According to the UK Independent (isn’t it amazing how we have to learn info like this from the foreign media?) there were warnings about an attack on the US embassy in Libya
According to senior diplomatic sources, the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and “lockdown”, under which movement is severely restricted.
big deployment of security, anti-riot police, etc around US embassy-sanaa [shouldnt this have happened yesterday morning?] #yemen
— Adam Baron (@adammbaron) September 14, 2012
But, remember, this is all Mitt Romney’s fault.
In actuality, I won’t put any blame on Barack Obama, unless information comes out that this is something he should have known about, such as being part of an intelligence briefing, which he continuously skips. “The buck stops here” is a cute phrase, but the highest leader in any organization can’t know everything.
Let’s move on to yet another British news organization, the UK Guardian (where I also pulled the above tweet), as I’m not finding this information from the usual American news outlets. The Guardian has a continuously updated timeline of events, which was updated even as I write this
Anti-US protests, sparked by a controversial film which insulted Islam, have spread to more countries. Protests have been reported today in Iraq, Iran, Indonesia, Qatar, Kashmir, Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, Sudan and Afghanistan.
Police fired teargas, water cannon and shots into the air to stop protesters reaching the US Embassy (in Yemen). On Thursday four people were killed and dozens of protesters and guards injured after protesters stormed the embassy compound.
Security near the US embassy in Cairo has been stepped up after a third night of violence. The security forces erected a concrete wall in the area in effort to protect the building.
Those walls would have been nice a few nights ago.
About 200 people held a largely peaceful protest outside the heavily guarded US embassy in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.
AP says they waved black flags and held signs that read: “America has to be responsible for Islamophobia worldwide”.
Black flag, eh?
In Kabul preachers told their congregations that Muslims had a duty to protest against the film, but should do it peacefully.
If you have to implore your people to protest peacefully, there must be a concern that they wouldn’t. With Islamists, though, this is like telling boys standing near a mud puddle to stay clean.
Salafi protest much larger now. They are chanting against King Abdullah and for honor of the prophet. Lots of black flags with decl of faith
— Erin Cunningham (@erinmcunningham) September 14, 2012
More black flags?
Qatar residents now chanting “Obama, Obama, we are all Osama”
— omar chatriwala (@omarc) September 14, 2012
And then we get this picture
Protests near the US Embassy, Tunis, Tunisia on Wednesday. Photograph: Hammi/SIPA/Rex Features
Hmm, seems very similar to the al Qaeda flag, and is also used by hardcore Islamists around the world. The headbands have the same message, ‘There is no god but God and Muhammad is his prophet.’ This is what happens when someone (cough POTUS cough) leads from behind which allowed the hardcore Islamists to join forces and ingratiate themselves with the Arab Spring protesters.