Obama: Americans laid down lives 'in service to us all'
President Barack Obama speaks Friday at a ceremony in for the four Americans killed Tuesday in Benghazi.
September 14th, 2012
01:23 PM ET

Obama: Americans laid down lives 'in service to us all'

Editor's note: Several protests stemming at least in part from an anti-Islam film produced in the United States are unfolding outside U.S. embassies around the world. Friday's protests follow ones Tuesday at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, where attacks killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans.

In Tunisia, protesters have scaled a U.S. Embassy gate and set fire to cars on the property, a journalist there says. In Egypt, the influential Muslim Brotherhood canceled nationwide protests planned for Friday, but a running battle between police and protesters in Cairo continued into its fourth day.

Follow the live blog below for all of the developments around the world.

[Updated at 3:04 p.m. ET] A ceremony at Maryland's Joint Base Andrews for the returned bodies of the four Americans killed at the Benghazi consulate has ended, and the caskets are being carried to hearses. See the 2:59 and 2:51 p.m. entries for remarks by President Barack Obama, who said the four laid down their lives "in service to us all."

[Updated at 2:59 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama, at a ceremony at Maryland's Joint Base Andrews for the returned bodies of the four Americans killed at the Benghazi consulate, added:

"The United States of America will never retreat from the world. We will never stop working for the dignity and freedom that every (person) deserves. ... That’s the essence of American leadership. ... That was their work in Benghazi, and that is the work we will carry on."

At the beginning and toward the end of his remarks, Obama cited the Bible's John 15:13: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." Obama said the four killed Americans laid down their lives "in service to us all."

"Their sacrifice will never be forgotten," Obama said.

[Updated at 2:51 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama, at a ceremony for the returned bodies of the four Americans killed at the Benghazi consulate, is now eulogizing the four at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

Ambassador Chris Stevens, Obama said, "was everything America could want in an ambassador."

"Four Americans, four patriots. They loved this country. They chose to serve it, and served it well," Obama said. "They had a mission they believed in. They knew the danger, and they accepted it. They didn't simply embrace the American ideal, they lived it; they embodied it. The courage, the hope, and yes, the idealism - that fundamental American belief that we could leave this world a little better than before."

Ex-SEALs, online gaming maven among Benghazi dead

[Updated at 2:45 p.m. ET] At a ceremony for the returned bodies of the four Americans killed at the Benghazi consulate, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said:

"Today we bring home four Americans who gave their lives for our country and our values. To the families of our fallen colleagues, I offer our most heartfelt condolences and deepest gratitude."

She saluted Sean Smith, a computer expert, as someone known as "an expert on technology by colleagues in Pretoria, Baghdad, Montreal and The Hague."

She hailed ex-Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods as someone who protected diplomatic personnel since 2010 "in dangerous posts" around the world.

"He had the hands of a healer as well as the arms of a warrior, earning distinction as a registered nurse and certified paramedic," Clinton said of Woods.

Clinton also hailed the other ex-Navy SEAL, Glen Doherty. "He, too, died as he lived, serving his country and protecting his colleagues."

Clinton said Stevens, as a diplomat, "won friends for the United States in far-flung places.” She thanked his parents, who were at the ceremony, for the "gift" that Stevens was.

The ceremony was at a hangar at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

[Updated at 2:35 p.m. ET] The ceremony for the returned bodies of the four Americans killed at the Benghazi consulate has begun. A prayer is being offered. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will speak soon, followed by Obama.

[Updated at 2:31 p.m. ET] Marines at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland are removing from a plane the flag-draped caskets of four Americans killed in the consulate attack in Libya, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. The caskets will be placed at a hangar nearby, and President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will give remarks.

[Updated at 2:28 p.m. ET] We're awaiting a ceremony at which U.S. President Barack Obama will honor the arrival of the bodies of of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans killed in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Penetta have entered the hangar where the ceremony will take place at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

[Updated at 2:22 p.m. ET] Marines will take the caskets off a plane at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will give remarks. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will also be present, Pentagon spokesman George Little said.

