The assault on the American embassy in Cairo and the murders in Benghazi have been served up by the media as some kind of protest against an obscure film by a mysterious filmmaker. See, for example, David Kirkpatrick’s New York Times story “Anger over a film fuels anti-American attacks in Libya and Egypt.”
In his antiseptic statement yesterday morning on the murder of Ambassador Stevens, Barack Obama offered no more than grating claptrap and false platitudes: “While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants.” Although it belies Obama administration deep think to suggest anything of the kind, the “violence” appears to have been jihadi in nature and not senseless at all.
About the desecration of 9/11, nothing. About the treatment of the ambassador’s remains, nothing. About the assault on the American Embassy in Cairo, nothing. About the indignation, the anger, the humiliation felt by Americans observing the events in Cairo and Benghazi, nothing. If Obama aimed for vacuity, he hit the mark.
Then he was off to Vegas to feel the love and soak up the money. It was a “tough day that we’ve had today,” he said, but not tough enough to knock it off for 24 hours. Priorities.
And that’s not all. Yesterday afternoon came word that General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had made a telephone call to Pastor Terry Jones, asking him to withdraw his support of an anti-Islam online film that may or may not have had anything to do with the events in Egypt and Libya. Really.
The real Terry Jones — Monty Python’s Terry Jones — could not be reached for comment.