Sounds like a sensational headline, but it’s not.
Yesterday, in Libya the United States Ambassador along with three others were killed. In Cairo protestors stormed the US embassy tearing down the American flag replacing it with a black flag carrying the slogan: “There is no god but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger.” These events were supposedly a reaction to an anti-muslim video promoted by pastor, Terry Jones.
An attack on an Embassy is the equivalent to an attack on the home soil of the country represented by that embassy. A death of an Ambassador speaks for itself.
After the events in Cairo, the embassy released this statement:
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. 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 other
I think I prefer Dr. Charles Krauthammer’s response to the protestors.
Only after criticism did the Obama Administration attempt to disavow the embassy’s statement, with this comment by an official:
The statement by Embassy Cairo was not cleared by Washington and does not reflect the views of the United States government
Late last night Romney issued this statement:
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.
Ben Labolt, spokesman for the Obama campaign, criticized this statement:
We are shocked that, at a time when the United States of America is confronting the tragic death of one of our diplomatic officers in Libya, Governor Romney would choose to launch a political attack.
The Obama campaign is attempting to deflect from the Administration’s poor handling of this situation by attacking Romney for calling them out on their conduct. Audacious, absolutely audacious.