Video: Ambassador Chris Stevens hoped for ‘free, democratic, prosperous Libya.’

posted at 12:01 pm on September 12, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, 52, and three other Americans were murdered Tuesday in Libya during attacks on the consulate in Benghazi. Reports say Stevens and his staff may gone to the consulate from the embassy in Tripoli evacuate staff or for a 9/11 commemoration ceremony. The consulate was besieged by attackers ostensibly incensed by a movie critical of Islam they say insulted the Prophet Mohammed.

Before being appointed ambassador in January 2012, Stevens had hailed the uprising of the Libyan people and served, risking his life, as a U.S. envoy to the opposition during that fight. In a State Department video introducing his appointment, Stevens expressed a desire to “work together to build a free, democratic prosperous Libya.”

“I was thrilled to watch the Libyan people stand up and demand their rights,” he says in the video. Pictures of Libyan protests during the uprising flash across the screen interspersed with photos of a grinning Stevens greeting Libyan citizens.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paid tribute in her statement:

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.

Raised in Northern California, Stevens spent two years in Morocco after graduating from University of California Berkeley, teaching English in the Peace Corps, It was then he said he “fell in love with this part of the world.” His 20-year foreign service career took him on several tours to Libya, as well as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria and Israel. He spoke Arabic and French.

Hillary and Stevens

From the Telegraph:

On April 5 2011 he arrived for his second tour in Libya. Stevens served as special representative to the Libyan Transitional National Council where he was sent to rebel headquarters in Benghazi, with the intention of forging stronger links with the Interim Transitional National Council, and intending to gain a better understanding of the various factions fighting the Gadhafi regime.

Stevens’ reports back to the US government are believed to have encouraged the American support of the rebel council, formally carried out in July 2011 by Obama administration.

Upon his arrival in April last year, Stevens became the highest-ranking US representative to travel to Libya since the uprising began.

Two of the Americans killed in Libya yesterday have yet to be identified because their families are still being notified, but Clinton paid tribute to Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith:

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.

President Obama said Stevens’ “legacy will endure wherever human beings reach for liberty and justice.”

Stevens is the first U.S. ambassador to be killed in an attack since 1979.


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Obama is too yellow to send our Black Sea Fleet into the Red Sea.

Christien on September 12, 2012 at 12:44 PM

I’ve seen comments from liberals that this never would have happened if that film wasn’t made.

Appalling!

May the late ambassador and those Americans who died with him rest in peace.

Liam on September 12, 2012 at 12:44 PM

SWalker on September 12, 2012 at 12:42 PM

so stevens basically had it coming, right? is that your view?

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Idiot, he didn’t give his life for anything.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 12:44 PM

i’m now just copying your droppings so people see what a repugnant creature you are.

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 12:46 PM

I’ve seen comments from liberals that this never would have happened if that film wasn’t made.

Liam on September 12, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Call it what it is: racism.

lorien1973 on September 12, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Obama is a degenerate, who’s turned the land into a latrine. He deserves no class.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Which part of STFD and STFU were you incapable of grasping.

SWalker on September 12, 2012 at 12:42 PM

I got the tone and meaning of the STF’s fine; all I’m asking is why. Which part of my post are you objecting to?

Liberty 5-3001 on September 12, 2012 at 12:47 PM

SWalker on September 12, 2012 at 12:42 PM

so stevens basically had it coming, right? is that your view?

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Still haven’t extracted your head from your ass yet eh.

SWalker on September 12, 2012 at 12:47 PM

i’m now just copying your droppings so people see what a repugnant creature you are.

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 12:46 PM

You can copy and do all you want. The truth is the truth. Also, I don’t care what you or anyone calls me. My nom is impervious. I’m not here to be loved.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Also, sesqui, it is you and Obama who are repugnant. You don’t stand for freedom of religion and speech, unless it is your very own, liberalism, the bad kind, not the true essence one.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 12:49 PM

I’ve seen comments from liberals that this never would have happened if that film wasn’t made.

Liam on September 12, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Call it what it is: racism.

lorien1973 on September 12, 2012 at 12:47 PM

The bigots hate him because he’s Jewish.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Prayers for the Families. RIP..But I’m just curious how these heinous acts have somehow been used by the media to attack Mitt Romney. He’s running for the highest office in the land and he makes what I consider thoughtful and true statements regarding this. Presidential even.The press goes into a full feeding frenzy. Not because of this horrific attack on our Country but because someone, who should be speaking about ,it dared to speak.