People are seated at a facility on the base. The caskets will flank the podium from which Obama and Clinton will speak.

[Updated at 1:41 p.m. ET] Three people were killed and 28 wounded during protests outside the U.S. Embassy in Tunis on Friday, Tunisia state television reported.

[Updated at 1:23 p.m. ET] U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will join Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at this afternoon's "transfer of remains ceremony" marking the return of the remains of the four Americans killed this week in Benghazi, Libya.

Obama and Clinton will deliver brief remarks at the 2:15 p.m. ET ceremony at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

[Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET] Here is video from today's protests in Khartoum, Sudan:

[Updated at 12:23 p.m. ET] Nigerian military and police fired shots to disperse a crowd of protesters in the city of Jos, an eyewitness said.

About 2,000 people protesting the anti-Islamic film gathered at a central mosque, and security forces intervened when the crowd started moving toward the city center.

[Updated at 12:15 p.m. ET] Some protesters who scaled the gates of the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia, reached a garden outside the building but have not breached the building itself, journalist Zeid Mhirsi reports.

Also, the thick, black smoke that we previously reported was near the Embassy is coming from burning vehicles on the Embassy grounds, Mhirsi reported.

Earlier, he reported that protesters took down a U.S. flag from a pole at the Embassy and replaced it with a black flag. Police were firing tear gas in an attempt to disperse them. (See 10:20 and 10:42 a.m. entries.) Hard-line Muslims known as Salafists were among the demonstrators, Mhirsi reported.

[Updated at 12:06 p.m. ET] Some Friday protests that hadn't yet been mentioned in this blog post:

- In Afghanistan, hundreds of demonstrators in the eastern Nangarhar province burned a U.S. flag and chanted "Death to America" and "We condemn the film." The demonstration lasted about an hour and ended peacefully, a local official said. The Afghan government has ordered an indefinite block of YouTube to prevent people there from watching the clips and staging violent protests.

- In Baghdad, Iraq, hundreds of followers of the radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr chanted "No to America, no to Israel."

- In Jerusalem, Palestinians marched from the al-Aqsa mosque toward the U.S. Consulate, but were prevented from reaching the mission by Israeli riot forces.

- In Syria, hundreds gathered outside the U.S. Embassy in Damascus. Protesters waved placards that condemned the film and blamed the U.S. administration for allowing the production and broadcast of it, according to the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency.

- In Iran, the Islamic Propagation Coordination Council called for nationwide rallies Friday to protest the film and what it is calling a U.S.-backed plot against Muslims, according to the state-run IRNA news agency.

[Updated at 11:57 a.m. ET] An update on Friday's protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan: Journalist Isma'il Kushkush says no protesters have been able to get inside the compound, and that police and security forces appear to have the situation under control.

Small fires are burning nearby. Kushkush said he believes protesters set tires ablaze. For more on the Khartoum protests, including one at the German Embassy there, see the 9:54 and 8:42 a.m. entries.

[Updated at 11:52 a.m. ET] Ninety-three protesters have been arrested in Egypt since Thursday night, Egyptian Interior Ministry spokesman Alaa Mahmoud said. Forty-eight officers have been injured, he added.

[Updated at 11:40 a.m. ET] Protesters in southern India have been arrested on suspicion of throwing rocks at the U.S. Consulate in Chennai, the city police commissioner said. As many as 200 protesters were demonstrating in front of the building, but the number arrested was not reported. There were no reported injuries.

[Updated at 10:57 a.m. ET] Video from Tunisia's capital shows thick, black smoke rising from an area near the U.S. Embassy. It's not clear what was on fire.

Protesters there had taken down a U.S. flag from the embassy property and replaced it with a black flag, journalist Zeid Mhirsi reported. Police fired tear gas at protesters as some of them climbed the property's walls.

[Updated at 10:42 a.m. ET] Protesters have taken down a U.S. flag from a pole at the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia, and replaced it with a black flag, journalist Zeid Mhirsi reports.

