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U.S. Embassies & Staff Come Under Attack, Part I: Apologize?

September 28th, 2012
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09.28.2012 original publish date
09.29.2012 update
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10.24.2012 update (reflects new report, no protests at U.S. Embassy in Libya on 9/11/12)

A protester reacts as the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi in flames during a protest by an armed group said to have been protesting a film apparently produced in the United States September 11, 2012. An American staff member of the U.S. consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi has died following fierce clashes at the compound, Libyan security sources said on Wednesday. Armed gunmen attacked the compound on Tuesday evening, clashing with Libyan security forces before the latter withdrew as they came under heavy fire. REUTERS/Esam Al-Fetori (Image/ caption credit: Reuters)

U.S. Embassies & Staff Come Under Attack, Part I: Apologize?

original article written by Net Advisor

Excerpt: The following is a 5-part series (47 page) report (including images, graphics, charts and videos) on not just recent, but numerous terrorists attacks on U.S. Embassies and staff especially over the last four years. The Obama Administration has blamed a “video” for recent terrorists attacks against U.S.  Embassies and staff in Libya. The Administration claims they didn’t know the recent attacks were coming. We have found that the Obama Administration has done very little to keep U.S. Embassies and staff safe from ongoing attacks. An in-depth report on terrorism and our current foreign policy.

Part I discusses how the Obama Administration and the State Department responded to the attacks by apologizing for something they did not do. The Administration has been apologizing for America since Obama came to office. The Administration’s actions (or lack thereof) seems to show that the U.S. is weak on foreign policy matters.

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[1] BENGHAZI, Libya. U.S. Embassies and their staff have come under recent hostile and violent attacks. The most recent occurred on the anniversary of 9-11 in Libya and Egypt. The U.S. Ambassador J Christopher Stevens and U.S. Embassy staffers came under gun and rocket fire in the eastern city of Benghazi, Libya. All four killed by Libyan “protestors” (photos) (more photos).

“The American ambassador and three staff members were killed when gunmen fired rockets at them,” the official in Benghazi told Reuters.

— Source: Reuters, 09-11-2012

Ambassador Stevens was reportedly fleeing the U.S. Embassy when a “rocket-propelled grenade struck their vehicle” (Sources: Washington Post). Where was the Ambassador’s security detail we have no idea.

Chris Stevens was born April 18, 1960 in Grass Valley, California. He served as the 10th U.S. Ambassador to Libya from June 7, 2012 to September 11, 2012 when he was killed by an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. He was 52. (Image Credit: Reuters)

[2] Last Time An American Ambassador Killed Was in 1979
The last time an American Ambassador was killed happen during the Jimmy Carter (D-GA) presidency in 1979.  An “envoy to Afghanistan, Adolph Dubs, was kidnapped and killed during an attempt to rescue him, according to State Department records” (Source: CNN PDF share link).

Also in 1979, the U.S. Embassy in Iran was taken over by Islamic students who took 52 Americans hostages for 444 days. Those American hostages were release during the inauguration of a new President, Ronald Wilson Reagan.

[3] 9/11 Attack on U.S. Embassies in Libya & Egypt
We are told by the Obama Administration that there were “protestors” in Libya on 9/11/2012 were apparently upset about a not well-known “anti-Muslim” video on the Internet that was allegedly made in the USA [Sources: Huffington PostNBC News (PDF)]. The video apparently “insulted the Prophet Mohammad,” and therefore Americans who had nothing to do with the video had to be killed?

We now know that “there were no protests” before the U.S. Embassy attack in Libya.

“The biggest difference was a clear statement that there were no protests before the (Benghazi, Libya) attack.”

— Source: Politico / (ABC News) (PDF)

[4] Translating Events in Libya into English from Politically Correct.
1. A number of “protestors” were armed including one photographed by Reuters (above) holding an Ak-47 machine gun on U.S. Embassy grounds in Libya.

2. Some of the “protestors” shot at the U.S. Embassy with guns and home-made bombs (Source: Reuters).

3. Four (4) U.S. Embassy personnel including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya were killed by — “protestors.”

These so called “protestors” went beyond free speech when they acted with violence using guns and explosives to chant their opposition. At that point, they can no longer be called “protestors.” They are nothing but radical religious militants attacking a sovereign nation and who committed murder.

An Embassy is sovereign territory, which is true in the United States. An attack on any embassy of any flag is technically an act of war regardless of the motive or who is doing the shooting.

[5] How Did the U.S. Government Respond to “Protestors” Who Killed Four U.S. Embassy Personnel?
The U.S. government issued an apology in this appalling response. Quote:

“U.S. Embassy Condemns Religious Incitement
September 11, 2012

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”

— Source: Embassy of the United States, U.S. Department of State, Cairo, Egypt. (PDF)

  • “Religious Incitement?”
  • “misguided individuals?”
  • “hurt…feelings?”
  • “hurt…religious beliefs of others?”

This is the touchy-feely politically correct ideology from politically left-minded individuals. Let me help those in Washington DC understand something about terrorism. These attackers are not just some random “misguided individuals.” Attacks by radical religious extremists have consistently targeted the U.S. and our allies for over NINETY (90) years! It is all INTENTIONAL.

[6] Foreign Policy Preschool
Is the foreign policy of the Obama Administration blind that we have been attacked by terrorists for over 90 years? Is it now the policy of the U.S. government to apologize for ‘hurting someone’s feelings’ for something that the U.S. government didn’t even do? Are we in preschooler? Is that what American has come to? We apologize when we are attacked, and defenseless Americans are killed?

