September 13th, 2012
11:25 PM ET

'Full-court press' to protect American embassies

By Elise Labott

Fearing protests after Friday Muslim prayers could turn violent, the Obama administration is engaged in an all-out effort to secure American diplomatic facilities overseas.

In the wake of Tuesday's attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and protests at U.S. embassies in Cairo, Egypt, and Yemen in response to a video by an American filmmaker, officials say all diplomatic posts overseas have been instructed to beef up security in advance of Friday's prayers

"We are in a full-court press at every single one of the posts in the Middle East and anywhere else there is any chance of demonstrations after Friday services to make sure nothing bad happens. And to have the security in place in case bad things do happen," one senior official said. "We are talking to every senior person, in Washington and at post to make certain as much security is in place any place we think there could be a threat or a demonstration."

Friday prayers have consistently been a flashpoint for protests throughout the Arab spring.

President Obama said Wednesday he instructed all diplomatic posts to review their security posture and ensure they have the resources they need. Such reviews are common before holidays, such as the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

"But we are looking at our security again in light of all of these events, the post-9/11 environment, the video that has been on the Internet, the protests and of course Libya with an eye toward Friday protests," the official said.

Officials said that in the wake of the Libya attack and the embassy protests, numerous high-level meetings have taken place over the past 36 hours addressing embassy security, including at the cabinet level including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

"We are holding a review and making assessments based on the posts and the intelligence community," the senior administration official said. "And we are telling them if you need anything, speak up."

Officials said the administration is also casting a wide net to send messages of calm, reaching out to imams and other credible voices in the United States and abroad. The administration is also engaged in an extensive campaign to inform Muslims that the video was not endorsed by the United States government. The effort began Thursday morning with a statement from Clinton denouncing the film as "disgusting and reprehensible."

Diplomats have also taken to social media and online Arabic websites to speak about Washington's rejection of the film within the context of freedom of expression.


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  3. earthfirst

    Been reading about or watching wars in the name of religion all my life – guess that's why I don't have one either. As for Obama's handling of this, since the movie had been out there so long, I would not have accepted it as the impetus in the first place given the timing of attacks. That would have been the first thing out of my mouth to the US & the World. Second would have been Americans have rights to free speech and we will defend that as necessary. Third, would have been free people often don't like what each other say but we don't get to murder each other over it. Only after touting our freedoms would I have expressed an opinion the dude in Alabama or wherever is an unfortunate product of his own experiences and not representative of me or necessarily of other Americans. Is our way of life important or not? Seems like a lot of people around the world are clammering to live it, wherever they are. Seems like talking about that first thing would have been politically more helpful, especially for that important and rather large group of people over there who do not agree with the rioters or religious nuts around them too. I do hope, however, there is no more silly talk about cuts to the American military. Water and food shortages are very real now in these regions and going to really get severe in 10 years, causing a whole new set of challenges. Don't care to comment on Ronmey – he's not the President and he didn't have access to his resources or command, althougth I understand Romney will now be kept fully briefed on foreign affairs.

    September 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Reply
  4. Common Sense

    The root problem is the fanatical belief in religion....any religion. Americans run around saying "god save us" or extorting others to "pray" for help in times of crisis. Fanatics blow up abortion clinics or start shooting sprees at churches of other faiths in the name of their god. Middle east extremists blow up buildings or buses in the name of theirs while screaming about Allah. It's all the same problem...until humanity as a species gives up the ignorance and mythological beliefs of the past, there will never be peace or progress. Praying or begging some unseen and imaginary deity to solve our problems is simply a convenient excuse for us not to have to make the hard choices or undertake the work to fix them ourselves. Use your brains people and stop depending on fairy tales. How many wars have to be fought or brave men and women die before we wake up and throw off ignorance in favor of intelligent thought and common sense?

    September 14, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  5. Owen1710

    INDIA: Between two Deities: KALI & PANCHALI

    The problem with India is that is built on a system of cultural and societal values based on Hinduism which is a cult. Nations built on a cult seldom survive in the long run. Now just take a look at these two Hindu goddesses and the destruction and lack of morality they represent.

    Goddess Kali's statue stands naked astride the inanimate body of the Hindu deity Shiva, tongue stuck out with blood dripping from fang-like teeth. She holds a noose, a skull-topped staff, a blood-encrusted sword and a severed head. Disgusting, to say the least. Would you want your kids growing up with such inspiration?

    Meanwhile, goddess Panchali was married to five brothers. Which one would become the legitimate father of his child should she have one? Dr Charles (renowned author and an authority on India) says that instances of incest are common in Hindu scriptures. Decadent ! Immoral !

