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. Common Sense

    Anyone can criticize but the the main thing I see or don't see is exactly how he (Romney) would handle the situation. To "bailouts", how was the Iranian people doublecrossed in 2009, I'm missing something there. Undermined Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, threw Mubarak under the bus? As for the billion, that deal was struck before the revolution or haven't you heard? As for the bailouts what if he and President Bush let GM & Chrysler go bankrupt? I guess that you rather see a Chinese or Japanese company buy them right or you like to see an even higher unemployment rate if they had.

    September 12, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Tim

    It was so sad to here this news on a day that we are mourning those heroes from 911. I can't believe that Romney used this moment to try to further his agenda for President. Someone, like Joe Biden, need to put this idiot in his place. Romney had no business injecting his beliefs into a very sad day for the families of those killed

    September 12, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. jas106

    Based on reports the violence started as a result of a documentary film done by an american. The first response (o the violence) hat came from Obama's administration was to apologize for the film. I listened very carefully to Hillary, Mitt and then president Obama's speeches this morning. Mitt was the first one to give a strong statement (last night) and then in his speech today condeming the actions of the attackers. I know that care must be given in how we respond to make sure we don't incite additional violence but we also must show our strength. Mitt's reaction is the only one that reassured me that he could handle the situation appropriately...

    September 12, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. Joi Gibson

    Willard jumps in before he knows the facts, as usual. And folks are actually considering this man as commander-in-chief. What a frightening prospect. It seems very hypocritical to me that we as Americans are always talking about freedom of religion yet we vilify Muslims in America for practicing their religion. We are in a global society and when folks here make vicious attacks on Muslims (as did this so-called film maker) and post it on You Tube, then those very same folks you are denigrating will take offense, thereby putting our overseas personnel at tremendous risk. Freedom of speech must have some responsibility. Having said that, what these folks are doing in Egypt and Libya is disgraceful and the killing of our overseas citizens is reprehensible.

    Willard's as usual knee-jerk response is irresponsible and not becoming someone who wants to be commander-in-chief. Shame on him. Even the righties on Morning Joe were offended by Willard and said it was really, really stupid putting out that statement.

    OBAMA/BIDEN/FIRST LADY MICHELLE 2012!!!!!

    September 12, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. JerryD

    Romney's politically motivated "press conference " prior to the President's remarks soldifies that the fact he's not Presidential material. SHAME on his advisers Does he think

    My condolences to U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens' family.

    September 12, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. Robert Rasband

    It is pathetic that any man, Mitt Romney in this case, should use the loss of life for political gain by criticizing our county's president.

    September 12, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. Common Sense

    "If Gov. Romney were president he would be enraged at the Egyptians for tolerating the attack on the embassy. Both countries have an obligation to protect our embassies." Again, being enraged is normal but the question is what would he do? It's amazing that two people who have never served in a military capacity or in government foreign service can open their pieholes period.

    September 12, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Ida Ritter

    Regardless of politics or whatsover Romney did not loss the opportunity to attach the president and bleming him for what happened in Lybia, I never hear him sending his condolences to the family of the wounded and especially this ambassador that so well did his job even risking his own life and lossing it at the end. Hisl lack of sensitivity is one more time in top, how a man like him that expresses himself like that in a day when we were all remembering what happened to all those people on Sep 11 and now to this people so far away from home could be a good president when he only cares about his political ambission which is gain the power that the republicans so much want and cannot wait to have, So much for you Mr. Romney,

    September 12, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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
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    Too late for that Rudy. Haven't you heard Romney shooting off his ignorant, lying mouth to anybody that would listen?

    September 12, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. cjOhio

    I think it is absolutely shocking that Romney would use the events of the last 24 hours for political purposes. While my husband and I were on the fence about who to vote for, we are not now. The unpatriotic and disrespectful comments by Romney coupled with his ineptness on his visits to England and Israel are making this decision a no brainer. Shame on you, Mitt Romney. .. . .

    What is very sad is that both Mitt Romney and John McCain were principled people before they ran for president . . and ran from their personal beliefs and the courage to voice them. McCain lost because of it, and Mitt seems to be following him out the door.

    September 12, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. Lola

    Romney, shut your pie hole and let the President handle this. Not smart to put your two cents in at this time regarding such a sensitive situation. Precisely why I won't be voting for you. Ever.

