Arab Fall Becomes Anti-US Blowback As "Turmoil" Spreads To Morocco, Sudan And Tunisia

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If 2011's Arab Spring was all about the propaganda "hope" of democracy (driven paradoxically by soaring global good prices as we predicted in early 2011 before the first Tunisian domino toppled), then 2012 Arab Fall, is all about the blowback to US policies and intervention in the region. And while we are amused by the media's narrative that an entire continent can suddenly come to arms against Pax Americana over a YouTube clip, we are confident that what some hate-mongering preacher has to say about Mohammed is about as relevant to what is happening in the Middle East today, as how the global economy performs impact the S&P. Absolutely none. What we do know is that the anti-American revulsion, which started on September 11 in Egypt and has since taken Libya and Yemen by storm, is spreading like wildfire. The NYT writes: 'Protests were also reported at American missions in Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia, where the police also fired tear gas to disperse crowds." It is only going to get far worse, as suddenly geopolitics, and the US response thereto, becomes the biggest issue in the presidential debate.

The NYT recaps what the response has been so far, to overnight hostilities in Yemen, which as we already reported, is the latest US embassy to be under attack:

There were no immediate reports of American casualties, nor was there any report that the protesters had managed to breach the main diplomatic buildings within the compound. Yemeni officials said that a number of protesters were wounded and some were arrested, but did not provide figures. Hours after the attack started, smoke was still seen rising from the area.


By early afternoon, one witness, Yahya Yousef, who lives opposite the embassy, said: “Now almost everyone is out, and firing has ceased. We saw protesters getting out with some stuff from inside.”


The protests came hours after a Muslim cleric, Abdul Majid al- Zandani, urged followers to emulate the protests in Libya and Egypt, Sana residents said. Mr. Zandani, a onetime mentor to Osama bin Laden, was named a “specially designated global terrorist” by the United States Treasury Department in 2004.


The crowd gathered a day after the embassy warned Americans in a posting on its Web site that “in the wake of recent events in Libya and Egypt, there is the possibility of protests in Yemen, and specifically in the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy, in the coming days.”


“The U.S. Embassy continues to recommend that U.S. citizens avoid large gatherings. Even demonstrations or events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. U.S. citizens in Yemen are urged to monitor local news reports and to plan their activities accordingly,” the Web posting said.


President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi of Yemen said in a statement that he “extends his sincere apologies to President Obama and to the people of the United States of America” for the attack. Mr. Hadi took office in February after his strongman predecessor, Ali Abdullah Saleh, stepped down last November following months of violent protests.


In his statement, Mr. Hadi said he had ordered an “expeditious and thorough investigation” and promised that “the perpetrators of these acts will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.” The statement also alluded to “divisions among Yemen’s security and military forces” between supporters of the new government and of Mr. Saleh which had exacerbated tensions.


Mohammed Albasha, a spokesman for Yemen’s embassy in Washington, said the government strongly condemned the attack, adding that there were no reported casualties.


“Given recent regional events, earlier this morning angry protesters have unfortunately flooded the security perimeter of the U.S. Embassy,” he said in a statement. “The government of Yemen will honor international obligations to ensure the safety of diplomats and will step up security presence around all foreign missions.”

One thing is certain: more and more Marines will be stationed, and increasingly bigger warships will anchor just off various Middle Eastern countries , until anti-American sentiment improves.

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Thu, 09/13/2012 - 09:26 | 2789052 GetZeeGold
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Spike the damn ball again....I don't think they heard us.


Thu, 09/13/2012 - 09:31 | 2789086 hedgeless_horseman
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Global fiat tsunami warning.  Get to higher ground immediately.

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 09:35 | 2789095 Precious
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“The U.S. Embassy continues to recommend that U.S. citizens avoid large gatherings. Even demonstrations or events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence."

Oh man.  Now I have to cancel my trip to Yemen to see Asalah Nasri ?


Thu, 09/13/2012 - 09:39 | 2789155 Stackers
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I guess Obama's mission of sending the head of NASA out to promote Arab relations didn't work so well.


Thu, 09/13/2012 - 09:44 | 2789197 Precious
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But he sold a lot of Tang inventory to thirsty Arab kids.

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 09:48 | 2789230 GetZeeGold
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Wow.....totally forgot about Tang. Ahh memories!


It's orange isn't it?


Thu, 09/13/2012 - 09:52 | 2789242 P.T.Bull
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Orange colored anyway. ;)

And we were told it took space flight technology to design funny-tasking orange colored sugar water.

