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. Alex

    WE are being invaded in our own country with our overly welcoming immigration policies. We need to stop the flow of these people into our country before a Islam flag waves in our streets and we are renamed AMERIKASTAM

    September 14, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • SayfTheLaith

      Working in Medicine. My wife in computer programming. I can assure you that if America stopped immigration there would be such a shortage in math, science, and technology sectors that this country would be Russia within fifty years. You need to do something about illegal immigration. Muslims make up 1% or less of the population. Mexicans and latinos in general make up a huge number. It will be the Latinos that will change the face of this country, not the Muslims. They are laughing while you direct your attention towards the middle east. They are building permanent communities and taking more public assistance than the old minorities.

      September 14, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • momzna

      @SayfTheLaith ,
      At least illegal immigrants don't blow buildings or kill people who pray the "wrong" way.
      And don't worry about math, science and technology, – there are plenty of brains in this country.

      September 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Magic Jew

    Islam needs to not exist. Christianity is a close second.

    September 14, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • freedomnotfree

      Really...because the two are soo similar...you are crazy.

      September 14, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mike D.

    This is not about a film! It is coordinated and the fact it started September 11th is not a coincidence. The media and the current administration and other apologists know this. Stop blaming a film for the violent, self-righteous beliefs of those who wish to destroy the freedoms of others. This is not about blasphemy, it's about control.

    Cut off their aid. Pull our people from the middle east. Demand we buy our oil from stable nations or from ourselves. Don't accept what you are told from media as truth, question everything. You have the power to vote out the people who are making us weaker, do it.

    September 14, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. ReverendDean

    The holy war has started and we didn't even know it!

    September 14, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • jamesr1976

      Some of us knew it when we saw the Arab spring, just not the President or the State Department.

      September 14, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. T. Lee

    The man who made the film – IS EGYPTIAN !!!

    He is also a CONVICTED FELON !!

    Why are MUSLIM NATIONS and Muslim newpapapers PUTTING THIS OUT THERE !!!

    September 14, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Timothy

      no this was an Israeli operation to start Islamic upheaval to sway the elections in the US to Romney

      September 14, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. James

    Seems to me something is wrong when you read all the media reports making excuses for the muslims alongside the president.....then you read and hear nothing but condemnation of them from us real people. Islam truly is the face of hate and violence in todays world.....think I'll make a youtube video of how many ways to desecrate the unholy koran.

    September 14, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • DC Native

      Please dont.

      September 14, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. whtnationalist

    These are the same people that the ruling elite dumps on white communities. The EU head of immigration has publicly stated that native (white) culture must be destroyed. Here in the USA Somali's are used to flood white communities to destroy them. The same violent intolerant Muslims as in Sudan. No wonder whites are turning to NSM in desperation, not hate.

    September 14, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Shanghai John

    Amen........enough already. And they can burn all the KFC restaurants they can find.....but as far as embassies or consulates go – either take our's out (since no more visas) or build a moat around them filled with bacon grease!

    September 14, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • de man

      how about just leaving those countries all together? opps, I forgot, those boy buggering sand jockys have all the oil, oh well, kill more americans, etc. so we can speed down the highway on our way to nowhere.

      September 14, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      i like that last part in your comment :3

      September 14, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Maria

      thanks

      September 14, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • freedomnotfree

      Has NOTHING to do with oil we get most of our oil from mexico and Saudi Arabia( a US allie) and china ,Where do you people get your info from ?? Farrenhiet 9/11..hahaha. We our a beacon of peace and hope throughout the world and no other nations stand up against tierany like we do. Having embassys throughout the world help create stability not only for the US but for all nations that dont have a voice like the US does. By the way alot of other countrys have embassies in other countrys for the same diplomatic reasons. Other nations have embassys here in the US!!! You dont know what your talking about..

      September 14, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • shadwell

      Actually you get a lot of your oil from Canada, your number one supplier

      September 14, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Oil is a global market. It does not matter where most of ours is sourced from. If middle east oil is not cheap and plentiful, then the price of all oil will rise. When you see oil prices reported on the financial news, they do not differentiate between oil from Mexico, north slope, Saudi Arabia, etc, do they?

      September 14, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • OakvilleJack

      Most of the oil imported is from Canada. It's roughly equal to Saudi Arabia and Mexico combined. U.S. is also rapidly increasing its new energy production so in five years hopefully all U.S needs will be covered in North America.

      September 14, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Idiots need to shutup

      It's unfortunate that your lack of English skills and thinking skills negate any mild point you could've made. Educate yourself, and maybe you'll have a better global understanding, and then you'll be able to connect some dots for yourself. Read different reports from different outlets on the same issues, and make sure you really do seek out contrasting outlets. Then, if you're wise enough, you'll be able to formulate your own opinion, rather than regurgitate what someone else told you about what someone else thought:)

      September 14, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • TheCanadian

      Actually, I think it's around 50% of your oil, if not more, comes from Canada...