    September 12, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. Steve J

    Romney disgusts me trying to turn the killings in Libya into a political statement. He actually smiled in the video as he tried blame Obama for early statements made by others in Egypt. It also shows Mitt knows nothing about foreign policy or waiting to find out the details before opening his mouth. That's very dangerous to our troops and American citizens throughout the world.

    September 12, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. Former Republican, now an Independent

    The best thing Mitt Romney can do is keep his inexperienced mouth out of this. Romney and Ryan are all over the country criticizing every move the President makes, but have no solutions to any problems except to return to the same old strategy that drove the nation to the edge of another depression, and alienated us from the rest of the free world. The republican party had to have looked diligently to find the field of losers they have put forth in this election. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are the worst candidates I have seen in my 6 decades on this earth, and came out of the worst field of self-centered, egotistical losers ever assembled.

    September 12, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. Indy

    This decides it for me. No way should Romney be let near the oval office.

    September 12, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. Like a BOSS

    One is a apologetic wimp and the other is a shoot from the hip hot head. It really stinks these two are our only options for president. I'm writing in Ron Paul's name come November.

    September 12, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. Rosslaw

    After Mittens' brought both the conservative prime minister Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson to the point of wanting to deck him, a rational person would think this piece of work would have enough sense to keep his mouth shut. Wrong again.

    September 12, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. Jay in GA

    This is further evidence that Romney is not fit to be President. How can he be so out of touch with common decency to interject politics at a time like this. A political knee-jerk reaction that demonstrates how poorly suited to be the leader of the free world.

    September 12, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. Brucew29

    Mitt Romney, AKA, Miss-the-Boat Romney, Blabber-Mouth Romney, Loose-Lip Romney, Misinformed Romney, Out-of-Step Romney, doesn't recognize the truth Romney, speak with tongue before brain engaged Romney, Knee-Jerk Romney, in an effort to score political points Romney, has futilely tried to capitalize on a horrendous event that took the life of " Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens " well before the Fog-of-War had cleared, before all of the facts were in, before enough time had passed to evaluate all of the facts concerning the situation and to give a well thought out response, shows how inept, unprepared, and a joke on the American people to consider Romney as the next "Commander-in-Chief" of the United States! Romney is efficient at taking care of himself and his money, but Romney falls far too short to be considered as caretaker of our country!

    September 12, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. Jay in GA

    This is further evidence that Romney is not fit to be President. How can he be so out of touch with common decency to interject politics at a time like this. A political knee-jerk reaction that demonstrates how poorly suited he is to be the leader of the free world.

    September 12, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. Al

    Romney just showed how little he knows about anything to do with foreign afffairs. He mistimed his 2 cents worth remarks pretty badly showing his true colors. Islamists do not need any valid reason to protest and kill based on false information. this video was not produced by the US Govt, Islamist think that the US Govt, should be in control of the their citizens prodcuing movies. They just do not get it. Romney shows he does not get it. God help the US if he does become the President of the US. Wake up Amercia and put a stop to Romney who does not know his backside from his elbow.

    September 12, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. Italofila

    Mitt Romney makes me sick. The man has absolutely no ethics....will lie, lie, lie for political gain. This example is beyond the pale and clearly demonstrates that he would be a disaster as commander in chief and at foreign policy. Shame on Mitt and the GOPers that endorse his sleazy tactics.

    September 12, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. Frank

    OMG! After this horrible attack on the US consulate in Libya and the death of four Americans, the Romney team finds this as an opportunity to attack the intelligence of the American people by attempting to get in a campaign moment instead of addressing the true sadness of this event, the death of these Americans. You have made the decision for this independent voter much easier. Four more years!!!!

    September 12, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    Steve J

    Romney disgusts me trying to turn the killings in Libya into a political statement. He actually smiled in the video as he tried blame Obama for early statements made by others in Egypt.
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    He disgusts me as well. Everything about Mitt Romney disgusts me, including that elitist I'm better than you smile of his.

    September 12, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. Helena Montana

    Mr. Romney please check your facts before you speak. Bless the families who are mourning their painful
    loss.

    September 12, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. James

    Liberal hypocrisy at its best - Its o.k for Liberals to make the death of American soldiers in Iraq a political issue in the last election but Conservatives can't make the death of an ambassador a political issue even when Obama openly supports a known terrorist organization as Egypt's government. You GD idiots its not the death of the ambassador Romney is "playing politics" with - its the foreign policies of your precious socialist leader.

    September 12, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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