Here is the the series of events concerning the attacks on Americans in the Middle East, in chronological order.
For the tea partiers out there, “chronological” is a big word that means in the order in which things happened, starting with the first thing and moving through time to the most recent thing.
For Republicans, it means that your version is a lie.
- Moronic publicity whore Pastor Terry Jones, not content to have caused the death of 12 people by threatening to hold a public Koran burning, promotes a new YouTube video further baiting Muslims. The film, made by Sam Bacile, a 52-year-old Israeli-American real-estate developer who lives in California, depicts the Prophet Muhammad as a pedophile and womanizer, and shows him having sex. It was posted online in July but was dubbed in Arabic on Sept. 4. Since then, a trailer for the film was heavily reported in Egypt.
- Officials at the U.S. Embassy in Egypt, hearing bad winds in the air, put out a statement on Twitter intended to dial things down a notch that says it, “condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.”
- Violence breaks out anyway, but in Libya, where loyalists to the recently deposed and deceased ruler Muammar Gaddafi take advantage of the situation to attack the U.S. Consulate in Libya with rocket fire, and results in the deaths of an American diplomat, a foreign service information officer, and two other employees at the facility on Tuesday, Sept. 11, the anniversary of the 2001 terror attacks.
- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirms the deaths and declares on behalf of the U.S. State Department, “I condemn in the strongest terms the attack on our mission in Benghazi today…This evening, I called Libyan President Magariaf to coordinate additional support to protect Americans in Libya. President Magariaf expressed his condemnation and condolences and pledged his government’s full cooperation…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…But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.
- Pres. Obama says, “I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans” and orders an elite Marine unit to Libya to guard American installations.
- Libyan President Mohammed e-Megarif [alternate spelling] calls the attacks “cowardly,” adding, “We extend our apology to America, the American people and the whole world.”
- Sam Bacile goes into hiding, but speaking by phone from an undisclosed location says, said he had not anticipated such a furious reaction although he intended his film to be a provocative political statement condemning Islam.
- Channeling Terry Jones, Mitt Romney attempts to capitalize on the headlines and find a way to blame Obama for something, somehow, some way, and comes up with this: “I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. It’s disgraceful that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”
- Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus tweets, “Obama sympathizes with attackers in Egypt. Sad and pathetic.”