THE U.S. embassy in Sanaa, Yemen was stormed by a mob on Thursday.
Egypt’s President Morsi finally made a move, after a call from President Obama. Readout from the White House:
The President called Egyptian President Morsi today to review the strategic partnership between the United States and Egypt, and our ongoing efforts to strengthen bilateral economic and security cooperation. Given recent events, and consistent with our interest in a relationship based on mutual interests and mutual respect, President Obama underscored the importance of Egypt following through on its commitment to cooperate with the United States in securing U.S. diplomatic facilities and personnel. The President said that he rejects efforts to denigrate Islam, but underscored that there is never any justification for violence against innocents and acts that endanger American personnel and facilities. President Morsi expressed his condolences for the tragic loss of American life in Libya and emphasized that Egypt would honor its obligation to ensure the safety of American personnel.
A reaction from Morsi reported by Al Jazeera English:
“We Egyptians reject any kind of assault or insult against our prophet. I condemn and oppose all who… insult our prophet,” Morsi, on an official visit to Brussels, said in remarks broadcast by Egyptian state television. “[But] it is our duty to protect our guests and visitors from abroad… I call on everyone to take that into consideration, to not violate Egyptian law… to not assault embassies,” he added.
It perfectly encapsulates what I mentioned earlier on Morsi’s double-edged views on what’s happening in his country.
Conservatives from Liz Cheney to John Bolton and everyone in between are being paraded on Fox News Channel to take on President Obama on his foreign policy. Watching Fox is watching the Romney campaign unfold, as they move to take advantage of what’s happening in northern Africa and has spread to parts of the Middle East.
Trying to move beyond Mitt Romney’s original embarrassing salvo, Republicans are moving to the Obama Is An Appeaser playbook.
Legitimate questions are now surfacing about security issues in Libya on 9/11, as well as the intelligence known and unknown that was part of the total picture on what is now believed to have been a suspected terrorist strike on the Benghazi consulate.
Republicans in Congress are openly discussing pulling funding from Egypt, Rep. Peter King equating diplomacy with “pandering” today on Fox.