Appearing on 'CBS This Morning,' former President Bill Clinton talked about the anti-Islam film that enraged many Muslims and created chaos in the Middle East, including the attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya.
President Clinton, who is in New York City for the Clinton Global Initiative, also defended the U.S. government's handling of the situation in the Middle East.
President Clinton said: "We weren't disrespecting Islam by not squelching a film trailer that nobody in authority knew anything about; that 99 percent of us think was crude, and disrespectful, and awful."
"We have learned the hard way, over more than 200 years, that in order to preserve freedom, and liberty, including the freedom of religion, you have to allow people to say and do things that you find abhorrent. And you can't react every time you're insulted."