Where’s Obamas news conference? A few words no questions answered, and off to fund raise in Vegas… Quite a difference..

sandee on September 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM

MSNBC wants to prosecute Jones now.

sesqui and verbaluce, et co. agree?

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM

I got the tone and meaning of the STF’s fine; all I’m asking is why. Which part of my post are you objecting to?

Liberty 5-3001 on September 12, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Not exactly the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree are you.

a) Who the hell do you think you are telling anyone to get off this blog?

b) Stevens didn’t “Give” his life for anything. He was murdered by 7th century savages for their 7th century Religious/Political motives. The Marines who died trying to protect Ambassador Stevens “GAVE” their lives trying to protect Stevens.

SWalker on September 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM

thank you for your service sir. rest in peace.

anyone associated with this administration either ends up dead literally. or their careers. geithner and romer’s (and several others) careers are deader than this guy after jan 2013.

t8stlikchkn on September 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM

SWalker on September 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Perfect!!!

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Rest In Peace Mr. Ambassador.
And Thank You .

To think this is the end result for someone who worked so diligently for the Lybian people.
If this is the thanks we receive for helping them I suggest we reconsider.

Jabberwock on September 12, 2012 at 12:53 PM

How about we also morn the two U.S. Marines who lost their lives because of the stupidity of others. They were not the architects of this idiotic plan…they were only doing their duty.

When thinking of the Ambassador Stevens I am reminded by a quote from Henry Adams…”It’s always the good men who do the most harm in the world.”

William Eaton on September 12, 2012 at 12:54 PM

How about we also morn the two U.S. Marines who lost their lives because of the stupidity of others. They were not the architects of this idiotic plan…they were only doing their duty.

William Eaton on September 12, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Amen and Amen…

SWalker on September 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM

SWalker on September 12, 2012 at 12:47 PM

you’re a pitiful coward who doesn’t have the guts to answer a simple question.

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM

b) Stevens didn’t “Give” his life for anything. He was murdered by 7th century savages for their 7th century Religious/Political motives. The Marines who died trying to protect Ambassador Stevens “GAVE” their lives trying to protect Stevens.

SWalker on September 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM

he died while serving his country. i wish you had at least some capacity for shame.

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 12:57 PM

sesquipedalian always arrives when Obama has crapped his pants. It’s job to find a way to blame that crapping on the GOP somehow. Even if it makes no sense.

lorien1973 on September 12, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Wrong. I believe these trolls are supplied by Hot Air owners. They are needed for comic relief every time Barry-O destroys another piece of this country so the conservative blog readers wouldn’t die of anger.

Archivarix on September 12, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Liberals have lost their minds…..Godless pagans

crosshugger on September 12, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Oops. Libyan. Using an iPad today.
Don’t much care to spell it correctly anyway.

Jabberwock on September 12, 2012 at 12:59 PM

SWalker on September 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM

he died while serving his country. i wish you had at least some capacity for shame.

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 12:57 PM

You phucking imbecile. He was murdered while serving his country, the difference between “Giving” ones life and being murdered is world apart.

SWalker on September 12, 2012 at 12:59 PM

a) Who the hell do you think you are telling anyone to get off this blog?

b) Stevens didn’t “Give” his life for anything. He was murdered by 7th century savages for their 7th century Religious/Political motives. The Marines who died trying to protect Ambassador Stevens “GAVE” their lives trying to protect Stevens.

SWalker on September 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM

a) Someone who has a right to free speech, same as you, all other commenters on HA, and same as the people who made this film. But obviously it’s not like I have administrator privileges for this board.

b) Do you think that any American who is an ambassador to a country in the terrorist slop bucket region of the world doesn’t think they’re risking their life? They’re not Marines, but they’re not exactly unaware of the very real potential for their life to be taken because of what they do for their country.

Liberty 5-3001 on September 12, 2012 at 1:02 PM

he died while serving his country. i wish you had at least some capacity for shame.

