Anger that erupted on Sept. 11 over an amateur film denigrating Prophet Muhammad spread throughout the Muslim world. Two weeks later, the unrest prompted a historic response from President Obama at the United Nations General Assembly. GlobalPost brings you the latest on how the story is playing across the Middle East, on the US campaign trail, and around the world.
From war to diplomacy, how Obama's message has changed.
A change in tone and message is clear when comparing President Obama's 2009 Nobel Peace Prize remarks and his Tuesday speech at the UN General Assembly. GlobalPost compares the key points made in each address.
Kerry, in the running to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, said "clearly mistakes were made" at the State Department, following the release of a report on the attacks conducted by an independent body.
America and its allies have been challenged in contemporary times by three dangerous “isms.” Fascism was bred in Nazi Germany and defeated in Europe. Communism, now a fading force, was nurtured in Russia, but confronted on a global platform. Islamist extremism, which exploded on American soil on September 11, 2001, is rooted in the Arab lands of the Middle East, and in the light of recent events is clearly still with us. What should America do about it?
Just a few short months ago, foreign policy junkies were ruing the almost complete absence of an international focus in the presidential campaign. With a domestic economy in ruins and an electorate afraid for their jobs, their homes, and their health care, there seemed to be little energy left to ponder problems in distant lands. No more.
It was just a few days ago that a top foreign policy adviser for Republican nominee Mitt Romney sought to blunt the sharp attacks leveled on his candidate by the Democrats last week in Charlotte. "It doesn't surprise me that [the Obama team is] raising foreign policy because it's another distraction from the administration’s terrible economic record,” said Robert O’Brien, speaking to BuzzFeed. “They're going from one shiny object to the next." But Romney seemed unable to resist engaging the topic on Tuesday evening, when he struck out angrily at the Obama administration for its reaction to the crises in Libya and Egypt.
No issue, it seems, is too big, too small, or too delicate to serve as fodder for this increasingly ugly presidential campaign. The violent protests and killings of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other embassy staff in Libya were shocking and unjustifiable. That was clearly stated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton while President Barack Obama called the attacks “outrageous.” But this was not enough to satisfy Republican challenger Mitt Romney.