from Pressure Points and Middle East Program

Several Questions on Cairo and Benghazi

September 12, 2012

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I commented this morning at the National Review web site on the attacks in Cairo and Benghazi.

My questions include, on Cairo: Why was police protection not provided until it was too late, given that the protests were planned and known in advance; Where is Egypt’s new president, Mohammed Morsi? Why has he not gone on Egyptian TV to express outrage?  And at the American end, what did the State Department say to our embassies around the world, and particularly in the Islamic world, about risks and protective steps? Did State learn the lessons of the Danish cartoon crisis, or did it fall down on the job?

I join all his friends and colleagues in mourning the death of Amb. Chris Stevens. He was an exemplary diplomat and representative of our country.