Foreign Policy

The Libya fiasco and the folly of intervention

The attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya and the killing of the U.S. ambassador and several aides is another tragic example of how our interventionist foreign policy undermines our national security. The more the U.S. tries to control the rest of the world, either by democracy promotion, aid to foreign governments, or by bombs, the more events spin out of control into chaos, unintended consequences, and blowback.
Unfortunately what we saw in Libya this week is nothing new.


Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Libya he leaves behind

As I write this, many questions remain about the horrible incidents occurring earlier this week in the Middle East. This is what we do know:

In Libya, militants said to be armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked a U.S. property in Benghazi, killing four American public servants, including one of our most able diplomats, Ambassador  J. Christopher Stevens.


We must remain united and committed in wake of Libya attack

As Americans, we awoke yesterday to the horrific news of attacks on our consulate in Libya, and our embassy in Egypt.  President Obama, and leaders from around the world, was quick to condemn the brutal assaults and the murders of our diplomats. Today, we stand with the friends and families of those whose lives were lost, and those recovering in hospitals, and offer our continued support to our diplomats around the world.


US must contain the genie it unleashed in North Africa

I was never a fan of Moammar Qadhafi. He was a ruthless dictator who ruled Libya with an iron fist for 42 years.

But, as I have said numerous times since the beginning of the Arab Spring, be careful what you wish for. I, too, would like to see democratization in the Arab world. But outside of the dictators, the only organized groups in most Arab nations are terrorist groups. Terrorists and other sworn enemies of the United States are using the Arab Spring to grab power.


What the embassy attacks really mean

I don't believe in coincidences. The assaults on American diplomats in Libya and Egypt that left Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three members of his staff dead in Benghazi took place on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Islamic militants were looking for an excuse to hit Americans again on the 9/11 date. The posting of an obscure video on YouTube was not the cause, it was just the excuse. The killers executed a coordinated attack and knew how to shoot. This was an assassination.


Libya: What happens next?

Horrific attacks against those serving our country occurred this week in Libya and Egypt and are now expanding around the world. What happens next will have lasting implications for America, our allies, and our enemies alike.

Losing a U.S. Ambassador in a violent terrorist attack, something that has not occurred for 33 years, makes it clear that international terrorist movements are determined to continue to attack America.


Libya and beyond: No option but sustained engagement

Despite the gruesome attack and tragic deaths at the American consulate in Benghazi, the US and allies must remain firmly engaged in Libya and beyond.  Failure to do so rewards the extremists’ agenda and undermines the constructive efforts skillfully spearheaded by deceased U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.


Vicious cycles of hatred must stop

The attack in Libya that killed four U.S. Embassy staff, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, are utterly reprehensible and deserve the global denunciation they have received from political, community and religious leaders, including many Muslims.


10 ways to rebuild the middle class

A day after the Census Bureau reported that family income is the lowest in 16 years, a new report provides a roadmap to strengthen the economy for strapped American families.
The key is good jobs—which, unfortunately, are harder and harder to find. Building on a 30-year trend, most post-recession job growth has been in jobs that are low wage, often part time and lacking benefits and flexibility families need. That’s also true for jobs predicted to increase the most over the next decade.


Lack of leadership emboldens our enemies and endangers America

The United States of America was attacked in Benghazi, Libya two days ago on the 11th anniversary of September 11, 2001. This was not a riot; it was a coordinated assault on a United States Consulate that led to the assassination of the United States Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens along with three brave associates. This was an act of terrorism and must be dealt with in a harsh and prompt manner.
I am deeply saddened by the loss of Ambassador Stevens and the three American Foreign Service agents who were killed in the attack. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost loved ones in this horrible act of violence.