U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, Three Aides Killed in Libya

The U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens (pictured), and three American members of his staff were killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi inspired by anger over a film posted on YouTube and promoted by Florida pastor Terry Jones:

StevensJones showed the trailer for the film, which disparages the life of the Prophet Mohammed and his followers, on Tuesday during what he called, "International Judge Mohammad Day."

"Reports say the film depicts Muhammad and Islam’s other founders as womanizers, child molesters and homosexuals," according to the Wisconsin Gazette.

Graphic photos (warning) of what appears to be Ambassador Stevens after the attack were released by AFP.

President Obama released a statement:

I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. 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.
 
I have directed my Administration to provide all necessary resources to support the security of our personnel in Libya, and to increase security at our diplomatic posts around the globe. 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.
 
On a personal note, Chris was a courageous and exemplary representative of the United States. Throughout the Libyan revolution, he selflessly served our country and the Libyan people at our mission in Benghazi. As Ambassador in Tripoli, he has supported Libya's transition to democracy. His legacy will endure wherever human beings reach for liberty and justice. I am profoundly grateful for his service to my Administration, and deeply saddened by this loss.
 
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.

As did Secretary of State Clinton:

I condemn in the strongest terms the attack on our mission in Benghazi today. As we work to secure our personnel and facilities, we have confirmed that one of our State Department officers was killed. We are heartbroken by this terrible loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and those who have suffered in this attack.

This evening, I called Libyan President Magariaf to coordinate additional support to protect Americans in Libya. President Magariaf expressed his condemnation and condolences and pledged his government's full cooperation.

Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.

In light of the events of today, the United States government is working with partner countries around the world to protect our personnel, our missions, and American citizens worldwide.

RomneyMitt Romney launched a political attack on Obama:

“I'm outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi," said Romney in the statement, which the campaign initially embargoed for midnight, which was when the 9/11 anniversary would have ended, and was sent out a short time ago (this was one of the sharper statements of the day, although as I noted earlier, the anniversary was hardly devoid of politics by both Democrats and the Obama campaign, and Republicans, before this).

"It's disgraceful that the Obama Administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks,” Romney added.

The Obama campaign responded:

“We are shocked that, at a time when the United States of America is confronting the tragic death of one of our diplomatic officers in Libya, Governor Romney would choose to launch a political attack.”

Comments

  1. MarkUs says

    Carter. Reagan. 1980.
    Hope this doesn’t upset his Letterman gig. We already know it was more important than meeting with Bibi.

  2. jamal49 says

    That @$$hole, Terry Jones, should be brought up on murder charges. That low-life, evangelical provocateur should be held responsible for the death of the Ambassador and other American who gets killed because of this.

    I do not exonerate the idiotic Muslims who have done the killing. It probably shows just how insane and degenerate Muslim fundamentalists are, just like their evangelical counterparts.

    But Terry Jones KNEW and HAS ALWAYS KNOWN the danger of his deliberate actions to provoke Muslims. He is directly responsible for those murders. He willfully incited what essentially was a Muslim lynching of the Ambassador.

    That SOB Jones should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of U.S. law for hate speech, defamation, and inciting violence.

  3. Alex Parrish says

    The Romney response shows just how low this Willard creep will stoop to try to discredit the President. Romney deserves our scorn, not our votes. I am appalled.

  4. jason says

    Mitt is stupid on this. He shouldn’t be politicizing this horrible event. He’s showing that tact isn’t his strong point. Mitt needs to pull his head in and apologize on this particular faux pas.

  5. simon says

    Romney’s “sympathize with those who waged the attacks”. Where does that come from? It was not in Obama’s statement. It doesn’t even make sense.

  6. Will says

    Romney is an idiot. Un fnnnn believable.

    One more reason (as if we really needed it) to make sure this guy is not elected and further evidence to remind everyone you know to get out and vote for Obama.

    OBAMA / Biden 2012

  7. Oz in OK says

    Terry Jones has blood on his hands. LITERALLY! The people responsible for these murders should be brought up on charges, but Jones did this ‘movie’ knowing FULL WELL that it would incite the Muslim fundamentalists to bloody riot. HE KNEW THIS WOULD HAPPEN AND DID IT ANYWAY!!

    I am so pissed about this.

    Oh and Romney – do the letters ‘F-O’ mean anything to you? They should!

  8. Joey says

    The film was created by a man in Calif. who says he is an Israeli Jew and the film was paid for by some 100 Jews. It was translated into Arabic by a anti-Muslim Coptic Egyptian and promoted by a radical Christian. Leading to protests by radical Islamic fundamentalists who solve things through murder.

    Now the Romney camp tries to use these deaths to win political points. Sad day for America and humanity

  9. Michaelandfred says

    Romney’s a pig. Full stop. Is there not an ounce of decency left in the GOP? Please let them lose this election and finally send the religious right to the dustbin of American history.

  10. dixichuk says

    You’d think the Pastor Terry Jones would have his hands full dealing with all the child molestation, rape and sexual misconduct of his own brand of Christian religious leaders, not to mention the hate and violence his group is becoming more known for than anything to do with their namesake.

  11. Aulton says

    This wanton savagery cannot continue. For the sake of humanity, all religions must be destroyed. This is yet more proof of that.

  12. Diogenes Arktos says

    Terry Jones will probably follow the example of Scott Lively of Defend the Family International who denied that his leading role in a 2009 anti-gay conference in Uganda could possibly have had anything to do with that country’s Kill-the-gays legislation of 2009 and subsequent murders of LGBT activists.

