U.S. foreign policy takes center stage, as international crisis in the Middle East deepens
POSTED: Monday, September 17, 2012 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Monday, September 17, 2012 - 8:07am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — The international crisis escalates as more demonstrations took place over the weekend. Now, there are more questions about whether the U.S. policy in that region is working.
Two people were killed Sunday in protests in Pakistan.
So far, at least 20 countries have seen uprisings against American Embassies.
It's so bad in Tunisia and Sudan that the State Department ordered almost all its people out. As the Obama Administration denies reports that they were warned about the deadly attack in Benghazi. "We had no actionable intelligence to suggest that any attack on our facility in Benghazi was imminent," said Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to U.N., on Meet The Press, Sunday.
But Libyan officials now believe that Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were not killed as part of the spontaneous protest there: "It was planned -- definitely, it was planned by foreigners, by people who entered the country a few months ago, and they were planning this criminal act since their arrival." President, Libya General Nat'l Congress Mohamed Yuseef El-Magariaf
Now, the leader of Hezbollah is calling for more demonstrations.
France has banned them, and in Afghanistan, six Americans are dead, killed by Afghan security "insider attacks" that the chair of the joint chiefs calls a "serious threat" to the war effort. "It's unraveling because all we tell the Afghan people is we're leaving. We're not telling them we're succeeding, we're telling them we're leaving," said Senator John McCain, Arizona.
Leaving Afghanistan, but staying in nearly two dozen other countries where demonstrations have put Americans on high alert.