    Talk about being between a terrorist and a tramp !!

    September 14, 2012 at 9:42 am | Reply
    • KaraKara

      Hinduism is a 'cult', as opposed to , say, any other religion?? Oh, sorry, I'm sure whatever religion you belong to is the
      'one, true religion'. Right? Your knowledge of vedic deities leaves a lot to be desired, as does your apparent level of intelligence. I'm not Hindu, but have read some of Upanishad and Bhagavad Gita, and the latter, along with the Sikhs' Sri Guru Granth Sahib, were THE most impressive scripture I've read.. and pal, I've read them all.

      September 14, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Reply
      • Karl from Wash DC

        Hinduism is a disgusting cult. Let me make it easy for you and refer you to your scriptures and share it with the world.......Shame on you and your hindu religion.

        Pushan is the lover of his sister [ Rg Ved VI.55.4 ][ Apte 11 ]
        The Ashvisns married Surya and Savitri who is their sister [ RV I.116.19 ].
        Agni is the son of his fatehr and his sister [ Rg Ved.I.91.7 ]

        September 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
      • KaraKara

        And there's no incest in the Abrahamic Faiths...Abraham married his half sister Sarah, Lot had carnal relations with his daughters, and Jesus was a descendant of Lot.. What about Greek Mythology... full of incest, and at one point in history Zeus was a 'real' god, not a myth... ever hear of symbolism, allegory, metaphor?

        September 15, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • Karl from Wash DC

      INDIA: On a Goat and a Stick:

      The problem with India is that is built on a system of cultural and societal values based on Hinduism which is a cult. Nations built on a cult seldom survive in the long run. You can only take it so far based on symbolisms of a goat and a stick with a skinny little man aka gandhi banging boys at night and spinning wheels during daytime.

      September 15, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Reply
    • Jacob

      I heard enough of this ugly saga called hinduism. Send the drones in. Enough of this deity, god, goddess BS.

      September 15, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Reply
  6. krm1007 ©™

    I continue to read with interest the thesis presented on CNN that India is “Too Big To Succeed” in a socio-politico context. Although experts adopted this in an economic context, geo-political connotations are indeed powerful. Empowering subjugated minorities in India by splitting it into smaller states would trigger uber economic demand for western nations who have given so much financial and technology aid to India with no return to show for the investment. I concur with this approach and find the premise to be on solid footing. Central Asian States (CAS) are a case in point on this successful approach. We need to understand that India has an unmanageable large population mired in poverty and we are spinning our wheels trying to feed it. It is also too big of a geographical unit to govern and for democracy to take traction.

    September 14, 2012 at 9:09 am | Reply
    • Stewart

      This ties in well with the "Small is Beautiful" concept that is an integral part of the management concept taught in US business schools. Your application to India Inc. is a thoughtful linkage. I agree.

      September 15, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  7. fiftyfive55

    there is no dealing wih muslims (or israelis for that matter).GET US OUT OF THE MIDEAST NOW. we need to leave BEFORE the nukes fly,not after.take our troops and our money and come home now now now.there has never been and we'll never see progress in the mideast.

    September 14, 2012 at 7:44 am | Reply
  8. brown

    America needs to stop giving carte blanche to the Israelis' and this shiite wouldn't be happening!

    September 14, 2012 at 5:03 am | Reply
  9. mbona

    It's time to close down the embassies temporarily and call our boys home, along with any financial aid to Egypt, Yemen, Libya, and Iraq until they can ensure security. But even then, we should leave for a minimum of 30 days. Egypt needs to be taught that we don't condone violence against our Embassy and cut off all money pending a formal apology from Morsy. Let his military overthrow his a$$ if he wants to play sycophant to the Brotherhood and ignore his obligations and responsibilities. This is a perfect opportunity for us to use this as an excuse and cut off free money. Why should we forgive them $1 billion in debt just because they elected a "democratic" government that is good for them? That's like paying someone not to sit in their poop.

    September 14, 2012 at 4:54 am | Reply
  10. Rene

    Where were the Marine embassy guards to help protect the people inside? Why do we need the local government to provide protection for our diplomats inside our embassy.. If an embassy is in theory US soil why can't we protect ourselves with own own guards. hope someone can shed some light.

    September 14, 2012 at 4:36 am | Reply
    • mbona

      Because it is usually the duty of the host country to provide security to other countries embassies. Look at China, even they post guards at US embassies even when they flame the population to march and demonstrate outside US embassies. But they have hundreds of soldiers and plainclothes police hidden to prevent things from going out of control. If people break windows, it's because the government allowed it to show their disapproval.

