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US ambassador to Libya, 3 American staff members killed in attack

Published September 12, 2012
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The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other American staff members were killed Tuesday in an attack on the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi, the White House confirmed. President Obama, in a written statement issued Wednesday morning, called the attack "outrageous" and "senseless."

Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was killed Tuesday night when he and a group of embassy employees went to the consulate to try to evacuate staff. The protesters, angry over a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad, were firing gunshots and rocket-propelled grenades.

"I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens," President Obama said in a statement Wednesday morning. "Right now, the American people have the families of those we lost in our thoughts and prayers. They exemplified America's commitment to freedom, justice, and partnership with nations and people around the globe, and stand in stark contrast to those who callously took their lives."

The president is expected to address the tragedy from the Rose Garden at 10:35 a.m. ET.

Obama, in his statement, said he's directed the administration to provide "all necessary resources" to support security for U.S. personnel in Libya and to increase security at diplomatic offices around the world. One U.S. official said a team of 50 Marines is being deployed to Benghazi to secure the compound.

"While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants," Obama said.

Obama called Stevens "a courageous and exemplary representative of the United States" who "selflessly served our country and the Libyan people" throughout the Libyan revolution.

"His legacy will endure wherever human beings reach for liberty and justice," the president said.

The State Department identified one of the other three Americans killed as Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, a husband and father of two who had worked for the State Department for 10 years. The U.S. government is still notifying the next of kin for the other two individuals killed, and has not identified them.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described Stevens as a passionate and dedicated diplomat who had devoted himself to the transition in post-Qaddafi Libya.

"As the conflict in Libya unfolded, Chris was one of the first Americans on the ground in Benghazi. He risked his own life to lend the Libyan people a helping hand to build the foundation for a new, free nation," she said.

Stevens was appointed as ambassador to Libya in May 2012.

He served as a special representative to the Libyan Transitional National Council during the revolution in 2011, and as the deputy chief of mission from 2007 to 2009. Originally from California, Stevens was an international trade lawyer before joining the Foreign Service in the early 1990s. He also served as a volunteer in the Peace Corps from 1983 to 1985, teaching English in Morocco.

U.S. officials remain on alert for violence at other diplomatic posts.

Hours before the Benghazi attack, hundreds of mainly ultraconservative Islamist protesters in Egypt marched to the U.S. Embassy in downtown Cairo, gathering outside its walls and chanting against the movie and the U.S. Most of the embassy staff had left the compound earlier because of warnings of the upcoming demonstration.

Dozens of protesters then scaled the embassy walls, and several went into the courtyard and took down the American flag from a pole.

They brought it back to the crowd outside, which tried to burn it, but failing that tore it apart. The protesters on the wall then raised on the flagpole a black flag with a Muslim declaration of faith, "There is no god but God and Muhammad is his prophet." The flag, similar to the banner used by Al Qaeda, is commonly used by ultraconservatives around the region.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Embassy in Algiers was warning Americans in the country to avoid non-essential travel amid calls for more protests after the Libya attack.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/12/us-ambassador-to-libya-and-3-emb assy-staff-members-reportedly-killed-in-libya/

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  posted on 9/12/2012 at 08:54 AM
Another demonstration of tolerance from the "Religion of Peace."

 

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  posted on 9/12/2012 at 09:02 AM
Let this be a reminder!

 

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Good thing Obama apologized for all the mistakes the west has made when he started his administration. Of course I don't blame the current administration for these disgusting actions. But I blame it for the absolute refusal to recognize that Islamism is taking over the middle east and it is totally one hundred percent counter to the national security interests of the United States. Strength begets peace and weakness begets violence and war.

And enough is enough for apologizing for offending this religion. The question is starkly posed. Are we going to live in THEIR world where offending them (even in our own country) is a crime or are they going to live in our world where tolerance towards free expression is mandatory even if it is offensive. As we can see we can obviously not live in two separate worlds.

When Salman Rushdie was condemned to death by the Ayatollah, Great Britain withdrew its ambassador and condmned the so-called Fatwah in no uncertain terms. That is the only proper response.

