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Top Story: U.S. Consulates Stormed in Egypt and Libya, One Dead, White House Disavows Embassy Apology

**UPDATED**

“One American official was killed and another injured in the hand. The other staff members were evacuated and are safe and sound,” Libya’s deputy interior minister Wanis al-Sharif told AFP. The identity of the US official killed is not yet known. The consular worker was reported to have been shot. [BBC]

AS AMERICA commemorated 9/11, all hell broke loose in Egypt and Libya with protests and militants attacking, leaving one American diplomat confirmed dead, over a film that is directly targeting the Muslim faith, which is directed and produced by Sam Bacile, who calls Islam “a cancer,” saying “The movie is a political movie. It’s not a religious movie.”

Max Fisher of The Atlantic has confirmed through Kurt Wurthmuller, whom Fisher describes as a Coptic specialist at the Hudson Institute, that the clip above is authentic.

The film is being promoted by the infamous Terry Jones, the man responsible for the Afghanistan uprising after he threatened to burn a Koran. Also involved are a few conservative Coptic Christians in the U.S., though the church itself condemned the film, with Morris Sadek, leader of one group of U.S. Coptics, telling the Wall Street Journal, “The violence that it caused in Egypt is further evidence of how violent the religion and people are and it is evidence that everything in the film is factual.”

Coptic Christians are a minority in Egypt and subject to violence and persecution.

From the Wall Street Journal tonight, which is a must read report:

The movie, “Innocence of Muslims,” was directed and produced by an Israeli-American real-estate developer who characterized it as a political effort to call attention to the hypocrisies of Islam. It has been promoted by Terry Jones, the Florida pastor whose burning of Qurans previously sparked deadly riots around the world.

[...] Hours after nightfall, dozens of young men remained standing on top of the embassy walls, shouting into megaphones. One of the youths climbed up the flagpole to hoist a black banner emblazoned with the Muslim profession of faith in white letters–”There is no God but God and Muhammad is His Messenger”–a standard used by hardline Islamist groups throughout the world.

[...] The flashpoint appeared to be the film about the Prophet Muhammad, portions of which in recent days have been circulating on the Internet. Contravening the Islamic prohibition of portraying the prophet, clips from the film show him not only as flesh and blood–but as a homosexual son of undetermined patrimony, who rises to advocate child slavery and extramarital sex, for himself, in the name of religion.

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo released an apology, as did the Coptic Church, citing “efforts by misguided individuals to try to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims,” which the White House disavowed to Politico, reported by Byron Tau.

“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.

The U.S. Embassy has now deleted their tweet stating they stood by their statement.

The Embassy statement quickly (and predictably) caused a firestorm on the right, with Charles Krauthammer going off on FNC, saying he’d issue “a statement saying to the mob ‘Go to hell!’”

Twitter exploded in insults directed at President Obama, invoking former President Jimmy Carter, which Krauthammer set up by stating the Embassy has released “a hostage statement.”

Coming from a contagion of reporting, the Egyptians yelled “There is no god but Allah and Mohammed is his messenger,” while storming the embassy wall in fury, which is a known militant cry from true believers.

Meanwhile in Libya, from New York Times stringer on the ground, Liam Stack, re-tweeted “the US consulate in #Benghazi being looted,” reported over 4 hours ago.

This came after the American diplomat was shot and killed in the consulate, as looting and burning of the building began.

The film’s creator Mr. Bacile posted a trailer of the film in July, but it wasn’t until recently when clerics started condemning it that the furor spread.

“Obama! Obama! We are all Osama!” was heard being chanted, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The harrowing drama all unfolded on 9/11, as Americans were commemorating the attacks eleven years ago to the day.

So-called “anniversaries” have been used as special opportunities to launch reprisal attacks by terrorists against their adversaries, though there is no other reason so far found for the uprisings against U.S. interests in Egypt and Libya beyond the inflammatory anti-Muslim film by religious conservatives.

Expect presidential politics of this to make mush out of this story by the time “Fox and Friends” rolls on Wednesday.