Is it the policy of the Obama Administration that “reaching out” and “getting in touch with” the “common goal” for “peace and freedom” outweigh common sense of having an armed U.S. military to provide security at U.S. Embassies in case the terrorists in host countries don’t buy into our political ideology?

[7] Was it “Shocking” or is the U.S. Just Not Being Realistic?
What is very disconcerting is that the Obama Administration was “shocked” by the attacks. There has been religious wars and battles in the Middle-East for over 1,000 years. What part of this is shocking? The U.S. and the west been subject to numerous attacks, kidnappings, terrorist bombings, against U.S. Embassies in the Middle-east and North Africa for decades. What part of this new attack is shocking?

[8] White House Apology Tour
President Obama has been apologizing for America since he came to office.

[9] Europe Apology
In 2009, Obama apologized in France saying the U.S. had “failed to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world” (Source: Telegraph.UK).

[10] Koran Apology
In February 2012, President Obama apologized that The Quran was “accidentally burned” in Afghanistan in this CBS video. Two U.S. soldiers were killed by “protestors” following news of the event.

[11] Pakistan Apology
On July 3, 2011 Secretary Clinton apologized for a drone attack in Pakistan that killed Pakistani soldiers. Pakistan responded by “reopening NATO supply routes to Afghanistan that cross Pakistani territory” (Source: Fox News). Another report suggested that the “the Taliban may have deliberately lured NATO forces to attack the Pakistanis” (Source: The Guardian.UK).

In July, 2012 there were 12 suspected militants killed by U.S. drone. The targets were operating (or “hiding”) in North West Pakistan near the Afghanistan border (Source: Reuters). Why the U.S. apologizes when a country can’t get control of its own internal security, allows radical militants to exist within its own borders is questionable.

[12] Americans Killed by Terrorists.
White House Spends U.S. Tax Dollars Running TV Apology Ads in Pakistan
The White House reportedly spent $70,000 of U.S. taxpayer money to air another apology about the anti-Muslim video (NOT produced or affiliated by the government of the Unites States). The ad aired on several TV stations in Pakistan – not Libya, or Egypt where most of the violence occurred. The U.S. video ad can be seen here.

What the White House does not seem to understand is that by continually bring up the video, continually advertising about the video, continually apologizing for the video will only stir up more anger and protests. It will be assumed that because the U.S. has repeatedly apologized for something that means they are guilty? Why would anyone apologize for something they didn’t do?

Here is what the Obama Administration could have said:

‘We have learned about a controversial video on the Internet. It seems to be offensive toward some people. The video was made by a private party. The United States had NOTHING to do with this video. There are millions of videos on the Internet and arguably many of them could be deemed controversial or offensive to someone. Videos that individuals post to the Internet have nothing to do with the Unites States Government; nor do they reflect the position of the United States government or its people, period.’

That’s it.

[13] Administration Shows Weakness in Foreign Policy
The Administration’s ongoing apology tour is really is saying this:

‘Everything the U.S. did in the past before me was wrong, and we were wrong. I am going to change everything. You will like me and my policies and how friendly the U.S. can be as we show a new face in the Middle-East.’

This is a bold and noble goal, but one far from reality. First off a president does not need to apologize for America. How many leaders in the world ever apologize for anything? The president never gave any specifics for what every other president did wrong, but makes plenty of inferences to the “last 8 years” referring to Bush (article).

Since we are taking about foreign policy can we assume Obama meant Iraq and Afghanistan. Without going too deep right now, we’ll just note that war in Iraq had bipartisan support (further). Saddam violated various UN resolutions. If he just complied with them, and allowed access to what UN inspectors wanted to see, and if he had nothing, he’d might still be in power today. Saddam’s ego got the best of him. Contrary to Obama’s belief, the Iraq war was scheduled to end and determined during the Bush Administration, not the Obama Administration.

Afghanistan also had bipartisan support and support from the majority of the USA post the 9/11 WTC attacks. Instead of decreasing troops to the Middle-East, Obama increased them. Obama added about 68,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. It’s hard to blame your predecessor (Bush) for wars, when you escalate the same war? Based on the events in the Middle-East are we really safer now? Is the Middle-East more stable now? We’ll discuss this in greater depth in subsequent reports in this series.

[14] More Apologies
Obama apologized when he sent drones to hit terrorist targets. Sometimes those drones miss. Sometimes innocent people are killed in war, and that happens in war. If the enemy knows if you are weak, they will draw you into hitting targets such as hospitals and places were innocent people are, along with the bombs, missiles and bad-guys you are trying to hit. Discretionary wars never work out well.

If you don’t plan to occupy the country, you will not win the battle. You can’t fight a war with a sniper team and only take out the bad guys. It can work in special ops on specific targets, but not in broad 10-year war.

[15] Money with Our Apology
The Obama Administration paid $50,000 to each Afgan civilian killed or wounded by a bizarre shooting incident involving a U.S. active duty soldier in Afghanistan (report).

[16] Funding Entertainment for Terrorists
Feeling how awful terrorist live in detention, taxpayer flipped the bill for a $744,000 soccer field  at the U.S. military base in Guantánamo, Cuba (report).

With the recent terrorists’ attacks, and almost four years of apologies, it’s like saying ‘we are wrong and you are right.’ That is just the wrong message. CNN tried to back Obama by crediting his “tough talk.” Hint. You are already in war; it’s too late for “tough talk,” it time to “stand your ground”. Oh, but progressives are against that idea too (Sources: ABC, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Politico/ pro-view U.S. News).

This Report is Continued Here: U.S. Embassies & Staff Come Under Attack, PART II: Global Campaign

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