Our Muslim friends chose 9/11 to helpfully remind us that we have a craven suck-up to terrorists and dictators in the White House.
The Libyan attack, in Benghazi, reportedly left an American official dead. In the Egyptian attack, in Cairo, an angry mob of Islamist radicals attacked the U.S. embassy, occupied the grounds, tore up the American flag, and waved the banner of al Qaeda — all on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. According to a Washington Post report, the protesters “said they were demonstrating against anti-Islamic attitudes in the United States and an alleged film in the U.S. that insulted the Prophet Mohammed.” The attackers in Libya were reportedly angry about the same film.
The United States responded not by condemning the Egyptian attackers but by condemning anyone who might have “hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.” An apologetic statement released by the U.S. embassy expressed offense at those who might have upset Muslim sensibilities but did not express any outrage, or even disapproval, of those who would storm a U.S. embassy and destroy the American flag.
Yes, that’s right, two American embassies were attacked on the same day by mobs of very high-strung Muslim film critics. You should see how they reacted when Kung Fu Panda 2 got robbed at the Oscars.
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.
At times like this, I yearn for the nervy foreign policy acumen of a Jimmy Carter.