Were it not for the loss of four American lives the past week would resemble a Peter Sellers comedy. The White House and Hillary Clinton by blaming the implosion of the administration's Middle East policy on a movie made by a man named Sam Bacile who is really named Nakoula Besseley Nakoula is in effect admitting that Nakoula has more control over Mid Eastern policy than they do. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Martin Dempsey has called an obscure preacher in Florida to make sure he isn't going to tread on Obama's foreign policy turf. When does Chauncy Gardener come in? This would not have happened if Siskel and Ebert were alive and well. They would have rated Innocence of Muslims worse than Even Cow Girls Get the Blues, given it two thumbs down and moved on.
The entire country knows that it is witnessing the beginning of the end of Obama's New Beginning, the name given by the White House to the 2009 apology tour. Still the scapegoating continues. Nakoula Besseley Nakoula has been taken from his home, voluntarily, according to authorities, to answer questions about his epic film. This guy is no angel. He is on probation for some financial shenanigans that landed him in a federal pen for a 21 month sentence from which he was released early with restrictions placed on his use of computers. The feds are apparently hoping to nab him on the pretext that he violated the terms of his probation so they can cart him back to jail to prove to the world that the United States does indeed jail political activists just as China would do. Yes, the same Department of Justice that armed drug cartels would like to jail the maker of a tacky movie.
Nakoula is a Coptic Christian, a sect that was protected by the reviled Hosni Mubarak but now persecuted and even murdered by Muslims in the post Arab Spring Egyptian government of Mohammed Morsi, so if he has a distaste for the Muslim religion it is entirely understandable. The Bush administration would have called Morsi on this human rights abuse loudly and quickly but the Obama administration has not. Under the constitution Obama has sworn to uphold even sleazy film makers have rights. Nakoula offends me less than Michael Moore. Obama and the left and the Muslim world will just have to ge over it.