Earlier, Mhirsi reported protesters were climbing the building's gates, and police fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse them. (See 10:20 a.m. entry.) Hard-line Muslims known as Salafists were among the demonstrators, Mhirsi reported.

[Updated at 10:25 a.m. ET] A U.S. Marine Corps security team is being sent to help protect U.S. diplomatic installations in Yemen, including the Embassy in Saana, a senior U.S. official said, according to CNN's Barbara Starr.

Earlier today, Yemeni police opened fire to stop protesters from reaching the U.S. Embassy in Saana, witnesses said (see 7:31 a.m. entry).

The protection team is similar to the team of 50 Marines that was sent earlier this this week to Tripoli, Libya, in the wake of the attack in Benghazi.

[Updated at 10:20 a.m. ET] Protesters are climbing the gates of the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia, and police have fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse them, journalist Zeid Mhirsi reports.

Some protesters, who are about 20 meters outside the U.S. Embassy gates, are throwing rocks at the police, Mhirsi says. He says
that some protesters are waving black flags as they attempt to vandalize the gates.

[Updated at 10:15 a.m. ET] U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to receive the remains of the U.S. diplomats killed in Libya at Andrews Air Force Base at 2 p.m. ET Friday.

[Updated at 10:13 a.m. ET] Add Tunisia to the list of Friday's protests. Hundreds of protesters have left Friday prayers and are heading to the U.S. Embassy in a neighborhood in Tunis, journalist Zeid Mhirsi reported. There is a strong Tunisian police presence in the area.

Hard-line Muslims known as Salafists were among the demonstrators, who were in pickup trucks and on foot.

[Updated at 9:54 a.m. ET] Ron Hawkins, a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, said that because Friday is a non-work day, most of the staff and Embassy personnel are not there as protesters gather outside the building. As far as security goes, Marines are assigned there, and local police officers were sent there earlier Friday as a precautionary measure, Hawkins said.

Earlier Friday, a fire was set at the vacated German Embassy as protesters gathered there. The protest at the U.S. building so has been peaceful, journalist Isma'il Kamal Kushkush said (see 8:42 a.m. entry).

[Updated at 9:31 a.m. ET] More information from Khartoum, Sudan: Protesters have gathered outside the U.S. Embassy there, a journalist at the scene said. The demonstration is peaceful so far.

Earlier today, protesters in Khartoum set the German Embassy on fire and also rallied outside the nearby UK Embassy (see 8:42 a.m. entry). The German Embassy was vacated before the protests.

[Updated at 9:24 a.m. ET] Lebanon has joined the list of Friday protests. One person was killed by police in Tripoli, Lebanon, after a group of armed men stormed a KFC restaurant amid protests in the city, Lebanese security forces told CNN.

About 40 armed men were spotted among 3,000 protesters, officials said.

Gen. Bassam Ayoubi, of the Lebanese internal security forces, said a group of armed men stormed the KFC and asked people to leave. Ayoubi said that the armed men then set the KFC on fire, at which time police arrived and began to fire at the armed men, killing at least one of them. Twenty-five were injured, he said, but it wasn't clear which of the injured were on which side.

[Updated at 9:09 a.m. ET] The German Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, was vacated before the protest that reportedly has set the building on fire, the German Foreign Ministry said.

The German Foreign Ministry also said that the Sudanese ambassador to Germany has been called in to the German
Foreign Ministry in Berlin to discuss the situation in Khartoum.

Journalist Isma'il Kamal Kushkush told CNN about 30 minutes ago that the German Embassy in Khartoum was on fire after protests against the online anti-Islam video.

[Updated at 9 a.m. ET] An update on protests in Egypt, while we await more information about the burning German Embassy in Sudan:

Fifteen protesters have been injured in Egypt on Friday, according to Dr. Mohamed Sultan, a health ministry spokesman. Most of the injuries were related to inhaling tear gas or getting it into their eyes.

Two hundred twenty-four people have been injured this week in protests in Cairo, 11 of whom have been hospitalized, Sultan said.