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 09:56 | 2789267 Divided States ...
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If the US stops protecting Israel, I am sure Americans wont be hated as much as they are right now all over this world.

So stop sucking of Netanyahu and tell him to deal with his own mess.

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 09:59 | 2789283 Tortuga
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Yea, then the Isralies can get some of what Ambassador Stevens got.

14. Larry, Israel

Multiple reports, originating in Libya and including Pam Geller’s AtlasShrugs, say that Ambassador Stevens was raped and tortured repeatedly before his execution. Completely consistent with previous Jihad assaults as in Mumbai, Israel during the War of Independence, Lebanon, Breslan and so on.

Please, I don’t want to read the word ‘Islamism’ ever again (having used it myself).

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 10:06 | 2789321 LULZBank
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Could it be a revenge "head on spike" for Ghaddafi by his loyalists to US?

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 10:34 | 2789493 Conrad Murray
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Am I the only one that finds "head on a spike" in reply to "Tortuga" funny? Well played, consciously or not.

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 10:46 | 2789576 LULZBank
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Not consciously :)

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 11:07 | 2789673 Tortuga
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UR right, it's funny because IT's the JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOs did it and the friends of the JOOOOOOOOOOOOOs did it and the piss poor film maker JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOs did it. Run for ur lives, the JOOOOOOOOOOs and the friends of the JOOOOOOOOOs are coming to an Embassy near you.

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 11:59 | 2789910 caconhma
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WE paid for it. Now, we have it and we must enjoy it!

It was so easy & nice getting into Iraq and Afghanistan and Libya and Yemen and etc., and now, we must just sit back and relax.

Just to mention: our best and the brightest Muslim thugs who helped us so much in Libya are being sent and slaughtered in Syria. So, nobody there in Libya left to support there our Zionist-democratic puppet government. The same going for Iraq.

Looks like this time our no-good, incompetent, and low-life lying President, our Secretary of State, and our utterly corrupt Congress got us American people in a really big & shitty mess. Well done Fellows. After all, we elected them.  Looks like things are starting to go out off control!


Thu, 09/13/2012 - 12:03 | 2789940 mick_richfield
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You're not spelling that right.

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 10:22 | 2789382 Christophe2
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Looks to me like Israel is not happy about the lack of support for their aggression against Iran.


Solution: release a hateful movie portraying Muslims as savages and blaspheming their prophet, activate your agitators in the various MENA countries and PRESTO!  All the MSM and candidates jump forward to discuss how we must act forcefully, and all the Zionist trolls come out with their vile message of hatred.


Oh, and as far as that story of Stevens being raped and tortured: if so, then it's no different than what we did to Qadaffi, now is it?  Or his sons?  If indeed this happened, then it seems like the work of our al Qaeda sell-swords, who were all 'trained' in CIA-backed centers for just this kind of depravity...


And P.S.: FUCK ISRAEL, uber-land of apartheid, hatred, mass manipulation and state-sponsored terrorism.

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 10:27 | 2789437 Bicycle Repairman
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This is all staged.  Look to the forces that want Obama removed and replaced with Romney.

Right now Romney has a snowball's chance in hell, so the agitation will be ramped up to improve Romney's chances.

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 10:31 | 2789474 Tortuga
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I agree with the staged part. As for the 2nd part, LMAOROF.

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 10:32 | 2789482 walküre
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If this escalates, Romney has LESS than a snowball's chance in hell.

The country won't change leadership in times of international crisis. Replacing the team that's currently dealing with the crisis with a new team is irresponsible strictly from the EXECUTIVE perspective.

Putting BUSH V3 into the White House would sure make the Arabs happy and LOVE the US again.


Thu, 09/13/2012 - 10:38 | 2789527 ExpendableOne
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So far it would appear that no one is "dealing with the crisis".  It's full on campaign and fund raising mode in the WH.

I don't see this as a benifit to Obama, more like a huge distraction with multiple potholes.


As Biden would say, "this is a big fuckin deal!".


Now just who is going to open the checkbook and buy more military hardware?  Romney or Obama???  

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 10:41 | 2789537 Christophe2
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1st of all, nothin's gonna change, regardless of which of those facemen is in power.  Do you think the Arabs have any less reason to revolt against American domination 'cos Obamma is in power?  The glow from his Nobel peace prize kinda faded a long time ago...


