53 Days And Counting…

by lizard

I didn’t catch this until today, but apparently it’s now being reported that the appeasement memo from the Cairo Embassy was the result of a PR guy gone rogue. I came across this new piece of info from reading this post from the Flathead Memo, where James Conner is revising and kind of apologizing for his initial post, which you can read here.

In that initial post, James says of the Embassy memo:

That statement by our embassy in Egypt isn’t going to mollify the fanatics who attacked our embassy and killed our consular officer. Islamic zealots want us dead or converted to Islam. There’s no middle ground here; none is possible as long as Islam produces hyper-religious cultists who treat producing an image of its prophet as a capital offense.

I expect our embassies to issue full-throated defenses of free speech — including speech that offends. Anything less is cowardice. We know what’s the matter with Islam. But what’s the matter with our State Department?

The subsequent post acknowledges that the memo is now being reported as having been issued by a PR guy gone rogue. James says:

Now, a day and a half later, it’s clear that the PR guy in Cairo acted against instructions, no doubt hoping to damp the anger of protesters who were planning a demonstration later that day. I understand why he did what he did, but he did the wrong thing, a cowardly thing, and served his country poorly.

Cowardice is a matter of perspective. That a major feature of the US war on terror entails remote killing from air conditioned rooms half a world away with drones is, I think, a pretty cowardly method of waging war. It’s also guaranteed to radicalize more potential terrorists. But we’re not having that conversation.

Instead, the conversation Dave Budge thinks we should be having is one about the first amendment and free speech. In that post he wonders (rhetorically) why the principled left isn’t outraged about Obama’s supposed aim to use the video to cover his administration’s alleged ineptitude:

So, Obama gets in a jam (again) and calls on Eric Holder to supply covering fire to escape press scrutiny. But the press, for the most part, doesn’t seem to care. Nor, might I add, have we heard very much from the principled left. Glenn Greenwald’s opening salvo in his new gig at The Guardian spilled ink on the press’s question of “Why do they hate us” as opposed to the government shutting off access to truth. Funny that.

Meanwhile, the Obama admin “reached out” to YouTube to see if there was any way they could “review their terms of service” policy to get the incendiary video taken down. The good news is that YouTube refused. Ah, but never let a government looking for scapegoats get in the way of principles. Just round up “the usual suspects”. Today a person associated with The Innocence of Muslims was brought in for an interview by the LAPD and the Feds promptly stepped in. Meanwhile, and perhaps I’ve just missed it, all of those people who excuse Julian Assange, accused Ari Fleischer of censorship when he said people should watch what they say, and are otherwise great civil libertarians have gone missing in their outrage. Well, I guess principles stop on the eve of an election. So it seems, anyhow.

My personal hierarchy of outrage in reacting to this still developing situation isn’t to prioritize the Obama administration’s attempt to suppress this stupid video, though I do think it is troubling how this ex-felon guy who supposedly made it is now being investigated by the FBI.

Instead what most concerns me is how the more relevant factors fueling this spreading unrest are not being adequately addressed, like how flooding countries with weapons in an attempt to orchestrate violence against the regimes we deem necessary to destabilize and ultimately overthrow has unforeseen consequences.

As figurative pressure valves vent steam across the Middle East and North Africa, a broader assessment of how the US advances its interests in the region would be great, but we certainly won’t get that during an election season.

Romney wouldn’t discuss foreign policy during the GOP convention, and Obama certainly wasn’t about to discuss signature drone strikes during his coronation.

Now that both men are trying to respond to this complicated situation in campaign mode, we’ll have to hope things don’t escalate dramatically in the next 53 days.

  1. lizard19

    Netanyahu will be going all redline tomorrow on Meet the Press:

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will begin a campaign to win American public support to draw “red lines” for Iran, regarding to the Islamic Republic’s nuclear aspirations. As part of his campaign, Netanyahu recorded interviews for American media programs on CNN and NBC.

    During his interviews, Netanyahu will attempt to convince the American public that drawing red lines for Iran will not only discourage the nation from obtaining nuclear weapons, but also reduce the chances of a broader armed conflict.

    Netanyahu is expected to mention recent attacks against American embassies in the Middle East. In a preview clip of the interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press”, Netanyahu said, speaking on what he called Iranian fanaticism, “it’s the same fanaticism that you see storming your embassies today. Do you want these fanatics to have nuclear weapons?”

  2. lizard19

    8 women allegedly killed in NATO airstrike:

    Afghan officials said a NATO airstrike killed eight women and girls who were out gathering firewood before dawn Sunday in a remote region on the east of the country.

    The coalition said it believes only insurgents were hit.

    Villagers from Laghman province’s Alingar district brought the bodies to the governor’s office in the provincial capital, said Sarhadi Zewak, a spokesman for the provincial government.

    “They were shouting ‘Death to America!’ They were condemning the attack,” Zewak said.

  3. Big Johansson

    It’s going to escalate, for the past three years we’ve been viewed as apologists.

  4. Big Johansson

    I’m predicting a Ronnie-type-win Steve.

    Notice back then the commie left was colored red.

    • Steve W

      A Ronnie type win for Obama? You might be right. Obama kind of sees himself in a Ronnie way, because he’s so dang likeable, just like Ronnie was.

      It’s kind of a Great Communicator II normal – kind-of-guy thing.

      And Mitt is a lot like Dukakas on steroids. (i always wanted to write an “on steroids” sentence) – as you well know.

  5. You’re whistling through the graveyard Steve W. – Obama will go down, and go down huge on election day.

    The Great Leader campaigned here in Montana 5 times in 2008, lost anyway, and this time looking at a double digit loss here he is staying away.

    It couldn’t be going any better for the GOP, and under The Obama Regime it couldn’t be going much worse for America.

    I think the anti-Obama coattails will help Montana though, helping the GOP run the table here in 53 days. Hopefully we can repair the damage done by Gov BS during the first fully-GOP session.

    • Coobs: you’re clearly up to your areolae in debt and praying for a coming holy war so you can charge it off.

    • Steve W

      I think when it comes to Romney, you may be whistling through the wheat field, Eric.

      No true conservative would or could support the inventor of Obama care. But unprincipled opportunistic RINOs have always strongly supported Romney. They bought him the nomination plain and simple.

      A real conservative trusts the markets.
      All the political futures markets have Obama up, way up.

      But you don’t trust the markets, apparently.

      The pursuit of power is an ugly thing Eric and the unprincipled pursuit of power is even uglier.

      The Republican voters didn’t much like Mitt in the primary and they still don’t, because he’s a sham. Didn’t you even watch your own convention?

      I’m voting Stein, by the way. She is going to lose big in Montana because only billionaires or their hand picked proteges have any chance at power now.

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