Secretary Clinton’s statement:

“I condemn in the strongest terms the attack on our mission in Benghazi today. As we work to secure our personnel and facilities, we have confirmed that one of our State Department officers was killed. We are heartbroken by this terrible loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and those who have suffered in this attack.

This evening, I called Libyan President Magariaf to coordinate additional support to protect Americans in Libya. President Magariaf expressed his condemnation and condolences and pledged his government’s full cooperation.

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.

In light of the events of today, the United States government is working with partner countries around the world to protect our personnel, our missions, and American citizens worldwide.”

UPDATE: After this article was posted, the total number of American dead was changed to four, with many Libyans killed attempting to protect the consulate.

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40 Responses to Top Story: U.S. Consulates Stormed in Egypt and Libya, One Dead, White House Disavows Embassy Apology

  1. Jane Austen September 12, 2012 at 7:26 am #

    According to AlJazeera, the American Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, was killed in this attack. I don’t know what the repercussions will be, but you can bet someone is going to exploit this tragedy. The question will be – why wasn’t the embassy better protected? My condolences to Ambassador Steven’s family.

  2. Jane Austen September 12, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    What is happening in Libya and Egypt is becoming very frightful. I don’t know if this is going to go further but I think we’re in for a “holy war.” Four staff including the Ambassador have been killed in Libya in Benghazi. The Americans from the embassy in Tripoli are being evacuated. And God only knows what’s going to happen in Egypt. And then of course we have Israel who is fueling the situation. AlJazeera reported that an Israeli funded the movie that caused all hell to break out in Egypt. We shall see. In the meantime Obama and Clinton need to keep cool heads.

  3. cjoblak@hotmail.com September 12, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    Obama and Clinton are out of their league and over their heads with this Middle East BS! Look where their foreign policy expertise has gotten us!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Appeasement doesn’t work.

    • angels81 September 12, 2012 at 9:50 am #

      The only BS is the ignorant post you just made. Do you have a clue about the middle east? From your statement it appears you don’t.

      The match that lite this fire was started by religious fanatics in this country and then acted upon by religious fanatics in the middle east.

      • cjoblak@hotmail.com September 12, 2012 at 9:56 am #

        I’m sure I know more about the Middle East and their people than you do.

        • Jane Austen September 12, 2012 at 10:06 am #

          And I have a hell of a lot more knowledge about the Middle East, especially, Egypt, because I spent a good portion of 30 years working in Egypt and the Middle East. So please don’t start with your so-called knowledge unless you have the same experience that I have.

          • casualobserver September 12, 2012 at 10:25 am #

            10 years in Norway and now another 30 years in Egypt…just how old are you anyway?

        • secularhumanizinevoluter September 12, 2012 at 11:07 am #

          Oh gee, not THAT’S an authoritative documentation! NOT!!!

    • T-Steel September 12, 2012 at 9:54 am #

      So….. We do what cjoblak? Whenever I hear “appeasement doesn’t work”, I start waiting on the alternative. Now I’m not saying that appeasement does work (and frankly I don’t have many ideas regarding Middle East policy) but are you implying we should attack Libya and Egypt militarily? Because that always seems to be the undertone with the “appeasement doesn’t work” refrain.

      • cjoblak@hotmail.com September 12, 2012 at 10:03 am #

        No, that’s not what I’m implying.

        A show of strength would be beneficial. Not necessarily militarily. But, obviously, the Middle East think Obama is weak and wishy washy. He comes across to them as someone they can push around.

        • Jane Austen September 12, 2012 at 10:08 am #

          Sorry he doesn’t come across as wishy washy. What you have here is a bunch of fanatics who are spoiling for a fight which started with a movie.

        • secularhumanizinevoluter September 12, 2012 at 11:09 am #

          To translate cjoblak’s latest missive..”.DUUUUH? I got NO freakin Idea…either about what to do or what the freak I’m blathering about!!!”

