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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The abhorrent attacks on our U.S. embassy in Cairo and consulate in Benghazi, suspiciously timed on the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks refocuses the spotlight on America’s need for a dramatic shift to a new foreign policy.
Obama’s handling of our nation’s economy has been repeatedly compared to President Jimmy Carter’s economic failures of the 1970s. These attacks are sadly reminiscent of the 1979 attack on our embassy in Tehran under Carter’s watch.
It would be great if the world could just be put on hold until after the election—but the world is not big on time-outs. Certainly, it would be wrong to play to politics with foreign policy and national security.
But it is equally wrong to suggest that foreign policy and national security issues shouldn’t be debated in the wake of horrific tragedies like the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya.
Should America use military force to prevent Iran from producing nuclear weapons? Our leaders are urgently addressing this question, spurred on by concerns that Israel, any day, may feel forced to launch such strikes independently. It’s a life-and-death question, because Iran’s response has the potential to trigger major armed conflicts. Yet in addressing it we are ignoring what may be the most important strategic issue of all – global nonproliferation! Let’s take a broader look.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made the following remarks in the Treaty Room at the State Department on the deaths of American personnel in Benghazi, Libya.
Yesterday, our U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya was attacked. Heavily armed militants assaulted the compound and set fire to our buildings. American and Libyan security personnel battled the attackers together. Four Americans were killed. They included Sean Smith, a Foreign Service information management officer, and our Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. We are still making next of kin notifications for the other two individuals.