      Therefore, these sorry excuses for host countries need to learn the same thing. Bear in mind, all these countries take money from us already, so it's contingent that the least they can do is provide security for our embassies. Especially when they see protests already, they need to beef up their security forces BEFORE anything happens, not after.

      September 14, 2012 at 4:57 am | Reply
      • Rene

        thanks mbona. I guess in some of these places we get what we paid for!! Billions in civilian, humanitarian and military aid and not one ounce of concern for fellow human beings regardless of religion or citizenship.

        September 14, 2012 at 5:05 am |
    • Jason

      There are a handful of Marines at the embassy, but they are nor intended nor capable of fending off a massive angry mob of locals. You can virtually guarantee the if those Marines end up killing a protester, even a violent one, that they would end up completely over run. You'll see outrage on the Right from conservatives regarding the lack of armed response by the Marines. They don't understand that diplomatic missions must RELY on the host country for security.

      September 14, 2012 at 9:34 am | Reply
  11. Kiler

    To label insults against a man or his writings as blasphemy IS blasphemy.

    Man is not God, thus insults against a man cannot be blasphemous. To claim that they are is to deify the man, which is blasphemy.

    September 14, 2012 at 4:25 am | Reply
  12. Rightwingnuts

    The reason people aren't for Repubs is because you project hate toward everything. You vote no on everything. Even try denying voting rights to minorities for fear the black guy with the African name might win. In a country where races are mixing everyday. Republicans with the old ideas of white picket fence American Leave it to Beaver traditions will be extinct. RESPECT GOES BOTH WAYS. Prejudice is played out. The same ignorace that holds back prosperity in the Middle East. Will hold back The Republican party. It only takes one of you to make the rest of you look like a joke. Ask yourself whos party is more diverse and why.

    September 14, 2012 at 4:19 am | Reply
    • samot

      Obozo broke it. He owns it !

      September 14, 2012 at 7:27 am | Reply
    • ROZE

      You seriously think that Republicans dont want minorities to vote? They dont want illegal immigrants to vote. That is a huge difference. Do your research about what that law is about. Obama just allowed every illegal immigrant to live here for FREE!!!!!!!!!! Plus gave them citizenship rights. Why not make them citizens? because he really does not want them here, he does just want their votes. He knows its the only way he can win since he's been fumbling everything up. You may as well hand us over to the Libyans right now! We are headed down a scary path. Open your eyes.

      September 14, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Reply
  13. Rose

    Say what? Now it's full court press, um, there's the whole after 9/11 thing, we're still at war and now embassies are going to be more secured? I guess downsizing the military was a bad thing also and what will happen, build it back up when we're attacked?

    September 14, 2012 at 3:52 am | Reply
    • Jason

      Embassies aren't military reservations, they are diplomatic missions. There are severe limitations to how well they can be protected if the host country doesn't fulfill it's obligations to protect them. The Full court press they are talking about primarily refers to diplomatic pressure. They arent parachuting troops and weapons into these facilities. If the host country won't secure our embassy then we pull the diplomats out and send the drones in.

      September 14, 2012 at 9:39 am | Reply
  14. OffTheWorldPolitics

    Say what you want about the U.S. situation abroad. All Western Liberal Democracies tolerate Muslims and have secure embassies. Communism directly rejects all religion. Fascism is only tolerate toward a national religion and represses other religions. These idiots do not realize that the only reason they beat Communist Russia is Afghanistan is because of the U.S. If they would have lost the war there would not be Islam in Afghanistan. Then you have morons like the Iranian leaders that are kissing the feet of the Russians. Where were the Russians when there was Genocide against Muslims in Serbia? This Pseudo Islamic Fascist movement needs to recognize that if the West is not there fighting for their rights, then someone else is going to come along and take away all their rights. When those people destroy, they are not going to rebuild anything....

    September 14, 2012 at 3:05 am | Reply
  15. MN

    I'm quite disturbed by how much see-ehn-enn is choosing NOT to cover on this new middle east crisis. Go to Drudge to find out what you're missing. I suspect see-ehn-enn is filtering stories they feel could be damaging to Obama's campaign.

    September 14, 2012 at 2:33 am | Reply
    • Herman Munster

      Come now... anyone who knows Drudge knows half of his headlines are publicity stunts that end up being incorrect. Or his "headline" doesn't even jive with the article. It is all about selling soap to the brain dead.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:46 am | Reply
    • Herman Munster

      http://www.politico.Com/news/stories/0912/81198.html

      September 14, 2012 at 2:54 am | Reply
    • Sodomite

      Matt Drudge? Seriously? As bad and as lame as CNN, Fox and others are, I'll still take them anyday over a shameless race-baiter such as Drudge.

