Hillary Clinton walks back US Embassy’s statement, confirms fatality in Benghazi violence

Politico is reporting tonight that a senior administration official has disavowed a statement issued earlier today by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, saying it “does not reflect the views of the United States government.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton nonetheless released the following statement, which sounds very much like the original statement released by the embassy. It’s only after the very Obama-like “let me be clear” transition that the tone becomes assertive.

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.

The embassy was ridiculed widely earlier today for its statement, which seemed to place the feelings of Egyptian Muslims above the American value of free expression.

Clinton also confirmed that a State Department official was killed in Benghazi, Libya, during an attack on the U.S. consulate there.

  • SineWaveII

    Now it sounds like the original tweet came from Hilary herself. Keep talking.

  • Melissa

    Obama wanted a fresh new start in Egypt, he got it, just a horrible one.

  • redheadgrl

    Ok, it’s 11pm eastern, and we’ve heard from Hillary. Has Mr. Obama spoken on the matter yet?

    • Melissa

      Has to wait and see voter response, will it would be more prudent to respond or stay silent? All about getting the votes.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    Looks like the Arab Spring has become the 2nd Iranian Islamic revolution, in much the same way the President Obama has become the 2nd Jimmy Carter.

    • Garth Haycock

      It can’t be a coincidence.

  • KenPrescott

    The Secretary has disavowed the Cairo Embassy…are we activating the Ghost Protocol?

  • Brad Donald

    Arab spring never was. It was always the start of the Arab Winter.

    • Smart Grunt

      One of my old interpreters thought that the only way to solve the problems in the Middle East was to nuke everyone. That said, Nuclear Winter trumps “Arab Spring” any day of the year. Of course, we also joked that our nukes are meaningless because they haven’t been used in a long time. The costs of maintaining and securing our arsenal is big. We can strengthen our deterrence, reduce the size of our arsenal, and get rid of a bunch of assholes while scaring the others to shut up and color. It’s a win win situation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

    did she offer them a re-set button?

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.hanover.35 John Hanover

    Unbelievable. We lost a life because of the negligence and incompetence of this entire administration. Are they advising Obama off of dinner menus at the country clubs he golfs at now? Hillary, I thought she was smart enough to use her hubby for at least one thing and that was dealing with the Middle East…oh wait he couldn’t do that either. SHAMEFUL!

    • Majyqman

      Incompetence costing lives? No, not here… but let me see:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/11/opinion/the-bush-white-house-was-deaf-to-9-11-warnings.html?_r=1

      Yeah,

      • http://www.facebook.com/john.hanover.35 John Hanover

        Sorry NYT still 0% credibility. Anyone who uses them as a source for information is seriously not wanting to deal with reality either.

        • Majyqman

          Sorry, but while nothing has 100% credibility, and you should certain do further research (i.e. in this case, have a good old read of the memos when they become available) anyone who says the 108 times pulitzer prize winning (highest og any news organization) grey old lady… with her 30 million unique monthly visitors (highest of any newspaper website) is “still” 0% credibility is so far up both their own read and the cognitive dissonance hole that they manage a negative credibility (i.e. not only should you not believe anything they say, you should expect they actively trying to harm the conversation)

          But, while we’re here, let’s look at some MORE incompetence:

          June 14, 2002, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan

          Suicide bomber kills 12 and injures 51.
          February 20, 2003, international diplomatic compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

          Truck bomb kills 17.
          February 28, 2003, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan

          Gunmen on motorcycles killed two consulate guards.
          July 30, 2004, U.S. embassy in Taskkent, Uzbekistan

          Suicide bomber kills two.
          December 6, 2004, U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

          Militants stormed and occupied perimeter wall. Five killed, 10 wounded.
          March 2, 2006, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan

          Suicide car bomber killed four, including a U.S. diplomate directly targeted by the assailants.
          September 12, 2006, U.S. embassy in Damascus, Syria

          Gunmen attacked embassy with grenades, automatic weapons, and a car bomb
          (though second truck bomb failed to detonate). One killed and 13
          wounded.
          January 12, 2007, U.S. embassy in Athens, Greece

          A rocket-propelled grenade was fired at the embassy building. No one was injured.
          July 9, 2008, U.S. consulate in Istanbul, Turkey

          Armed men attacked consulate with pistols and shotguns. Three policemen killed.
          March 18, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana’a, Yemen

          Mortar attack misses embassy, hits nearby girls’ school instead.
          September 17, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana’a, Yemen

          Militants dressed as policemen attacked the embassy with RPGs, rifles,
          grenades and car bombs. Six Yemeni soldiers and seven civilians were
          killed. Sixteen more were injured.