  13. kp05 says

    I get it when fringe nutbags spew their anti-Obama hatred in a pitiful attempt to blame him for everything wrong in the world or pin him as sympathetic to extremist causes, but when this absolute, tin-foil nonsense comes from people like Mitt Romney and Reince Priebus, all decency, all sense, all critical thinking is void from the entire Republican party, unless people are willing to call them out on this absolute garbage and pathetic exploitations of American lives lost.

  14. Patrick says

    Clearly Romney failed his basic international relations courses in University. Nobody wants to go into Libya it is a black hole with too much money and too much effort for little and short lived return in the end… what idiotic things to say…

  15. Rick says

    This probably had nothing to do with Terry Jones.

    Muslims do not need a movie to inspire them to hate Western/American culture and its feminist values.

    And it is not just “extremists” who hate that culture; it is the average man (and yes, even woman) on the street.

    They can see the kind of social breakdown and dysfunction that feminism has wrought in the West and have no desire for their own societies to be infected by it.

    Understandably so.

    And if America continues to try to force feminism down their throats, it will continue to be hated for it and will pay the price for doing so, this being an example of that.

  16. Frank says

    Ah Rick- you never cease to amaze me no matter what the topic. And please do not take this as a compliment!

  17. Jack says

    Jamal49/Others:

    Want to charge Terry Jones? Fine. But not until we charge everyone here who says that religion must be destroyed, or that the AFA is a hate group. Works both ways, you know.

    In this country, we punish people who do bad things, not the people who said something that the bad actors disagreed with. To do otherwise is to institute the “heckler’s veto,” by which all anyone has to do to suppress speech is commit a crime and blame it on the speech that they didn’t like. It’s not workable.

  18. Mikemike says

    @Markus. Maybe the President is trying to send a not-so-subtle message that he’s not willing to jump when a foreign head of state demands it. Maybe the POTUS doesn’t appreciate “Bibi”(such a cutesy name for an ugly man) trying to dictate US foreign policy by trying to circumvent the Administration by running to the GOP in Congress and the press.

    Newsflash: the United States’ foreign policy is meant to serve the United States. It’s not there to be bent by a right-wing self-sabotaging foreign leader who always has his hands out for more of our foreign aid.

  19. cadence says

    Terry Jones is a bigot and an idiot, but I’m not going to blame him for the actions of crazy people who would go on a killing spree because of a movie.

    Those people have a strange sense of logic, as does Mitt Romney, who would rather pander to birthers at a time like this, instead of actually reacting to what the President said, or commenting on the killings, and the lives that were lost.

  20. says

    So a radical Christian pisses off a bunch of radical Muslims, and they decide the best way to solve the problem is to kill some people who had NOTHING to do with the radical Christians. *facepalm*

  21. D Gwinn says

    The commenter above describes Terry Jones as an “evangelical.” That’s absurd. He is normally described as a “fundamentalist.” Evangelicals do not burn Korans or any other religious materials. Rather, we often study the materials of other religions so that we can find ways to introduce them to Christ. No, don’t whitewash evangelicalism and falsely accuse us for anti-Muslim movies and their backlash.

  22. Aulton says

    In other words, Gwinn, people like you are part of the problem. It doesn’t matter what sect you are, you are contributing to the problem. The problem is religious influence, period. It is what sparked this atrocity, and its elimination is the only solution to problems like this.

    Before you say anything, I mean all religious influence, including Islamic. They have proven themselves bloodthirsty enough to not need provocation to kill innocents, just like you Christians.

  23. fedorajoe says

    Terry Jones is a pig, but the parties to blame here are the ones who did the killing. If you would kill an uninvolved stranger because of a movie on YouTube, then you don’t need much provocation to resort to violence, do you?

  24. cadence says

    Aulton, you are the one who is acting like an extremist. Common sense should tell you that people who share the same Religion aren’t going to think exactly alike or do the same things.

  25. Aulton says

    And yet those who dissent seem to be unable (or perhaps even unwilling) to keep their harmful elements in check. Therefore they are part of the problem. What does it matter if they think the same or not if they refuse to stop those who harm innocents? You are also part of the problem for trying to excuse their behavior, for defending the indefensible.

  26. says

    Its too bad that those offended don’t seem to understand that most of the US find the bile spewed by hateful “pastors” like Jones.

    Why kill diplomats who have NOTHING to do with the offense. I don’t get that mindset. If you have to go after someone – track down the director in hiding or go after the guy promoting “Judge Mohammed Day?”

  27. ratbastard says

    Romney needs to TONE IT DOWN.

    Israel and individual Israelis need to stay the phuk out of American politics and the Nov. American election. Of course they won’t.

    The Middle East is a clusterphuk. There can be no good outcome, the hate is just too strong and entrenched. Israel will eventually have to resort to using nukes and that will be a disaster of the whole planet.

  28. Linda says

    Strong argument for athiesm?? really. Don’t you know that athiests have caused more deaths this century than religious wars (which I term loosely). These Marxists/Communists have murdered scores of victims in both world wars, Viet Nam. Islam is just another truly lousey invention, concocted by Mohammed who didn’t have a clue about any religion because he coveted $$ pouring into Medina during their religious pilgramages. And, there is a hell even if atheisms scoff at the notion.

  29. MaddM@@ says

    since when does Mitt need to have comments rooted in any sort of reality to say them? Remember, they’re going full-on Goebbels for this election, saying anything they want and jsut repeating it enough that people think it’s true.

    and BTW is romney getting ready to sing bohemian rhapsody? What is up with that picture?