US Ambassador To Libya Killed?


BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other embassy staff were killed in a rocket attack on their car, a Libyan official said, as they were rushed from a consular building stormed by militants denouncing a U.S.-made film insulting the Prophet Mohammad.

Gunmen had attacked and burned the U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi, a center of last year’s uprising against Muammar Gaddafi, late on Tuesday evening, killing one U.S. consular official. The building was evacuated.

The Libyan official said the ambassador, Christopher Stevens, was being driven from the consulate building to a safer location when gunmen opened fire.

“The American ambassador and three staff members were killed when gunmen fired rockets at them,” the official in Benghazi told Reuters.

via Paco

We better not get another goddamned apology from the White House.

update: yep, looks to be true.


Update: What the hell?

The Americans were targeted in an attack in their car, trying to move to a safer venue away from the violent protests that erupted at the U.S. Consulate, Reuters reported. Stevens died of suffocation, while the three other personnel were killed by gunshot wounds, CBS News reports. Their names have not yet been released.

update: more

Al-Sharef said Stevens died of suffocation, while two U.S. Marines sent to Benghazi when the clash erupted were shot and killed by well-armed protesters. It was not immediately clear whether the Marines were part of Stevens’ security detail. The American whose death was confirmed on Tuesday also died of a gunshot wound.

details are of course still sketchy but I wonder if the Marines were allowed to be armed?

update: well here you go. President Sorry’s apology

I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Right now, the American people have the families of those we lost in our thoughts and prayers. They exemplified America’s commitment to freedom, justice, and partnership with nations and people around the globe, and stand in stark contrast to those who callously took their lives.

I have directed my Administration to provide all necessary resources to support the security of our personnel in Libya, and to increase security at our diplomatic posts around the globe. While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants.

On a personal note, Chris was a courageous and exemplary representative of the United States. Throughout the Libyan revolution, he selflessly served our country and the Libyan people at our mission in Benghazi. As Ambassador in Tripoli, he has supported Libya’s transition to democracy. His legacy will endure wherever human beings reach for liberty and justice. I am profoundly grateful for his service to my Administration, and deeply saddened by this loss.

The brave Americans we lost represent the extraordinary service and sacrifices that our civilians make every day around the globe. As we stand united with their families, let us now redouble our own efforts to carry their work forward.

You know, I’m not a big fan of over-profanity here but in response to the highlighted phrase I simply have to say HOW FUCKING DARE YOU PROVIDE THESE MURDEROUS FUCKING BASTARDS SOME COVER.

Update: more details: so perhaps not a rocket attack on their car but rather they were betrayed by Libyan “security”

Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and the other diplomatic personnel got moved to another building by Libyan security forces when the consulate was attacked, and then betrayed by them to the attackers

12 Responses to “US Ambassador To Libya Killed?”

  1. Crusader says:

    Sigh. Jimmy Carter v2.0. And our oldest was just talking about looking into MSG, the Marine embassy guards.

  2. gregor says:

    what do you expect, Bing? he’s a treasonous, muzzie
    loving crap bag.
    he’ll do nothing. neither would Romney. i’m beginning’
    to agree with Ron Paul, pull the hell out of
    everywhere, cut off their funds and let them kill
    each other.

  3. Gary from Jersey says:

    An act of war by people we went to war for to clip Qaddafi. O will do nothing then insult Israel. Gawd I hate that guy and anyone who thinks like him.

  4. Syd B. says:

    When I heard this devastating news, my first thought was that this is very much like the Carter days. A rudderless ship in a sea of incompetency is the only way to describe this Obama clusterfuck of an Administration. I’m sure Obama will be very upset by this. He may even make a statement himself, once his campaigning activity is done.

    Holy Mother of God, this is a catastrophic president.

  5. ricki says:

    Holy crap. This is scary stuff. And we don’t have a leader who will do boo about it.

  6. JeffS says:

    Buck Ofama.

  7. Syd B. says:

    Bush: Lets roll
    Obama: Lets apologize

    Which one do the extremists respond to?

  8. tree hugging sister says:

    And thank YOU, John McCain for saying we just had to go in that shithole to begin with.

  9. Mr. Bingley says:

    and thank YOU Hillary and others at State and the UN for this Smart Diplomacy.

  10. Syd B. says:

    If this hurts Obama in the polls, look for some kind of over the top response. Whatever it takes to protect votes, don’t you know.

  11. aelfheld says:

    Interesting that Bam’s been touting his foreign policy experience recently.

  12. BlackDog says:

    Protestors armed with RPGs? This was a planned assassination!

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