Pres. Obama condemns fatal Libyan attacks on US officials
LIBYA — This was the scene at the U.S. Consulate in Libya Wednesday morning.
An armed mob attacked the compound killing American Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others American staffers.
President Obama said, “We will not waver in our commitment to make sure justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.”
Hours earlier protesters overran the US Embassy in Cairo.
The confrontations are blamed on an anti-Muslim video made here in the States and released over the internet.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney condemned the attacks but also criticized the Obama administration for a statement that denounced what it called “misguided individuals” who hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.
Romney said, “Apologizing for free speech is not the right course for the administration.”
Ambassador Chris Stevens was a career diplomat who had been in Libya during the revolution that toppled Muammar Gaddafi.
Pres. Obama said, “It is especially tragic that Chris Stevens died in Benghazi because it is a city he helped to save.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “He risked his life to stop a tyrant and then gave his life to rebuild Libya the world needs more Chris Stevenses.”
The administration made it clear this attack was carried out by Libyans, but not by Libya, and said the country was working to find and punish those responsible.
- Brian Mooar, NBC News