Concerned about the reaction to an anti-Muslim film that was gaining attention online, the U.S. intelligence community sent a cable to the embassy in Cairo, Egypt, warning of the concern, a U.S. official told CNN. The intelligence cable was sent 48 hours before the protests in Cairo and in Benghazi, Libya, the U.S. official said. The cable did not warn of any specific threat, the official saidIs this 20/20 hindsight? Mostly. Just as it was with Bush. Similar to the Bush reaction, Jay Carney explained there was no 'actionable' intelligence provided, ie, they weren't told that radicals mobbing over an incendiary movie might get out of control, even if the mob included the brother of Ayman Zawahiri. Even the attack on the Libyan consulate was out of the blue.
Oddly, on the very same day of the attack--Tuesday 9/11--the NY Times published a hit piece on Bush suggesting that the Presidential Daily Brief (the same one Obama makes only half the time) of August 6, 2001 was enough warning for the Bush folks to have possibly prevented 9/11. No full alert and such. Ironically it was the NY Times who published the picture of Bill Ayers stomping on a flag on the actual 9/11. He said he didn't do enough, too.
But OK, we have this vague warning despite the CIA initially saying there was no warning. Were our embassies on full alert on the anniversary of the attack and after the warning? We already know the answer as we await the Times expose explaining how it's totally different this time.
The administration and their Chihuahuas in the media can continue to focus on Romney or some silly movie trailer on the web, but the genesis of the Cairo riots--on September 11--can more likely be found in stories like this issued on September 10 (via Jihad Watch):
According to El Fagr, they are calling for the immediate release of the Islamic jihadis who are imprisonment and in detention centers in the U.S. including Guantanamo Bay: "The group, which consists of many members from al-Qaeda, called [especially] for the quick release of the jihadi [mujahid] sheikh, Omar Abdul Rahman [the "Blind Sheikh"], whom they described as a scholar and jihadi who sacrificed his life for the Egyptian Umma, who was ignored by the Mubarak regime, and [President] Morsi is refusing to intervene on his behalf and release him, despite promising that he would. The Islamic Group has threatened to burn the U.S. Embassy in Cairo with those in it, and taking hostage those who remain [alive], unless the Blind Sheikh is immediately released."And if that was released publicly imagine what they had privately. But hey, look over there--it's Princess Kate topless! And Romney wants to kill sick children.
Nobody should be fooled. Obama knows exactly what's going on here. He's hoping things calm down because continued disruption puts a kink in his foreign policy chops, which almost entirely center around his successful drone assassination program against al Qaeda and the removal of Gaddafi. What else has he accomplished? He knows this event threatens both, and he can't be weak on both foreign policy and the economy and still hope to win.
Then again he probably knows that few in the lapdog media will want to do any in-depth investigations about this warning and the so-called Blind Sheikh it mentions because they know any such thing would invariably entail the mention of convention savior Bill Clinton and his track record on terrorism. Notice the Egyptian jihadies demanded ALL Muslim prisoners in America be released, including the likes of Ramzi Yousef, the first bomber of the WTC, and his uncle KSM, who planned jihad on 11 airplanes in the 90s before he planned 9/11 (oops, did it again). Having their little flag burning party on 9/11 was not about a present-day movie, it was about the past.