Skip to comments.Libya attack: Obama vows justice for killed US envoy
Posted on 09/12/2012 3:02:56 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
US President Barack Obama has vowed to bring to justice those who killed the US ambassador to Libya during protests against a film that mocks Islam.
But he told reporters that the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi would not break the bonds between the US and the new Libyan government.
His election rival Mitt Romney criticised his handling of the crisis.
Ambassador J Christopher Stevens reportedly died of smoke inhalation after a crowd stormed the consulate.
Three other Americans were also killed and the consulate set ablaze, in what the White House described as a "complex" attack. Unconfirmed reports - including Arab officials - suggest the violence could have been planned in advance.
The assault on Tuesday night included the use of rocket-propelled grenades, reports say. Charred vehicles could be seen parked near the damaged buildings on Wednesday.
US officials confirmed that all remaining staff in Benghazi had been evacuated and the US diplomatic mission in Tripoli had been reduced to emergency staffing.
A US marine anti-terrorism team is being sent to Libya to bolster security after the attack, a US defence source told reporters in Washington.
Protesters against the film attacked the US embassy in Cairo on Tuesday night. 'Especially tragic'
Speaking in the Rose Garden at the White House, President Obama told reporters: "Make no mistake. Justice will be done."
He said he condemned "in the strongest possible terms the outrageous and shocking" attack.
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Roughly, reports are hazy, this is how it went down:
Unarmed protesters using the cover of the Cairo embassy protest went to the lightly protected consulate office in Benghazi. They gathered a crowd but made no incursion, just chanting.
Militants from the Shaykh Omar Abdulrahman Brigades, an AQ affiliate responsible for a number of bombings and shootings in Libya staged the initially peaceful protest as a cover for the planned assassination of Ambassador Stevens.
Ambassador Stevens with two Marine guards and a visiting USAF communication specialist decided to drive to the consulate to either manage the situation or help evacuate to a nearby safe house. The consulate security was composed of Libyan nationals whom were advised of the travel of Stevens.
It appears that a Libyan security guard was in league with the Shaykh Omar Abdulrahman Brigades and advised them on the ambush timing.
As the ambassadors vehicle neared the consulate it was hit with an RPG and disabled. Stevens and the other three then engaged a running gunfight until they could get to the consulate.
The consulate was then attacked with RPGs and small arms until they evacuated to a safe house nearby. The Marine guards likely died as a rear guard.
The double agent Libyan security guard likely tipped off the militants as to the safe house location that was then attacked and set on fire. The occupants were trapped and suffered smoke inhalation, the cause of death of Ambassador Stevens.
The militants withdrew and the remaining occupants of the safe house exfiltrated as they were able. Friendly Libyans found Stevens and carried him to the hospital where he was declared dead.
The attack was in retaliation for the killing of AQ#2 Abu Yahya al-Libi in June. This attack was likely planned and led by Abdulbasit Azuz, a long-time associate of Ayman al-Zawahiri. Azuz is old school AQ muj, fought the Russians in Afghanistan.
Azuz was sent by Zawahiri to Libya from Pakistan in early 2011 to start a branch of AQ. They have a training camp near Derna, Libya with about 30 militants. They are connected to the AQ in the Islamic Maghreb that are well established to the west and likely participated in the raid also.
US President Barack Obama: "There is absolutely no justification for this type of senseless violence"
Thanks for that!
What? Send a letter all in CAPS to the Libyan government???
Yeah, right. Just like his “foreign policy” protected our people in the embassies. Now he has to figure out a way to better hide his next payment to the Muslim Brotherhood....
And like OJ, our fearless president will search every golf course in order to bring the real criminals to justice.
quick! get the lawyers!!
I am starting to believe that the Obama regime will go after Terry Jones.
I have actually been to the Embassy in Cairo. In 1982, we got along with everyone we met. We never saw any anti-american sentiment..