In Egypt the government hasn't even condmened the attack on our embassy or fully apologized for their utter failure to provide security. Will we do anything even verbally other than "deplore the violence." Figure that's a no. Because then it might prove Obama wrong in his view that the "Arab Spring" is a positive thing.

 

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  posted on 9/12/2012 at 11:42 AM
Jimmy Carter II. Sad and predictable.

 

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Would you mind quoting any apology for this country that Obama made?

 

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Good thing Obama apologized for all the mistakes the west has made when he started his administration. Of course I don't blame the current administration for these disgusting actions.


Then why type that first sentence?

 

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1. Apology to Europe: Speech in Strasbourg, France, April 3. “In America, there’s a failure to appreciate Europe‘s leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.”

2. Apology to the Muslim world: Interview with Al Arabiya, January 27. “My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy. We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect.”

3. Apology to the Summit of the Americas: Address to the Summit of the Americas, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, April 17. “While the United States has done much to promote peace and prosperity in the hemisphere, we have at times been disengaged, and at times we sought to dictate our terms.”

4. Apology at the G-20 Summit of World Leaders: News conference in London, April 2. “I just think in a world that is as complex as it is, that it is very important for us to be able to forge partnerships as opposed to simply dictating solutions.”

5. Apology for the War on Terror: Speech in Washington, D.C., May 21. “Unfortunately, faced with an uncertain threat, our government made a series of hasty decisions. I believe that many of these decisions were motivated by a sincere desire to protect the American people. But I also believe that all too often our government made decisions based on fear rather than foresight, that all too often our government trimmed facts and evidence to fit ideological predispositions.”

6. Apology for Guantanamo in France: Speech in Strasbourg, France, April 3. “In dealing with terrorism, we can’t lose sight of our values and who we are. That’s why I closed Guantanamo. That’s why I made very clear that we will not engage in certain interrogation practices. I don’t believe that there is a contradiction between our security and our values. And when you start sacrificing your values, when you lose yourself, then over the long term that will make you less secure.”

7. Apology for America before the Turkish Parliament: Speech to the Turkish Parliament, Ankara, Turkey, April 6. “The United States is still working through some of our own darker periods in our history. Facing the Washington Monument that I spoke of is a memorial of Abraham Lincoln, the man who freed those who were enslaved even after Washington led our Revolution. Our country still struggles with the legacies of slavery and segregation, the past treatment of Native Americans.”

8. Apology for U.S. Policy toward the Americas: Editorial “Choosing a Better Future in the Americas,” April 16. “Too often, the United States has not pursued and sustained engagement with our neighbors. We have been too easily distracted by other priorities, and have failed to see that our own progress is tied directly to progress throughout the Americas.”

9. Apology for the Mistakes of the CIA: Remarks to CIA employees at Langley, Va., April 29. “Don’t be discouraged that we have to acknowledge potentially we’ve made some mistakes.”

10. Apology for Guantanamo: Speech in Washington, D.C., May 21. “There is also no question that Guantanamo set back the moral authority that is America’s strongest currency in the world.”

 

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"When we think of Islam we think of a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. Billions of people find comfort and solace and peace. And that's made brothers and sisters out of every race -- out of every race. America counts millions of Muslims amongst our citizens, and Muslims make an incredibly valuable contribution to our country. Muslims are doctors, lawyers, law professors, members of the military, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, moms and dads. And they need to be treated with respect. In our anger and emotion, our fellow Americans must treat each other with respect. Women who cover their heads in this country must feel comfortable going outside their homes. Moms who wear cover must be not intimidated in America. That's not the America I know. That's not the America I value."

 

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AP) President Bush has apologized to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for an American sniper's use of a copy of the Quran for target practice, Maliki's office said Tuesday.

White House press secretary Dana Perino said Bush spoke to al-Maliki about the Quran shooting incident during a regularly scheduled videoconference on Monday. She said Bush expressed his "serious concern."


 

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President Bush on Thursday apologized for the "humiliation" some Iraqi prisoners suffered at the hands of U.S. troops as he said that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (search) is safe in his job.


At a Rose Garden press conference following a White House meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah (search), Bush offered his first direct apology over the prison issue.


"I told him I was sorry for the humiliation suffered by the Iraqi prisoners and the humiliation suffered by their families," Bush said.



Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,119156,00.html#ixzz26HqG1KlQ

 

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President Bush expressed personal regret to Chinese President Hu Jintao for a protest during an elaborate welcoming ceremony on the White House lawn Thursday.


 

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Would you mind quoting any apology for this country that Obama made?


I personally think the whole apology thing is a made up farce. Some would rather just take the W Bush we are gonna do whatever we want view regardless of what anyone else think including our allies. Obama has taken a more patient approach but has levied the largest and toughest sanctions ever handed out to Iran and we want to see them take full effect before we get drawn into another war that could end up much bigger than just us Israel and Iran involved. Some people seem to forget that there are other countries who might not agree with us who might get involved dragging us into a larger affair at a time when our military is already worn down and over worked. Are we ready for another major war after what we have been through over the last decade??? There is a lot more to be taken into consideration than people are giving this credit for. I for one don't want us to end up in another costly war unless it is absolutely necessary.

 

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1. Apology to Europe: Speech in Strasbourg, France, April 3. “In America, there’s a failure to appreciate Europe‘s leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.”

2. Apology to the Muslim world: Interview with Al Arabiya, January 27. “My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy. We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect.”

3. Apology to the Summit of the Americas: Address to the Summit of the Americas, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, April 17. “While the United States has done much to promote peace and prosperity in the hemisphere, we have at times been disengaged, and at times we sought to dictate our terms.”

4. Apology at the G-20 Summit of World Leaders: News conference in London, April 2. “I just think in a world that is as complex as it is, that it is very important for us to be able to forge partnerships as opposed to simply dictating solutions.”

5. Apology for the War on Terror: Speech in Washington, D.C., May 21. “Unfortunately, faced with an uncertain threat, our government made a series of hasty decisions. I believe that many of these decisions were motivated by a sincere desire to protect the American people. But I also believe that all too often our government made decisions based on fear rather than foresight, that all too often our government trimmed facts and evidence to fit ideological predispositions.”

6. Apology for Guantanamo in France: Speech in Strasbourg, France, April 3. “In dealing with terrorism, we can’t lose sight of our values and who we are. That’s why I closed Guantanamo. That’s why I made very clear that we will not engage in certain interrogation practices. I don’t believe that there is a contradiction between our security and our values. And when you start sacrificing your values, when you lose yourself, then over the long term that will make you less secure.”

7. Apology for America before the Turkish Parliament: Speech to the Turkish Parliament, Ankara, Turkey, April 6. “The United States is still working through some of our own darker periods in our history. Facing the Washington Monument that I spoke of is a memorial of Abraham Lincoln, the man who freed those who were enslaved even after Washington led our Revolution. Our country still struggles with the legacies of slavery and segregation, the past treatment of Native Americans.”

8. Apology for U.S. Policy toward the Americas: Editorial “Choosing a Better Future in the Americas,” April 16. “Too often, the United States has not pursued and sustained engagement with our neighbors. We have been too easily distracted by other priorities, and have failed to see that our own progress is tied directly to progress throughout the Americas.”

9. Apology for the Mistakes of the CIA: Remarks to CIA employees at Langley, Va., April 29. “Don’t be discouraged that we have to acknowledge potentially we’ve made some mistakes.”

10. Apology for Guantanamo: Speech in Washington, D.C., May 21. “There is also no question that Guantanamo set back the moral authority that is America’s strongest currency in the world.”



I don't see those statements as apologies. I see them as explainations or statements of fact that were necessary to restore the dignity of this country after the Bush administration all but turned us into subjects of derision. I guarantee you if a republican had made those statements you wouldn't have uttered a peep.

 

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1. Apology to Europe: Speech in Strasbourg, France, April 3. “In America, there’s a failure to appreciate Europe‘s leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.”

2. Apology to the Muslim world: Interview with Al Arabiya, January 27. “My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy. We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect.”

3. Apology to the Summit of the Americas: Address to the Summit of the Americas, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, April 17. “While the United States has done much to promote peace and prosperity in the hemisphere, we have at times been disengaged, and at times we sought to dictate our terms.”