2ndly, do you really think our votes are properly counted?  Sheesh, wake up to eletronic voting and massive vote fraud (eg: the last Bush election).  TPTB decide who will be the next pres, then they do a bunch of BS PR and propaganda to distract us with bogus debates and non-issues, and then they tell us who 'won'.

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 10:43 | 2789552 Urban Redneck
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The opposite of LOVE is not HATE

The opposite of LOVE is FEAR 

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 11:11 | 2789694 sadmamapatriot
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No, opposite of LOVE is INDIFFERENCE.

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 11:31 | 2789784 Urban Redneck
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Perhaps to one who is searching for Nirvana, but the Arabs are too busy prostrating themselves to Allah 5x a day and certainly are not indifferent to US foreign policy.. 

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 12:09 | 2789981 juangrande
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Close. The absence of Love is fear! One being a real connection to what is. The other, when distilled to its essence, an illusion.

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 14:50 | 2791266 Carl Spackler
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With all due respect, Walkuere, I think yours is a complete mis-read of the tea leaves.

If the situation escalates, Obama is the one on the losing end.

  1. He looks very weak to American voters, namely independents  (not to mention looking weak to our allies and creditors around the world)

  2. Oil prices skyrocket and gasoline prices go much higher as well...never good for Democrats

  3. Obama is distracted from campaigning

  4. Obama has his hands tied behind his back and can only continue to lie to the world about his intentions (cannot engage the enemy militarily - would lose the support of some of his liberal base...their economic theory, Obama just spoke to at the DNC convention, is tode-fund defense spending and put that [borrowed] money into his pet, social programs


Thu, 09/13/2012 - 23:04 | 2793355 piliage
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Staged? So...some third party infiltrated Al Qaeda and manipulated a group of terrorists who are the sworn enemy of the USA to...attack the USA, to promote...Romney?

Or, these were paid mercenaries acting like promote...Romney?

And there is some Jewish looking guy from a page out of WWII Nazi propaganda with a big hook nose in the background laughing MMWWWWAAAAAhahahaahh handing wads of cash to the military industrial complex to support...Romney...?

I have an alternative hypothesis for you...

Perhaps, just perhaps, our politicians are FUCKING idiots who couldn't organize an orgy in a whore house, with a world view of two hours until the next poll and news-cycle, and we paid a group of terrorists (whom we are killing in Iraq and Afghanistan) to kill a dictator as our allies to promote "peace" via NATO (and secure oil contracts for Italy, UK and France who use the most Libyan oil by the way - NOT the US, ya know, to show the Europeans how smart Obama is and to get him invited to more dinners in Paris), and, much like in Afghanistan in Operation Cyclone, WE PARTNERED WITH RELIGIOUS NUTBALL TERRORISTS who will not stop being religious nutball terrorists until everyone in the world bows down to Mecca a few times a day. That is why they are fucking religious nutball terrorists! I mean shit, it's on their fucking CV's, top line - Experience: Religious Nutball Terrorist

And don't forget who supported this action, the Arab League. It is brilliant statecraft on their part. Let the US clean up the pile of Shiite mess they helped create in the old Persian empire Libya and now Syria - Iran's buddy. Sunnis win. Obama gets played like a bitch by the house of Saudi. Don't forget, the REAL conflict in the middle east right now is as old as Islam, Iran vs Saudi Arabia (Shi'a vs. Sunni). Israel is simply a distraction for the vox populi by the corrupt Arab governments, they frankly don't give a shit about Israel except when it impacts their cash flow.

I appreciate the financial opinion on ZH, but the protocols of the elders of Zion conspiracy nonsense is so over the top it borders on insane.

As for the film, yea, somebody made a film. Somebody pissed on a Koran, someone made a cartoon, blah blah blah.

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 10:27 | 2789442 john39
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it appears that dominating the arab world with tin pot dictators and military oppression has a price...   some would call that karma.  on of my favorite media clips is of madelene albreight being asked about the death of a million iraqi children due to U.S. sanctions....  of course it was "worth it" she says...    i think madelene will soon know whether it was all worth it...  murderous hag.

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 10:51 | 2789603 Urban Redneck
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Madelene Not So Bright

The "Russia Expert" who let her boss be seduced by the KGB`s baby blues

And now, the trailer park trash, who can`t find 9/11 on a calender, and sleeps through the 3am phone call she was expecting


If this descent into idiocy keeps accelerating perhaps Obama should consider revoking the 19th Ammendment, instead of the 1st.

