By Justin Raimondo
"If someone had planned to upend US foreign policy — to utterly destroy the very
basis [.pdf] of all our diplomats (and military personnel) have been working
to achieve in the Middle East and throughout the Muslim world — they couldn’t
have done a better job of it than whoever put together Innocence of Muslims.
As violent protests spread, the consequences continue to roll in: the suspension
of joint US-Afghan military operations, the suspension
of US aid talks with Egypt, the rapid decline
of US prestige in the region, and the growing
influence of the radical Islamist movement US support for the “Arab Spring”
was designed to counter. The Obama administration’s effort to split the Islamist
upsurge and lend its support to “moderates” has been stopped cold.
Was the release of the video a random event, one of those unpredictables that
can arise at any moment to foil the best-laid plans? Perhaps. Yet one is
hard-pressed to explain what the makers of Innocence sought to
accomplish, if not precisely what has occurred......
It isn’t hard to imagine where the money to create this deadly provocation
came from. Of the many millions in neocon money
sloshing around this country, it’s hardly inconceivable a hundred thousand or so
would find its way into the hands of a twice-convicted felon and all around
dubious character like Nakoula, who is, I suspect, just a con man rather than an
ultra-Zionist ideologue like the promoters of his “work.”
Although, to be sure, the difference is altogether negligible."