Somebody needs update White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on the anti-American nature of Islamicist movements. In his press briefing earlier today, he claimed that those protesting in the Middle East are not angry at the United States or its policies, but because of a video released on the Internets.
The video was only a pretext. The protesters were planing to protest. This mentality is akin to that of the statement the Romney campaign criticized — and which the State Department later retracted.
Oh, and, when Mitt Romney initially criticized that statement, it still stood as the only one of three administration reactions to the attacks on our embassies. The embassy statement stood for nearly fourteen hours until the Obama administration claimed it had not been “cleared by Washington and does not reflect the views of the United States government”. [NB: Tweaked this paragraph by adding in the italicized words and striking the “struck” words when I learned that Secretary of State Clinton condemned the Benghazi violence before Romney released his statement.]
UPDATE: A reminder to Mr. Carney: The attack was pre-planned: “According to U.S. intel, the attack on the Benghazi consulate was pre-planned and unrelated to the protest over the movie outside the building, except to the extent that it used the latter as a diversion for security.”