      September 14, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  16. yo yo

    Arm embassies with gattling guns, now!

    September 14, 2012 at 2:08 am | Reply
    • samot

      nawwww..... just call in an airstrike with naphalm or W-P upon the rioters. Toast them good, the others will not return.

      September 14, 2012 at 7:29 am | Reply
      • Sodomite

        I see that you're a load that your mom should have swallowed.

        September 14, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  17. more2bits

    The problem with Muslims is that they ignore the old adage 'Anger blows out the lamp of the mind'.

    September 14, 2012 at 1:49 am | Reply
  18. more2bits

    Yeah Obama will probably order two or three additional sentries. Insane.

    September 14, 2012 at 1:47 am | Reply
    • David

      Would you prefer he start another War?

      September 14, 2012 at 2:07 am | Reply
      • samot

        start ????

        September 14, 2012 at 7:29 am |
  19. AgrippaMT

    Most of these preceeding posts are truly pitiful in their ignorance. I am a retired Foreign Service Officer who spent 25 years in the Middle East, including postings in Kuwait, Lebanon, Iraq, Tunisia, Jordan, and Morocco. In Baghdad in the spring of 1979, much of the region erupted in protests against the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. Saddam Hussein was just vice president then, but he sent the Republican Guard Presidential battalion to surround our little embassy, which wasn't really an embassy then but just a mere Interest Sections. We flew the Belgian flag from the roof as they were our Protecting Power. Even though crowds of hundreds of thousands marched by two blocks away, none of them came anywhere near our buildings. The reality of the Middle East is far different than most ignorant Americans believe. Sadly, GWBush and Dick Cheney and their cohorts were among those ignorant ones. We are still paying a heavy price for their ignorance and incompetence.

    September 14, 2012 at 1:29 am | Reply
    • Akeso

      Thank you for inserting sanity and civility into this rambunctious "debate". I, too, have lived many years in the Middle East and have come to respect the local people and their viewpoints. However, all those who flippantly bring their so-called opinions to this board have most likely not ever left their county, not to speak left the US or traveled to the Middle East.
      It is simply disgusting to read these responses; alas they do reflect today's narrow minded, isolationist voters, who – by selecting their leaders – also select the future of our politics towards the world. America is not the "one size fits all" for the world! Disrespect for other cultures will not solve our problems, rather will amplify our own defects.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:44 am | Reply
      • more2bits

        Disrespect begins with the terrorists not us.

        September 14, 2012 at 1:48 am |
      • fiftyfive55

        first off,who in their right mind would brag about living in the mideast ? a fool maybe
        Americans dont care about the mideast,only politicians and businessmen do.
        everywhere muslims go,terrorism follows,why do you think they come here?how many muslim communities are being watched by DHS because they fund terror groups.
        quit acting like were so ignorant and your so knowledgeable when the proof of their beliefs are all around us ?

        September 14, 2012 at 7:51 am |
      • jake

        as a matter of fact ive left the country and whats more i served with the army in the middle east and lost many friends and fellow americans while there i do agree that we should understand other cultures but your are right most people dont understand at all yourself included no not all of them are evil but a large number of them are they are a fanatical regime of terror with which you cannot reason with if anything they are the ones that are narrow minded and unaccepting of other cultures and individuals such as yourself act as a force multiplier of the problem

        September 16, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
    • Recon

      Uh the US embassy was attacked in 1979 in Pakistan and US ambassador there killed that was under Carter.. so both case of Ambassador killed were under weak US leaders.. try this with Bush and get an invasion

      September 14, 2012 at 2:22 am | Reply
      • DTW

        False! While Bush was president our embassies were attacked many times in many places. (From Wikipedia)

        So far under Obama there have been two attacks. However, no one knows this because turning on the President when terrorists attack America is rightly seen as something only the most partisan of people would do.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrorist_attacks_on_U.S._diplomatic_facilities

        Date|Location|Bad guys|Killed
        22 January 2002 Calcutta Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami gunmen attack Consulate 5
        14 June 2002 Karachi al-Qaeda truck bomb detonates outside Consulate (more details) 12
        12 October 2002 Denpasar Consular Office bombed by Jemaah Islamiyah as part of the Bali bombings none
        28 February 2003 Islamabad Unknown gunmen attack Embassy 2
        30 June 2004 Tashkent Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan suicide bomber attacks Embassy 2
        6 December 2004 Jeddah al-Qaeda gunmen raid diplomatic compound 9
        2 March 2006 Karachi Car bomb explodes outside Embassy unknown 2
        12 September 2006 Damascus Gunmen raid US Embassy 4
        12 January 2007 Athens RPG Fired at Embassy by Revolutionary Struggle none
        18 March 2008 Sana'a Mortar attack against US Embassy 2
        9 July 2008 Istanbul Armed attack against Consulate (more details) 6
        17 September 2008 Sana'a Two car bombs outside US embassy in Yemeni capital 16