      September 14, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Grammar

      True Patriots don't have the spelling of a 3rd grader.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oil from China, Really?

      OK, first, let me congradulate you for having the worst spelled, least grammatically correct post I have ever read. It's bad even for CNN. I hope that english isn't your first language, because there is no other plausable excuse for such terrible spelling/grammar. Secondly, China does not have very much oil. They are a major importer of oil, which is one of the reasons that oil consumption is still going up despite the fact that oil consumption in much of the developed world is in decline. I have a feeling you're from Texas, but if you were, you'd most likely know more about oil.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael H.

      WRONG. We get most of our oil from Canada.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • jorge washinsen

      it is the gospel truth from MIchael. I believe everything he says .We should be bowing but watch our back.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • maddy

      so lets rally in their embassy's, lol, just kidding we Americans are way too smart to do that. I think the problems with these different regimes is that the ones they recruit to do their dirty jobs are the poor and uneducated. They use psychology on them. Is no different here in America. You will find that most criminals have experience some form of child abuse in their past or grow up in the ghetto where they are easily influenced by other criminals. They grow up not trusting anyone and assuming the worst of others. They fear the unknown and so that is why they are always on the defense.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom Tom

      ...we get most of our oil from Canada and some from Mexico, but almost none from Saudi!

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

      "...a beacon of peace and hope throughout the world..."
      America – a legend in our own minds. EVERY country thinks they're the good guys. NORTH KOREA thinks they're the good guys. Just no one else does. Know what I'm saying?

      September 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marc L from NY

      So we shouldn't have representation in any Country, is that what you are saying? Or just the Country's that aren't our closest friends? Should they not have representation here then? Without embassies, you have no diplomatic relations. As strained as they may be at times, that is how the game is played.

      September 14, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Mad

      So you are saying that we should sit back and watch America get attacked and the local governments do little to nothing to stop them? What you think the people they actually "arrested" and let go had anything significant to do with the attacks. Where is the American President on this issue? Is he still appologizing to them for an offensive video? He needs to be voted out, this is the last straw.

      Seriously, pull the diplomats, kick out their diplomats in the US and stop giving them OUR MONEY!

      September 14, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • CurlyBill

      This is what you call "diplomatic relations"? That is how the game is played?" Funny, I don't ever remember anyone in the US burning another country's embassy. Does that mean we aren't very good a playing this game?

      September 14, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • rusty

      Further proof that the middle east hates America. Here is the solution; cut ties with them, go cold turkey on our addiction to gasoline (we have tons of vehicles that use flexfuel) and restrict their access to the US.
      The US has tried to make friends with these countries but they are to combative and intolerant of other people and their beliefs.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Use email or phones~

      September 14, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • kendrick1

      Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.
      Thomas Jefferson

      September 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank Pierce

      Saw this post of yours in passing. I think we should get out of nations we don't get along with. Screw the game. The so-called man who made that repugnant baiting movie and the junk overseas killing people have something in common; I have no use for them.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • dandel

      What do you mean there wouldn't be any diplomatic relations. They can call the Sec of State, if they want to have a face to ace – Go to Meetinig.com or they can fly here.

      We also need to stop sending our money there.

      U.S. shouldn't be affaid of not being able to buy Saudi oil – they should worry about not being able to buy USA grain.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duke5343

      Are you a boy bugger ?? ever hear the saying in middle east Women are for babies & boys are for FUN

      September 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • twin1994

      We too have plenty of oil, we just but an animal first over American lives.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Use your feet. It saves on oil, and animals as well. After all, if you paid attention in science class in high school you'd understand that, you're an animal too.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Actually they don't. But you just keep on beleiving what you're told.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • CeeCee

      They can't eat sand or drink oil, so let's see how long they withhold oil from us when they're all starving to death!

      September 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quest1

      Actually we have more oil under the US than all of the mideast. Screw them. Let's just use our own oil and quit buying from them. Then they will come back crying to us.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • common_sense

      what about drilling our own oil? Oh, I foggot: our biggest worries is that oil industry may profit from this

      September 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      It costs about $18bbl to pump oil out of an established field. If we started today it would cost $100 of billions just to get US oil fields on line by 2030. We will eventually have to drill here, but oils too cheap for oil companies to start from scratch right now!

      September 14, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nathan

      It's not like we have to get involved with their politics to buy their oil... That's an archaic method. What are they going to do, drink their oil? Even dictators sell oil. Let's get out and buy the oil on the open market like everyone else.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Even if they didn't have oil,we would still have to protect Israel.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Again Israel.even if they had no oil,we would still be in the middle east.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      or use our own resources and stop bowing to the tree-huggers.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sanster1

      Amen! oops sorry Allah!