I’m sure Zero will get around to solving this one right after he stops the Iranian nuclear weapons program.
Yeah, right. I’ll believe it when I see it.
Bush would already have a team over there and planning action.
Does anyone know why our Security inside Embassy; our Military; did NOT shoot when these terrorists climbed over wall and into Compound? Were they directed not to use their fire power - or what?
Bush said after 9-11 that we would hunt them down and kill them
Obummer says we will get justice.
I guess New York City should get ready for the trial.
It seems odd that three of the four were killed by gunshots but Stevens died from smoke inhalation.
just like the Afghani police and counter terror folks we have been training who turn around and kill our soldiers..
That should do it.
Isnt the host country responsible for protecting embassies and consulates?
After the first World Trade Center bombing Clinton said we will get justice.
So NYC had better get ready for something.
Very good point; and yes; it should not be long; before Obama hits the links. No doubt, without his 'bath house' activities to reduce stress; we should see him, back 'on course'; soon.
Sure obama sure.Just like your buddy bubba clinton said he would bring justice for WTC in 93 and uss Cole,sure.
They should hold this one; in Chicago. Of course; we know there will be none.
He did have a gash on his forehead. I guess that may be smoke inhalation.
Obama shoots blanks.
No he doesn’t. Obama is full of sh!t.
NROs Trinko destroys the press on this. Here are just a few of the questions asked by real journalists.
1. Reporter brings up that Romney had a toughly worded statement last night, and asks, Do you regret the tone at all given what we know now?
2. Do you think, though, coming so soon after the events really had unfolded over night was appropriate, to be weighing in on this as this crisis was unfolding in real time? Follow-up: What did the White House do wrong then, Gov. Romney, if they put out a statement saying they disagreed with it?
3. The world is watching. Isnt this itself a mixed signal when you criticize the administration at a time that Americans are being killed? Shouldnt politics stop for this?
My answer to the third one:
It’s obviously time for another Nobel Peace for Obama.
As some guy named Kevin Eder Tweeted,
“Mysteriously left out of most media coverage today: the time Obama launched a war in Libya without congressional approval.”
Barack Hussein Obama still has not brought Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, mastermind of the 9-11 attacks, to justice even though Bush caught him YEARS ago.
I was just about to post that. ;-)
Afghans sponsored Al Qaeda after, not before, we helped them defeat the Soviets.
Yeah in O World that means he will give them the Medal of Freedom...dirt bag
Look for a drone attack on some randomly picked target.
Obama and the media will declare the perps were brought to justice and Obama is a brilliant leader.
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Was this before or after he appologized to Islam for the movie?
obammy ain’t gonna do squat.
Better make it happen within the next 2 months.
If you saw the pictures os the Ambassador he looked beaten severely
But! But! But! I thought it was in retaliation for some American making a terrible movie about their beloved Muhammad.
Yep, the story does not add up.
I wouldn't want to be those guys. They are going to get a very, very stern lecture from Obama and it might even be in writing.
“He said he condemned “in the strongest possible terms the outrageous and shocking” attack.”
I see it’s time to lower our flags again.
Justice? It is an Act of War, you little boy.
We need to put some adults back in the White House. Men (and women) who will not fear doing the right thing.
The US Embassy may have deleted twitters, but the terrorists are posting on the US Embassy in Cairo Facebook page.
Dare I say “Wag the Dog?”
The problem with your account is this - where were the “friendly” Libyan security guards? The account sounds to me like one created for plausible deniability with a pre-arranged scapegoat who either will have conveniently died in the attack or will be killed while resisting arrest. If you have to ask why the Libyan government would do this, you’d have to ask why Muslims simultaneously say 9/11 was a Bush plot and a great victory for Islam. For a fair number of Muslims, logical contradictions are just part of the fun.
Reports are that the Marines stayed behind in the consulate as a last stand to give time for the others to escape. Stevens suffered smoke inhalation in the safe house after escaping the consulate.