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Statement on the Death of American Personnel in Benghazi, Libya
State Dept ^

Posted on 09/12/2012 5:04:07 AM PDT by nuconvert

Press Statement Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State Washington, DC

September 12, 2012

It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the death of four American personnel in Benghazi, Libya yesterday. Among them were United States Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and Foreign Service Information Management Officer, Sean Smith. We are still making next of kin notifications for the other two individuals. Our hearts go out to all their families and colleagues.

A 21 year veteran of the Foreign Service, Ambassador Stevens died last night from injuries he sustained in the attack on our office in Benghazi.

I had the privilege of swearing in Chris for his post in Libya only a few months ago. He spoke eloquently about his passion for service, for diplomacy and for the Libyan people. This assignment was only the latest in his more than two decades of dedication to advancing closer ties with the people of the Middle East and North Africa which began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco. As the conflict in Libya unfolded, Chris was one of the first Americans on the ground in Benghazi. He risked his own life to lend the Libyan people a helping hand to build the foundation for a new, free nation. He spent every day since helping to finish the work that he started. Chris was committed to advancing America’s values and interests, even when that meant putting himself in danger.

Sean Smith was a husband and a father of two, who joined the Department ten years ago. Like Chris, Sean was one of our best. Prior to arriving in Benghazi, he served in Baghdad, Pretoria, Montreal, and most recently The Hague.

All the Americans we lost in yesterday’s attacks made the ultimate sacrifice. We condemn this vicious and violent attack that took their lives, which they had committed to helping the Libyan people reach for a better future.

America’s diplomats and development experts stand on the front lines every day for our country. We are honored by the service of each and every one of them.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 911ii; benghazi; chrisstevens; christopherstevens; clinton; hillary; libya; statedept

1 posted on 09/12/2012 5:04:12 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert
We condemn this vicious and violent attack that took their lives

THAT'll show 'em !

silly cow

2 posted on 09/12/2012 5:09:50 AM PDT by tomkat (double ought . . cuz single ought was lonely ;-)
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To: nuconvert

Obama’s bedside alarm doesn’t go off until 8:00 AM.


3 posted on 09/12/2012 5:09:57 AM PDT by AU72
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To: nuconvert

Isn’t that called an act of war against America?


4 posted on 09/12/2012 5:11:01 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!)
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To: nuconvert

hillary, go to hell!


5 posted on 09/12/2012 5:11:30 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills and bo stinks)
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To: nuconvert

Yea, we are sorry you had to kill so we could apologize for being mean to you.


6 posted on 09/12/2012 5:12:51 AM PDT by South Dakota (shut up and drill)
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To: South Dakota

Wow, and I thought the Muslim Islamic societies would dance in delight that they have a beloved friend in the White House. I guess that didn’t work...or those trips abroad telling them that they’ve always been victims.


7 posted on 09/12/2012 5:17:21 AM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: nuconvert
There has to be some additional pieces of the story. What happened to the Marines who guarded the embassy? Were they told to ‘stand down’ and let the Mohammedans ‘protest’? Were any Marines killed?
8 posted on 09/12/2012 5:19:08 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: South Dakota
I am watching CNN now with Jamie Rubin. The first thing he said was to blame the people responsible for making the film. Free speech be damned as though this justifies or legitimizes such attacks.

Rubin now wants the USG to figure out a way to condemn hateful speech. Forget about the Constitution.

9 posted on 09/12/2012 5:19:40 AM PDT by kabar
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To: nuconvert

THIS **USED TO BE** AN ACT OF WAR!!

How far have we emasculated ourselves, with this queer imposter of a president!

It’s time to quit bowing, and time to kick ass!

Send in the mother-loving U.S. Marines, NOW, and deal with it!!

That is how Jefferson did it, and this is how it should be done, today!


10 posted on 09/12/2012 5:19:55 AM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: Terry L Smith

Why in the world would we send our broken military into Libya? We can’t change this part of the world we must get our troops our of the Middle East and secure our own Country. I would go for a carpet bombing of the middle east but no boots on ground. Romney I hope has a plan to get them out of that hell hole.


11 posted on 09/12/2012 5:22:47 AM PDT by angcat (ROMNEY/RYAN 2012)
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To: South Dakota

I don’t get it. When “artists” spread feces on a picture of Christ that was defended as art and free speech with no regard to the feelings of Christians.


Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross;
Lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss.
From victory unto victory His army shall He lead,
Till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the solemn watchword hear;
If while ye sleep He suffers, away with shame and fear;
Where’er ye meet with evil, within you or without,
Charge for the God of battles, and put the foe to rout.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the trumpet call obey;
Forth to the mighty conflict, in this His glorious day.
Ye that are brave now serve Him against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger, and strength to strength oppose.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, stand in His strength alone;
The arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own.
Put on the Gospel armor, each piece put on with prayer;
Where duty calls or danger, be never wanting there.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, each soldier to his post,
Close up the broken column, and shout through all the host:
Make good the loss so heavy, in those that still remain,
And prove to all around you that death itself is gain.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the strife will not be long;
This day the noise of battle, the next the victor’s song.
To those who vanquish evil a crown of life shall be;
They with the King of Glory shall reign eternally.


12 posted on 09/12/2012 5:27:09 AM PDT by heylady (“Sometimes I wish I could be a Democrat and then I remember I have a soul.”( Deb))
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To: nuconvert

A vicious attack on American soil and this is how we respond? Just letting the next-of-kin know?

Seems we Americans will operate around the world like they do in the baddes places in our inner cities: lock the doors, don’t talk to anyone, bar the windows, and accept you will get mugged, raped or shot at some point, simply hoping it is not you.

The days of America’s greatness in the world are toast if we do not immediately fire off an angry that we will find and kill the perpetrators of this heinous event and hold the host country equally responsible if we do not get support equal to our own.


13 posted on 09/12/2012 5:28:57 AM PDT by bestintxas (Somewhere in Kenya, a Village is missing its Idiot, thankfully.)
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To: nuconvert

A vicious attack on American soil and this is how we respond? Just letting the next-of-kin know?

Seems we Americans will operate around the world like they do in the baddest places in our inner cities: lock the doors, don’t talk to anyone, bar the windows, and accept you will get mugged, raped or shot at some point, simply hoping it is not you.

The days of America’s greatness in the world are toast if we do not immediately fire off an angry that we will find and kill the perpetrators of this heinous event and hold the host country equally responsible if we do not get support equal to our own.


14 posted on 09/12/2012 5:29:11 AM PDT by bestintxas (Somewhere in Kenya, a Village is missing its Idiot, thankfully.)
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To: SERKIT
Were they told to ‘stand down’ and let the Mohammedans ‘protest’? Were any Marines killed?

And were the Marine guards allowed any ammo for their weapons?

Two were killed according to reports.

15 posted on 09/12/2012 5:32:22 AM PDT by Will88
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To: Terry L Smith

>> THIS **USED TO BE** AN ACT OF WAR!!

Never to the Left. The #s in power wanted to treat 9-11 as a criminal action.


16 posted on 09/12/2012 5:37:42 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: angcat

“Why in the world would we send our broken military into Libya? We can’t change this part of the world we must get our troops our of the Middle East and secure our own Country. I would go for a carpet bombing of the middle east but no boots on ground. Romney I hope has a plan to get them out of that hell hole.”

I concur, angcat. There is no amount of money one could spend on these hellholes, and no military interventions of any duration, that will drag these savages forward to even the 18th century.

We should cut off all funding to them, get our military out of their countries, bomb them when necessary, and—most importantly—never import them into our own country. Keep the cancer out of the body.


17 posted on 09/12/2012 5:40:29 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: nuconvert

I would like to go on a world apology tour and visit all nations to express my sorrow about inflicting our president on them. Hopefully we will still have a few friends left after Nov.


18 posted on 09/12/2012 5:41:13 AM PDT by YOMO
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To: nuconvert

What a fail she has been..just like her boss


19 posted on 09/12/2012 5:41:50 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: nuconvert

20 posted on 09/12/2012 5:42:54 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: nuconvert

Instead of wearing an orange jumpsuit at Ft. Leavenworth, this clown is our Secretary of State.


21 posted on 09/12/2012 5:45:03 AM PDT by exit82 (Pass the word: Obama is a FAILURE!! Democrats are the enemies of freedom!)
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To: angcat

Running away is the problem, not the answer. Bin Laden attacked us because as he said, while listing numerous examples since 1979: we always run away.