      September 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      with a little more work this nation could become energy independent

      September 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan Whitney

      No, they do not have all the oil.

      But what WE have is... obama.

      September 14, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • da woman

      eyes wills says 1 mores times. gits homes

      September 15, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
    • ILOVEDRUNKS

      Bacon grease that's on fire!

      September 14, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Loady

      Bacon is fricken yummy

      September 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • SayfTheLaith

      As a Muslim American, I love your comment. LOL, this world has gone mad. Though, you do realize if we come into contact with bacon grease we turn don't you. It is a lot like the gremlins and it is not pretty.

      September 14, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • ms codpiece

      thanks for the much needed humor following these aweful events. some people only need an excuse to act out...doesn't have to be a good one....just one.

      September 14, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • duh sma

      funny.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • saurov

      what is american muslim? a muslim is a muslim.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nolan

      I am sorry to hear you're muslim. How come you worship a murdering, raping slave trader who faked the koran?

      September 14, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • anved

      I'll have a nice party tonigh by watching movie drink beer and have a koran in fire pit.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • saurov

      what is American muslim? Muslims are just muslims. i am from India and seen a lot to know this.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      A muslim with a sense of humor, I guess ur not all bad...lol

      September 14, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chazwazzle

      LOL! You Sir, are awesome. I laughed my face off at the gremlin part!

      September 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • mlb

      So what do you have to say about this? Do you defend the murder and attempted murders? Where are the muslim-americans, I do not see them speaking out condemning the behaviour. If you do not speak out, this will have lasting repercussions, mark my words

      September 14, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • vedder63

      You are gross. Go take a shower you are smelling up our country!!

      September 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Except Gremlins treat their women better.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      Wow, a Muslim with a sense of humor. You're in the wrong religion, buddy.

      September 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      I'll tell you what's not pretty. This:
      Tabari 9:69 "Killing Unbelievers is a small matter to us" The words of Muhammad, prophet of Islam.

      September 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Me

      The words Muslim and American for some reason just don't sound right. ALL of you should just be deported out of here altogether ASAP. Do not think we don't know you worship your book everyday and what it says about Jihad. I bet you are happy about what is going on right now deep down.

      September 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny B

      I guess they must like their KFC "crispy." (Sorry) Actually, burning a few fast food joints might just help them live healthier lives and put their priorities in better order.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • more2bits

      No they want to change KFC to mean Koran Fried Chicken.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • liza

      i thought about the same thing. haha!!

      September 14, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • brass monkey

      They are going to be missing those pulled pork bbq cheeseburgers now that they burned down the Hardee's.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cleanup Philly

      Johnny, they think the Colonel is a vanguard of a movement to limit and defame Islam. So they are already extracrispy.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Concerned

      Only if you live in New York City.

      September 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • alura

      Sad thing is that the KFC might be an American company but it's a total franchise so anyone working there and the owner would be from there...I don't even know why they'd have KFC there. It's probably not so great, and burnt, albeit...

      September 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • brian

      hahahaha or add a perimeter pig farm .

      September 14, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobpitt

      Oh.. Noooo we will have well done chicken...

      September 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • The AF Chief

      Better yet ........... just close the embassys in the countrys that don't what us there.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • sly

      It's harder for us to steal their oil when we don't pretend we're there to liberate them, rather than murder them.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      and let's stop sending them our American dollars.

      September 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • jen

      But doesnt that photo scream shades of photoshop to anyone? It really looks enhanced to me.

      September 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • ToolTime

      Hahaha, love the moat idea.

      September 14, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      If you truly believe that this has anything to do with Obama at all, then you're a bigger idiot than the people who are burning buildings.

      September 14, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Bacon greese... LMAO... Good one. But seriously.. Da hell they want us to do about the video? Hand the producer of it over to them? OOOOhhh yeah.. that's gonna hapen. It is appearent they know nothing about freedom

      September 14, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • turnright

      Yo hey Shanghai – that was funny. Bacon grease. Hah.

      According to the book "Machiavelli On Modern Leadership" (something like that – I forgets), the British experienced assassinations in India by Moslems. The rate of assassinations was cut something like fifty fold by the Brits wrapping the apprehended perps in pig skins as they hanged them.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • James PDX

      Too bad there are too many bleeding hearts in our modern age to hang 'em in pigskins today.

      September 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • peridot2

      Fascinating.

      September 14, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • brew987

      Damn, not KFC.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • momzna

      "a moat filled with bacon grease"? – apparently, it didn't help KFC.

      September 14, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • jnpa

      What really gets me is these muslims enter our embassies, destroy and kill. Nothing will happen to these people or to the relationship between the US and these countries. On other hand, Ecuador has threatened England not to enter their embassy in London or there will be serious consequences. Well England, now is the time to go get Assange!