4. Apology at the G-20 Summit of World Leaders: News conference in London, April 2. “I just think in a world that is as complex as it is, that it is very important for us to be able to forge partnerships as opposed to simply dictating solutions.”

5. Apology for the War on Terror: Speech in Washington, D.C., May 21. “Unfortunately, faced with an uncertain threat, our government made a series of hasty decisions. I believe that many of these decisions were motivated by a sincere desire to protect the American people. But I also believe that all too often our government made decisions based on fear rather than foresight, that all too often our government trimmed facts and evidence to fit ideological predispositions.”

6. Apology for Guantanamo in France: Speech in Strasbourg, France, April 3. “In dealing with terrorism, we can’t lose sight of our values and who we are. That’s why I closed Guantanamo. That’s why I made very clear that we will not engage in certain interrogation practices. I don’t believe that there is a contradiction between our security and our values. And when you start sacrificing your values, when you lose yourself, then over the long term that will make you less secure.”

7. Apology for America before the Turkish Parliament: Speech to the Turkish Parliament, Ankara, Turkey, April 6. “The United States is still working through some of our own darker periods in our history. Facing the Washington Monument that I spoke of is a memorial of Abraham Lincoln, the man who freed those who were enslaved even after Washington led our Revolution. Our country still struggles with the legacies of slavery and segregation, the past treatment of Native Americans.”

8. Apology for U.S. Policy toward the Americas: Editorial “Choosing a Better Future in the Americas,” April 16. “Too often, the United States has not pursued and sustained engagement with our neighbors. We have been too easily distracted by other priorities, and have failed to see that our own progress is tied directly to progress throughout the Americas.”

9. Apology for the Mistakes of the CIA: Remarks to CIA employees at Langley, Va., April 29. “Don’t be discouraged that we have to acknowledge potentially we’ve made some mistakes.”

10. Apology for Guantanamo: Speech in Washington, D.C., May 21. “There is also no question that Guantanamo set back the moral authority that is America’s strongest currency in the world.”


Holy smokes dude!!!! I think you need to look up the definition of what apology means because from 2 to 10 on your list are not apologies in any way shape or form. Admitting some past mistakes by prior administrations is not appologizing to anybody. It would be up to the administration that made said mistakes to appologize. You can't appologize for something you didn't do.

 

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  posted on 9/12/2012 at 03:09 PM
Man wtf is it with you people that make an excuse for Obama on every turn?I've heard the it's because he's black etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc till i could friggin puke.Find a new train to ride PLEASE!And i could give a rats as* less if Haynes and Trucks played a dinner at the White House for him as well.
Least there was some good taste at the RNC with Gregg & Clint.Funny how so many round here loved ol Clint.That is until he spoke at the RNC.Now he's a drooling,hate filled old has been to ya.

 

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  posted on 9/12/2012 at 03:13 PM
Luke, with all due respect, why is it you trash Obama at every turn?

 

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Man wtf is it with you people that make an excuse for Obama on every turn?I've heard the it's because he's black etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc till i could friggin puke.Find a new train to ride PLEASE!And i could give a rats as* less if Haynes and Trucks played a dinner at the White House for him as well.
Least there was some good taste at the RNC with Gregg & Clint.Funny how so many round here loved ol Clint.That is until he spoke at the RNC.Now he's a drooling,hate filled old has been to ya.


My opinion of Clint Eastwood hasn't changed at all, like that even matters.

 

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  posted on 9/12/2012 at 03:15 PM
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Would you mind quoting any apology for this country that Obama made?


Ya'll know I'm no fan...

But I think the timeline has been 'altered' I think there was some sort of apology for the anti muslim video that the nut bag Minister in Florida put up on YouTube.

And supposedly thats what spared the uprising.

But facts are not always facts anymore are they?

 

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  posted on 9/12/2012 at 03:21 PM
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Luke, with all due respect, why is it you trash Obama at every turn?


My guess would be that he just does not like he or his politics...

 

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Luke, with all due respect, why is it you trash Obama at every turn?


I've always thought that Luke has more of a problem with those who don't hate Obama as much as he does than with Obama himself.