        September 14, 2012 at 6:49 am |
      • Joe 0302

        Force Recon,or Army .Bush never carried out the mission,being Afganistan. We had that SOB Bin Laden at Tora Bora(short memories us Americans).If your Marine Corpstake out yor Leadership Guide and the mission is primary and your men are secondary.

        September 14, 2012 at 11:03 am |
    • samot

      rubbish !

      September 14, 2012 at 7:31 am | Reply
  20. Chris

    Obamas doing to the muslims as europe did with hitler wake upliberal dems or u want have anymore freedom

    September 14, 2012 at 1:22 am | Reply
  21. fire0bama

    Liberal media's lie:

    "the film maker is a Jewish American".

    Fact: the film maker is a Christian Egyptian.

    September 14, 2012 at 1:17 am | Reply
    • Steven B

      How was that a "liberal media lie"?

      That's a pathetic attempt on your part, utterly vile and meaningless – the lie was perpetrated by those involved with the film itself, not anyone from the media.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:39 am | Reply
      • samot

        The film was made by an Egyptian, at the behest of Iran, to enflame the middle east on the anniversary of 9-11. That is a well known fact in intelligence circles .... and now congressional leaders are briefed, too. The liberal media does not want to report that.... because it makes their buddy in the white house culpable !!

        September 14, 2012 at 7:34 am |
  22. fire0bama

    The liberal media's lie:

    "The Muslims are protesting because of a video."

    Fact: the video came out in July, and the Muslims did not have any reactions then. They were burning our flags and killing Americans on Sept. 11 because they hate America and they are enboldened by our weak and lousy president 0bama.

    September 14, 2012 at 1:16 am | Reply
    • more2bits

      I agree

      September 14, 2012 at 1:48 am | Reply
  23. Chris

    America is the only country to spend more money helping any country and when do go to war were the only country to help rebuild and make it better. And if were over there for oil like the soclaize dems say we sure in the hell havent benfited from it! And u non belivers in god read the bible because everything that is happing today is written in the bible. Like when the jews got there country back whichwas stolen from them almost 800 years ago it said they would never be defeated again and they havnt. And the muslims have made it very clear if ure not muslim will kill u all. I say we pack up and let them deal with there selves because through history theyve always fighting and butchering women and children. Read history allah was one out thousands of gods that they worshipped not the same as the 1 jews and christians worshipped. There cowards

    September 14, 2012 at 1:15 am | Reply
  24. fire0bama

    0bama = Jimmy Carter, Jr.

    Romney/Ryan 2012!

    September 14, 2012 at 1:13 am | Reply
    • Huh!

      LOL!

      September 14, 2012 at 3:39 am | Reply
    • mb2010a

      No, thanks...Obama 2012.

      September 14, 2012 at 6:09 am | Reply
  25. jdunai

    Carter must go! Carter must go! OOPS, I mean,... Obama Must Go! Obama Must Go!

    September 14, 2012 at 1:11 am | Reply
  26. tragic

    Kelcy you must be politically blind to the Blame PRESIDENT for these attacks on our country embassies. . Romney is nowhere close to been the carefull and methodical leader like the PRESIDENT is. voting for Romney is like jumping from the frying directly into the fire. I donnot want to scortch my life neither would i want any American like me to be badly burn by Romneys ineffective to all sides of the political spetrum. i donot knnw exactly what Romney belief are because he has been all the place and still wondering. hopefully he will wonder completely from the presidency and the white house for good.

    September 14, 2012 at 1:00 am | Reply
    • Booger

      Dude...learn to write. Your post was complete gibberish.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:34 am | Reply
      • John from the great state of Texas

        english lessons from a guy named "booger".. umm ok.
        Obama is going to destroy Romney. I vote republican and even I accept this obvious conclusion.

        September 14, 2012 at 3:10 am |
  27. Jannai

    America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.

    In 1953, America overthrow Iran's democratic government and installed a brutal dictator Shah of Iran. America helped Shah to established secret police and killed hundreds of thousands of Iranians.

