Update on Benghazi embassy attack: US Ambassador and 3 others murdered

Ambassador Christopher Stevens

US Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, murdered in Benghazi (via Wikipedia)

Further to my previous post about the violence at the Cairo and Benghazi US embassies, the shocking news is that the American Ambassador Christopher Stevens was murdered, along with three other embassy staff.

The US ambassador to Libya is among four Americans killed in an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, President Barack Obama has confirmed.

Unidentified armed men stormed the grounds overnight amid uproar among Muslims over a US-produced film said to insult the Prophet Muhammad.

They shot at buildings and threw handmade bombs into the compound.

It has not been confirmed how the ambassador, J Christopher Stevens, and the others died.

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Reports suggest that Ambassador Stevens and his staff went to the consulate in an attempt to evacuate the site after it was attacked.

They were reportedly trying to leave the consulate building for a safer location when gunmen launched an intense attack, “The American ambassador and three staff members were killed when gunmen fired rockets in their direction,” a Libyan official in Benghazi told Reuters news agency.

The Libyan doctor who treated Mr Stevens in hospital said he had died of severe asphyxiation, apparently from smoke inhalation, with no other injuries, and that he had tried for 90 minutes to revive him.

He was the only American brought into the Benghazi Medical Centre and initially nobody realised he was the ambassador, Ziad Abu Zeid told the Associated Press news agency.

A second US man killed in the attack was named as Sean Smith, a father of two who was employed as an information management officer.

The names of the remaining two victims have not yet been released.

This time the White House’s condemnation of the attack was a lot more robust than the earlier weak-kneed comment about the violence at the Cairo embassy.

“I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens,” Obama said in a statement. “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.”

In an allusion to the film that sparked violent protests in both Benghazi and Cairo, Egypt, the president said that while the United States “rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose… senseless violence.”

Israeli President Shimon Peres sent a condolence letter to Obama condemning the attacks and expressing sorrow on behalf of all of Israel.

Here’s the full text of Obama’s statement (h/t Israellycool).

Meanwhile Obama is walking back the sorry statement after the Cairo embassy attack, saying it was issued by the Cairo embassy without clearance from Washington:

The Obama administration is disavowing a statement from its own Cairo embassy that seemed to apologize for anti-Muslim activity in the United States.

“The statement by Embassy Cairo was not cleared by Washington and does not reflect the views of the United States government,” an administration official told POLITICO.

The U.S. embassy in Cairo issued a statement Tuesday condemning the anti-Muslim film that reportedly sparked the violent protests against U.S. diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya.

“The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions,” the embassy said in a statement.

I wonder whether this statement would have been disavowed had the violence not gone so far in Libya. It’s about time that America stopped grovelling before the evil terrorists and stood up proudly for what it believes in.

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8 Responses to Update on Benghazi embassy attack: US Ambassador and 3 others murdered

  1. Aridog says:

    Additional Embassies and US government facilities are under siege or attack elsewhere than Egypt and Libya, as we speak. US facilities in Kabul, Afghanistan are under attack, US facilites in Tunisia are under attack…it goes on as the present time passes. We in the USA are about to pay in blood for our stupidity in electing an idiot as well as kissing every terrorist butt we could bow down before for the past decade or two. It is not NEW…just looking at history post WWII we have Vietnam Tet’68, Vietnam 30 Apr 1975, and Tehran, Iran 1979, just covering embassy incidents…every one ended with a defeat for us however you look at it….now we watch as Islamic Jihadis celebrate 9/11 for us, eh? And we sit idle as a eunuch.

    If Israel is David and her enemies are Goliath, then when David reaches for a stone he better make sure it is NOT the US wimpy ping pong ball he fetches up. As a USA citizen and veteran I find the entire situation embarrassing for it’s ignorance, stupidity, and failure to grasp an ounce of history. It angers me. I guess that is obvious. An acquaintance of Anne’s and mine has suggested that the ability to provide peace, control the crazies, and so forth is the key to power and respect. What he didn’t say is that the USA is rapidly losing that ability in its own right. WE are, and when we loss more of it, no one will listen any longer….and we can again send thousands to die in other people’s wars because we were too spineless to prevent them.

    • anneinpt says:

      the ability to provide peace, control the crazies, and so forth is the key to power and respect. What he didn’t say is that the USA is rapidly losing that ability in its own right.

      What’s worse is that the USA – or rather the Administration under Obama – is deliberately losing that ability. It’s dropping that ability. It’s their declared policy to weaken America’s foreign power. It makes no sense to me but that is what is happening.