On Friday, officers armed with shields and batons, backed by an armored personnel carrier, rushed a group of several hundred protesters shortly after dawn to quell a violent demonstration that had raged through the night in Cairo. After the rush, a smaller number of demonstrators regrouped near the U.S. Embassy across from police lines, and stones and tear-gas canisters once again crossed in the air. Police fired rubber bullets at protesters. The army began constructing a wall of concrete blocks about 10 feet high across the road leading to the embassy.

Hours later, in the afternoon, youths climbed the newly built wall and threw rocks at police, according to eyewitnesses. Security forces fired tear gas and used water cannons to hold off the rioters. But 100 to 200 hundred meters away in Tahrir Square, a few thousand protesters congregated peacefully.

[Updated at 8:42 a.m. ET] The German Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan was on fire Friday after protests against the online anti-Islam video, a journalist on the scene, Isma'il Kamal Kushkush, said. No embassy personnel were believed to be inside.

The UK Foreign Office also says protesters were demonstrating Friday outside its embassy, next to the German Embassy, in Khartoum.

[Updated at 8:35 a.m. ET] U.S. embassies aren't the only Western diplomatic posts facing protests on Friday. Protests have been reported outside the UK and German embassies in Khartoum, Sudan.

UK Foreign Office Spokesperson Mandy Heffield confirmed there is an ongoing demonstration outside the British Embassy in Khartoum. Sudanese police are on the scene, Heffield said.

Earlier, a journalist on the scene said thousands of protesters had marched on the German Embassy in Khartoum, and that a few protesters jumped onto the embassy grounds and pulled down the German flag. Riot police fired tear gas, causing the protesters to pull back, the journalist said.

[Updated at 8:30 a.m. ET] Thousands of protesters marched on the German Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, on Friday, as protests against a short online film mocking the Prophet Mohammed swept across the Muslim world, a journalist on the scene said.

A few demonstrators were able to jump into the embassy grounds and pull down the German flag, Isma'il Kamal Kushkush said. Riot police fired tear gas, causing the protesters to pull back. The German Embassy is next to the British Embassy, which did not seem to be the focus of the demonstration.

[Updated at 7:40 a.m. ET] Afghanistan saw its first anti-American protest over the film Friday, as hundreds of demonstrators burned a U.S. flag and chanted "Death to America" and "We condemn the film."

The demonstration in Nangarhar province lasted about an hour and ended peacefully, said Zia Abdulzai, a spokesman for the governor of the eastern province.

[Posted 7:31 a.m. ET] Yemeni police opened fire Friday to stop protesters from reaching the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, witnesses told CNN.

Meanwhile, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood canceled nationwide demonstrations Friday, except for one in Cairo's Tahrir Square against the controversial film about the Prophet Mohammed, the group said in a Twitter message.

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  1. David

    Still pretending this is about some movie is really pathetic.
    At best that was a spark that set off the powder keg of Anti-American hate that was already present before the Arab Spring. These are not peaceful people driven to this by a Youtube video. Why is this administration the only people who didn't see this coming a long time ago?

    September 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • woodofpine

      Oh so YOU saaw this coming. C'mon – it's the mid-east. It's a matter of when not if. In the long run, the region is going to turn to the Saudis and say, 'Your financially selfish, theocratic, monarchy, that's never done ANYTHING for regional development is the problem. We're coming over for the oil.' By the time that happens, mid-east oil won't be so important to the USA – less and less or ours comes from there. Let the Chinese deal with it – if they can.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. strangways

    the "filmmakers" behind this garbage have an obvious agenda. They should be held accountable – or put on the first plane to Karachi. However, those Islamic nutjobs rant and riot over anything.

    September 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. NOVA Muslim

    It is sad and terrible that the film had to end in violence and death but ultimately the protests are going to have the desired effect in that people who are in power are going to think twice before letting someone debase an entire religion under the mantra of free speech. A line is being drawn here. Are you willing to put your life or the life of someone you care about on the line for a film like this? I believe strongly in the first amendment. I don't believe in looking for a fight to prove a point.

