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What crisis? Obama’s Mideast disengagement

September 16. 2012 6:47PM

On Thursday, the third straight day in which American embassies in the Middle East were under siege, President Obama said he would 'stay relentless in pursuing those who attacked us this week.' He said it at a campaign fund-raiser in Colorado.

The Colorado event was Obama's second big fund-raiser of the week, the first being on Tuesday, the day the U.S. ambassador to Libya was killed. On Friday, the day the U.S. embassy in Tunis was attacked, the President headed out for a closed-press campaign event in Washington, D.C. Relentless, indeed.

On Friday, the day after President Obama incorrectly stated that Egypt was not a U.S. ally, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said this of the violence occurring primarily at U.S. embassies: 'We also need to understand that this is a fairly volatile situation and it is in response not to United States policy, and not to, obviously, the administration, or the American people, but it is in response to a video, a film that we have judged to be reprehensible and disgusting. That in no way justifies any violent reaction to it, but this is not a case of protests directed at the United States writ large or at U.S. policy, this is in response to a video that is offensive to Muslims.'

Hmmm. U.S. News & World Report on Friday: 'Anti-American protests are erupting across the Middle East...'

USA Today reported on Wednesday: 'The protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo was announced Aug. 30 by Jamaa Islamiya, a State Department-designated terrorist group, to protest the ongoing imprisonment of its spiritual leader, Sheikh Omar abdel Rahman. He is serving a life sentence in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.'

Two days before Carney said this was all about a movie, U.S. officials said the Libya assault might have been a pre-planned terrorist attack, and the government was investigating that possibility. 'I know that this is being investigated, and we're working with the Libyan government to investigate the incident,' one official said when asked if it was a terrorist attack. The official was Jay Carney.

So the White House line to the American people is: Hey, this has nothing to do with our policies or our freedoms or our country; it's just about some random video. And the guy telling the American people this knows that his statements are implausible at best, flatly untrue at worst.

But, hey, tomorrow Obama attends a fund-raiser with musicians Beyonce and Jay-Z. Maybe he'll ask them to make a music video urging people not to attack our embassies, and all the rioters will watch it, smack their heads and go home.


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