    During Iran-Iraq war, America helped Saddam Hussein and killed one million Iranians. America is the only country that shot down Iran's civilian air plain and killed all 290 passengers.

    In 2003, America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and displaced 4,000,000+ Iraqi people.
    Now, America is a failed country with huge debt. Its debt will be 24 trillion by 2015.

    Every other day a city in America is declaring bankruptcy. ha ha ha ha ha ha

    September 14, 2012 at 12:53 am | Reply
    • Kal

      Seriously you have your own issues. Your facts are not on par. You explain to the world what hate is and you buy into being "An Axis of Evil". Burn in hell!

      September 14, 2012 at 1:21 am | Reply
    • rosethornne

      Having a little trouble keeping track of numbers larger than five, hmmmm?

      September 14, 2012 at 3:32 am | Reply
  28. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    The GREATEST MUSLIM APOLOGIST who's Hoodwinking Americans (MIS) guiding Pres. Obama is CNN's Mr. FAREED ZAKARIA.....who's in reality a CLOSET SYMPAHISER of these Islamists and poses a GREAT DANGER to America.

    So, if any one has any doubts about which way US policy to the Muslim world is headed???????????????????

    Just imagine the HEIRARCHY!

    1) PRESIDENT – Mr. Barack HUSSAIN Obama

    2) US SEC. OF STATE: The DECEITFUL Islamist Mr. Fareed Zakaria (as it's strongly rumored to be...if Obama wins re-election).

    3) US AMABASSADOR TO THE OIC (Organization of Islamic Conference): MB terrorist supporter RASHAD HUSSAIN (another fellow Indian Muslim like Mr. Zakaria!)

    4) US GOODWILL AMBASSADOR TO THE MUSLIM WORLD: IMAM RAUF (Imam of the 9/11 CARDOBA VICTORY MOSQUE- Decietfully renamed – Interfaith Center to tide over New Yorker's opposition!)

    5) DY. CHIEF OF STAFF at the US STATE DEPT – HUMA ABEIDIN – Daughter of MB activist Saleha Mahmood Abedin

    GOD SAVE AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 14, 2012 at 12:46 am | Reply
    • Huh!

      Racist much?

      September 14, 2012 at 3:41 am | Reply
    • wow

      Now THAT'S bringin' the crazy!

      September 14, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  29. teddybrgr

    Embassies worldwide are all on heightened alert for each 9/11 anniversary. You don't hear about the details, do you? Why? Because, you goofs, releasing details is to lower security! Do you really think you "know" it all?????

    September 14, 2012 at 12:39 am | Reply
  30. pookieamos

    This is the first U.S. Ambassador to die since 1973 . We lost four Brave American patriots , this is so... Frustrating. The media is this country is a sham. An American can get more credible news from Pravda , Canada Free Press , the Independent , then they can get in their own country. Hannity was right, Journalism is dead . Were it not for the Internet sites like Drudge, FOX , the Blaze , we the people would be completely ignorant for what's happening in our own borders. Current day in America , has more than a few parallels with Hitlers Nazi Germany , only the killings aren't happening yet. WAKE UP AMERICA

    September 14, 2012 at 12:38 am | Reply
    • Subtle

      Sorry. I can't take anyone who gets their news from Hannity and FOX seriously.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:48 am | Reply
    • wow

      Bringin' the crazy Part II! At least use the google and get your dates straight.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  31. ismael

    The prophet said in a vision if you blow yourself up WITHOUT hurting anyone else then you will go to paradise to be with your 98 virgins. But you must do this by the end of the week.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:30 am | Reply
    • Tom

      You got it wrong – they will go to paradise and be served by 98 year old virgins.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:11 am | Reply
  32. fubarack Obamadinejad

    They might try getting some ammo.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:25 am | Reply
    • Andrew

      Nothing nukes can't fix

      September 14, 2012 at 12:29 am | Reply
  33. By a mobile device. Unable to fix (error code 90). HELP

    Are you people crazy., or have you just lost your minds.?

    September 14, 2012 at 12:23 am | Reply
  34. Bob

    The American people live in a dream state. We have exploited the Middle East for decades, either for Cold War purposes or for oil. U.S. history is full of wars of aggression for either expansion or natural resources, or to "fight communism". The Arab people are fighting back, and Americans don't have a clue. But, don't worry, like George Bush said – they only hate us because of our "freedom".

