U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey asked Florida Pastor Terry Jones to retract his reported support for a movie that portrays the Prophet Mohammed in a negative way, saying it “could cause” more violence.
“This was a brief call in which Gen. Dempsey expressed his concerns over the nature of the film, the tensions it could inflame and the violence it could cause, and he asked Mr. Jones to consider withdrawing his support for the film,” a senior Defense Department official said today. Dempsey is the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Jones did not promise to pull his support for the movie. A mob of Egyptians reportedly angry about the movie trailer stormed the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, yesterday — the 11th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks – pulled down the American flag and replaced it with an Islamist banner.
Worse yet, the U.S. Embassy in Libya also came under attack. “This was a coordinated attack, more of a commando style event. It had both coordinated fire, direct fire, indirect fire,” Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., told WTOP based on an intelligence briefing.
The Libyan attackers killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.