    September 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Andy

    OBAMA FLASHBACK: The Day I'm Inaugurated Muslim Hostility Will Ease

    September 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Uncle Dutch

    How big does the body count have to get before our species at long last realize that religion...yes, ALL religion–including yours–is a collective mental illness that should have been abandoned centuries ago. All the people living in the 21st century would appreciate it if you death-cult crazies would please keep your flat-earth goat-herder ghost stories to yourself and stop trying to drag all of us down with you. Now, it seems anyone with a video camera and a agenda to grind can set half the world on fire.

    September 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Torgo

    Sadly, these people are turning me into an old-school isolationist. Let's just pull out of that whole region until they sort themselves out. If that means that a number of brutal dictators rise to power, then I'm okay with that. If that means that Israel can't defend itself, then I'm okay with that too. I would have just one rule: If we are attacked, we will murder 1,000 for every 1. Note, that this rule is not limited to combatants. Eventually, if we stay out of there, they might kill enough of each other to stabilize the region, and then we can resume diplomatic relations.

    Most important is this: It is not worth losing even one American life so that a non-American may vote.

    September 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Marc

    Why don't they install the Hi-Tech defense weapons in the Embassies. I am referring to hi-pitch sound devices, blinding light and controlled Micro-wave devices. Build the embassies so that you can enter through certain halls and have these defense weapons there. Otherwise, don't put them in harms way by stationing them in countries that hate the US and won't defend diplomats or let them use combat weapons. Turning the other cheek is getting old.

    September 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mandy

    Stop reporting that they are protesting a movie. This was planned well in advance for other reasons and those who planned it used the movie to get more people out there.

    September 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mr Miller

    Whoever done that video and participated in have done a mistake to themselves and to their family. You have no idea how this racism going to impact our Western Culture. I believe Hilary Clinton is right and I agree with her but the damage has been made. The Middle East already has a negative impact on the Westernn Culture in terms of religion attack against Islam after 9/11 and now the Video? That's not good. There are 1.2 Billion Muslims and the problems is not about religion is promoting hatred on such religion. That's just like saying Hey I'm Black, Your White, Your Brown, like the 1940's war with White VS Blacks except picture the technology involved but religion which is worse! Protests are going to spread more in the United States for sure and problems may arise severely. I understand freedom of speech but I don't understand a Race Hating or Religion Hating. I mean we usually keep those comments to ourselves for safety reasons. Even the FBI need to start a crackdown on people who were linked with that video, that just cost our safety at high risk! Thanks to idiots who thought it's funny!

    September 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Fernt

    not a lot of IQ points to be found in these crowds. but hey, have fun, k?

    September 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dnssk

    None of these neanderthals have seen any film, none of us saw any film until the communnist news network coupled with msnbc started saying there was some film. This all happened on Sep 11, do you think that it was a coincidence? Ignorance is bliss. Liberalism is a mental disorder, and no better than extreme islam.

    September 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Miller

      Sounds about right my friend.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Caroline Smith

    As a canadian I just shake my heads @ American policiesand Americans themselves.American policies such as free speech allow people to incite hatred against other people. In Canada we have hate speech and hate speech laws to prevent people frpm inciteing hatred against other people. We are a very peaceful country.You don't see muslims or people from other foreign nations burning the Canadian flag or chanting down with the Canadians. America has brought this upon themselves. they are a nation of bigotted, intolerant and racist people. I would never want to be American or live in America. I am a proud Canadian who is proud to live in a nation that lives in peace and practices respect and tolerance. Most of our gun crimes happen because guns are smuggled across the border from America.

    September 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      You're proud of being against free speech? LOL good stay out of America

      September 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      So you tell us how evil and hateful we are and then you proceed to insult us multiple times. You Canadians may be peaceful but are surely not the most intellectual bunch.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • reddragon

      Darling... Canada is kind of like... the nice girl with the big glasses. You really don't think she's that pretty but you aren't going to mess with her much because big sister is covering her butt. That's why you don't see Canadian flags being burned. Thank Big Sister. PEACE!

