Speaking of, from Twitter:
The president hasn’t really made any bones about his wait-till-later approach. He put it frankly to Dmitry Medvedev, then president of Russia, back in March when he thought the microphone was off: “This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.” This strategy of avoiding major foreign policy risks or decisions may help get Obama reelected.
But he is robbing the country of a debate it needs to have — and denying himself the public understanding and support he will need to be an effective foreign policy president in a second term, if the “rope-a-dope” campaign should prove successful.
And this is from Thomas Joscelyn:
Then on Monday, Trager says, Mohammed al Zawahiri (brother of al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri) tweeted that “people should go to the embassy and ‘defend the prophet.’” Mohammed al Zawahiri, who was present at the assault on the embassy in Cairo, also claims that he helped arrange the protest.
Here is an additional observation about the Zawahiri family’s ties to these events: Ayman al Zawahiri himself made a reference to Sheikh Rahman in his September 10 eulogy of top al Qaeda operative Abu Yahya al Libi, who was killed in June. Ayman al Zawahiri’s relationship with the Blind Sheikh is decades-old at this point, as the two worked closely together throughout their early terrorist careers. Ayman al Zawahiri’s Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) has long partnered with Rahman’s Gamaa Islamiya to execute attacks. In his video, according to a translation by the SITE Intelligence Group, Zawahiri says:
And we, by the grace of Allah, have announced that we will not release the American captive Warren Weinstein, Allah willing, until the Crusaders release our captives including Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman and Aafia Siddiqui.Warren Weinstein is the forgotten prisoner taken by AQ years ago; for those who don't remember Aafia Siddiqui is an American-schooled Pakistani scientist and wifey of Ammar al-Baluchi, a 9/11 operative and relative of both KSM and Ramzi Yousef currently housed at Gitmo (whose trial in ongoing but won't see much action until 2013 or later). Now can you see why Obama might blame the movie?