 

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  posted on 9/12/2012 at 03:24 PM
Enough is enough. These clowns don't even know who their friends are. WTF ? Stevens was on their side, man ! F*** em. If they are that dense, they do not deserve to breathe the same air we do.

this is BS, and I'm sick of these crazy b*stards.

Like I've thought all along, since I saw Blackhawk Down anyway, all we gotta do to keep these d*ckheads off the streets is fill up some transports with pig's blood and pork by-products and anytime they start to get riled up just fly over and let the red rain fall. After that, they'll all be so busy scrubbing the streets and praying they won't have time to worry about movies that offend their precious faith.

Fight idiocy with idiocy. Trying to rescue some hostages ? Soak the area, then move in. Oink. Only trouble would be if they come up with a religious loophole that allows military martyrs to do battle for the faith on a field cursed with pig's blood. Still, it would at least slow down these obnoxious screaming mobs. Or, maybe medicate their water supply, calm them down, they are too high-strung.

Or, you know what? just finish the job clean. forget this helping the enemy out after the war crap, it always comes back and bites us in the @ss. As far as I see it, this is a done deal.


 

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Good thing Obama apologized for all the mistakes the west has made when he started his administration. Of course I don't blame the current administration for these disgusting actions.


Then why type that first sentence?


Because it was wrong stupid and absurd to go to the Middle East and tell them all the things the West has done wrong.

 

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1. Apology to Europe: Speech in Strasbourg, France, April 3. “In America, there’s a failure to appreciate Europe‘s leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.”

2. Apology to the Muslim world: Interview with Al Arabiya, January 27. “My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy. We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect.”

3. Apology to the Summit of the Americas: Address to the Summit of the Americas, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, April 17. “While the United States has done much to promote peace and prosperity in the hemisphere, we have at times been disengaged, and at times we sought to dictate our terms.”

4. Apology at the G-20 Summit of World Leaders: News conference in London, April 2. “I just think in a world that is as complex as it is, that it is very important for us to be able to forge partnerships as opposed to simply dictating solutions.”

5. Apology for the War on Terror: Speech in Washington, D.C., May 21. “Unfortunately, faced with an uncertain threat, our government made a series of hasty decisions. I believe that many of these decisions were motivated by a sincere desire to protect the American people. But I also believe that all too often our government made decisions based on fear rather than foresight, that all too often our government trimmed facts and evidence to fit ideological predispositions.”

6. Apology for Guantanamo in France: Speech in Strasbourg, France, April 3. “In dealing with terrorism, we can’t lose sight of our values and who we are. That’s why I closed Guantanamo. That’s why I made very clear that we will not engage in certain interrogation practices. I don’t believe that there is a contradiction between our security and our values. And when you start sacrificing your values, when you lose yourself, then over the long term that will make you less secure.”

7. Apology for America before the Turkish Parliament: Speech to the Turkish Parliament, Ankara, Turkey, April 6. “The United States is still working through some of our own darker periods in our history. Facing the Washington Monument that I spoke of is a memorial of Abraham Lincoln, the man who freed those who were enslaved even after Washington led our Revolution. Our country still struggles with the legacies of slavery and segregation, the past treatment of Native Americans.”

8. Apology for U.S. Policy toward the Americas: Editorial “Choosing a Better Future in the Americas,” April 16. “Too often, the United States has not pursued and sustained engagement with our neighbors. We have been too easily distracted by other priorities, and have failed to see that our own progress is tied directly to progress throughout the Americas.”

9. Apology for the Mistakes of the CIA: Remarks to CIA employees at Langley, Va., April 29. “Don’t be discouraged that we have to acknowledge potentially we’ve made some mistakes.”

10. Apology for Guantanamo: Speech in Washington, D.C., May 21. “There is also no question that Guantanamo set back the moral authority that is America’s strongest currency in the world.”


Thank you Scotty. I didn't want to have to take the time to look all that up when anyone with two eyes and two ears knows what his policy has been since he took office.

 

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Good thing Obama apologized for all the mistakes the west has made when he started his administration. Of course I don't blame the current administration for these disgusting actions.


Then why type that first sentence?


Because it was wrong stupid and absurd to go to the Middle East and tell them all the things the West has done wrong.


Why didn't you have any issues with President Bush and his apologies in that same region?

 

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