The so-called Islamist protests (I hate when they call a rampaging mob “protesters”) that murdered four Americans appear to be as fake as the outrage against the Mohammed cartoons. If you will recall, the cartoons had been out for months before they were suddenly discovered by Islamists and became the cause of worldwide “protests”–that time, it resulted in the deaths of other Muslims.
Today, it’s looking like the “protests” are an al Qaeda setup. Not only does “Sam Bacile” not exist, but his movie may be nothing more than a crude, 12-minute trailer that was overdubbed with lines insulting Mohammed.
Yesterday, the AP was all over how “Sam Bacile” was an Israeli Jew, right down to discussing his “thick accent” on their telephone call. Then Jeff Goldberg started posting about how he couldn’t find Sam Bacile anywhere, and that it was looking more and more like he wasn’t Israeli, wasn’t Jewish, and didn’t seem to exist.
The AP finally did some digging, and guess what? Sam Bacile is most likely a Coptic Christian who was convicted of fraud and lied about getting his financing from “100 Jews”. But the damage is done, and the AP story went worldwide.
Today, Yemen is the outrage du jour and the “anti-Islam film” meme continues to be the media’s explanation as to why Islamists are trying to destroy U.S. embassies and murder Americans. Calling mobs “protestors” isn’t going to go away anytime soon. The New York Times finally decided that attacks on U.S. embassies are front-page material, after pushing the story to page four in yesterday’s edition.
Oh, and today’s story? The “protesters” managed to make it inside the U.S. embassy compound in Yemen–in spite of knowing that Yemen is also an al Qaeda hot spot, and the attacks on embassies yesterday. Also, the Cairo embassy is still under seige by the mob, and the mass media are still using the “anti-Islam film” as an excuse while saying that the U.S. is investigating reports that al Qaeda is behind the “protests.” Gee. Yemen. Libya. Cairo. A filmmaker who doesn’t exist, and a film that may not exist. Sure, let’s blame “protesters” who object to the anti-Islam film. Because it’s not like this is an ongoing attack sponsored by the same Islamists that destroyed the Twin Towers eleven years ago.
The only silver lining I can think of is that if this is the best al Qaeda can do to us on the anniversary of 9/11, they are indeed practically defeated. But they did kill four more Americans, and that is on the Obama administration for leaving those people in a completely undefended embassy in a hostile, Islamist-ruled city. Where is the media on this angle? Blaming Romney for issuing a statement criticizing Obama. Because that’s what this is about.
To the media, that’s what this is about. To the average American, this is about a failure at the top to protect American lives in hostile nations abroad. The media can’t spin this for Obama, because no matter how they try to distract the issue, Americans are going to see the picture of the Libyans carrying the ambassador’s body and wonder why there were no Marines protecting the embassy, and why Obama’s foreign policy has been nothing but a mess.