Archives For: Embassy Attacks

Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty RIP

Sep 13 2012 @ 10:12pm

Secretary of State Clinton on the other fatalities from yesterday:

Tyrone’s friends and colleagues called him “Rone,” and they relied on his courage and skill, honed over two decades as a Navy SEAL. In uniform, he served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 2010, he protected American diplomatic personnel in dangerous posts from Central America to the Middle East. He had the hands of a healer as well as the arm of a warrior, earning distinction as a registered nurse and certified paramedic. All our hearts go out to Tyrone’s wife Dorothy and his three sons, Tyrone Jr., Hunter, and Kai, who was born just a few months ago.

We also grieve for Glen Doherty, called Bub, and his family: his father Bernard, his mother Barbara, his brother Gregory, and his sister Kathleen. Glen was also a former Navy SEAL and an experienced paramedic. And he put his life on the line many times, protecting Americans in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other hotspots. In the end, he died the way he lived – with selfless honor and unstinting valor.

Just as a counterpoint, one reason I am not and never have been a Republican:

To read all Dish coverage of the diplomatic crisis in one convenient place, go to the "Embassy Attacks In Libya and Egypt" thread page. (To jump to Thursday's coverage, click here.)

The “Apology Tour” Lie

Sep 13 2012 @ 8:42pm

Kerry Howley dismantles it:

Here is a Sean-Hannity-endorsed highlight reel of Obama apologizing in which, you will notice, Obama never apologizes. He makes what we might call "admissions" that the government of the United States has made mistakes. What these mistakes consist of remains mysterious, because Obama declines to give the kind of specifics that would provide such an admission any rhetorical force. "The United States," he says, "is still working through some of our own darker periods in our history." This counts, in some quarters, as an apology, but it’s a statement even the people most worked up about "apologizing for America" would probably agree with, should it come from someone else. Perhaps the reel is better termed, "things Sean Hannity finds galling when they come out of Barack Obama’s mouth." I take it to be the case, in watching these clips, that it’s hard to find footage of Obama actually saying he is sorry.

Is Egypt An Ally?

Sep 13 2012 @ 3:08pm

Obama says Egypt is neither an ally nor an enemy:

Richard Engel reacts to Obama's statement:

For the last forty years, the United States has had two main allies in the Middle East — Saudi Arabia and Egypt, the other ally in the Middle East being Israel.  For the President to come out and say, well, he’s not exactly sure if Egypt is an ally any more but it’s not an enemy, that is a significant change in the perspective of Washington toward this country, the biggest country in the Arab world.  It makes one wonder, well, was it worth it?  Was it worth supporting the Arab Spring, supporting the demonstrations here in Tahrir Square, when now in Tahrir Square there are clashes going on behind me right in front of the US embassy?

The administration later tried to walk back the comment. Meanwhile, Frum questions US strategy regarding Egypt:

The central test of the engage-political-Islamists policy is post-Mubarak Egypt. Nobody remembers now, but after Mubarak's fall there was much debate whether the Muslim Brotherhood should be allowed to participate in Egypt's new political system. It is hardly illiberal to ban a party that aims at the overthrow of a liberal state. West Germany banned neo-Nazi parties after 1945; the post-1989 Czech Republic forbade former communist officials to hold government jobs – and both democracies are stronger for it. In the end, the Muslim Brotherhood escaped the ban by promising not to run a candidate for president, a promise it promptly broke.

Through it all, the Obama administration pressed for engagement, inclusion and acceptance, provided only that the Muslim Brotherhood complied with the rules of the political system. It did – and here we are.

Joshua Tucker tries to get inside Morsi's head:

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“Bushism Without The Money”

Sep 13 2012 @ 2:44pm

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I'd prefer "Cheneyism on the cheap" myself. But here's Beinart:

Bush’s foreign policy, especially in his first term, consisted of a hyper-aggressive, hyper-expensive effort to use the 9/11 attacks to extend American dominance of the greater Middle East without much serious thinking about whether such an effort could succeed. Romney can’t continue that effort because Americans are sick of it and the federal coffers are empty. What’s left is bluster and apple pie. Romney rarely discusses how long he wants to continue the war in Afghanistan, for instance, but he constantly attacks Obama for apologizing too much and not believing in America.

Which is why it would be the worst combination ever – diplomacy designed for the Fox News audience and a military follow-through that would permanently cripple the US's already-precarious fiscal standing. John Judis rejects the Frum idea that Romney is all talk:

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Noah Shachtman reports that the man behind "Sam Bacile" is a serial fraudster:

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Quote For The Day III

Sep 13 2012 @ 1:59pm

“[Romney's] bluster is a coward’s idea of how a brave man acts: Never hesitate, never apologize. When you’re wrong, say it again, only louder,” – Mark Kleiman.

Why Romney Became The Story

Sep 13 2012 @ 1:10pm

The right has decided – surprise! – that the whole Romney mess over Libya and Egypt is a function entirely of media bias. Eric Erickson complains that “the media wanted to focus on Mitt Romney” yesterday. Scott Galupo makes the obvious point: The media focused on Mitt Romney yesterday because Mitt Romney asked them to. If he had merely issued a formal statement expressing outrage at the mobs in Cairo and Benghazi, the media would have focused on the aspects of this ongoing story that Erickson finds so interesting — effectively, as Daniel Larison observed via Twitter, it would have done Romney’s work for him. Fred Kaplan spells out what Romney should have done:

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Now Yemen

Sep 13 2012 @ 12:57pm

Today, anti-film protesters attacked the US embassy in Yemen as well:

The protesters breached the usually tight security around the embassy and reached the compound grounds but did not enter the main building housing the offices. Once inside the compound, they brought down the US flag, burned it and replaced it with a black banner bearing Islam’s declaration of faith: “There is no God but Allah.” Before storming the grounds, demonstrators removed the embassy’s sign on the outer wall, set tires ablaze and pelted the compound with rocks.

Yemeni security forces who rushed to the scene fired in the air and used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators and were eventually able to drive them out of the compound. It was not immediately clear whether anyone was inside the embassy at the time of the attack.

Buzzfeed compiles “19 frightening photos”. Unlike his Egyptian counterpart, Yemen’s president apologizes to the US and calls for an investigation. For a full roundup of Dish coverage, go to the “Embassy Attacks In Libya and Egypt” thread page. (To jump to today’s coverage, click here.)

John Herman tracks down the latest on the apparent Keyser Soze of blasphemous film. There is reason to believe that "Sam Bacile" is an alias for one Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a Coptic Christian:

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Ackerman has a useful rundown:

It was not a simple mob that attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Tuesday, killing four Americans. Benghazi was the scene of a pitched battle, one in which unknown Libyan assailants besieged American diplomats with small-arms fire for over four hours, repelling several attempts by U.S. personnel to regain control of it.

Nor was what happened in Benghazi a simple story of Americans assaulted by the Libyans they helped to liberate from Moammar Gadhafi last year, American officials say. Libyan security forces and a sympathetic local militia helped the Americans to suppress the attack and get the diplomats inside to safety.

That account is the first official telling of Tuesday’s events. It’s preliminary, as much of what has been initially reported in the media on Wednesday has proven incorrect. And it was provided to reporters late Wednesday afternoon by Obama administration officials who would not speak for the record.

Continued here. Another take on the same lines here:

This is Libya’s extreme right.

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