Published September 12, 2012
The top U.S. military official has asked a Florida pastor to pull his support of an anti-Islam film that may have played a role in inciting protesters who attacked U.S. diplomatic posts in Libya and Egypt.
Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke with Terry Jones by phone Wednesday morning to voice his concerns.
"In the brief call, Gen Dempsey expressed his concerns over the nature of the film, the tensions it will inflame and the violence it will cause. He asked Mr. Jones to consider withdrawing his support for the film," Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan said.
Four American officials, including the ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, were killed in the attack Tuesday on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. There are conflicting stories over whether the protesters in Libya were attacking because of the film or whether it was a pre-planned and coordinated strike.
Jones has caused Pentagon concern before, when he threatened to burn Korans. He eventually called off the demonstration.