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Why does an internet clip become foreign policy?

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Submitted by stranchan (Romania), Aug 22, 2012 at 20:09

Why is the Obama White House pressuring Google to remove the film clip? Why are any officials getting involved? Let them have freedom of expression. It is fine if they want to have demonstrations and burn American flags or chant Islamic threats. That is not illegal and we honor freedom of speech. We are sending the wrong message, do as I say and not as I do. The only concern of the White House of America should be the casualties of American embassies and damage done to American property. This is the topic for discussion between US, Egypt and Libya. It is not clear why the US would misead the press about how far in advance they were warned about possible attacks but did not act. Of course Egyptian and Libyan governments are not blameless, but the responsibility to protect Americans falls to America.

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