22 posted on 09/12/2012 5:49:34 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: rovenstinez
Appeasement never works with savages. Or radicals like hitlery, nobama or leftist dems.
23 posted on 09/12/2012 5:55:56 AM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: exit82

My condolences to the families of those murdered. That said... I guess neither nobama nor his quisling, hitlery clintoon, “answer the phone at 3 am”? It would be impossible to have more pathetic, feckless “leaders” than those two flaccid degenerates. What is next in their grand plan???? More US taxpayer money to these moozlum monkeys? Maybe sending a letter with some capital letters in it to the moozlum freakazoids, apologizing for America’s existence? Truly...could there possibly be a more incompetent, yet arrogant, couple of “leaders”. nobama’s touted “leading from behind” is just something coming out of his behind. Tool! Fool!


24 posted on 09/12/2012 5:56:41 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Gene Eric

Check out what happened in history when the ambassadros and relatives of Ghenghis Kahn were killed by some Sultan in Persia. I decent go by for sure.

When dealing with people engaged in the middle ages, one needs a middle ages example to give them.


25 posted on 09/12/2012 5:57:42 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: Will88

Not important enough to be mentioned, apparently.


26 posted on 09/12/2012 5:59:13 AM PDT by steve8714 (Code pink vaginas shown actual size)
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To: nuconvert

The U.S. should have sent them flowers...a Daisy Cutter.


27 posted on 09/12/2012 6:05:16 AM PDT by W.Lee (No compromise)
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To: angcat

Damn sure don’t agree that our fine military is BROKEN, starved and abused is more like it.

Other than what about Isreal, I’m with you on getting out of cameljockey land and bomb them when they cause any trouble to anyone except themselves. Even the worst criminal will eventually learn to behave or be killed.

I am confident Romney will do everything it takes to get us access to our own abundant oil and gas and terminate imports from any enemy. Let the dumbass Europeans deal with them.


28 posted on 09/12/2012 6:07:47 AM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: nuconvert

29 posted on 09/12/2012 6:09:28 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: exit82

Post of the day!


30 posted on 09/12/2012 6:10:05 AM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: hal ogen

Obama and Clinton have now endangered all of us, and they have been doing it deliberately for some time.

We cannot avoid not speaking out about ewhat is happening in front of our eyes.

We have to engage people in our families, neighborhoods andworkplaces just how dangerous and incompetent and AMerican hating this President and his entire corrupt, MArxist Administration is.

Because in 56 days, if he is re-elected, it won’t matter how much we speak anymore.


31 posted on 09/12/2012 6:11:19 AM PDT by exit82 (Pass the word: Obama is a FAILURE!! Democrats are the enemies of freedom!)
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To: exit82

More than just Obama and Clinton. The United States is crawling with towel heads. The State department is letting them in legally by the hundreds of thousands. Did so under “W”.

We are done. The United States I wore the uniform for 25 years ago is gone. I would not wear the uniform today. I advise my children to stay out of the military. The social contract is broken. The interests of the government and my interests no longer align.


32 posted on 09/12/2012 6:23:23 AM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept?)
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To: SoFloFreeper

That is funny


33 posted on 09/12/2012 6:30:02 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: SharpRightTurn

“We should cut off all funding to them, get our military out of their countries, bomb them when necessary, and—most importantly—never import them into our own country. Keep the cancer out of the body.”

Worth repeating.


34 posted on 09/12/2012 6:42:45 AM PDT by Mr Rogers
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To: heylady

Hillary thinks you are abusing your free speech rights.


35 posted on 09/12/2012 6:51:26 AM PDT by DManA
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To: DariusBane
DariusBane, I cannot imagine how much it hurts you to write these words. Thank you for your service.

I have been on the phone to Senators and Representatives offices this morning to express how furious I am and to demand military action to retake these locations of sovereign American soil. I tell them I want to see the American flag flying from MY flagpole in Cairo by the end of the day, and it you are not willing to do that, blow the place up and abandon it, because we are not worthy of the sacrifices others have made for our freedom.

These raghead refugees from the 7th Century have a lot of nerve talking abiout being offended, when they deliberately did this on the 11th anniversary of 9/11.

I say, give them an anniversary to remember. Enough.

36 posted on 09/12/2012 6:53:12 AM PDT by exit82 (Pass the word: Obama is a FAILURE!! Democrats are the enemies of freedom!)
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To: Terry L Smith

The marines are there. What are their rules of engagement and who issued them?


37 posted on 09/12/2012 7:35:01 AM PDT by toolman1401
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