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 10:34 | 2789492 Tortuga
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Run for your lives, the JOOOOOS are coming, the JOOOOOs are making piss poor films about JOOOOOs, it's the JOOOOOOOOOOOOOs.

14. Larry, Israel

Multiple reports, originating in Libya and including Pam Geller’s AtlasShrugs, say that Ambassador Stevens was raped and tortured repeatedly before his execution. Completely consistent with previous Jihad assaults as in Mumbai, Israel during the War of Independence, Lebanon, Breslan and so on.

Please, I don’t want to read the word ‘Islamism’ ever again (having used it myself).

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 11:09 | 2789684 frenzic
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Fuck the joo zionist bastards, fuck them all, fuck them hard, fuck them till their holes tear and then fuck them some more. Now bend over I've got a present for you.

Haters gonna hate. I ain't no stranger to that condition. So hit me. Give it your best propaganda shot. It's coming and no amount of hardware is going to protect you from the wrath of the righteous.

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 11:15 | 2789710 frenzic
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-1, that's all you got? pussy.

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 11:54 | 2789879 TheObsoleteMan
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If Stevens was raped, it was probably by someone in the embassy staff. It is the US gubmint that is homo crazy, not the Libyans.

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 17:03 | 2792069 Ar-Pharazôn
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FUCK ISRAEL, but fuck the muslim too!

do you remember what happened in holland to the guy who dared to do a movie about woman condition in muslim country? ... got killed

do you remember what happend when the danish newspaper published the cartoon about the prophet? .... embassy all over muslim country attacked



perhaps you're right when you say fuck israel, but i say fuck muslim too!

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 10:30 | 2789461 walküre
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Bullshit propaganda.

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 10:36 | 2789511 Tortuga
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yea, like honor killing of little girls, forced genital mutilation of little girls, father raping, boy children raping, children as suicide bombers, JOOOOs drink the blood of arab children. Yea, the JOOOOOOOOOs did it.

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 10:44 | 2789560 pods
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And here is a perfect illustration why you should not mix bath salts and Fox News.


Thu, 09/13/2012 - 10:58 | 2789634 Urban Redneck
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There are just as many pedophiles in the Madrasa as in the Catholic church.  Somehow I doubt Fox News covers that story, but then I avoid both Fox News and bath salts/tubs or anything else likely result in premature termination of my brain function.

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 11:03 | 2789652 Tortuga
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UR right, FOX NEWS AND the JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOs did it and the friends of the JOOOOOOOOOOOOOs did it and the piss poor film maker JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOs did it. Run for ur lives, the JOOOOOOOOOOs and the friends of the JOOOOOOOOOs are coming to an Embassy near you.

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 12:08 | 2789973 mick_richfield
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you should not mix bath salts and Fox News

Man, I must be using these damn bath salts wrong.  They are not doing anything for me!  And they seem frightfully expensive for a personal hygiene product...

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 12:43 | 2790250 atomicwasted
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You lost me at "Pam Geller."  Pam Geller = not credible.

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 09:54 | 2789258 Dr. Richard Head
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Orange was the primary, grape was a short-lived stint -

I find it interesting the trading rocks for tang piece of this commercial.  Perhaps the ME is tired of trading their tang (oil) for our rocks (FRNs).


Thu, 09/13/2012 - 10:27 | 2789446 Sofa King Confused
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Dr RH....remember Pop Rocks

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 10:35 | 2789498 Dr. Richard Head
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I do.  Had a friend who passed due to soda and pop rocks being consumed at the same time.  Trajic.

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 10:46 | 2789570 pods
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That was Mikey, was it not?

Or did he die from the missile from the Battlestar Galactica toy?


Thu, 09/13/2012 - 10:22 | 2789418 ShrNfr
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yeahm, Tangs for the memories.

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 10:22 | 2789421 ShrNfr
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yeahm, Tangs for the memories.

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 10:57 | 2789630 Keegan11
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Mmmm, love tang! Black tang, white tang, yellow tang - love it all! Drink it down!!!

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 09:50 | 2789238 strannick
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you dont need a 'hate mongering preacher' to inflame Islamic violence. The dispicable Koran manages that all by itself. ie. Sudan, Nigeria, Inonesia ect ect ect ect ect ect

Thu, 09/13/2012 - 09:56 | 2789268 GetZeeGold
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you dont need a 'hate mongering preacher' to inflame Islamic violence.


Ture dat.....just about anything will do.


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