Four Americans Killed In Attack On US Consulate In Libya

by lizard

Americans are waking up this morning to the news that US Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, along with three other Americans, have been killed in an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. This attack in Libya has come on the heels of an attack on the US embassy in Cairo.

What allegedly sparked both attacks is an anti-Islam film:

The protests in both countries were sparked by outrage over a film ridiculing Muhammad produced by an American in California and being promoted by an extreme anti-Muslim Egyptian Christian campaigner in the United States. Excerpts from the film dubbed into Arabic were posted on YouTube.

I doubt we’ll get much more analysis in the MSM beyond crazy Muslims going crazy again over a hateful film, but is that all there is to these two attacks? For a closer look, the Berlin-based blogger, b, has a post up at Moon of Alabama in which he speculates that Ayman al-Zawahiri’s release of a video to coincide with this year’s 9/11 anniversary may also be fueling anti-American sentiment.

Regardless of the motivation, it seems that only American deaths are capable of capturing our attention when it comes to US foreign policy.

So now that Americans are paying attention, it should be pointed out that once again Americans have died from the blowback of arming Islamic extremists and jihadists.

Will US media make that connection? Will pundits start paying attention to the fact we are supporting foreign fighters with ties to al-Qaeda in Syria?

Another factor swirling around this morning is the hour long conversation Obama had with Netanyahu, after the White House stated that a request for a meeting between the two leaders was never made.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, citing Israeli sources, reported that the Israelis were told Obama’s schedule would not permit a meeting even though Israel offered to have Netanyahu travel to Washington.

Obama and Netanyahu are both due to address the United Nations in New York in late September but not at the same time.

The Obama administration pushed back later Tuesday.

“Contrary to reports in the press, there was never a request for Prime Minister Netanyahu to meet with President Obama in Washington, nor was a request for a meeting ever denied,” the White House said Tuesday night in its statement, which made reference to “our close cooperation on Iran and other security issues.”

Netanyahu has shown growing impatience with what he says is a lack of clarity by the Obama administration on articulating so-called “red lines” that Iran cannot cross if it wants to avoid war over its nuclear ambitions.

Those “Israeli sources” Wolf Blitzer cites are now being seen by some as participating in a deceitful attempt to embarrass the Obama administration (again) with the possible aim of affecting the US elections, to the benefit of Netanyahu’s real friend, Romney.

This story will continue developing, and I expect the spin to be dizzying. Stay tuned.


  1. wow, liz:

    http://www.thenation.com/blog/169869/romneys-libya-comments-kowtow-anti-muslim-bigots#

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/sep/12/tragic-consulate-killings-libya?fb=optOut

    • lizard19

      this is from your second link, larry:

      The anti-Islam film was written, directed and produced by an Israeli real estate developer living in California, Sam Bacile. He claimed, in an interview with Haaretz, that the film “cost $5m to make and was financed with the help of more than 100 Jewish donors”. Its purpose, as described by the Israeli newspaper, was to show that “Islam is a cancer” and to provide a “provocative political statement condemning the religion”. It’s hard to believe that the film – which is barely at the level of a poorly rehearsed high-school play – required $5m to make, but the intent seems clear: to provoke Muslims into exactly the sort of violent rage that we are now witnessing.

      what a convenient time to be stoking rage in the Middle East, then have Romney issue his beyond despicable political attack against Obama.

      if there is an October surprise, it’s going to be some underhanded provocation coming from Israel.

  2. Where were the US Marines at when it came to defending our sovereign territory ?

    This never would have happened under Gaddafi – thank you very much Obama for the new regime you supported.

    • Ryan Morton

      The regime didn’t attack the embassy. In fact, the reports suggest they defended it.

      Also, Gaddafi? Really? Really?!?

  3. lizard19

    there seems to be possible confirmation that the anger over the anti-Islamic movie was used as a pretext for a planned attack on the US consulate in Libya.

    there is also suspicion about the alleged creator of that movie, “Sam Bacile”.

  4. lizard19

    what Rachel Maddow is reporting tonight about Al-Libi, I read at Moon of Alabama at 6 this morning. major h/t to MoA.

  5. Lizard,

    TPM actually has a real good feed on this ongoing at this point as well. http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/09/sam_bacile_film_embassy_attacks.php?ref=fpb




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