The condemnation, imo, wasn't for the rioters. It was for everyone else. Any time there is violence, it's a basic expectation of leadership to condemn it, even if it's little more than platitudes. As for what caused the violence, it could easily be the film. These are the same people who went apeshit over cartoons. They're like English soccer fans, they'll riot over the drop of a hat.
So yeah, in your statement, you admit that Obama didn't cause this mess, hasn't really made it worse, but are fully blaming him for his "unraveling foreign policy". And what on earth suggests Romney would be better? He blundered his way across the world just a month ago, spoke rashly about this recent violence, and has yet to offer any plan whatsoever regarding foreign matters, let alone domestic. It makes absolutely no sense.
As for Afghanistan, whatever mission existed is pretty much over. We should be leaving. As Russia proved, it's a money-sucking wasteland with no hope. OBL is dead, mission accomplished. Libya is like pretty much the majority of ME/North African nations... shitholes that we spend too much time thinking about and spending money in. If it wasn't for natural resources, we'd care about them about as much as we do Africa, which has seen even worse atrocities over the years that we had no interest in involving ourselves in.
If the embassy in Cairo is putting out press releases for the US domestic audience I'd be surprised.
I doubt that the film itself caused the current violence; that ignores all that previous history you cited. Call it the latest excuse for violence, perhaps. If those in the ME will 'riot at the drop of a hat', as you say, then can you really claim that without this video there wouldn't be riots over something else? That there is no deeper cause?
As to Obama:
“I’ve come here ... to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles—principles of justice and progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings ... Let there be no doubt: Islam is a part of America.”
That was from a speech given by President Obama in Cairo on June 4, 2009. Funny how small a difference 30 years make. Same old pious hopes for respect, reverence for law, and tolerance. And, in return, the same disrespect, illegality, and intolerance. The embassy in Tehran then, the consulate in Benghazi now.
Here’s what happens to American presidents who look to be loved in the Middle East. In 2008, the year Obama won the presidency with his pledge to end George W. Bush’s wars, 75 percent of Egyptians had an unfavorable opinion of the United States. Today it’s 79 percent. Four years ago, that was the percentage of Jordanians with a negative view of the U.S. Now it’s 86 percent.
How's that "new beginning" working out? Like the rest of "hope and change", perhaps.