J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. Ambassador to Libya, was [murdered by suffocation] in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, eastern Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012. The Associated Press and Reuters have confirmed Ambassador Stevens’ death along with four other U.S. diplomats, reports CBS News.
Bruce Herschensohn, a former deputy assistant to President Richard Nixon, just told Fox News, “This is an ACT OF WAR. … Your embassy should be as safe as your living room.”
Nixon’s former aide demanded of President Obama, “For God’s sake, stay home and be Commander in Chief.”
Ah … There it is again. The age-old question, “Where on the back nine is Barack Obama?” Then there’s the oft-asked question, “How’s that 3 a.m. phone call working out for you? Being Commander-In-Chief is a tough gig, even if it is part-time, given your hectic schedule campaigning, fundraising, playing golf, and getting 50% of your intelligence briefings.”
Below is MTTT ROMNEY’s statement prior to the news of the ambassador’s murder and word that THREE more Americans were also murdered. Mitt’s reaction will be drowned out or, worse, he’ll be accused of politicking on 9/11 (which Obama and Axelrod did all day). Nonetheless, MITT IS ON THE BALL and NOT just staring DOWN at his
balls, er ball. Our next president is handling HIS first foreign crisis precisely as he should while treading cautiously, thanks to the MSM. I just wish Romney got the intel briefings (because he would listen and study each issue). And I wish he were in the Sit Room with his V.P., Secretary of State, Joint Chiefs, and more:
Oh, I have news! After hunting through five articles, I found the FIRST mention of President Barack Obama via the New York Times, which added a dubious response (in that undoubtedly some low-level speechwriter, or an enterprising NYT reporter (heh), came up with the statement):
[C]onfirming the four fatalities, President Obama said he strongly condemned the killing — the first death of an American envoy abroad in more than two decades — and had ordered increased security at American diplomatic posts.
“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,” Mr. Obama said, calling Mr. Stevens “a courageous and exemplary representative of the United States” who had “selflessly served our country and the Libyan people at our mission in Benghazi” …
“The brave Americans we lost represent the extraordinary service and sacrifices that our civilians make every day around the globe. As we stand united with their families, let us now redouble our own efforts to carry their work forward,”…
Mr. Stevens, a veteran of American diplomatic missions in Libya, served in Benghazi during the uprising against Colonel Qaddafi, and he was widely admired by the Libyan rebels for his support of their struggle. … Read all
A WSJ photo of J. Christopher Stevens in Libya. There’s also a poignant video below, via WSJ and the State Department. (ALSO: See Larry’s post critical of Hillary.)
U.S. State Department Video (YouTube)
U.S. Embassy – Tripoli, Libya
A moving video of a highly-qualified ambassador
CBS NEWS at 2 a.m. PDT:
[…] Wanis al-Sharef, an Interior Ministry official in Benghazi, said a total of four Americans were killed when the angry mob, which gathered to protest a U.S.-made film that ridicules Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, fired guns and burned down the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
Al-Sharef said [J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. Ambassador to Libya] died of suffocation, while two U.S. Marines sent to Benghazi when the clash erupted were shot and killed by well-armed protesters. It was not immediately clear whether the Marines were part of Stevens’ security detail. The American whose death was confirmed on Tuesday also died of a gunshot wound.
According to his biography page on the U.S. Embassy’s website, Stevens “was the American representative to the Transitional National Council in Benghazi during the revolution,” in Libya. Benghazi was the capital of rebel-held Libya during the uprising to oust Qaddafi.
According to the Benghazi security official who spoke to media Wednesday, the angry mob stormed the consulate after the U.S. troops who responded fired rounds into the air to try and disperse the crowd.
The official said the Libyan guards employed to guard the consulate building were far outgunned by the protesters, and thus retreated when the building was stormed.
The Wall Street Journal has more, including video of the riots in Egypt. From “U.S. Ambassador to Libya Is Killed“:
The circumstances surrounding the death of Ambassador Stevens weren’t immediately clear. The American official, who is usually based in the capital Tripoli, apparently was visiting Benghazi ahead of the planned opening of an American cultural center there, according to a Libyan official.
The U.S. Embassy declined to comment on the news, with a diplomat in Tripoli saying that a statement would be released soon. A second Libyan official said that the newly elected General National Congress was expected to call a state of emergency in Libya later in the day. …
Now read Larry’s post, “Obama Bows To Extremism” for an expert’s view. Larry Johnson served in the CIA, the State Department, and to this day works with embassies and consulates anywhere that his business takes him.