      • Jane Austen September 12, 2012 at 10:31 am #

        I”m older than dirt. But still sharp as a tack. I spent 3 years in Norway not 10. Been retired officially for more than 10 years. So you do the math. And yes, 30 years of traveling to developing countries for a total of 61 countries. That doesn’t include Europe.

        • secularhumanizinevoluter September 12, 2012 at 11:11 am #

          Yeah but casual has been accumulating MONEY so his ideas, or lack there of trumps your real world EVEY TIME!!! Even though he doesn’t pay attention very well or actually say much that’s grounded in reality….silly Jane, donchuknow that?

    • ladywalker68 September 12, 2012 at 10:03 am #

      Romney showed just how much of a numb nuts he is when it comes to foreign policy, jumping the gun and blasting the administration for an apology it didn’t make in the attempt to politicize this tragedy, not to mention he is teetering on the brink of treason. He should have help that huge pie hole in the middle of his empty head firmly SHUT until he had all of the facts. If Romney had been in charge, the entire world would be on fire right now and we would be scratching our collective heads and wondering what the heck happened. We don’t need another war.

      Terry Jones, where ever he is, I wonder if he can sleep at night. Thanks to him, 4 US diplomats are now dead. I blame him as much as the perpetrators. He has the blood of US Citizens on his hands.

      • cjoblak@hotmail.com September 12, 2012 at 10:24 am #

        I find it so amazing to see people on this site actually blaming other US citizens for this, saying this is our fault! You are f-cing crazy! How many times has the Bible been burnt, the Pope been made fun of, etc. any other Christian leaders or ideas been insulted, but, I don’t see people getting KILLED for it.

        You are all part of the problem. Apologizing to the murderers for a movie???? This is the appeasement I have a problem with. You are giving them the Ok that is ok to kill people because they are angry about a movie. Anyone that says we are at fault for this type of behaviour is part of the problem!

        • angels81 September 12, 2012 at 10:39 am #

          What a silly rant. You fail to understand that I can blame all the religious fanatics who had a part in this act. One doesn’t absolve the other. The fanatics who put out this vile little film got the reaction they were looking for. They knew by putting out this crap that they would inflame the religious Muslim fanatics, and my point being that all these religious fanatics should be condemned be them Muslim fanatics or Christian fanatics. There’s blood on all their hands.

    • mjsmith September 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

      How is Obama supposed to guess that we might be attacked by Isamic Extremists on September, 11?

  4. cjoblak@hotmail.com September 12, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    How dumb are we?? with all the turmoil in the middle east and we have citizens over there unprotected? Why weren’t they evacuated long before this went this far???

    • angels81 September 12, 2012 at 10:26 am #

      Let me see, we evacuate everybody on the chance that religious fanatics might do something and things go to far? That’s your answer? Now that sounds like appeasement to me.

      • cjoblak@hotmail.com September 12, 2012 at 10:32 am #

        Actually, it sounds pretty smart to me and I bet those people that are now dead would think so also.

        • angels81 September 12, 2012 at 10:40 am #

          So, your for appeasement. I’m glad you cleared that up.

          • cjoblak@hotmail.com September 12, 2012 at 11:21 am #

            Do you understand the definition of appeasement? Moving someone to safety is not appeasement. It’s smart. Not stupid.

          • angels81 September 12, 2012 at 11:26 am #

            Oh I see, we put our tail between our legs, leave the area to the religious fanatics. and that’s not appeasement? I think maybe you should go back and read the definition of appeasement, maybe on the second read you will understand.

        • Cujo359 September 12, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

          Invoking the “people” (actually one person) who are in those consulates may be one of the dumbest things you’ve written here, which is saying quite a lot. Foreign Service and other embassy personnel are aware of the potential dangers of serving in countries that are potentially hostile. They do it anyway, partly because having no contact at all tends to make things worse, not better.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter September 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

      Well if you are using yourself as the standard………..

  5. cjoblak@hotmail.com September 12, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    Obama is reactive not proactive. Now it brings home what everyone says ‘ that he leads from behind.”

