Yemeni protesters burn a US flag during a demonstration at a street leading to the US embassy in Sanaa on Sept. 14, 2012.(Mohammed Huwas/AFP/Getty Images)
Yemeni protesters burn a US flag during a demonstration at a street leading to the US embassy in Sanaa on Sept. 14, 2012.
(Mohammed Huwas/AFP/Getty Images)

‘How Could This Happen?’

Humiliation in Cairo and death in Benghazi shook America. But our response has been even more terrifying.
 

It was a mortifying week. We watched angry crowds protesting outside of American outposts throughout the Middle East and beyond. Violent mobs chanted, “We are all Osama.” Structures were defaced or burned. Islamic banners were hoisted where American flags once flew.

Americans were trying to focus on preparing for a presidential election—and we got handed a new mini-9/11.

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