‘Day of Infamy’ Speech — Updated
September 12, 2012 - 11:05 am
On September 11, 2012—a date which will live in infamy—the diplomatic facilities of the United States of America were suddenly and deliberately attacked by the incited forces of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The United States has acted to facilitate the Muslim Brotherhood takeovers in Libya and Egypt, and was proceeding with the bribery and appeasement of its leaders looking towards the maintenance of peace in the Middle East.
Indeed, even after the riotous mob had breached the wall of our Cairo embassy, struck our flag, and raised the black flag of al Qaeda over our embassy on the anniversary of al Qaeda’s most ruthless attack on American soil, the American ambassador issued a groveling statement which apologized for the American exercise of free speech, one of the principles upon which our country is based.
It will be recorded that the date upon which our facilities were assaulted and the insignificance of the alleged provocation makes it obvious that the attacks were deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the United States government deliberately deceived itself as to the false friendship it enjoyed with the Muslim militants and the hope for continued peace.
The attack yesterday upon our diplomatic posts has caused severe damage to the morale of Americans and of the American diplomatic service. I regret to tell you that four American lives have been lost. In addition, American prestige has been damaged throughout the world.
The Muslim Brotherhood is also active in Syria, in Tunisia, in Algeria, in Europe, and here at home in the continental United States. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.
As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have already announced in the writings attributed to me that where there is a controversy regarding Muslims, I will stand with the Muslims. Accordingly, while I have issued an empty condemnation, I have directed that no actual measures will be taken to address the onslaught against us beyond the most pro forma protections for our other diplomatic facilities.
No matter how distasteful it may be to the people of the nation I was elected to lead, the principle of appeasement must not be abandoned. The American people, in contradiction to their character, must learn the ways of submission.
I believe I interpret the will of my party in Congress and a portion of the people when I assert that we will not only decline to take decisive action but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall repeatedly threaten us in the future.
Hostilies exist. We will, however, ignore them regardless of the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.
With contempt for our armed forces, with the unbounding determination to bow before tyrants, we will aid our adversaries in their quest to gain the inevitable triumph, so help Me.
I ask that the Congress declare that in light of the unprovoked and dastardly attack by the Muslim Brotherhood on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, a strongly-worded letter will be sent by the United States to the Muslim Brotherhood.
—President Barack Hussein Obama