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 12:57 PM

You are shameless. The ambassador, the two Marines, and the other person, were murdered by 7th century savages, with who’s ‘democracy’ you are in agreement.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 1:03 PM

b) Do you think that any American who is an ambassador to a country in the terrorist slop bucket region of the world doesn’t think they’re risking their life? They’re not Marines, but they’re not exactly unaware of the very real potential for their life to be taken because of what they do for their country.

Liberty 5-3001 on September 12, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Of course. Life is risky for all, every moment. This is so much bigger than idealism. The fact is the 4 were murdered by 7th century savages. Period.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Sad…

… just sad.

Now, about Agent Terry and the thousands dead in Mexico…

Seven Percent Solution on September 12, 2012 at 1:05 PM

“Giving” ones life and being murdered is world apart.

SWalker on September 12, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Gnatbrains don’t comprehend such big differences.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 1:06 PM

I am certain there may be a better thread for the following vent I apologize for not finding it, so here goes.

Two embassies attacked in one day, President Clinton sent a cruise missile and blew up a pharmacy. Two embassies attacked on the same day (actually the anniversary of 9-11) under President Obama, and we get crickets from the White House and an apology to the attackers basically for being Americans from one of the Embassies.
How can any American accuse the president of being a leader? At one time I thought maybe he was molding himself as a Reactionary President. See a problem, go golfing, think about it, Let the VP throw out some of his visionary wisdom see how it plays and a few weeks later if anyone is still talking about it make a statement with the Friday afternoon dump to the media.
I find now that thinking he is a Reactionary President may have been a little gracious. I think the best term would be “The Perpetual Candidate” knows how to run, Likes to run, he is very good at running but knows absolutely nothing about leading. “Campaigner in Chief” probably would be more accurate terminology. Every day I pray that nothing catastrophic happens because we have no one that will lead us through it.

Guest1.1 on September 12, 2012 at 1:06 PM

SWalker on September 12, 2012 at 12:47 PM

you’re a pitiful coward who doesn’t have the guts to answer a simple question.

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM

You are as stupid as you are intellectually dishonest. Murder victims never have it coming. But there is a world of difference between being a murder victim, and sacrificing ones life in the line of duty or in serving their country.

Christopher Stevens was a fine man, regardless of being insanely optimistic regarding Libya. But he did not sacrifice his life, it was brutally stolen from him by ruthless ignorant 7th century savages.

The two United States Marines who died attempting to protect him sacrificed their lives serving their country and trying to protect Ambassador Stevens.

SWalker on September 12, 2012 at 1:07 PM

he died while serving his country. i wish you had at least some capacity for shame.

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Why didn’t your stupid boy king say that?

I am profoundly grateful for his service to my Administration, and deeply saddened by this loss.

No mention about serving his country. But nah, you don’t care. It’s all about Obama for douche bags such as yourself.

wargamer6 on September 12, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Edit: I see his edited statement…

wargamer6 on September 12, 2012 at 1:10 PM

SWalker on September 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM

a) Someone who has a right to free speech, same as you, all other commenters on HA, and same as the people who made this film. But obviously it’s not like I have administrator privileges for this board.

b) Do you think that any American who is an ambassador to a country in the terrorist slop bucket region of the world doesn’t think they’re risking their life? They’re not Marines, but they’re not exactly unaware of the very real potential for their life to be taken because of what they do for their country.

Liberty 5-3001 on September 12, 2012 at 1:02 PM

a) so you recognize that you don’t actually have the right to tell anyone to leave, but you can’t recognize the irony of objecting to being told the same thing.

b) Being murdered while serving abroad, and sacrificing ones life in the line of duty are two entirely and completely different things. What is tragically sad is that you cannot understand the difference.

SWalker on September 12, 2012 at 1:11 PM

he died while serving his country. i wish you had at least some capacity for shame.

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 12:57 PM

To what end was he serving his country? He was murdered by the same people he had encouraged to liberate themselves from Qadaffy. It should be obvious that he was killed by those he thought he was helping. They hate all of us.

DanMan on September 12, 2012 at 1:12 PM

How about we also mourn the two U.S. Marines who lost their lives because of the stupidity of others. They were not the architects of this idiotic plan…they were only doing their duty.

