it here.
Remember also that it was candidate Wyle E. Obama's Acme Campaign that gave us the the Greek Columns and the Berlin Speech.
But, Take Heart! An Islamic nutjob Imam tears up a Bible in Cairo, and both Wyle E. Obama and the fiercely intolerant Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi immediately condemn it. Oh, wait!
And, of course, The Onion gets it (NSFW).
Stay tuned: "That's NOT All, Folks."