Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reiterated the apologetic stance disavowed earlier by the White House, in response to the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo by a mob of radical Egyptian supporters of Al Qaeda on the 11th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11.
Clinton statements on the day’s events, published on the website of the State Department and Twitter, condemning “in the strongest possible terms” an attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya in Benghazi, leaving a dead U.S. ambassador, but offered no condemnation on the attack of the U.S. embassy in Cairo.
Instead, Clinton reiterated an apology issued today by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, which is now deleted, that said: “We condemn the continuing efforts by the wrong people to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.”
“The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others,” Clinton said. “Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the origins of our nation,” she added.
However, the White House has distanced itself from such apologies, according to a political news website, saying they were not “approved by Washington.”
Obviously, there is some discord in Washington.
Last week, the State Department was at odds with the President when it reiterated its position that the U.S. does not consider Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
President Obama was reported to have been involved with the Democratic Party leadership during the Democratic National Convention to re-insert language supporting Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.