Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Obama Speaks on the Attack on Benghazi

The attack by a small group of extremists killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. This is so sad and tragic, especially given  Stevens' passion for Libya. He apparently suffocated, according to the doctor that treated him. Libyans helped get people to the hospital. Libya's interim president offered an apology. See photos of Libyans speaking out against the attack.

The attack was in response to a film made by Sam Bacile, which was promoted by our own rightwing thug and Koran burner, Terry Jones. Bacile, the coward, is now in hiding.

Hillary Clinton in full:

Presidential Proclamation -- Honoring the Victims of the Attack in Benghazi, Libya


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As a mark of respect for the memory of John Christopher Stevens, United States Ambassador to Libya, and American personnel killed in the senseless attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, September 16, 2012. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twelfth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.


While our rightwing (including Romney) and rightwing people everywhere try to inflame, an apology:

The world is tired of rightwing extremists, whether they come from America or Libya or wherever.

Obama meets with State Dept. workers:

Obama's written 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.