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Egypt: We're So Sorry

By Rich Galen · Sep. 12, 2012

If you think the Administration of Barack Obama has its arms around foreign policy read this from the Associated Press yesterday:

“Ultraconservative Islamist protesters climbed the walls of the United States Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and took down the American flag, replacing it with a black flag with an Islamic inscription to protest a movie attacking Islam's prophet, Muhammad.”

Did President Obama demand that the Egyptian government provide assurances that our embassy would be protected?


In fact, Obama's crack foreign service issued an … apology.

He apologized for the presumed existence of a movie that no one on this planet (to my knowledge) has seen in its entirety.

Even if such a movie does exist, it's pretty certain U.S. Government had nothing to do with the mystery film, and thus had nothing to apologize for.

Finally, the U.S. embassy in Cairo was attacked, stormed, and the U.S. flag was torn down by a bunch of crazy Egyptians emboldened by the Arab Spring.

Yet Barack Obama felt he needed to issue an apology.

For our Embassy having been attacked.

And our flag having been torn down, and torn apart.

On the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Even during the most heated days of the anti-war demonstrations of the 1960s I never got into a projectile sweat about someone setting an American flag afire on a street in Cleveland or Chicago.

The flag is a symbol of America. It is not a holy relic. The republic could, and did, survive those silly protests.

But no one apologized to the flag burners for having caused them such angst that they felt it necessary to use up precious lighter fluid to set a flag on fire.

Yet, Obama apologized to the Egyptian rioters.

A link to the trailer for this movie is on the Secret Decoder Ring page.

It has all the production values of a Captain Video episode from 1954.

Nevertheless, Obama apologized.

According to CNN, Obama's Administration issued a statement saying that it “condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.”

America is apologizing for those who would “hurt the religious feelings of Muslims?”

Did Buddhists kill 3,000 Americans on September 11? How about Hindus? Or, Zoroastrians? Or any of the other 21 major faiths that exist on the Earth?

No. But Obama felt the need to apologize to the one religion against which we are waging war.

For storming our Embassy. Over a movie that may not exist.

Remember we are propping up the Islamist government of Egypt to the tune of $1.5 billion per year.

Granted, that is about half of the foreign aid we provide Israel, but Israelis are not storming the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv (it is not in Jerusalem) demanding that Obama meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


While Obama was apologizing to Egyptian rioters for allowing unknown people to produce an unseen movie, he was simultaneously refusing to meet with the Israeli Prime Minister later this month.

This, from Reuters:

“In a highly unusual rebuff to a close ally, the White House said on Tuesday that President Barack Obama would not meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a U.S. visit later this month, as tensions escalated over how to deal with Iran's nuclear program.”


Even though everyone believes this election is going to be about the economy, a few more boneheaded days like yesterday might well make Obama's inept handling of foreign policy a major issue.

If I have hurt your feelings … I'm so sorry.

On the Secret Decoder Ring page today: LOADS o'l links include the trailer for that mystery film and links to all of the stories referenced above.

Also a Mullfoto of a flag at half staff on a building about five blocks from the White House.

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Sam Reeves in Alexandria, Va said:

And we keep on sending them money????????????????

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 6:33 AM

Arabiascott in Indiana said:

Doesn't it irritate you to hear someone apologize ON YOUR BEHALF, for anything? And what if you did nothing deserving an apology, in fact, You were the one offended? Well, that's exactly what this president is doing, apologizing on behalf of the United States of America. He's been doing it ever since he took office. Has he apologized for Anything you feel sorry for? Have you been guilty of even one of the many offenses he's apologized for? I bet not.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Craig in Colorado said:

Further proof that this guy needs to go.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Vic in Illinois said:

He should be impeached!!! Obama worst POTUS ever, he is pure unadulterated evil!!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 9:23 AM

rab in jo,mo said:

And our ambassador to Libya was killed yesterday as well. Shades of Jimmy Carter and Iran. A President with some balls would have sent in the Marines to restore order. An Embassy is considered territory of it's country. Make the announcement that any unauthorized personnel caught/killed inside the compound will be buried in pig excrement. Give the imbeciles climbing the walls 5 minutes to clear out, then open fire on those too stupid to leave.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Vanessa in KS said:

Egypt has a secular government and is no more apt to a theocratic system than our own is given the various religious beliefs of those who hold leadership positions in Washington, D.C and various states.
I find the language used in this article irresponsible and disrespectful, not to mention misleading. To insinuate that ALL Muslims are terrorists and that we are waging a war against Islam, as a religion, is so far beyond the scope of reality. Would we be saying the same things if these *extremists* were Christians?
I urge you to take your job as a writer more seriously and consider the implications of your rhetoric rather than simply writing to please your target audience.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 9:31 AM

wjm in Colorado replied:

Wake up, and stop dreaming. If they are truely Muslim, they are at war with you. The devout Muslim is a jihadist, and will lie openly to you, the infidel, to ensure you believe that they are just a peaceful people, please ignore the stoning and beheadings, and the quest for world domination and the elimination of all infidels, nothing to see here, move along. Islam must be OUTLAWED in America, and they can move to a tollerant country, or be arrested and convicted of treason. Weapons must be blessed by swine, and any attack on any America anywhere in the world will mean the elimination of the host city of the attacker. This is the only thing these cowards understand. Black Jack Pershing had it exactly correct in the Phillipines.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Brian in Newport News replied:

Yeah, and the Muslim Brotherhood are just a bunch of Boy Scouts.

