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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

U.S. Ambassador Killed In Libya Attack

U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens in an official portrait. (AP/U.S. State Department)

Libyan officials say the U.S. ambassador to their country and three other American staff members were killed in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, by protesters angry over a film ridiculing Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

The Libyan officials said Ambassador Chris Stevens died Tuesday night when he and a group of embassy employees went to the consulate to try to evacuate staff, as the building came under attack by a mob carrying guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

Egyptians have also protested the film by American-Israeli film maker Sam Bacile, storming the U.S. embassy in Cairo hours before the Libyan attacks.


  • Julian Barnes, reporter for The Wall Street Journal
  • Christopher Dickey, Paris Bureau Chief for Newsweek. He also writes for the Daily Beast

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003000884786 Navin R Johnson

    I hope someday humans will transcend the foolishness of religion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003000884786 Navin R Johnson

    I think it is ridiculous that Christopher Dickey blames the film-makers for the violence.   Let’s keep the blame where it belongs, on the mob.  Killing someone because they offend you is wrong. 

  • http://openid.aol.com/rlupodimare RAOUL

    Maybe if the federal government and the general public would have read Fouad Ajami’s book the Foreigners Gift, we would not have gotten involved in Mideast politics which automatically involves one in Mideast
    religions which for the most part is Islamic with many factions and forms which is beyond any healthy criticism. Mohammed was a genius when he designed his religion which exempted him including his religion from criticism. It is a no win situation when a country inters into the affairs of these Mideast countries trying instill some sort of Islamic Democracy mixed with christianity.  I like what Mitt Romney had to say today concerning this topic. Why, because it illustrates Mitt’s total lack of of diplomacy including his lack of any foreign policy experience. So what would patriot Romney (a person who never served in the Army so he could go on a missionary in France….. or a person whose sons won’t serve in the armed forces of the U.S.) do in Libya or other Mideast countries……. shock and awe them with carpet bombing? Mitt should keep his inexperienced foreign policy ideas to himself.

  • Latitude

    Did I hear the guest correctly – this was an accident?   Ridiculous. 

    • ccjmom

       I believe it was a NY Times reporter that called it an accident.
      one certainly has to wonder about the objectivity of his reporting.

  • BHA_in_Vermont

    Terry Jones says Muslims are intolerant? The man should be looking in a mirror when accuses someone of intolerance.

    And Romney? The man’s foot is approaching his small intestine.  All the “we are the privileged”, “we are the entitled”,  “we are exceptional and infallible”, “we are the leaders of the world” bravado is nothing short of a guarantee that most of the people in the world who may still have a level of respect for the USA will give up if he becomes president. His inability to recognize that diplomacy is key will rank him near the top of the “worst politician ever” list.

    Does President Obama have to “apologize” for the repugnant film? YES. As the leader of this country he needs to let the world know that one wing nut intent on inciting hatred is NOT “America” any more than one terrorist Muslim is “Islam”. One does not have to look very hard to see the extremes some Muslims will reach when their religion is denigrated. The faster the “source” is “disowned” by those high in the power structure, the faster the “fringe” will be mollified.

  • Miloagordon

    Talk about a timely incident to have occurred. All because of a proclaimed “Israeli Jew” and his film, 4 Americans are dead.
    As a matter of fact, the highest representative to a country is ones ambassador.
    Considering that in recent weeks there has been growing tension between the Obama Regime and Netanyahu Regime over Iran, what a surprise. And a day ago, Obama refused to meet with Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu over this issue.
    There is an old saying about the Israeli MOSSAD who happened to be in Libya(along with the CIA) prior, during and now after this revolution doing what they do best.

     The motto of the MOSSAD is “By way of deception, thou shalt do war”.

    What a better way to stick it to Obama, then go after the interests of the US. Now Israel can get back to planning its attack on Iran, whether its Sugar Daddy, the US approves. Anyone remember the attack on the USS Liberty 45 years ago last June? Beware of your “child” in the Middle East. They are a bully. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000709274933 James Brickey

    Anotherfalse flag operation.  We are meant to think this attack was by “muslims” to make war more palatable, so we don’t mind losing thousands more American troops.  American blood is apparently cheap in the eyes of the powers that be.  Well, not to me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/frances.carney.1 Frances Carney

    Write about injustice.  Monday (09/24) the dictator of Iran was interviewed on American TV and then Charlie Rose interviewed the “new” Pres. of Egypt the same night.  These are the same people who sat back and let their Brotherhood murder Americans in Libya.  And our dear Pres. Obama remains apologetic for the killing of these 4 American who were giving their life to serve.
    I just don’t get it.  Where is the justice????

  • MichealFitzPatrick

    Events in the Middle East and the veracity of facts are often clouded, case in point, the Lavon Affair, and the attack on the USS Liberty. In both those cases the Israelis were involved, but the public was not informed toute suite, in fact they have never been resolved to the satisfaction of many. The identities of the perpetrators, of the Benghazi attack, and their motives have not been made public for one reason or another. Security analysts quickly pointed out immediately after the Benghazi attack that there was some indication that it was an inside job, as the whereabouts of the safehouse where the attack took place was classified information. I find it doubtful that President Obama, or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are dishonorable people and concealing relevant information from the public for their own personal and partisan gains, however the same cannot be said for Romney and the republicans, who have seized on the events for partisan purposes, with little or no concern for National Security. It is no secret the Netanyahu has been less than supportive of the present American administration, and Israel has a history of lethal attacks on American assets in the Middle East in order to draw America into a conflict. In the Lavon Affair, Mossad agents carried out bomb attacks on American Diplomatic missions in Egypt, and the USS Liberty attack was carried out by unmarked Israeli planes and gunboats which was eventually softsoap pedalled to the American public as a friendly fire event. The Benghazi attacks were carried out with military precision, now usually in events like this terrorist organizations are quick to claim responsibility yet in the Benghazi attacks no terrorist organizations have stepped up to the plate to take credit.

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