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9/11/2012; A Day of Humiliation

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Powerline asks pointed: Have we ever sunk so low? A consulate attacked in Libya and an American murdered; Islamists storming the embassy in Cairo and tearing down the American flag and hoisting the Al Qaeda banner. And the U.S. response? An apology for the "abuse" of free speech. Add to this, the deliberate, public snub of Israel (the president has time to talk with the "pimp with a limp" but not Benjamin Netanyahu) and the day conjures Jimmy Carter Flashbacks.

 

Today must represent the low-water mark in the history of American diplomacy. As Scott wrote earlier today, radical Egyptian Muslims stormed the United States Embassy in Cairo, tore down the American flag and replaced it with the flag of al Qaeda. Note the black flag in the photo below:

This is what you get if you Google “al Qaeda flag”:

The attackers made no secret of their sympathies, chanting, among other anti-American slogans, “Obama! Obama! We are all Osama!” The demonstration was attended by Mohammed Al Zawahiri, the brother of al Qaeda’s current head. Obviously, the timing of the assault on the embassy was intended to commemorate and celebrate the September 11, 2001 attacks.

So how did the Obama administration respond to this outrage? By apologizing to the attackers, and criticizing “those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.” The reference apparently was to people who made a film that hardly anyone has heard of, which served as a pretext for the embassy attack. Jimmy Carter was shown the door for less. 

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Romney is hitting the administration hard...

 I'm outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. It's 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.

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How bad is this: the Obama White House is already trying to walk-back the embassy apology.

 

The White House is disavowing a statement from their own Cairo embassy that apologized for anti-Muslim activity in the United States.

“The statement by Embassy Cairo was not cleared by Washington and does not reflect the views of the United States government,” a senior administration official told POLITICO…

“Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a Tuesday statement.

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