“Why is she engaging in a disquisition on free speech with the mob?”
For reasons I won’t go into here, I’m not usually a big fan of Krauthammer’s opinions, but I think he nails it in his remarks that are partially transcribed over at NRO—there’s more good comment over at the same post:
It looks as if the administration has no idea what it thinks about what has just happened. We had that statement coming out of the embassy in Cairo, which was a disgraceful apology. And Romney attacks it — the White House hadn’t said anything — but after the Romney attack, the State Department denies it or disavows it [and] the White House does.
And then, of course, everybody jumps on Romney because he criticized it. He was absolutely right in attacking it.
When we heard from Secretary of State Clinton, she basically repeated the apology: I oppose all this… We don’t have any sympathy with… we deplore… I find it disgusting…
The worst line in the clip that you showed was this — where she said that “there are different views around the world about the outer limits of free speech.” Why is she engaging in a disquisition on free speech with the mob? The implication here is that perhaps the mob is right, that we ought to be suppressing anything that offends Islam.
This in a nation that when somebody puts a crucifix in bottle of urine it ends up in a museum– we allow all kinds of expression. But perhaps we ought to make an exception in the case of Islam? This is absurd.
She ought to be speaking to the heads of state, to the State Department equivalents in the other states and say: You speak with your mob, you talk to them about this — and you defend our embassies.
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