          Thos are called FACTS. Now, remind me who let THOSE attacks happen.

          Oh, and remind me how many other deaths have occured in U.S. embassies in otherwise ostensibly peaceful countries during Obama’s presidency.

          • http://www.facebook.com/john.hanover.35 John Hanover

            They won a Pulitzer Prize for an article written by the U.S.S.R’s Kremlin in the 1950’s = FACT! When revealed by legitimate sources they refused to give up that Pulitzer Prize so they set a nice standard for themselves. You can take all the media paper, radio, TV, internet, etc. and very few can even come close to the disgrace that is the NY Times. I would trust the LA Times even CNN way before I even consider the NY Times for anything other than their crossword. So you can take the NY Times and well, that might hurt the trash can feeling’s. Seriously, if you find any other source than them, then you have an argument, otherwise COMRADE, you don’t with the NY Times.

          • Majyqman

            ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHT (you can’t impugn all of them)

            THIRTY MILLION

            Seriously, you’re unequivocally the single most deluded troll I’ve ever had the misfortune to cross paths with.

            Well, except for the ignoramous above I’m about to deal with.

            gone over those FACTS I provided yet? I mean, what does it say about the administration that let all THOSE happen… if THIS event leads you to decry the current administration in the way you did.

          • http://www.facebook.com/john.hanover.35 John Hanover

            You sure do not know how to read the one that is so tarnished it still shines as a beacon of how lacking they are of ethics and you still peruse them. They do not have daily strips in there because of people like you who would be confused between propaganda humor ( their ” writing/editorial ” staff ) and humor as seen in the comic strips. And you say I am deluded, yet you stand by them even when I offer the single most repulsive act of fraud as perpetuated by them and they refused to relinquish the Pulitzer. That’s OK, Al Gore, Barack Obama, and Yassar Arafat all have Nobel Peace Prizes too. Should I go over the list of Oscars as well? Is it your desperation, or do you just love the shiny prizes they give each other. You are so civil as well, ( sarcasm in case you don’t get it…is that sarcasm too ? ) really makes your ” argument ” all the more trollicious and sad. The New York Times have won all sorts of awards and ghost write, plagiarize, and generally lack any conscience. They did send Dan Rather on a wild goose chase once so I guess they are less than totally evil. This administration is a joke, the Commander In Chief is out campaigning, which is very negligent of his primary duties in dealing with the situation ( a crisis is a situation lacking answers and leadership resolve we can call it that if you want since that is a liberal ” buzz word ” ). I’m the Troll and you read the NY Times, really…NY Times as an argument = Lose every time. Thanks for the civility ( oops sarcasm again see explanation above ).

          • Majyqman

            You are deluded beyond all possible hope. By what standard do YOU judge the trustworthiness of a news source? Because number of Pulitzers in combination with readership IS a fairly good start. Not all awards are meaningless (also, context, we’re not judging the quality of a movie here, so snarkily asking about Oscars is meaningless you mendacious prat… but if we WERE judging the quality of a movie an Oscar might, indeed, not always be enough to say a movie was good… but if a movie got the most Oscars EVER and then you proceeded to say that movie had NO redeeming qualities (i.e. 0% credibility) then you would immediately expose the fact your existence is actually a net drain on the rest of humanity who have to deal with your utter disconnect with reality lest your (best case) ignorant bile influence a single other. Also, citiation for your accusation please (oh, you can’t provide one because you pulled it out of your arse? Or did you mean Duranty? Because if so then 1) 30’s not 50’s 2) Kremlin wrote nothing 3) His reporting on the famine was attrocious, yes, the NYT itself recognizes that 4) His pulitzer had nothing to do with that. But, of course, far be it from me to let pesky things like facts get in the way of the fantasy world you’re living. I’m sorry the real world is so scary for you that you need so much cognitive dissonance just to get by).

            Also, I’ll be back when the information given in the article is publically available… and you will be apologizing for your idiocy, admitting that in at least this case the NYT was credible (i.e. not 0%)… and applying your criticism of President Obama regarding this incident, in direct proportion thank you very much, to those who bungled things in the lead up to 9/11, right? Of course not, because you’re a deluded troll whose world would shatter if the dross you’ve been fed and are constantly regurgitating got exposed in such a fashion (I mean, if you’re wrong on this, then how many other right wing canards aren’t actually true, right?).

