BREAKING: Obama condemns attacks in Libya
September 12th, 2012
10:51 AM ET
2 years ago

BREAKING: Obama condemns attacks in Libya

(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday condemned the attack that killed U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens in Libya.

"The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these acts," the president said, vowing justice for the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

"We will not waiver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done," he added.

Stevens "died in a country that's still striving to emerge from the recent experience of war."

Obama will visit the State Department after his remarks at The White House, according to a release from his office.


Filed under: 2012 • Egypt • Libya • President Obama
soundoff (229 Responses)
  1. The Halls For Obama

    I think the person who start it should come out of hidding and go over there an get this all stright out. He is so bad why is he hidding. Because of him people lost their life.

    September 12, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. Joan

    If you notice, the Presdient spoke to the tragedy, gave facts, made sincere condolences to the families of those killed, spoke highly of those individuals and called for justice. He reminded everyone that the tragedy was carried out by a small group of radical Muslims not the Libyan government. He not once used this whole tragedy for political purposes as someone else has been trying to do. There is such a huge difference in the cababilities and judgement of the two men running for the office of president.

    September 12, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. The REAL Truth...

    @really? – you really should educate yourself before hating... Libya was in a state of civil war a year ago. So was Egypt. NEWFLASH: they are BOTH Arab countries. Arab countries are predominantly Muslem. Duh!
    In case you missed it, the Muslim B/Hood was legally elected by the majority of those voting in Democratic elections in Egypt. Our administration had no involvement, but of course the right wing nuts blame Obama for everything they don't like, so the lack of intelligent response to this article comes as no surprise.

    September 12, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. demwit

    Send in the DRONES!! Obama's #1 foriegn policy stmt..

    September 12, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Steve- Illinois

    Blah, blah, blah, blah blah! As soon as this nonsense started, the U.S. should have demanded these countries protect our Embassies, and personnel!

    September 12, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. NJResident

    Those protester will look for any reason to start violence but preach the word of peace??!!! Im sorry but the muslim/islam faith is very confusing. Cowardly acts

    September 12, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Randomness

    If a Democratic leader had said something similar to Romney's comment about this tragedy; for example, criticizing Bush's war in Iraq he would have been branded a traitor. Romney's derogatory comment about Obama on this issue is petty, mean-spirited, thoughtless and desperate. And according to "conservative" standards is borderline treasonous.

    September 12, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. FedUp

    The deceased's families are in my thoughts and prayers. may God help you through this terrible time. As for Obama – we will see what he does or doesn't do.

    September 12, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. Luke Brown

    I watched Romney and Gingrich. Then watched Obama and Clinton. No question the leadership of our country is in teh right hands.

    I was disgusted with the Republicans for trying to score political points when Americans are clearly in danger abroad. I am sure they were already cranking out the negative ads to run against the President before the bodies of our diplomats were even cold.

    You would think they could stop hating our country for just a little while and stand with our President.

    September 12, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. RealityBites

    How many more days will CNN ignore the children in Chicago for Obama?

    September 12, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. Thomas

    @GI Joe
    I'll take a cool head (Obama) over a hot-head knee-jerk reactionary (Romney) every day of the week.

    Obama/Biden 2012 for a calm steady hand Forward

    Any day of the week !

    September 12, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. Gary M.

    That's just it .... Romney "thinks" ... and Obama "knows". Quite a difference.

    September 12, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. Jon

    It is of my opinion, that if the Untied States does not respond with force to the brazen attacks, it will only emboldem more attacks. In 1979 the United States did not respond forcefully to its embassy being attacked and look at all the horrible event that took place there after. I do not support actionless retoric that in the end will only serve to put the United States at risk of even bigger mor brazen attack that will only lead to another 9/11. If you want my vote Mr. President, do not do what Carter did and do what Reagan did. FYI, to all you Democrates who will bash what I wrote, I am not a Republican and I did not vote Bush II.

    September 12, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. California Gary

    Romney has just demonstrated that his foreign policy would be one of "bluster" and not of substance (kind of like the last GOP president we had). Ready for prime time? Not hardly.........

    September 12, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. once upon a horse

    sorry Mr President not enough...if you got by your opponents rational you should be sending troops over to Libya and attacking everyone in sight until we find who did this. That is what McCain would probably do as well.

    September 12, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. bailouts

    and you say you have foreign policy experience.
    obama, you have singlehandedly destabilized the entire middle east with you lack of understanding of their culture of tribal and extreme religoius over zealousness.
    they are not made up of shoppers in an American mall, they are not soccer moms and dads who live there. they are oppressed people blinded by their relgious leaders and live in fear. except those who are the extremeist groups who threaten the regular folks there.
    you've doubled crossed the iranian people in 2009 , you've undermined egypt, tunisia, libya,. you threw mubarak under the bus. you gave the new muslim brotherhood in egypt 1 billion US taxpayers money, you gave everything to our enemies bt nothing to the hard working citizens in the USA. nothing except crushing debt and class warfare.

    you are the one with no experience in any field except trouble making and community destruction. only now that's not only here but now around the world. thanks...

    September 12, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. Reject Repugs

    Mittens, go back to rehearsals so that you can pretend you know something next month when President Obama makes you look like the little girl that you are....

    September 12, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. Phoenix Frank

    I think that Bob from NY hit the nail on the head. It is also no surprise that Mitt would take human tragedy and use it for his own political gain. Perhaps its time that we do sever our relations with Israel in regards to piece in the Middle East, maybe it's time that we let Israel do what they want. Lets see how long it takes for these Arab Nations to call on us unholy Americans for help when Israel just starts turning the place into a parking lot.

    September 12, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    The Romney campaign would be best not to politicize the tragic death of the ambassador. Playing politics with it would be totally disrepectful to the family, and would only serve to further inflame an already volatile atmosphere in the muslim world.

    September 12, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. Dave

    We see two different approaches. Romney wants to be Mr. Mocho and throw gas on the coals and create a bigger conflict. It amazes me how the get tough politicians never been a fight themselves, a paper tiger (coward). Obama was attempting to defuse the problem and be diplomatic.

    September 12, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. luke,az

    There is no way I would want Gov. Romney in the White House. He is thoroughly incompetent. NOT PRESIDENTIAL MATERIAL !

    September 12, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. Diana Smith

    I am appalled by Romney's response to this tragedy. This should not be used–and abused–for political gain. Hopefully, only the far right will find any value in his response.

    September 12, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  23. California Gary

    jon......when Obama says justice will be done, I think we can count on that. Just ask Bin Laden.

    September 12, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. lou

    There is an article right now on Fox web site explaining how Romney and the Israel leader are friends and former business partners, saying romney will likely side with Israel and attack Iran. Come on people. You can not support another war monger.

    September 12, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. Dave

    Romney makes just one more uninformed idiotic comment. Obama did not apologize for America's values. Romney is not fit to be President and never will be. If he gets elected, it is only because the election will be bought so the super rich can get big tax breaks, making significant returns on their donations, and continue to ride the backs of the middle and lower class. The GOP will not magically do anything to create jobs, it is not in their best interest.

    September 12, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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