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Monday, September 17, 2012

The Middle East

I've seen a ton of polarized reporting on this topic. Check out these headlines from Drudge, for example:
LIBYAN OFFICIAL WARNED USA '3 DAYS BEFORE ATTACK'...
Ambassador Rice: Attack NOT Premeditated...
Libyan president: 'No doubt' was 'preplanned' starting months ago...
Video Purports To Show US Ambassador Dragged; Cheers From Crowd...
Israel: America ignored Arab wrath...
Netanyahu warns Tehran only months away from nuke weapon fuel...
Egypt President calls for calm...
Claims some got paid to protest...
White House Preparing for Long Siege of Arab Unrest...
AMERICA? Filmmaker taken in for interview... 
 
And this is just those up this morning. Over the weekend you could find
WH: Protests not directed at USA... *
Revealed: Inside story of ambassador's assassination... Sensitive documents have gone missing... Exposed: Names of Libyans who are working with Americans... *
PAPER: U.S. WARNED OF EMBASSY ATTACK BUT DID NOTHING *
Anti-American protests spread to Iran... *
CARTER CORRECTS OBAMA *
FBI Warns of Violence in America... *
PAPER: Attacks cast shadow over Obama reelection hopes... *
Further, at Breitbart, you will find references to Hillary Clinton being notified of the threat in Libya but ignoring it, that Libya told the U.S. that Al Qaida claims credit for that planned attack, that Obama hadn't been properly briefed since September 5th, that Obama squarely blames a movie over his own incompetent "leadership," and information regarding other attacks on US consulates in the region.

Ann Coulter sounds all the more prescient now, since in her column this past week she noted that Iraq alone of all the Middle East has remained "pacific" with the United States during past Islamic uprisings. They continue to provide that example to their neighbors. It is interesting to note, further, that they had no part in the Arab Spring that Coulter denounces as being far from a democratic revolution with well thought-out plans for democratic rule, being instead more comparable to the French Revolution.

Try as they might to spin this otherwise, Team Obama is in big trouble and they know it. Why else would the complicit media be so extremely focused on Mitt Romney's statement (that didn't kill anyone) and a filmmaker (who didn't kill anyone) and a movie (that didn't kill anyone)?

UPDATE: Red State lists out multiple foreign papers doing real reporting about the attacks on Americans and they're turning on Obama - even the leftist papers. The kindest of them agree that scapegoating a filmmaker doesn't move the responsibility away from Obama. His moves are highlighting his failed leadership, yet again.

Re-UPDATE: Now that Mitt Romney is coming out strongly for Isreal, and not embarrassed to say that Palestine isn't interested in peace, the anti-Romney attacks are flying. Don't be deceived. He's absolutely right. I know a lot more about Israel and Palestine than I do about Libya, from a well-researched book presenting both sides in their own voices, the voices of real Palestinians and Israelis: The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East, by Sandy Tolan of NPR.

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