Crisis has erupted in the Middle East for the United States as anti-America protests have sprung up across the region over the last week that have resulted in violence outside of U.S. embassies, destructive attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts, and even the killing of a U.S. ambassador in Libya. As the crisis has intensified, the Obama administration has come under intense scrutiny for their response to and assessment of what is really going on in the Arab world.
On Sunday, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice reiterated White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s comments Friday that all the violence and protests in the Middle East, including the deadly attacks in Libya, were not preplanned or in protest to U.S. policy but rather a spontaneous reaction to a low budget anti-Islam film. This assessment has come in conflict with comments made by Libya’s President Mohammed el-Megarif, who has said he believes al Qaeda was behind the attack against Americans in his country, and ”the idea that this criminal and cowardly act was a spontaneous protest that just spun out of control is completely unfounded and preposterous.”
Ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee Sen. John McCain has said that what happened in Libya “was an act of terror.”
On “Real News From The Blaze”Monday the panel broke down Ambassador Rice and Carney’s comments in comparison to Republican and nonpartisan assessments, and debated why the administration is actively and aggressively maintaining that these attacks were a result of one low-budget anti-Islam film, without leaving room to publicly question other possibilities.