      • Aridog says:

        The current administration is administering the Cloward-Piven Strategy to overwhelm the country’s financial system, then take over as an autocracy before setting up a central committee form of dictatorship. The task is nearly half accomplished with the emasculation of Congress (no budget anymore,fiat spending) and intimidation of the Supreme Court (Executive will NOT enforce any ruling it doesn’t ordain). The intent, if anyone is honest about it, is to eventually join an “Internationale” along the Marx,Engels, & Lenin line of thinking. There will also be “Trotskys” among those who assist in the implementation…e.g., those “disappeared” when usefulness is used up.

        The liberal progressives who dream of this utopia since mother & fathers’ days in college, late 20’s early 30’s, have never fathomed the human nature concept of in any “group” of humans with alleged co-equal leadership, there will ALWAYS be a struggle for “supreme equality” …e.g., “the keeper of the guillotine keys.” Even Maoists couldn’t avoid it…only ancient Chinese cultural behavior (absorb and change foreign influence) has saved them…so far. Without radical alteration of course, we are nearly inevitably heading for communal society with seriously reduced world influence and power.
        ***************************************************************************
        There you have a crude synopsis of a thesis I wrote in 1966 for a Poli Sci class…got an A (4.0) on it for “propaganda” writing (the professor’s description)….from a card carrying member of the US Communist party. I was rather sophomoric I think, but today I sense the very same things. That professor actually, though a Commie, was better versed in history than most of the professors of those days, and less in denial about it than most of the students. We had a beer occasionally and I enjoyed every minute of those repartees, without rancor. Unlike today’s politicians in Washington DC, especially “dear leader” the good professor would entertain disagreement and debate it honestly…even if, IMO, he was wrong. I was a skilled tradesman night school student by then, and I think he found that interesting…someone actually from “labor” in his classes….and in his after hours (over beer) discussion groups that we as “diverse” as any could ever be.

  2. reality says:

    I’m so so sorry for the poor innocents who were senselesly killed & for their families but when will everybody wake up & realise that the arabs are all about violence. We’ve been feeling it since well before the state was declared. If something angers them or they think they should be insulted they go on a violent pogrom against all the infidels in the world, & when they’re not busy with them they kill & maim their own-see syria. How come Jews & Christians don’t go on violent rampages when the arabs depict Moses as a monkey ? or whatever? no theat right is strictly reserved for the faithful of mohammed. Perhaps(although not likely) this will serve as a wake up call for Obama & his followers.

    • anneinpt says:

      Perhaps (although not likely) this will serve as a wake up call for Obama & his followers.

      Not a chance. They know perfectly well the nature of the Muslim world. Either they are choosing to ignore it or they approve of it. Take your pick.

      • Aridog says:

        “They” approve it. The internal senior management levels in government here have long tended this way, and Obama isn’t the sole cause…he is just they fey boy Manchurian leader who has been steeped in the communal philosophy since birth. The phenomena began way back in pre-WWII FDR days, was deeply closeted in the 1950’s, then re-emergent in the 1960’s. Today…”they” are in power and intend to stay there. Any new government will necessarily have to gut over 50% of the senior executive positions…and not replace them. Useless does not need replacement.

  3. Paddy O'Prager says:

    What do you expect of the current US administration which is headed by a Muslim (however
    much he denies it) which orders everyone to be nice, bow down deep to every Muslim in the
    world. The killing of the 4 diplomats is no worse than the destruction of the Twin Towers in
    NYC – the time has come for Americans to wake up to the Muslim threat not only within the
    USA, but also around the world. And if the US claims to be the largest and strongest leader
    of the Western World, it had better start changing tactics now before Iran lets fly with the
    A-bomb.

    • anneinpt says:

      The US under Obama does not WANT to be the strongest in the world. Obama has made that quite clear in his statements and actions. This is the result. It has no intention of changing tactics before Iran goes nuclear. As far as they are concerned, until a bomb actually lands in America, G-d forbid, they will continue thinking that playing nice and rolling over, and continuing fruitless talks, is enough.

      I don’t think this is anything to do with Obama being a Muslim or not (I don’t think he is but who knows or cares). It’s to do with his extreme leftist viewpoint aided and abetted by extreme liberals who see American strength as a bad thing.

      In the same way, they disapprove of Israeli strength and nationalism.

      This is what the American people chose. We are the ones who have to live with the consequences.

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