Orchestrated attack on U.S. missions puts spotlight on Obama policy

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Compiled by Miles Yu,

The well-coordinated attacks on the U.S. diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya not only caused the gruesome deaths of Americans by terrorists but have also put the Obama administration’s Middle East policy on trial during the boisterous presidential election season.

The U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in flames on Sept. 11. / Mustafa El-Shridi / Reuters

It began with a poorly worded apology issued by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.

On Sept. 10, Islamist fundamentalists in Egypt issued a statement calling for protesters to respond to a 13-minute video posted on YouTube lampooning the prophet Mohammed. The protest was to take place the following day, the 11th anniversary of 9/11.

In response, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo issued a conciliatory statement that ignited a firestorm: “The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.”

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