      September 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • aj

      no one is jealous of canada... a country with less people than the state of florida and very little to provide the world. freedom of speech has been one of the pillars of our beliefs. choose not to listen, unless there is a threat specified. canada sucks

      September 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • AceGirlsHusband

      Thank you so very much for compartmentalizing over 300 million people with your very broad brush. The generalization you've just spewed doesn't even deserve a response.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drezzy

      Get ready for an onslaught of right wing Americans about to tell you how they live in the best country on earth in 3, 2, 1...

      September 14, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caroline Smith

      Canadian and proud as well

      September 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lork

      So much for Canadians not spewing hatred because YOU just did. YOU just condemned all Americans. YOU are a hypocrite.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rex Ryan Ate My KFC Bucket

      Caroline,

      You stated that Americans are: "they are a nation of bigotted, intolerant and racist people."

      I am going to cross reference this comment you made against your Canadien "hate speech law."

      September 14, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      You are welcome to stay in canada caroline and live under what you call a good life with little freedoms. The issue isnt because someone made a movie in poor taste, the issues is the extremists that use any possible reason to resort to violence. If an american were to go to one of these countries and burn their flag they would be hung.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • mjones

      Caroline,

      Amazing that a person complaining about a country of biggoted, racist people would speak in such a hateful way about a nation of 300 million people. The reason Canada isnt called out is because Canada is an irrelevent nation in terms of foreign policy. Just because Canada keeps to themselves doesnt mean they are doing the right thing. In fact, the only reason Canada can do thta is because of its geographic location to the U.S..We act so you don't. And how dare you criticze free speech as it is one the key factors that makes the U.S. a shining example how freedom lies at the very core of what elevates a society. You should be ashamed of yourself for thinking in the small mined way that your comments suggest. You seem like someone who judges from the sidelines, afraid to approach the arena, and who is and will always embody mediocrity.

      September 14, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Stop ignorance

    sooooo when 9/11 happened you didn't see us protesting in the streets, destoying our own country, or burning other peoples flags. they kill 3000 people and we just moved on and they are mad about a movie that most american's have never even heard of until they made a big deal out of it!!!! this is insanity. Lets go back to first grade and say something nice or don't say anything at all.

    September 14, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • ModerateTN

      LOL. If are making a comparison there with 9/11 and a movie someone made, clearly you are an idiot.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • ModerateTN

      NVM I am the idiot for not reading your post correctly. My apologies

      September 14, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. broward

    these are scary pictures...they look like crazy dogs...we need to get out of there and let the rot in their own filth with their pig allah

    September 14, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lincon-ite

    Wow! People are killing us and we respond verbally only... I'm actually embarrassed at how shockingly weak we look as a country right now. I wish we had leadership.

    September 14, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • reddragon

      We are responding with class, not acting like crazy animals killing and burning everything in sight. Jeez, go join them.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lincon-ite

      RedDragon, You are aware that there a lot of middle ground between responding with bombing and taking a vacation to Vegas, right? Just so you know, it's not a on/off switch. We do need to do something besides standing around looking weak or sending in 20 unarmed troops after the fact to stare at the already destroyed and burned down building... Uh, maybe stop funding them. But if "responding with class" helps you feel better about our current indifference then go ahead and keep telling yourself that, that is in fact what you are witnessing. πŸ™‚

      September 14, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • NurseNurse

      What do you suggest we do bomb Libiya, start a war?

      September 14, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vampnet

      What do you all suggest we do.. drop a few nukes.. and when the dust settles, go back to all of our miserable lives? The Egyptian youth are bored to death.. They street race with little regard for others safety.. for fun. many of these country states have little or no education systems. Their dumb and poor, and believe in a god that does not exist. Do you really want to take on most of the Middle East.. over a dumb movie that some fool made? They riot because they have no clue whats going on, hell they riot, to be involved. to be part of something bigger than themselves individually, doesnt matter what the cause is.

      One person in the blog said we have brought this upon us, yes we have.. and in part due to the Republican party GW Bush and company. Obama is more level headed than most Republican's. Most Republican would go in guns blazing and ask questions later. That is not warranted. With freedom comes a heavy price. Sometimes its a life or many that have fallen to insure our freedoms.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
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