    September 14, 2012 at 12:23 am | Reply
    • Dan

      You sir, are an idiot if you believe this is the "arab people fighting back." These are people who, in the midst of daily violence and death across the region, decide that a youtube video is the reason they need to burn down our embassy. This version of Islam renders its followers completely unable to function in new testament times, let alone the modern world.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:06 am | Reply
    • JZ2012

      The same tired oil line. You do realise that in any given year the middle east only supplies between 12 – 25% of our oil market and over half of that comes from saudi arabia. Oh and the war liberals love to calim was over oil did not land us any advantage in oil contracts. Look up the oil auctions in iraq over the last 4 years the writing is on the wall. Look up the big 6 oil fields in iraq americans companies owna partial share of one field, russia and china are far more dependent on their oil and it shows in the market. I guess you can call it "using them" to fight the cold war if you consider helping afganistan not be invaded by the russians "using them". Was it mutually beneficial at the time ? Absolutely, but without the assistance chances are theyd be yet another crumbling remnant of the iron curtain. Your statements make great political propaganda, they just lack the backing of reality. The middle east hates us because we are not muslim, they think muslims should rule the world from one pole to the other. That and because they're people are brainwashed ona dialy basis and lack impartial views of the world around them.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:09 am | Reply
  35. Kelcy

    Evacuate all the Embassies. Tell Americans in the countries to leave......and make sure they know if they don't leave that they are on their own. I see no reason to be in these countries anymore. They need to figure it all out for themselves. Not that I support the religious zealots here in America either...... I'd just as soon put a gun in their hands and deposit them on the foreign shores of these same countries and let them duke it out for the end of the world. I prefer however that they not take the rest of us non-religious folks out with them.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:21 am | Reply
    • Steve

      I completely agree, I want noting of this religious war. Its not worth it. I am tired of people killing for religion EVERYWHERE. The US has crazy religious extremist as well. The same ones that made the movie to purposefully inflame the mideast.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:41 am | Reply
    • Fritz

      yeah, I'm with you on that. I'm sick of all these self-righteous religious mouth foaming fools mucking up the world for the rest of us.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:51 am | Reply
  36. pookieamos

    Isn't CNN reporting on the report from British paper , Independent ?? The Independent is reporting senior officials at the state department had credible information 48 hours in advance trouble was brewing . This information was not reported to the Embassy's which might have prevented these deaths .. The Marines were not even allowed live ammo in their guns. Ambassador Stevens was missing for over 8hours, where was the president ? Sleeping. We have an international crisis going on and we have a president who is too busy to be concerned because he has to go pander for money and votes around the country ! Tell me Obama supporters , how in the hell can you possibly support such a pathetic leader !? How do you sleep at night. This guy is a walking, talking disaster. You've gotta be insane to support a man of such low caliber ! While the media fails to hold Obama accountable for mishandling this crisis, they attack Romney, who is the only one looking like a leader. PATHETIC

    September 14, 2012 at 12:17 am | Reply
    • january2454

      Obama is a LOSER.

      He came into office with NO QUALIFICATIONS whatsoever to be president. And he has acquired none on the job. He is naive and very, very ignorant.

      When Barbara Walters asked him to name one of his faults, he told her he is "lazy." No kidding. And that's not the least of it.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:21 am | Reply
      • Steven B

        Herpa derp!

        You keep trolling.

        September 14, 2012 at 12:34 am |
    • Subtle

      For god's sake people. It's not that hard to do your own research to see if something you heard is true or not. It only takes the amount of time it takes you to sit down and write this drivel.

      The Pentagon has denied the report by some Right-wing outlets and blogs claiming those Marines at our embassies were prevented ammo. Seriously. This is pathetic. Unless of course you know it's a lie but decided to spread it anyways. That's even worse!

      September 14, 2012 at 12:52 am | Reply
    • mb2010a

      tea party nonsense...

      September 14, 2012 at 6:19 am | Reply
  37. Saruno1958

    There seems to be speculation that the state dept may have had credible reports, 48 hours prior to the attacks of the embassies, of possible violent protests. They did nothing to increase security. What I find even more unbelieving the fact it was on September 11th and nothing was done to be prepared for this kind of thing. Someone dropped the ball. This is the 1st time since 2001 that US territory has been attacked by foreign terrorists and succeeded. This is really a sad day.

    September 14, 2012 at 12:15 am | Reply
    • january2454

      This IS a very sad day.

      But then again, every single day that our pathetically unqualified, ill-prepared, pretend "president' has been in office has been a sad day for America.

      Obama has got to go. He needs to go back to doing something he's qualified for - stirring up poor people in Chicago to demand more freebies from the government. He was pretty good at that.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:23 am | Reply
    • Anon

      Thats a common misconception, embassy's are NOT US soil. The host country never gives up any land to an embassy, they simply grant special powers to it but the embassy's status can be revoked.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:25 am | Reply
    • Subtle

      Ok, now you've tipped your hand. Every post on this port bashing Obama for this is the same Right-wing nut job posting this drivel over and over again.