            But just to try to wedge a little crack further in that wall protecting you from reality, I’ll try this list again, seeing as despite all your inpotent screeching about the NYT, you haven’t actually dealt with the following FACTS:

            June 14, 2002, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan

            Suicide bomber kills 12 and injures 51.
            February 20, 2003, international diplomatic compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

            Truck bomb kills 17.
            February 28, 2003, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan

            Gunmen on motorcycles killed two consulate guards.
            July 30, 2004, U.S. embassy in Taskkent, Uzbekistan

            Suicide bomber kills two.
            December 6, 2004, U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

            Militants stormed and occupied perimeter wall. Five killed, 10 wounded.
            March 2, 2006, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan

            Suicide car bomber killed four, including a U.S. diplomate directly targeted by the assailants.
            September 12, 2006, U.S. embassy in Damascus, Syria

            Gunmen attacked embassy with grenades, automatic weapons, and a car bomb
            (though second truck bomb failed to detonate). One killed and 13
            wounded.
            January 12, 2007, U.S. embassy in Athens, Greece

            A rocket-propelled grenade was fired at the embassy building. No one was injured.
            July 9, 2008, U.S. consulate in Istanbul, Turkey

            Armed men attacked consulate with pistols and shotguns. Three policemen killed.
            March 18, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana’a, Yemen

            Mortar attack misses embassy, hits nearby girls’ school instead.
            September 17, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana’a, Yemen

            Militants dressed as policemen attacked the embassy with RPGs, rifles,
            grenades and car bombs. Six Yemeni soldiers and seven civilians were
            killed. Sixteen more were injured.

            Now, you assert that the embassy deaths in the recent incident result from shameful negligence and incompetence on the part of Obama.

            IMMEDIATELY EXPLAIN WHAT THE ABOVE TALLIES THEN SAY ABOUT BUSH OR SHUT THE HELL UP.

            Your other choice is expose completely how deluded you are to every neutral reader. i.e. Lose.

            Oh, look, applying your standards to the list above would make you lose in another way.

            Pity.

          • http://www.facebook.com/john.hanover.35 John Hanover

            They won a Pulitzer Prize for an article written by the U.S.S.R’s Kremlin in the 1950’s = FACT! When revealed by legitimate sources they refused to give up that Pulitzer Prize so they set a nice standard for themselves. You really are going to ignore this blatant disregard for facts, and more importantly ethics and call me a troll? You are so pathetic, I gave you a chance to cite any other source than them and you defend them instead that is very much a troll thing to do. It also looks like you are turning blue trying to puff up and tell me off it’s so dang cute. I have no reason to apologize nor am I an idiot, I know what the NY Times have done, and continue to do with their lack of ethics. Meanwhile embassies are on fire and being ransacked while American citizens and innocent civilians are being murdered, but Obama has time to go campaigning. Get your head out of the sand and see this ” leader ” for what he is or does that go against your programming. Again, NY Times putting their names on a Pulitzer Prize winning article from the Kremlin, just like the Milli Vanilli of the journalist world. You are the troll and it shows how desperate you are to spin your criminal leader away from his negligence, least of all Hillary for dropping the ball on this and blaming Bush. The NY Times were busted for plagiarism on many counts and continue to feed other new organizations false and unsubstantiated ” yellow dog ” chasing leads. Bush had his mistakes I never said he didn’t , however Bush is currently not the president all I asked you for was a more reliable source and you got angry and kept defending the NY Times, so I think it’s clear how trollicious you really are.

          • Majyqman

            Not a fact, and like I expected you can’t provide a single citation for it.

            Bush had mistakes? THAT is what you call the death toll from the embassy attacks I listed while calling the current President negligent?

            I am utterly certain you made no such accusations for any SINGLE incident I listed when Bush was in office. Look in that mirror, and understand how perverted your reality is.

          • http://www.facebook.com/john.hanover.35 John Hanover

            Yawn…oh were you still trolling me?

          • Majyqman

            Interesting, there are questions outstanding to you, that unless you can answer you must cede the argument and admit you were tragically wrong and/or trolling…

            1) Did you ever accuse Bush of negligence upon just a SINGLE incident above, let alone the pattern of them?

            2) Do you have any evidence for this 50’s kremlin article? You know other than the inside or your rectum.

            3) How do you reconcile your opinion of NYT’s credibility against Google PageRank? Note, I do not have to prove it makes them the “most” credible, YOU have to formulate a cogent argument as to how the newspaper with the HIGHEST page rank of all newspapers has “zero” credibility

            I’m sorry, forcing you to back up you bullshit by dealing with these glaring issues with your assertions isn’t trolling.

            My expectations?

            1) You did not, but you might just lie about it, though, I assume you’ll have left evidence in a thread like this somewhere, go ahead, provide it and prove me wrong (you may or may not lie, you will have no proof).

