Keeping it simple, stifling the snark.
On the day of September 11, 2012, this happened....
Ultraconservative Islamist protesters climbed the walls of the United States Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and took down the American flag, replacing it with a black flag with an Islamic inscription to protest a movie attacking Islam’s prophet, Muhammad.
The "movie"....is at the root of what started first in Egypt....
The protest was a result of outrage over a movie being promoted by an anti-Muslim Egyptian Christian campaigner in the United States, clips of which are available on YouTube and dubbed in Egyptian Arabic. The video depicts Muhammad as a fraud, and shows him having sex and calling for massacres. Muslims find it offensive to depict Muhammad at all, much less in an insulting way.
By evening the protest had grown,
Several days prior,....
For several days, the Egyptian news media have been reporting on the movie, playing excerpts and blaming Mr. Sadek for it, with ultraconservative clerics going on the air to denounce it.
5:41 PM on Sept 11.....
Islamist militants armed with antiaircraft weapons and rocket-propelled grenades stormed a lightly defended United States diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, late Tuesday, killing the American ambassador and three members of his staff and raising questions about the radicalization of countries swept up in the Arab Spring.
The question here is: What part, if any, did the video play in this Benghazi attack?....
Fighters involved in the assault, which was spearheaded by an Islamist brigade formed during last year’s uprising against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, said in interviews during the battle that they were moved to attack the mission by anger over a 14-minute, American-made video that depicted the Prophet Muhammad, Islam’s founder, as a villainous, homosexual and child-molesting buffoon.
The video is obviously linked, at least in the attackers minds, to the violent attack in Benghazi.
Disclaimer break: In no uncertain terms..... there is no justification for violent responses to a bigoted mock-film. Violence solves nothing.
When White House officials stated that there were protests over a video.....they spoke the truth. Both the Cairo protest/flag capture event and the Benghazi violent, and planned, attack were prompted by rage over the video.
It is important to note here that Mr. Romney released a press statement accusing President Obama of "sympathizing with the attackers", basing his statement on a State Dept release after the Cairo protests began, but BEFORE the Benghazi attack occurred. The next day, Sept 12, Romney's press statement didn't go over so well with prominent establishment Republicans.
Romney's "sympathizing with the attackers" release was in response to the original State Dept, post Cairo protest, pre-Benghazi attack, memo...issued 6:17 AM ET, Sept 11...
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 others.
Mitt made a mistake when he gave his press release late in the evening Sept 11. A rather big one, in my opinion. He was trying to score a hit on Obama's foreign policy, CIC credentials....attack an opponent's strength....and he took that political opportunity at exactly the wrong time. It was a high-risk stunt by Romney, and it blew up in his face.
Now....before I move on....this question is relevant: What did Obama say about the Benghazi attack and when did he say it?
Full transcript here....from speech given Sept 12, the day after the Benghazi attack...
The United States condemns, in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. We’re working with the government of Libya to secure our diplomats.....
And make no mistake, we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people.....
,,,,there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. None....
The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts.
Libyan security personnel fought back against the attackers alongside Americans.
No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.
Today we mourn for more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.
The context of the Rose garden short speech was ALL ABOUT the deaths of Americans in Benghazi. I say that because I've seen attempts by conservative blogsites who want you to believe that Obama's use of "act of terror" was not in reference to Libya. It most certainly was.
So here's what happened: Romney made a timing and high-risk gamble and he lost in originally blaming Obama for "sympathizing with attackers". In response to Romney's blunder, the conservative media machine attempted to spin a web of conspiracy theory stickiness targeting Obama for lying, covering up, and/or conspiring.....I guess.....to do badness.
The number one cable news network ran with the webbed up Obama conspiracy over Benghazi, and are still running it today. More voices from people who desire a Romney presidency continue to weigh in. So outraged were they, that they even convinced Darrell Issa and other Republicans to hold a hearing over....not sure what, really.
1) The White House has actually told the truth about not only the video and the Cairo protests but also, the Benghazi attack. Yes, and yes again....the video played a role in all these protests and/or attacks that are still cropping up. I saw a video just last week of al Qaeda number one, Zawahiri, still calling for Muslim violence over the video.
2) Obama spoke the words "attack" and "attackers" numerous times, and the words "acts of terror" once in context with the Benghazi attack and resultant deaths on the very next day, Sept 12. in his Rose garden address.
Finally....if you read my screed here on Darrell Issa's congressional hearings on this matter, and followed the links, you already know that the right's outrage over Benghazi is first: baseless, and second: is meant to mislead and deceive potential voters into believing something which is just not true, so that they will vote for Romney and against Obama.
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