William Eaton on September 12, 2012 at 12:54 PM

This! Thank you for remembering our fallen Marines. No greater love…

Hopefully, their brothers will deliver justice on the bloody lotus eaters who did this.

Christien on September 12, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Al-Sharef said there had been threats that Islamic militants might try to take revenge for the death of al Qaeda’s No. 2 commander Abu Yahya al-Libi, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan in June, and he said the U.S. consulate should have been better protected.

Confirming al-Libi’s death for the first time in a video posted online Monday, al Qaeda chief Ayman Al-Zawahri called on Muslim’s in al-Libi’s native Libya to take revenge for his death.

— CBS

Also, let’s not forget the 4th person who died, and the family.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Chris Stevens hoped for ‘free, democratic, prosperous Libya.

A pipe dream as long as the ROP fanatics hold sway.

They hate all of us.

More than most people understand, thanks to our government and the duplicitous LSM.

Our nation needs to wake up. The ROP has been at war with the West since it’s inception. It won’t end until they, or we, win.

hawkeye54 on September 12, 2012 at 1:16 PM

A second US man killed in the attack was named as Sean Smith, a father of two who was employed as an information management officer.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 1:19 PM

More than most people understand, thanks to our government and the duplicitous LSM.

hawkeye54 on September 12, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Thank God the only people on earth that Hate America more than the practitioners of the satanic Religion of Pieces… Are American’s very own Progressive Liberal Marxists.

SWalker on September 12, 2012 at 1:21 PM

The ambassador, the two Marines, and the other person, were murdered by 7th century savages, with who’s ‘democracy’ you are in agreement.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Now it’s you who should be watching the news.

verbaluce on September 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Zawahiri’s brother was at the Cairo riot.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Now it’s you who should be watching the news.

verbaluce on September 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

I do, most always, with eyes wide open, and a useful brain.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Now it’s you who should be watching the news.

verbaluce on September 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Moron, dispute any part.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Thank God the only people on earth that Hate America more than the practitioners of the satanic Religion of Pieces… Are American’s very own Progressive Liberal Marxists.

And those PLMs are just as hated by the ROP, but now useful as a symbiotic political tool, and are easily expendable when the ROP takes over, for those who don’t see the writing on the wall and fail to covert to islam.

hawkeye54 on September 12, 2012 at 1:27 PM

b) Being murdered while serving abroad, and sacrificing ones life in the line of duty are two entirely and completely different things. What is tragically sad is that you cannot understand the difference.

SWalker on September 12, 2012 at 1:11 PM

he died while serving his country. i wish you had at least some capacity for shame.

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 12:57 PM

To what end was he serving his country? He was murdered by the same people he had encouraged to liberate themselves from Qadaffy. It should be obvious that he was killed by those he thought he was helping. They hate all of us.

DanMan on September 12, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Seems like we could do justice to the fallen in U.S. service under whatever circumstances they were killed, even while pointing out the needlessness of the deaths.

For example, most of us would say that our own troops, accidentally killed by our own troops (“friendly fire”), “gave their lives for their country.” They were in service of our country, in harm’s way, and the actual reason for their deaths– someone’s mistake or stupidity– is secondary to that fact. We’re polite enough to say the same thing about troops who die of illness unrelated to combat in a hospital, or due to accidents on the base, and even due to reckless or stupid behavior far from the front.

By analogy, anyone in U.S. service, such as a foreign service officer, killed while in U.S. service, while carrying out the responsibilities of that service, surely can be said to have “died for his country” if it happened while he was on duty. It may be true that the fecklessness of the administration practically delivered him to the savage murderers who actually killed him, but his death was no less a sacrifice for his country, for all that. No less than are the deaths of troops who are accidentally bombed or shelled or shot by their own forces because of some feckless decision made by higher ups.

The Administration is culpable for these deaths. But the deaths were honorable, and in service of this country.

de rigueur on September 12, 2012 at 1:32 PM

how did obama disrespect stevens?

why don’t you call out the shthead instead who’s mocking the guy who was just killed while serving his country?

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 12:12 PM
</blockquoteObama disrespected him by not making sure there was enough protection for someone he put in harm's way. He was appointed by Obama to an area that was known to be a hot bed of all kinds of USA hating terrorists. It was Obama's responsibility to make certain that the position was a safe one. He didn't.