            2) You got confused about the Duranty incident… but while it obviously doesn’t reflect well, not only doesn’t it fit your narrative properly, your tiny little brain can’t both work out how to spin being so wrong AND shift your argument to include the reality effectively (you will be unable to find proof for an incident that never occured)

            3) You will blather on about irrelevent things, never able to actually provide a lucid argument as to how it’s possible to both have the highest pagerank of all newpapers AND simultaneously have 0% credibility (because you’re a fucking idiot who made an absolute claim that only a fucking idiot would, because anyone but a fucking idiot would know how easy it would be to prove, at a very minimum, how that claim couldn’t not possibly be absolute… and then you’d look like a fucking idiot)

            Oh, yeah, I’m not holding back my opinion of you in the process of deconstructing your drivel. Because you’re a pathetic excuse for a sentient being who made inflammatory accusations at the current President that you would have neve thought to level at the previous one despite evidence provided that he would have been far more deserving of you chiming in at some point with your scorn.

            Unfortunately for you, that doesn’t mean I’m trolling. It means I’m right and that hurts your poor wittle feefees.

          • http://www.facebook.com/john.hanover.35 John Hanover

            You are so pathetic. Have a good life if you can. Bye bye.Nice language by the way usually how one wins the battle of intelligent discourse ( oops sarcasm again ). You can write all the novels you want and call me whatever names make you feel better about yourself, but I know that I have a wonderful and fulfilling life outside of this PC screen and in the interests of mercy I hope you do as well, but I kind of doubt it.

          • Majyqman

            Your tone, if not language, was little better. Starting off with comrade fairly early, and, you know, making outrageous statements that you apparently expect to be allowed to stand without contest.

            Because, once again, you have failed to answer a single one of the questions that would grant any legitimacy to your position. Bevause you can’t. And that is the ultimate insult, here, that you are pretending the dross your are spewing has any legitimacy.

            Well, you’re not even doing that, you appear to be conceding that every single assertion and claim you made was actually made up of whole cloth (read: pulled out of your arse) because you can not answer a simple question directed at each of them that would be required to be able to be answered for them to be anything but pure fantasy.

            Also, my life is fine outside of the PC… I’m not the one coming here with impotent rage and delusional accusations directed at the President without, apparently, any connection with reality.

            And, yes, unless you can answer the questionns I’ve pinned you down with, you cede any claim to reality. You are, literally, delusional.

            I too, truly hope for your sake you can overcome this. But my understanding of cognitive dissonance leads me to conclude this is highly unlikely. The anguish as the walls broke down would actually be unbearable for you… it’s the very reason for the dissonance.

          • http://www.facebook.com/john.hanover.35 John Hanover

            Whatever works for you. NY Times not as valid as you think they are thanks for playing.

          • Majyqman

            Your tone, if not language, was little better. Starting off with comrade fairly early, and, you know, making outrageous statements that you apparently expect to be allowed to stand without contest.

            Because, once again, you have failed to answer a single one of the questions that would grant any legitimacy to your position. Bevause you can’t. And that is the ultimate insult, here, that you are pretending the dross your are spewing has any legitimacy.

            Well, you’re not even doing that, you appear to be conceding that every single assertion and claim you made was actually made up of whole cloth (read: pulled out of your arse) because you can not answer a simple question directed at each of them that would be required to be able to be answered for them to be anything but pure fantasy.

            Also, my life is fine outside of the PC… I’m not the one coming here with impotent rage and delusional accusations directed at the President without, apparently, any connection with reality.

            And, yes, unless you can answer the questionns I’ve pinned you down with, you cede any claim to reality. You are, literally, delusional.

            I too, truly hope for your sake you can overcome this. But my understanding of cognitive dissonance leads me to conclude this is highly unlikely. The anguish as the walls broke down would actually be unbearable for you… it’s the very reason for the dissonance.

          • Majyqman

            Actually, for a tl;dr, I had a better idea to demonstrate how utter your disconnected from reality you are. Do you understand that a google page rank is higher when more, and more important (so a bunch of negative links from nobody trolls like you or the CT dens you frequent will NOT put someones rank UP, just to cut that line of argument off at the pass), people cite a site, right? (well, if you don’t, or want to argue against pagerank as a means of establishing at least some credibility, then you’ve just done all the demonstrating anyone will need).

