It was widely reported Tuesday that large groups of Islamic extremists stormed both the U.S. Embassies in Egypt and Libya, killing one U.S. State Department officer. Governor Palin weighed in via Facebook:
Apparently President Obama can’t see Egypt and Libya from his house. On the anniversary of the worst terrorist attacks ever perpetrated on America, our embassy in Cairo and our consulate in Benghazi were attacked by violent Islamic mobs. In Cairo, they scaled the walls of our embassy, destroyed our flag, and replaced it with a black Islamic banner. In Benghazi, the armed gunmen set fire to our consulate and killed an American staff member. The Islamic radicals claim that these attacks are in protest to some film criticizing Islam. In response to this, the U.S. embassy in Cairo issued a statement that was so outrageous many of us thought it must be a satire. The embassy actually apologized to the violent mob attacking us, and it even went so far as to chastise those who use free speech to “hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.” (Funny, the current administration has no problem hurting the “religious feelings” of Catholics.)
But where is the president’s statement about this? These countries represent his much touted “Arab Spring.” How’s that Arab Spring working out for us now? Have we received an apology yet from our “friends” in the Muslim Brotherhood for the assault on our embassy?
It’s about time our president stood up for America and condemned these Islamic extremists. I realize there must be a lot on his mind these days – what with our economy’s abysmal jobless numbers and Moody’s new warning about yet another downgrade to our nation’s credit rating due to the current administration’s failure to come up with a credible deficit reduction plan. And, of course, he has a busy schedule – with all those rounds of golf, softball interviews with the “Pimp with the Limp,” and fundraising dinners with his corporate cronies. But our nation’s security should be of utmost importance to our Commander-in-chief. America can’t afford any more “leading from behind” in such a dangerous world. We already know that President Obama likes to “speak softly” to our enemies. If he doesn’t have a “big stick” to carry, maybe it’s time for him to grow one.
– Sarah Palin
Update II by Doug: U.S. Ambassador Killed in Libya:
The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other embassy staff were killed in a rocket attack in Benghazi on Wednesday, according to a Libyan official, Reuters reports.
The Americans were targeted in an attack in their car, trying to move to a safer venue away from the violent protests that erupted at the U.S. Consulate. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens died of suffocation, while the three other personnel were killed by gunshot wounds, CBS News reports.
U.S. officials have not confirmed the deaths, according to Reuters.
On Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released a statement confirming the death of a State Department officer, but did confirm their identity.
"I condemn in the strongest terms the attack on our mission in Benghazi today," Clinton said. "As we work to secure our personnel and facilities, we have confirmed that one of our State Department officers was killed. We are heartbroken by this terrible loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and those who have suffered in this attack."
The Libyan official told Reuters the U.S. has transported the bodies on a military plane to Tripoli to fly them back to the U.S. The protests broke out due to outrage linked to an American video posted online that is offensive Muslims.