Islamic radicals chanting “Death to America!” stormed the US Embassy in Sanaa today.
They stormed the building and torched vehicles.

Several embassy officials were hurt in the clashes.
The AP reported:

Chanting “death to America,” hundreds of protesters angered by an anti-Islam film stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Yemen’s capital and burned the American flag on Thursday, the latest in a series of attacks on American diplomatic missions in the Middle East.

American missions have been attacked in three Arab nations — Yemen, Egypt and Libya — that have faced persistent unrest and are struggling to restore law and order after last year’s revolts deposed their authoritarian regimes.

Protesters smashed windows as they breached the embassy perimeter and reached the compound grounds, although they did not enter the main building housing the offices. Angry young men brought down the U.S. flag in the courtyard, burned it and replaced it with a black banner bearing Islam’s declaration of faith — “There is no God but Allah.”

Yemeni security forces who rushed to the scene fired in the air and used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators, driving them out of the compound after about 45 minutes and sealing off the surrounding streets. It was not immediately clear whether anyone was inside the embassy at the time of the attack.

Demonstrators removed the embassy’s sign on the outer wall, set tires ablaze and pelted the compound with rocks.

The Yemeni Embassy in Washington condemned the attack and vowed to ensure the safety of foreign diplomats and to step up security measures around their missions in the country.


A still image of protesters storming the US embassy in Sanaa.

This follows anti-American protests yesterday in Sudan, Kuwait, Gaza and Morocco.

 

 

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  1. Good analysis,
    http://battlegroundwatch.com/2012/09/12/what-if-mitt-romney-had-waited/
    Also posted in WSJ comments to,
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443884104577647830171289116.html#articleTabs%3Dcomments

    What if Mitt Romney had waited?

    The media has been in overdrive all day feverishly writing every story from any angle that squarely puts the focus on Mitt Romney and not the fact that Obama’s foreign policy experienced a colossal failure with 2 embassies being attacked an ambassador being murdered and three other fatalities on the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in American history. This was because Mitt Romney boldly stepped forward into the leadership void of President Obama’s silence, and issued a statement condemning violence and castigating an apology for hurt feelings of murderous extremists written by Embassy officials in Egypt in response to the uprising.

    But what if Mitt Romney had waited for President Obama’s press release 24 hours after the attacks and press conference that following morning at 10:30am?

    What would be the press focus? Would they focus on the tragic murders? Would they focus on the extremism being foments by groups like the Muslim Brotherhood? When politics arose, would they focus on the policy failure?

    We know the answers to those rhetorical questions because outside a few exceptions like a Jake Tapper or John Dickerson the media will always play a “heads they win, tails you lose” game with Republicans, especially when their chosen candidate is both at risk and is suffering the worst foreign policy failure of his Administration, an allegedly impenetrable strength in his re-election efforts.

    The first wave of stories would be how “no drama Obama” remains cool in the face of tragedy.

    The second wave of stories would be how Mitt Romney was caught flat-footed because he waited so long to reply.

    The third wave would be how Romney is scrambling to catch up to always fleet-footed Obama.

    The fourth wave would be how each act by Romney falls short in comparison to “no drama Obama.”

    The fifth wave would be how in Romney’s first test on foreign policy, he was found wanting — recycling the earlier “flat-footed”stories and how his actions/statements fall short of the grandiose Obama. A negative feedback loop always in play with Republicans.

    The sixth wave of stories would be how inept the Romney campaign was to miss the golden opportunity to fill the leadership moment inherent in the cautious “no drama Obama” You can hear the quotes: ‘Can you imagine Axelrod or Carville/Clinton not pouncing on this opportunity?’ ‘Those pros never would have waited for the President to speak.’ ‘They would have jumped right in to defend America under attack.’ The embedded hypocrisy of this last wave is not lost on me but the double standard absolutely applies to Romney while “no drama Obama” relies on his re-election team in the mainstream media to carry water on his behalf.

    At no point would the media have appropriately focused on the policy failure, just as they are not today. Every election the media decries the nature of campaigns not being about policy, ideas or issues. Here was a colossally big issue of policy where the media circled the wagons to cocoon the inept and failed foreign policy of President Obama. On the anniversary of 9/11 two US embassies were attacked and desecrated. One US Ambassador was murdered along with three other US personnel. In each of the countries the US was instrumental in bringing democracy and freedom to its citizens. This is a story about failed ideas of the Obama Administration leading from behind. This is a story about a policy that distances America from our greatest ally in the region Israel while embracing the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt who are openly directing the actions in Egypt. This is a story about issues going to the core of President Obama’s unwillingness to support democracy movements in enemy-state’s like Iran while tossing aside allies like the Mubarek regime in Egypt in favor of extremists like the Muslim Brotherhood.

    This is a story from beginning to end fraught with every substantive issue imaginable about the foreign policy of the current President yet the media wants only to talk about press releases, timings of press releases and hope for regret from a Presidential challenger who stood tall for American values in the face of Islamic extremists.
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  2. Send in the drones!!!

  3. The Yemeni mbassador condemnss this action, but the initial OBAMA response to this terrorism, yesterday was to apologize for American insensitivity?

    And OBAMA is till being buoyed by the MSM and the polls that they commission?

  4. Ain’t it wonderful how the world loves us now? After all the trouble obamba went to to abase our country with these sleazeballs, too.

    I read where obama is sending in marines to Libya. This country is not worth the lives of our marines. Nuke them. That way they will have to quit playing with the dead bodies of our citizens. It would also send a message to the other arab countries: don’t mess with us. And I don’t want to hear that blather about WWIII. Russia and China would not come to their aid against us. We would probably only be sanctioned in the UN. Whoohoo, boy. Doesn’t that scare you to death.

  5. At this rate we won’t have an embassy left in any of Obama’s 57 states.
    Welcome Back Carter

  6. Why are our embassies not be aggressively protected/defended?

  7. I guess all the bowing & apologizing tours haven’t worked?
    B52 carpet bombing & daisy-cutters come to mind in dealing with these
    barbarians.

  8. THEY KNOW THERE IS NOTHING TO FEAR……THE GUARDS ARE JUST MANNEQUINS FORBIDDEN TO FIRE THEIR WEAPONS….Obama will respond by sending out another drone strike on Mitt Romney’s campaign offices.

  9. I hope that the three fools Obama, Zarkozy and Cameron now realize that they created a mess. They loudly congratulated themselves when Mubarak fell and Gadaffy was murdered (“We came; we saw; he died”) and babbled about a new dawn of democracy. And they happily donated huge sums of other people’s money to them. Result: Two US embassies attacked and an ambassador raped and murdered and undoubtedly worse to come.

  10. I think it is time to close our embassies in the Arab countries of the Middle East and TURN OFF THE MONEY TAP.

    Funny, they “hate America” but they sure do like the billions we send them every year!

  11. Gotta agree with #8. Some Marines and a couple of Browning .50s will hold back a lot of rioters. A squadron of Apaches would add to the effect. Embassies are considered to be the sovereign territory of the inhabitants. Otherwise, there would be no embassies on the planet.

  12. Embassies are sovereign territory everywhere except countries in the ME. They don’t have to obey any laws except the ones they want to. Adhering to the Geneva Convention is useless too. These rules are for countries in the west not the east. These people do what they want when they want, apparantly with no repercussions from our fearless leader.



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