            That said:

            http://blog.journalistics.com/2010/top-25-newspapers-google-pagerank/

            9/10 – The New York Times stands alone as far as Google concerned – it has the highest PageRank of the top 25 U.S. newspapers8/10 – The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles
            Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, NY Daily News,
            Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle and StarTribune have equal authority at 8/107/10 – The Dallas Morning News, The
            Chicago Sun-Times, Detroit Free Press, Houston Chronicle, The Arizona
            Republic, The Oregonian, The Star-Ledger, The San Diego Union-Tribune and Newsday are tied for third place with a PageRank of 7/106/10 – The Seattle Times, The St. Petersburg Times and The Plain Dealer share fourth place at 6/105/10 – The New York Post, The Oakland Tribune and The San Jose Mercury News are tied for fifth place at 5/104/10 – Rounding out the bottom is The Denver Post and Contra Costa Times – each share a PageRank of 4/10

            Now, I’m not arguing that this, on its own means, the NYT is the most credible paper.

            What I’m saying is that in the face of this, any argument discounting the NYT as having 0% credibility is so utterly execrable that the person making it is either a troll with no intention of helping the conversation towards a better understanding of the issue at hand OR is so utterly and completely deluded that the best engagement with them can hope accomplish is to avoid any spark of their twisted fantasy world from settling in the thoughts of another.

            Sorry, but there’s really not any false to the dichotomy as presented.

            You’re either trolling, or so wrong there’s literally no hope for you. Oh, wait, same in either case.

          • http://www.facebook.com/JetMec Paul Flanagan

            More U.S. military personnel have died due to this administrations rules of engagement than all previously kia combined!! You are a typical left wing cheerleader that conviently lies to move your ideology “forward”. The times is on the brink of bankruptcy due to its factless biased and ideological reporting. You are either with us or the terrorists. Who’s side are you and your lefty administration on comrade??? You also conviently disregarded the innocent fastnfurious casualties that your beloved admin used to bolster their ideology and control of our Rights.

          • Majyqman

            2003 : 534
            2004 : 901
            2005 : 945
            2006 : 921
            2007 : 1021
            2008 : 469
            2009 : 466
            2010 : 559
            2011 : 472
            2012 : 251 (75% of year)

            You’re a god damn idiot at best. The jury is out on how much involvement utter mendacity has in your tenuous grasp on reality.

    • Majyqman

      Incompetence costing lives? No, not here… but let me see:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/11/opinion/the-bush-white-house-was-deaf-to-9-11-warnings.html?_r=1

      Yeah,

  • dennylee60

    So now that we know what is not the official stance of the US. Can someone tell me what is the official stance of the US? I am sure Obama will copy what Romney said in a day or so. He is so good at leading from behind, WAY behind.

  • onesoldiersmom

    Bullcrap! the backlash has begun and now the back peddle must take place.

  • Garth Haycock

    “Let me be clear. Blah, blah, blah.”

    That is the definitive progressive prologue to a lie.

  • HDONUTS

    radicals are the common enemy of this world ,Maoism is stirring in china crying for war on japan ,with the looming economical crisis ,the situation is mercurial

  • Chip

    “We are so sorry that we forced you to kill our envoy.” Hillary Clinton/Barack Obama

  • Chip

    “We are so sorry that we forced you to kill our envoy.” Hillary Clinton/Barack Obama

  • stuckinIL4now

    If a competent adult was in charge anywhere in this sadministration, this wouldn’t be necessary. A day late and a thousand American troops short. What a buncha idiots!

  • Spawn of Santa

    There’s an old saying; “Diplomacy is the art of saying “nice doggy” until you can find a big rock. At some point during this fiasco over this stupid frakking video the United States Embassy in Cairo issued the following statement:

    “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.”

    ” The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.” IS NOT an apology of any sort. It is a statement that upholds the highest beliefs in freedom of worship that this nation SHOULD reflect.

    The fact that Mitt Romney thinks, or at least says it is an apology that denigrates “American Values” tells me that he doesn’t really understand the founding basis for this nation, nor the FIRST Amendment. Nor does he even comprehend the history of his own faith which has been subject to significant denigration in our history.

    A RATIONAL human being can despise this, apparently poorly made, and extremely insulting video while at the same time not believe that the insult justifies the violence that has been thrown at the United States by a very small minority of radicals.

    To be honest, I’m not convinced that the attack on the U.S. embassy wasn’t an opportunistic move which used the protests as cover. We’ll see how that shakes out.

    BUT, Mitt Romney coming out and saying that he doesn’t support this statement, that he thinks it is apologetic and against “American Values” makes me question his values.

    Does he mean that he DOES support the denigration of the religious beliefs of others? Does he think that religious bigotry IS an American value? Because that’s what I’m getting out of it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Isaac-Nelson/1628311133 Isaac Nelson

      How about an unconditional condemnation, regardless of any provocative speech? That’s what Romney was arguing for.