White House Disavows US Embassy’s Apology

According to National Review, Mitt Romney slammed President Obama’s handling of the storming of the US Embassies in Egypt and Libya. Chris Stevens, the US Ambassador to Libya, was killed in the attack on the embassy in Libya.

I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi.  It’s disgraceful that the Obama Administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.

Now the White House is walking back and disavowing the US Embassy’s apology issued to the attackers.

“The statement by Embassy Cairo was not cleared by Washington and does not reflect the views of the United States government,” an administration official told POLITICO.

“Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet.  The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.  Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation.  But let me be clear:  There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a Tuesday statement.

The “justification for this vicious behavior” is still posted on the official website of the US Embassy in Cairo. In the NR post linked above Charles Cooke wondered “Who is in charge here?” Good question.

Also yesterday, on 9/11, President Obama released a video message to an Arab Forum praising the Arab Spring, but not mentioning the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 9/11.

Via Blazing Cat Fur