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U.S. Embassy Spends $70K on Ads Denouncing Anti-Muslim Film for Pakistani TV

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U.S. Embassy Spends $70K on Ads Denouncing Anti-Muslim Film for Pakistani TV

U.S. Embassy in Islamabad Spends $70K on Ads Denouncing Anti Muslim Film for Pakistani TV

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The U.S. Embassy in Pakistan has started screening advertisements on Pakistani television featuring President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemning the film “Innocence of Muslims.”

The ad cost the embassy $70,000 and started running on Thursday, the Associated Press reported. It features clips of both Obama and Clinton each denouncing the film and seeking to distance the United States from it, their words translated in Urdu.

“A message from the President of the United States Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,” the spot begins.

“Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths,” Obama says. “We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. None.”

It ends with the seal of the American Embassy in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told the AP the spot was produced by the embassy, which spent $70,000 to air it on seven Pakistani television stations. It is only running in Pakistan.

“As you know, after the (anti-Islam) video came out, there was concern in lots of bodies politic, including Pakistan, as to whether this represented the views of the U.S. government,” Nuland said. “So, in order to be sure that we reached the largest number of Pakistanis, some 90 million as I understand it in this case with these spots, it was the judgment that this was the best way to do it.”

“Innocence of Muslims,” which denigrates the Prophet Muhammad as an womanizer and child molester, has been blamed at least in part for igniting violent protests across the Arab world. According to the AP, 30 people have been killed, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other American personnel in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

“Let me state very clearly, and I hope it is obvious, that the United States government had absolutely nothing to do with this video,” Clinton states in the ad. “We absolutely reject its content and message. America’s commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation.”

The State Department on Thursday warned all U.S. citizens against traveling to Pakistan until further notice as demonstrations around the country continued.

by on Sep. 20, 2012 at 5:15 PM
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Celtic_Dragon
by Member on Sep. 20, 2012 at 11:24 PM

You can only move foreward. At least they are DOING something about it.

Quoting Ednarooni160:


Quoting Celtic_Dragon:

Yeah cause you know, the taxpaying dollar shouldn't be spent in trying to protect our people for foreign crime and violence.

Quoting imamomzilla:

 Why are we, the taxpayers, footing the bill? If O-bow-ma wants to apologize, let him open his own damn wallet.

This is disgraceful.


I would have felt better about my tax dollars protecting them better BEFORE they were murdered.


Celtic_Dragon
by Member on Sep. 20, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Well, we can try the inexpensive route first. If that doesn't work, then we bust out the big guns. But honestly, you can't really blame these people for being angry. It certainly isn't just about the video, although that certainly didn't help matters. We are sitting on top of their natural resources and they are pissed off about it. And they should be.

Quoting Ednarooni160:

Honestly this isn't the first time we have heard "death" to Americans.. "kill the infidels"..etc.by hundreds of disgruntled people. They know this isn't about the video..and it's still going on.. Hilary and Obama made several attempts to say exactly what they are saying in the ads and things are still happening..  I don't think this is over..even with the ads.. I hope I'm wrong..I really do.


Ednarooni160
by Eds on Sep. 20, 2012 at 11:31 PM


Quoting Celtic_Dragon:

Well, we can try the inexpensive route first. If that doesn't work, then we bust out the big guns. But honestly, you can't really blame these people for being angry. It certainly isn't just about the video, although that certainly didn't help matters. We are sitting on top of their natural resources and they are pissed off about it. And they should be.

Quoting Ednarooni160:

Honestly this isn't the first time we have heard "death" to Americans.. "kill the infidels"..etc.by hundreds of disgruntled people. They know this isn't about the video..and it's still going on.. Hilary and Obama made several attempts to say exactly what they are saying in the ads and things are still happening..  I don't think this is over..even with the ads.. I hope I'm wrong..I really do.


Being "angry" does not give people permission to sodomize and murder someone..especially on property that is considered American soil.

Celtic_Dragon
by Member on Sep. 21, 2012 at 12:46 AM

No, it certainly doesn't. Which is why the president stated that this was uncalled for in the ad.


Quoting Ednarooni160:


Quoting Celtic_Dragon:

Well, we can try the inexpensive route first. If that doesn't work, then we bust out the big guns. But honestly, you can't really blame these people for being angry. It certainly isn't just about the video, although that certainly didn't help matters. We are sitting on top of their natural resources and they are pissed off about it. And they should be.

Quoting Ednarooni160:

Honestly this isn't the first time we have heard "death" to Americans.. "kill the infidels"..etc.by hundreds of disgruntled people. They know this isn't about the video..and it's still going on.. Hilary and Obama made several attempts to say exactly what they are saying in the ads and things are still happening..  I don't think this is over..even with the ads.. I hope I'm wrong..I really do.


Being "angry" does not give people permission to sodomize and murder someone..especially on property that is considered American soil.


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