Four Americans Killed In Attack On US Consulate In Libya
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.