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Your Views: Protests in Mideast were planned; US wasn’t ready

POSTED: September 19, 2012 1:00 a.m.

It is not about the First Amendment, free speech, and it never was. The Egyptian, Yemen and Libyan protests were planned demonstrations — planned, according to Al-Jazeera, weeks, perhaps months before Sept. 11.

The real issue, which the liberal press refuses to acknowledge, is that with the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, murders at hand, all foreign bases and particularly the Middle Eastern consulates should have been on high alert. The president, Barack Obama, should be held accountable for failure to initiate this action.

The action the president took, after the first demonstration, was to blame the director of a YouTube movie no one has seen and apologize to the Muslim world for the First Amendment.

What follows now is a whitewash of the president and attempts to lay four deaths and multiple demonstrations at the feet of the movie director. After the murders and during a period of uncertainty, the president flew to Las Vegas for a fundraiser.

In the aftermath, the legitimate criticism of the president’s action by Mitt Romney has been turned by the spin doctors into criticism of Romney.

Distrust of the U.S. news media is easily understandable.

Bruce W. Hallowell

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