Deanna on September 12, 2012 at 1:34 PM

And those PLMs are just as hated by the ROP, but now useful as a symbiotic political tool, and are easily expendable when the ROP takes over, for those who don’t see the writing on the wall and fail to covert to islam.

hawkeye54 on September 12, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Excellent

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 1:34 PM

a) so you recognize that you don’t actually have the right to tell anyone to leave, but you can’t recognize the irony of objecting to being told the same thing.

b) Being murdered while serving abroad, and sacrificing ones life in the line of duty are two entirely and completely different things. What is tragically sad is that you cannot understand the difference.

SWalker on September 12, 2012 at 1:11 PM

a) It’s not ironic because I wasn’t at all objecting to you telling me to STFU, I only wanted to know why you were telling me to do so. Hell, take pride in being able to do so, because in light of today’s news, it’s a freedom we have in this country that Muslims obviously don’t believe!

b) I get the debate about what constitutes giving one’s life versus being murdered for one’s non-military service. But I see it more as discussion only about mere semantics when we can all agree that this is a sad loss of life in the war on terror, not something to have an ugly debate about.

Liberty 5-3001 on September 12, 2012 at 1:34 PM

b) I get the debate about what constitutes giving one’s life versus being murdered for one’s non-military service. But I see it more as discussion only about mere semantics when we can all agree that this is a sad loss of life in the war on terror, not something to have an ugly debate about.

Liberty 5-3001 on September 12, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Two of my Brothers, my Brother-in-law, my Step-father, my Father, and my Grandfather who all served honorably would profoundly disagree with the notion that it is mere semantics.

SWalker on September 12, 2012 at 1:42 PM

so stevens basically had it coming, right? is that your view?

sesquipedalian on September 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM

I wouldn’t say that Steverns had it coming to him in the sense of “just deserts” or “chickens coming home to roost” but I would say he MADE A BIG MISTAKE in assuming that a change in Libya was better than the status quo. The results show dramatically how WRONG Stevens was-not that he deserved to die.

MaiDee on September 12, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Zawahiri’s brother was at the Cairo riot.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

No surprise there. Dems were told in no uncertain terms, that backing the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt was the same as backing al-Qaeda. They insisted that Zawahiri and MB are unrelated. Hillary and Obama are disgraceful and history should judge them as abject failures.

Christien on September 12, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Love them, cuddle them — go ahead and spread newspapers on the floor for them — but they’re still going to choke the life out of you, set fire to your corpse, and hang your smoldering husk high.

Demosthenes on September 12, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Projection is a terrible thing.
“We came, we saw, he died” she exclaimed as the devil we don’t know, killed the devil we know. “We came, we saw, he died” they exclaimed as the devil we don’t know, killed ours. And, see, this is Romney’s fault. Question his timing; but its clear this is the result of Obama’s poor choices in the region. Egypt is the result as well. Syria as well. Romney’s fault. All of it. lorien1973 on September 12, 2012 at 12:29 PM

lorien1973 … difficult to pinpoint this but might there be an implied sarc tag missing?
I wonder how soon some journotwit will imply it is STILL Bush’s fault!
Piano Legs made this statement (We came, we saw, he died.) Now someone does a Utube release that upsets Muzzies so the irrational babies (with dangerous ordnance) that they are, go and kill a United States Ambassador and his two Marines and an IT guy.
I’m sorry THERE IS NO QUESTION … but this is an Obowmao problem and he is off to campaign and fundraise. And get in a round of golf no doubt. He is A Complete and Utter FRAUD, I keep telling ya.

Missilengr on September 12, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Moron, dispute any part.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM

I dispute your inaccurate version of events. I also dispute your characterizations, your hysterical sanctimony, and your dismissing that these men died in service to their country.
I dispute that you’re doing more than glancing at ‘the news’ (likely Fox) and I dispute that anyone really knows exactly what went down here. I dispute your apparent ignorance that there’s some stuff coming out that may show it wasn’t a ‘mob’ that killed these guys but armed militia…perhaps al queda…a planned attack and not some spontaneous event.
I dispute that you know what happened and I dispute that in spite of that you feel you have some authoritative knowledge about it.
Basically, I dispute your whole approach to the thing.

verbaluce on September 12, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Rest in peace. Not sure if its been mentioned yet, but apparently Sean Smith had seen one of their Libyan ‘guards’ taking pics of the compound before she!t hit the fan. Hed been talking with online friends before it happened. Ugh.

http://themittani.com/news/rip-vile-rat

mythicknight on September 12, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Missilengr on September 12, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Worst world leader in history.

