Historically, I thought when your ambassador gets shot in the head and dragged into the street in front of a picture-taking rabble, there had to be some pretty serious grovelling unless you wanted a few cannonballs lobbed at your border towns. So far, this is apparently all the Barack Hussein administration can muster in the way of outrage:
Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for the National Security Council, said "it would be premature to ascribe any motive to this reprehensible act," but other U.S. officials said they couldn't rule out the possibility of a link to al-Liby's death or the Sept. 11 anniversary, saying the attack was too sophisticated to have been spontaneous...
"While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants," Obama said in a statement.
Vice President Joe Biden, meanwhile, insisted the U.S. wouldn't be driven from the country.
"We never have been, and we never will be, run off, period," Biden said at a campaign event in Dayton, Ohio. "That's not who we are."
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that the attack "should shock the people of all faiths around the world."
"I ask myself, how could this happen? How could this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction?" she said. "This question reflects just how complicated and, at times, how confounding the world can be."
Never fear America, with these gimlet-eyed practitioners of realpolitik at the helm!
The media, for its part, doesn't seem to view this as much of a game-changer, other than to ponder the irreparable damage to the Romney campaign for their reaction to Libyan nationals executing the US's top emissary in his own (apparently unguarded) consulate.
The background of course is a long history of US meddling in places it doesn't understand and does not belong, and a film made by an ethnic group with a history of militant grievances against Islam (whom we have allowed to settle here in substantial numbers, along with Libyans).
The US has sent gunboats to the Libyan coast, doubtless to support troops in another planned foreign occupation. Of course, foreign aid will not be cut off, Libyans will not be deported, and well-intended, naive and muddled bureaucrats will continue to be assigned to Libya.
"The State has suddenly and quietly gone mad. It is talking nonsense and it can't stop." --G. K. Chesterton
UPDATE: no sympathy from the Russians:
Yevgeny Y. Satanovsky, president of the Institute of the Middle East in Moscow, said American leaders should not expect “one word of sympathy” from their Russian counterparts.
“It is a tragedy to the family of the poor ambassador, but his blood is on the hands of Hillary Clinton personally and Barack Obama personally,” Mr. Satanovsky said. He said Russian warnings against intervention in the Middle East came from the bitter experience of the Soviets in Afghanistan.
“You are the Soviet Union now, guys, and you pay the price,” he said. “You are trying to distribute democracy the way we tried to distribute socialism. You do it the Western way. They hate both.” He said dictators were preferable to the constellation of armed forces that emerges when they are unseated.
“They lynched Qaddafi—do you really think they will be thankful to you?” he said. “They use stupid white people from a big rich and stupid country which they really hate.”