Killing a United States Ambassador, at his consulate no less, is an act of war. Period. Dragging his corpse through town (graphic image warning) is simply a shining example of the depravity of these people.
Rioters storming an embassy, taking down its flag, and burning that flag is an act of war. The United States Department of State apologizing for people hurting the “feelings” of radical Islamics is simply a shining example of the depravity of those people (and I am not talking about the Islamics).
Here is what should happen, but with Our
Glorious Spineless President at the helm, I shall not hold my breath:
– The carrier strike groups in the area should be redeployed to the Red Sea and the eastern end of the Mediterranean. We have or soon will have three strike groups in the Persian Gulf (and boy does that article remind me how much I do not miss the Navy – back from one deployment in March, left on another at the end of last month) so the Red Sea is not hard, but I am not sure about current Med operations, and transiting the Sinai Canal is not recommended at the moment. Preferably these CSGs would be supplemented by at least one Expeditionary Strike Group for vertical lift capabilities and Marine detachments. Note that these CSGs and ESGs are for support purposes only, not invasion.
– All embassies/consulates in both countries should be shut down and all personnel and assets should be evacuated immediately (hence the ESGs in support roles). All associated buildings should be rigged to safely implode with minimal damage to the surrounding area 30 minutes after the last American leaves, with signs posted on the exterior indicating the demolition will take place in 60 minutes and a helpful 60-minute countdown broadcast over the buildings’ loudspeaker system.
– All American military / federal assets should be evacuated from both countries.
– All American citizens and their assets should be encouraged to leave the country and support should be provided as necessary.
– Both countries’ embassies/consulates here in the States should be shut down and their staff politely invited to leave the country… now.
– All foreign aid from the United States to both countries should be shut down immediately. That would save us about $1,500,000,000 a year for Egypt and somewhere around $100,000,000 a year for Libya. Call it a budget-balancing effort.
– If the perpetrators of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens’ murder can be identified, that information should be provided to a willing SEAL Team, who are then given whatever budget and support they need.
And that is simply what I would consider to be the bare minimum; embargoes, seizure of all Egyptian- or Libyan-held assets in America, and so forth would be on the table as well.
It simply does not matter that these illegal and reprehensible actions were committed by an arguably-extremist faction in either/both countries; invading embassies – sovereign foreign soil – and killing ambassadors is simply Not Something Civilized People Do, and if they are not willing to be civilized, we simply have no business to conduct with them.
(Oh, and I would just love to know what the Rules of Engagement were for the Marines at the Egypt embassy; there was a time when no protester or rioter would have managed to capture an American flag. Look how far we have fallen.)