    • Jane Austen September 12, 2012 at 10:12 am #

      Is that why Bin Laden is dead? Bush couldn’t get him but Obama did. Yeah, I know the SEALS got him but it was Obama who was CIC when the got him.

  6. cjoblak@hotmail.com September 12, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    Bush greased the skids for Obama to kill Bin Laden and thank god he did. One of the few things I can thank Obama for. It was the brilliant CIA agent and others hired under Bush that led to the intel to find him and kill him. So, get off yourself.

    • Jane Austen September 12, 2012 at 10:32 am #

      ROFLMAO!!!

    • angels81 September 12, 2012 at 10:43 am #

      Here’s a news flash for ya….Presidents don’t hire CIA agents.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter September 12, 2012 at 11:14 am #

      THAT has got to be the funniest, most disconnected from reality gibberish you have spewed YET!!!!!!! You really are a gem of a troll, you really are. Thank the GAWD what don’t even exist the repugnantklan/yeabagger/UBERChristians are lead by imbecilic assmonkeys as dumb or even dumber then yourself.

      • PWT September 12, 2012 at 11:56 am #

        Troll: In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion

        • angels81 September 12, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

          Yawn!!!!

    • newdealdem1 September 12, 2012 at 11:56 am #

      Liz Cheney, you don’t need to hide who you are any longer. Peek a boo! We see you! LOL

    • spincitysd September 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

      Bush ABANDONED the hunt for OBL, he decommissioned the Bin Ladin unit. Obama had to start almost from scratch. Jebus H Crispies cjoblak, pull your head out of the Faux News talking points and come to the light. OBL was chilling in his Abbottabad digs thanks to Bush’s failure to pursue. Bush even admitted on national TV he did not give OBL much thought.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PGmnz5Ow-o

      And Bush did not “hire” any brilliant CIA agent. That is not his job, that is the Civil Service and the CIA that set the requirements. Bush nominates the head of the CIA, and that head is overall in charge. But hiring decisions are made by Civil Service rules and regulations; final hire of a new agent is done by a high level GS employee.

      Bush screwed the pooch on OBL, the finding and killing of OBL was Obama’s policy success– aided by an expert team of CIA, DIA, NSA, Navy, Army and Air Force assets. Bush had nothing to do with this effort, his was a failure of leadership. Obama had everything to do with the final end of OBL, his was a example of leadership.

  7. Jane Austen September 12, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    In 1997 a bunch of fanatics killed 60+ people, mostly tourists, at Luxor That attack all but killed the tourist industry in Egypt at the time. If anyone honestly thinks that average Egyptians, many who make their living in tourism, want this to happen, you do not know the Egyptian people.

  8. autumnal September 12, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    I watched a clip about this from an Egyptian tv network which ran the short bit of this movie showing the goat/first muslim animal bit. The woman in the scene was blurred out with a top to bottom blurring block.

    That says a lot on it’s own.

    The 13 minute clip was laughably lame, and rather tame to my Western eyes. I mean that actor playing the prophet there was a hottie, but I doubt he’d look as handsome staring up from the bottom of a pail filled with urine (a la Piss Christ). Maybe, maybe not but that’s just me.

    I know a few things now. I’m weary of each new blundering attempt to “make allowances” for Islam, for it’s (in-)sensibilities, for it’s “feelings”. This is the modern world, a world built upon and building modernity. I’m weary of each new concession of the expanse of Freedom of Speech to some new Islamic sect or political group. I am not weary of modernity nor of Freedom of Speech.

    We’ve really got to stop this game of Cultural Cap and Trade, were one of the participants has a bottomless pool of not just Silliness, but of, Murderous Mayhem credits.

    Besides, the Copts have their own axe to grind and this movie/film is their axe grinding. There’s going to be hell raining down upon them in Egypt most likely, and when it’s not an American Embassy staff being murdered but a class of people in Egypt, how is the West to make concessions for that? “The Copts got what they deserved?”

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