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At the moment the news is breaking literally and so many different places US Marines now heading to Yemen we got that word.
Earlier today reports of hundreds in the capital city of -- -- trying to storm the US embassy there as they did yesterday as well.
From Lebanon demonstrators burning down a Kentucky fried chicken restaurant there.
My next guest has served as ambassador five times in five different locations Iraq Pakistan Syria.
Kuwait and Lebanon Ryan Crocker mr.
ambassador welcome to our program here and good morning -- I want to begin with you.
And offer my condolences to your friend Chris Stevens and the loss of him three others in that -- -- what -- you know him.
Well thanks Phil and thanks for your kind words.
I knew Chris quite well use one of our our best and brightest.
-- her finest experts on the Middle East and when her greatest officers were.
We're pretty small family in the -- -- to be here the State Department and it feels like a family loss it's also lost in the nation and frankly it's a -- the Libyan people they have no greater supporter.
-- is in so many people have talked with such great eloquence about his life has worked there it is indeed a loss.
In the bigger picture mr.
ambassador you have spent so many years overseas in these parts of the world your perspective is invaluable how are we to understand.
Where this is going.
Well the first thing to to recall though is we we -- Parts of this movie before this is not the first time that.
-- are perceived in the region and is desecration -- Islam.
And it resulted in violent outbursts I've seen it in Pakistan and I saw us when I was ambassador in Afghanistan -- -- -- just returned.
A -- Around the world some of his spontaneous.
Some -- it is deliberately directed.
We're we're gonna -- to write this out as we've written -- before we're going to have to.
Use all our contacts.
And relationships with -- local governments and security forces because they won't have to take the brunt of it.
And we're gonna have to bring in our own assets as we've done off the coast of Libya.
Interest you know ten you mentioned the -- yeah.
Daryn I was where the American flag was -- first raised by a combined those State Department US marine expeditionary tourists in victory over.
Rebels on foreign soil back beginning in the nineteenth century so we're we're back full circle.
Back to the shores of Tripoli.
Is the biggest issue already showing that.
Egypt is going to be a problem for some time to come.
Bill I think a lot of us who watched the unfolding -- -- -- -- spring here and fell almost from the outset that this is just a curtain raiser.
They're going to be problems in Egypt.
In Libya in every single state in which your -- you just toppled.
Justice was a case for different reasons in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The end of -- regime is the beginning the new set of challenges it can go on poorer years if not decades so.
You know we're still.
And act one scene one.
Around the region with these new new governments and -- passenger seat belt.
Secretary Clinton said yesterday the United States government and quoting her now had -- nothing to do with this video.
Now it in the Arab world that does it make a difference before apologizing for a film that we have nothing to do.
Is she didn't if she didn't apologize she simply stated that.
It will matter in some quarters I think it is important to the friendly governments that they hear that and are able to use it.
But at a certain point history becomes so inflamed it no matter what you say here.
They're gonna keep on going until there beaten back.
And you become the second part of the equation.
In my experience in some of these cases.
Organized groups take advantage of the street emotion.
Which is already been alleged in case moving.
I guess my question was more directed toward what those in this region this part of the world have -- have not seen.
In your experience do they stop and look at this film online.
What is this just spread through text messages and Twitter and FaceBook and social media and cell phones that you know that are ever present now.
It's a combination of both bill.
I sometimes think we overestimate did -- two.
The new social media.
Some have them the vast majority don't the the main trail.
And a standard communication continues to be word of -- and -- Destruction can -- be ferocious.
Ryan Crocker thank you mr.
ambassador at Spokane Washington is back home in eastern Washington we will call on you again.
-- -- -- -- -- a few days sir thank you bill.
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