      In this time of national tragedy, your guy, Romney, fell all over himself in a rush to put out a statement while these tragic events were still unfolding. Why? All because he wanted to beat the sitting POTUS to the punch.

      THAT, is not the mark of a true leader. In fact, he might have jeopardized the administration's attempt to deal with the situation. He actually brought back a nightmare from 9 years ago, when our then so-called "leader" made the exact same rush judgment and took us to an unnecessary war that has cost us dearly in blood and treasure.

      It was not time to play politics. Sorry, but Romney is not presidential material. By now everyone can see he is so desperate to hold that power, he will say and do anything for it including abandoning our values, coming together when a national tragedy such as this unfolds just like we did after 9/11. How soon we forget!

      September 14, 2012 at 1:06 am | Reply
      • Marc

        Really SUBTLE? You voted for a guy that had never sponsored legislation and say Romney is unqualified? The only reason Obama has a foreign policy is bc of Hillary. Who do you think pulled the trigger on the Usama bin Laden operation?

        Do you know anything about leadership? Have you ever led men or women in combat? Have you served in the military or just sat your happy ass here in the US behind our borders and enjoyed the freedom you were lucky enough to be born into?

        "Beat the sitting POTUS to the punch." looks like Mitt could have waited a few days to beat him to the punch – how are Leno, JayZ and Beyonce doing? Way more important than delivering a response for the atrocities that happened and will continue to if we show weakness.

        You keep your hope & change, SUBTLE, I'll keep my guns & ammo.

        September 14, 2012 at 4:38 am |
  38. Premal D.Shah

    Friday for Muslims is a holy day, and they use the name of their religion falsely to murder innocent people. Muslims should change "Friday" to "Fry day".

    September 14, 2012 at 12:14 am | Reply
  39. R. Daniels

    Oh, so NOW there's a full-court press to protect our foreign embassies.

    YOU'RE ONLY 72 HOURS TOO LATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama and Secretary Clinton F MINUS!

    September 14, 2012 at 12:13 am | Reply
    • Sandy Eggo

      R. Daniels, you are correct about Obama and Hilary earning an F-
      Hilary should be in Libya with Marines and civilian contractors repairing and rebuilding that embassy NOW and occupying it with whatever force it takes NOW. The US should never, ever back down.
      Instead she is hiding behind Obama shaking in her shoes. What cowards. They both make me sick.

      September 14, 2012 at 5:33 am | Reply
  40. SPW

    Of course these riots will spread, once one monkey throws a fit all the monkeys in the cage start acting up.

    September 13, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Reply
    • cherie moore

      I have been keeping up on all this mumbo jumbo sence 9/11 and we the Americans take the blame for everything. The other countries need to except responsible for there actions and quit blaming everyone else.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:16 am | Reply
      • Tom

        This they learned from Obama.

        September 14, 2012 at 2:17 am |
    • Fritz

      Heh! You were thinkin' monkeys. I was thinkin' turkeys. You make one loud sound at a turkey farm and all the turkeys start gobbling. That's what these protesters remind me of. A bunch of excited turkeys. Except way more dangerous. Good thing we have an ocean dividing us. Nothing scarier than a flock of mad muslim turkeys on the warpath.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:59 am | Reply
  41. mohammadwasGay

    As usual, the religious are killing each other in droves. religion is a waste of time.

    September 13, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Reply
    • january2454

      The only "religious" people I see killing and maiming innocents with great abandon is ISLAM.

      I don't see any of the others doing this. The people who are using the actions of the E vil C ult of D eath, also known as Islam, to bash legitimate religions are failing in their transparent spin. Everybody knows who the evil-doers are.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:26 am | Reply
      • demo

        you can't blame their religion because of them protesting, blame the hate filled Director, who provoked some of the very religious people. Do you think people in Alabama would sit down and laugh if some Jewish guy insulted Jesus and their religion? Doubt it. This Islam bashing with no REAL reason other than they're crazy is stupid. Get a life. And don't waste your time hating people you will never know.

        September 14, 2012 at 12:34 am |
      • Steve

        How about the US's little Christian Crusade? We shat all over the mideast on our high horse.

        September 14, 2012 at 12:44 am |
      • Dan

        You don't see Christians in Alabama burning down the Saudi Arabian embassy every time some Imam preaches death to America at Friday prayers, now do you. A little perspective here would be useful.

        September 14, 2012 at 1:09 am |

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