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Wed Sep 12, 2012, 07:18 AM

The shit hits the fan in Libya: US ambassador dead, Romney attacks Obama for siding with attackers [View all]

US ambassador, three staffers killed in Libya: http://www.boston.com/ae/movies/2012/09/12/american-killed-libya-protest-over-film/2EQzJyTOC9gbv3PtnixjsK/story.html

...apparently by protesters who are protesting Terry Jones' new anti-Islam movie: http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/09/state-dept-confirms-death-in-libya-romney-attacks-disgraceful-white-house.php?ref=fpb

From that second link:

In a previous incident tied to Jones, a riot at a U.N. mission in Afghanistan killed 12 people in 2011, including three United Nations workers and four security guards, after mullahs urged followers to protest the Florida pastor’s burning of a Koran. More were killed in additional protests elsewhere in the country.

Earlier today, officials at the U.S. Embassy in Egypt issued a statement that “condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.” The embassy said the statement was drafted and released before the protests. But the succession of events drew widespread criticism in the United States after violence broke out for appearing weak in the face of threats.


That statement was not vetted by the State Department when it was released, so SecState Clinton sought to roll it back: “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.”

Romney's response: “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.”

Reince Priebus tweet: "Obama sympathizes with attackers in Egypt. Sad and pathetic."

Obama campaign response: "We are shocked that, at a time when the United States of America is confronting the tragic death of one of our diplomatic officers in Libya, Governor Romney would choose to launch a political attack."

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