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SHOCKING: Libyan Mob Attack Kills Four, Including U.S. Ambassador
UPDATE: ‘Full-Blown … Crisis’
UPDATE: Hey, MSM, No Fair Shouting Questions at President Gutsy Call

Posted on | September 12, 2012 | 58 Comments

Just woke up to this news. When I went to bed last night, I knew that one American had been killed in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. But when I woke up — wow. This is stunning.

UPDATE: Washington Post:

U.S. Ambassador to Libya John Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed Tuesday in an assault on the American consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi, the White House said.
In a statement issued by the White House early Wednesday morning, President Obama said he had directed an increase in security at U.S. diplomatic posts around the world. CNN reported that the Defense Department has dispatched two Marine anti-terrorism security teams to Benghazi to reinforce security there.
Stevens and the others were fleeing the consulate when a rocket-propelled grenade struck their vehicle, news reports from Benghazi said.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton identified one of the dead as Sean Smith, a Foreign Service information management officer. The names of the other two people killed were being withheld pending notification of their families.

UPDATE II: Remember that yesterday, immediately after the attacks on our embassies in Egypt and Libya, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo issued an apology, which the White House then retracted, and as Allahpundit said:

Really looking forward to hearing Carney explain which part of the embassy’s earlier statement failed to represent the views of the U.S. government. I want to hear it in his own words; hopefully the press corps will make him elaborate.

This administration’s absurd policy deserves to be mocked, and often, and by someone who knows how:

UPDATE III: Toby Harnden of London Daily Mail:

The Obama administration is engulfed in a full-blown foreign policy crisis just two months before the presidential election with the two campaigns trading angry accusations over events in Libya, Egypt and Israel.
Footage of the body of Christopher Stevens, United States ambassador to Libya, slung over the back of a protester, was reminiscent of the 1993 ‘Black Hawk Down’ incident in Somalia in 1993 when militia fighters lynched American aircrew in the streets of Mogadishu.
President Barack Obama’s staff will also be mindful that a shadow was cast over Jimmy Carter’s presidency by the Iranian hostage crisis after the US embassy in Tehran was stormed by Islamist extremists following the Iranian revolution.

Read the whole thing.

UPDATE IV: The Lonely Conservative:

Obama Using the Carter Model
of Strength Through Confused Weakness

UPDATE V: On Twitter, David Limbaugh called this “unbelieveable”:

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland cautioned reporters not to assume that the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo today reflected growing anti-American sentiment among the Egyptian people.
In response to a reporter’s comment that “it does seem as if there is a growing anti-American sentiment in Cairo,” Nuland said, “I would urge you not to draw too many conclusions because we’ve also had some very positive developments in our relationship with Egypt.”
Protesters scaled the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and tore down and desecrated the American flag, replacing it with a flag bearing the Islamic inscription, “There is no god but Allah.”

As anyone who has studied this problem knows, our State Department’s Mideast section is crammed full of alumni of elite schools where the foreign policy curriculum is based on the works of Edward Said and other anti-American academics.

UPDATE VI: “Never let a crisis go to waste”:

UPDATE VII: I watch MSNBC so you don’t have to:

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  • Mortimer Snerd

    Indeed. Could it be these trogolydites need a Khadafi…or a Mubarak….or an Assad…or a Saddam to keep them under control? I doubt the insane push to make Jeffersonian democrats of them is going to work anytime soon. Arab Spring, my ass!

  • http://twitter.com/richard_mcenroe richard mcenroe

    Actually, the idea of Obama emulating that nasty bigot kind of tickles.

  • Tlaloc

    Right so you don’t care about a self proclaimed journalist getting the facts wrong, just so long as they are transparently wingnuts.

    Gotcha.

  • Wombat_socho

    We don’t really need a substitute for Anamika, you know, but it’s kind of you to fill in. On some level.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    I’d like to find out, although like Jeff Goldstein, I’m partial to turning the whole place into glass.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    He’s Anamika without the lava-lamp philosophizing.

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