Talk to any Nazi: “Hitler was out for Germany.”

The guy we got is out golfing.

IlikedAUH2O on September 12, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Rest in peace. May God provide comfort to your family and friends.

MississippiMom on September 12, 2012 at 3:11 PM

I’m heartsick over the picture on Drudge of the dead Ambassador Stevens.

The American Embassy “saved” my life long ago in Tripoli.

When I lived in Tripoli, ’69-72, the young Col. Gadaffi came through for a tour of the Department of Agriculture, where I worked as a secretary.

Gadaffi saw me and wanted to ‘meet me’…we all knew what that means, eventhough he had a Libyan wife and a Greek mistress.

A young attache from the American Embassy came to the office to warn me and advised me to leave the country immediately. We always carried our passport plus $2,000 American dollars on us, just in case we “needed it”, and now I needed it.

I was on an airplane to Malta within the hour and I never went back.

My husband, who flew for Occidental Petroleum (Armand Hammer) joined me 2 hours later.
All my possessions were left at our villa.

Oh yeah, we then transferred to the “safety” of Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, where the Marine barracks were blown up many years later.

I have huge admiration for these Embassy officials in dangerous countries and I am thankful for their bravery to get me to safety.

Obama must be beaten in November.
I hate ragheads.

Typicalwhitewoman on September 12, 2012 at 4:22 PM

I have huge admiration for these Embassy officials in dangerous countries and I am thankful for their bravery to get me to safety.

Obama must be beaten in November.
I hate ragheads.

Typicalwhitewoman on September 12, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Hats off and prayers for these people in State and the Embassies -regardless of political affiliation. The courage and skill and steadfastness is to be admired.

oldroy on September 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Basically, I dispute your whole approach to the thing.

verbaluce on September 12, 2012 at 2:35 PM

So we had intelligence about it before-hand and no security? Wow. You should have stopped before you started disputing.

You should stick to chicken and pizza topics.

oldroy on September 12, 2012 at 4:42 PM

RIP and I truely mourn his passing as I do my fellow Marines.

But if he hoped for a free and prosperous Arab country anywhere in the world, he was dreaming of unicorn farms and snorting fairy dust.

If we would use all of our own resources we would be energy independent, and the Arab world would be facing a financial crisis and discontent. Gas would be below 2 dollars a gallon.

The best thing we can do is to drill for oil, take advantage of the oil sands in Canada, use our coal and natural gas, and IF and only IF green energy technology becomes competitive, then pile on to that as well.

And leave the Arabs twisting in the wind.

BMF on September 12, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Rest in peace to the souls who have passed on. May they know God’s peace, and not regret the struggles they had trying to bring some of that to this world.

ronco on September 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM

…JugEars killed him.

KOOLAID2 on September 12, 2012 at 5:23 PM

ronco, such kind words. Thank you.

I feel as lousy as I did when Jimmy Carter was POTUS and they paraded the poor, hooded hostages in front of us, for two God damn years!

56 days till Americans decide their fate.

Typicalwhitewoman on September 12, 2012 at 5:28 PM

‘free, democratic, prosperous Libya.’

I am afraid the Middle East is headed to the 13th century…..

We can’t let the Muslims drag us in.

redguy on September 12, 2012 at 6:04 PM

I think Fox should take the picture of Stevens’ body off of their Web site. I didn’t need to see that. I feel awful for his family.

Ward Cleaver on September 12, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Obama is too yellow to send our Black Sea Fleet into the Red Sea.

Christien on September 12, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Lool :)

jimver on September 12, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Everything that I’ve read about Ambassador Stevens tells me he was a very decent man. This SO did not have to happen.

When is this country going to get its act back together and again start doing things right?

Rest in Peace.

BubbaCluck on September 12, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Poor man. May he rest in peace and may the Lord bring comfort to his loved ones.

dukecitygirl on September 12, 2012 at 7:59 PM

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