Whether Egypt becomes a theocracy is immaterial (it will). When their president gives a Hitler-style speech promising that their capital will not be Cairo but Jerusalem, then you need to take the threat seriously.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA replied:

When was the last time Christian extremists attacked a foriegn embassy and killed the Ambassador? When was the last time Christians killed someone because they were disrespected of God or Jesus? You and people like you care nothing about this country. No matter what happens to our citizens you always find a way to blame America.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 11:38 AM

rab in jo,mo replied:

"Egypt has a secular government..."

Correction, Egypt HAD a secular government until last year. Now they're run by the Muzzie Bros, clearly not secular.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 1:55 PM

JTG in Indiana replied:

ALL muslims are terrorists, either directly or indirectly. Indirectly, they say nothing against their brotherhood and continue to increase their infestation into our country.
The fact of the matter is that the Christians aren't the extremists so build your strawman argument elsewhere.
It's a well documented fact that this president favors Islam so open your eyes.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 3:15 PM

David Thompson in Bellville, TX replied:

Ms. Vanessa, "insinuate" is one of those weasel words. Let me SAY that no one responsible SAYS that all Muslims are terrorists or that we are at war with the
religion of Islam. If you accept that, the rest of your comment is moot.
Unless you think that the pretend-Christian "pastor" in Florida is a "responsible" spokesman for anyone or anything. If you do, this discussion is pointless.
For the same reason, discussion with Islamists (not Muslims) is pointless.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 7:25 PM

SFJ in Alabama said:

"In a highly unusual rebuff to a close ally, the White House said on Tuesday that President Barack Obama would not meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a U.S. visit later this month" - well, obummer has a basketball game to attend, a round of glf to play and an interview with People Magazine - busy, busy dontcha know

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Tex Horn in Texas said:

Mark. you're right, it is time to kick some ass. But, it won't happen. As you know we have an apologist for president, especially if the "victims" are Muslim. Now, our Ambassador to Libya has been killed and this administration's response is "outrageous." Outrageous? What a wimp response.

Look at the big picture. The whole Middle East is in an "Arab Spring" with the Islamists gaining control all over. This is no accident. Their intent is to take over the entire Middle East and northern Africa such they can rule the whole region. Israel will be next. And now, the Apologist-in-Chief won't even meet with Netanyahu because he's busy campaigning. Get that folks? Did you get that, Jews in America? He's more concerned about his own skinny ass than he is about our best ally in the Middle East. What a bastard he is.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Alex in NJ said:

Buck Farack.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Alex in NJ said:

Smells like Carter all over again, but with that special Chicago mafia twist.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Torp44 in Ione, Wa. said:

Vanessa, you're an absolute idiot! Pull your head out of your ass & do some studying before spouting off with your ridiculous muslim sympathies. Muslims have been the scourge of the earth from the time of their formation, and will not cease being such until the very last one of them is sent to hell to join their murderous, child-abusing spiritual deity, Mohammed.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

Sorry, I meant my comment for Vanessa!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Tex Horn in Texas said:

Alex in Union: you may have come up with the best bumper sticker slogan for this election: Buck Farack. A good one!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 11:50 AM in CA said:

I cannot believe this whole country isn't up in arms screaming for our clueless one in our White House to get his act together. I have maintained from the beginning he is a Muslim and hates America. He has demonstrated this over and over. Where are these peaceful Muslims condemming the bad behaviour of a few of their kind. No one sees Christians or Jews etc. climbing embassy walls and tearing up flags.

This movie is taken from one of Mohamad's own writings. I feel like Alice in Wonderland. "Beam me up, Scottie".

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Mitch in Georgia said:

Is anyone truely surprised by this administrations responses (or lack thereof) to the events in the Middle East in the past 24 hours? This is begining to look like the same slap in the face that the U.S. endured when that gutless wonder Carter did nothing about the terrorist attack in Iran in 1979. In fact, if he had acted with some conviction and executed a swift and brutal retaliation towards the terrorists, chances are we would not have this happening today. And why dom we continue to waste our tax dollars on aid to people who hate us? Maybe Obama will let them vote in the next election.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 4:21 PM