      September 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick O'Shea

      I know of a town in upper New York state where Orthodox Jews go in the summer time. Non-Jewish shoppers are bumped into and pushed out of the way. One fellow put a dozen packages of bascon in his cart and when and when he started getting pushed around he just threw a package of bacon in the other cart.

      September 14, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Alex

    I am not sure why is that Americans don't wake up to the reality we are living. These people are moving here in masses, becoming citizens, giving birth, mosques being built (including one just two blocks northwest of Ground Zero). It is just a matter of time before this is the same mess as UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. We need to stand against this colonization before our country is ruined and we cannot open our mouth without being afraid of a muslim killing us.

    September 14, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Me

      I'm a jew. I live in an area that's predominantly full of muslims, persian jews, and sephardic jews. We have little neighborhood markets with kosher/halal food that are patronized both both jews and muslims. We have no trouble here. Most of the muslims are muslims who came here because they wanted to live a western lifestyle. All the protests I've seen here have been muslims protesting the governments in their native country. As a jew, I've been subjected to far more hostilities by people who identify as christian or "white nationalist". I've never had a muslim in my community call me a "God damn jew" or spray swaztikas all over my cousin's house. I've never had muslims co-workers make hateful comments about jews. But christians have done all of those things to me.

      September 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mercenary76

    time to give these rats something to really cry about , nuclear weapons down on their capital cities and military sites . fuel air bombs on the other cities .

    September 14, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Alex

      Right on... show them something to be afraid of.

      September 14, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  11. Derrick

    German Embassy? What the heck did Germany do to them?

    September 14, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • jamesr1976

      The same thing we did, nothing. This is not about the film, the leaders just use that to get the people into a frenzy. They hate everything that is not Islam, Ameicans especially since we have always been a friend to Is rael. Even though Obama was ignorant of our official status with Egypt, I've got to go with him on that one, Egypt is not our ally.

      September 14, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. como1

    Once again the film is an excuse to murder, pillage and destroy on the part of muslims and their terrorist handlers in the middle east. The film has very little to do with this violence and a grander al Qaeda strategy does. Obama went to bed while the LIbyan Embassy was under seige and our embassador was kidnapped and murdered. Obama slept thru the eintire incident and murder of our 4 diplomats. Why didn't Clinton and Obama staff up security at the embassies? Why was a waning prior to the Libyan murders ignored? Instead the liberal media focuses on the so called Democratic Arab Spring and (gasp) Romney's criticism of Obama's utter failure and dereliction of duty in this world shaking even.

    September 14, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Patrick in Wisconsin

      OK, before you spread BS conspiracy theories around the internet, at least become familiar with the situation first, for example, reading the article in the first place!

      September 14, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Tami

      Como1,
      You are a rabid fool. Just like the Muslims you hate. I feel sorry for you both. The mind is a terrible thing to waste.

      September 14, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ray M.

    What is the name of the film???? What film, nobody's mentioned the "film".

    September 14, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • derpyhooves

      Innocence of the Muslims. thats the film...

      September 14, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Jacob

      Innocence of Muslims

      September 14, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Quicke E Mart Clerk

      You're hitting on something that's sadly amusing about these violent protests: They're protesting Americans, killing, and setting fire to embassy buildings because of a film that 99.9% of us Americans have no idea about.

      September 14, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. Steve

    So where was all this "rage" when terrorists routinely make a mockery and joke out of Islam?

    September 14, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Edwin

      It was public, it was on the internet, it was very vocal. Moderate muslims protested loudly when Islamic terrorists committed atrocities - just like the rest of us. You just didn't bother to notice or remember. Thank goodness people like you with short memories are not in charge.

      September 14, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Quicke E Mart Clerk

      Edwin, the protests over terrorists from Muslims around the world did not have nearly the vocal power and tenacity that these protests do. There's no question that there are many Muslims who denounce the terrorism committed by people who do it in the name of Islam but their protests are drowned out by the masses no protesting and setting fire to embassy buildings because of a film that 99.9% have never seen.

      September 14, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • freedomnotfree

      good point , because talking with true islamic muslims, this type of extreme behaviour is going against the koran and the true meanings the muslim world..It is mocking their own religion to kill and create choas like they do. sounds like they are just not educated , blame their prior dictatorships for that .

      September 14, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  15. WC

    Doesn't anyone in those countries work at all?

    September 14, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mary1972

      Exactly. Like Rand Paul said, stop the money. Why are we still sending aid or whatever too Israel, Egypt and ..?

      September 14, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary1972

      Why doesn't the "do nothing congress" enact a bill to stop giving aid to any country that cause, help or do nothing to the people who cause harm to Americans in their country? This morotorium should stay in effect for 2 years.

      September 14, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
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