White House spokesman Jay Carney this week felt it important to differentiate between America and this movie that riled up the Muslim world. Unfortunately, there's something the White House is clearly not understanding.
This is a fairly volatile situation, and it is in response not to U.S. policy, not to, obviously, the administration, not to the American people. It is in response to a video – a film – that we have judged to be reprehensive and disgusting. That in no way justifies any violent reaction to it. But this is not a case of protests directed at the United States, writ large, or at U.S. policy. This is in response to a video that is offensive and – to Muslims.
The apparent missing knowledge: the Muslims offended by the movie do not make the same distinction Carney mentions. It's not like they are burning rolls of celluloid - it's American flags they are burning.