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
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  1. cardog

    Wouldn't you think that after this tragedy, the nation would come together? Is there no decency in the TeapubliCANT ranks? Mr. Romney will do and say anything gain on the President. In my opinion, this has only further diminished Mitt Romney as a potential leader of our country.

    September 12, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. Jean-Florida

    Romney said today it is "never too early for the United States government to condemn attacks on Americans and to defend our values." So Romney is claiming the Obama administration should have issued a statement condemning the attacks before they occurred – because that's when the statement made by the U.S. Ambassador to Libya was made. Look at the timeline God bless the families of the brave Americans who lost their lives serving America's interests in Libya. I am humbled by the courage and patriotism of the military and the foreign service personnel who serve us.

    September 12, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. RSVP

    Gov. Romney – your response and agenda are an embarassment and disgrace to the United States. You are a self-serving egomaniac hell bent on only one thing – getting elected as POTUS. For once, do the right thing for the American people. Do the right thing for those killed in Cairo and Libya this week as well as all of our troops killed in all of the unnecessary wars your party has led us into. Shut up and LEAVE your campaign now. Get on your yacht and sail away to the Cayman Islands. You are dangerous.

    September 12, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. bill

    Release of this film was another election gamesmanship by foreign powers. If successful, we might be fighting in the middle east for another twenty years. Based on our success in Iraq and Afghanistan results will be similar, wasted money and lives of our young man. Election cant come fast enough to end this.

    September 12, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. BB

    Let's face it there is nothing this president does that is ever approved by the other side,
    I heard about this attack from a co-worker , boasting how bad Obama is, because he Apologized to the Libyans, AS usual the Republicans never have the facts straight before they open they mouths... I get sooooooo Angry.

    September 12, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. dug61

    Since when does America apologize to people that attack us and kill our people? Since obama took over

    September 12, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. Sandy

    What I don't understand is why didn't Romney just concede foreign policy to Obama? Everyone knows he has NO foreign policy experience and Obama's foreign policy is pretty good so there is NO WAY he was going to win on that point. He should have just made it about the economy and jobs. Romney just makes himself look like an idiot when he can't concede a point that there was no way he could win.

    September 12, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Dennis

    Mitt Romney is a dream come true for the Democrats. He is making a fool out of himself. He should fire his campaign advisers, they are not serving him well. He should have simply issued a statement condemning the attacks and murders. Instead he has stepped in it real bad. He is not presidential material.

    September 12, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. Beeker

    Mitt Romney and company has mis-played this one...whatever Americans feel about their president they don't take kindly to throwing him under the bus right after an attack...and rightly so...this indicates a level of desperation in the Romney Campaign...letting a woefully unprepared candidate on foreign policy lips loose immediately after the attack is dangerous to his campaign and more importantly dangerous, to Americans living and working abroad.

    September 12, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. sbgirlie

    Mitt has no foreign policy experience, his entire team of advisors is made up of Bush administration officials, and he can't even see Russia from his house. Leave this to the grown ups, Mitt.

    September 12, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. Jason

    I make no judgment on WH initial comment on the crisis in Libya. However, I am disappointed, but not surprised, when Romney and his team of advisors, would take this opportunity to attack the President. I believe in the right and freedom of speech, to question or challenge even the President or its administration. But there is a time and place for this type of open attack. When we need a united front to face a time of crisis, Romney chooses the most inappropriate moment to demonstrate our nations divide. And he does so in his usual style of speaking in hyperbole, using words like "outraged" or "disgrace" to incite hate and express his contempt towards the President and the administration.

    Mr Romney, you may be a successful businessman. But you are no leader.

    September 12, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. eric V

    So here we are again at a crossroads, we will see if OMAMA stands up, defends our country and does something, or just talks. Maybe he will side with his muslim brothers. Remember our tax dollars are going to support these countries, I believe our tax dollars should go to helping USA's men and women first before our tax dollars leave our shores.

    September 12, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. sc00ter87

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "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,"
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    There is NO DOUBT in my mind of that under your leadership Mr. President.
    We trust you Mr. President to act judiciously and in the right time.
    We stand united with you.
    _________________________________
    Which is nothing more then fancy talk for nothing getting done. What is this we stand with you, most Americans stand against him.

    September 12, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    The debate lineup needs to change and the first matter at hand should be national security and foreign policy. Let's put that on the table right now! Willard Robmey needs to show me his foreign policy bonafides since he has the answer to everything. All he does is talk. I don't think he would have had the courage to make the gut call the President did to go into Pakistan and get Bin Laden. I don't think he had any intentions on ending the Iraq war. More so, I highly doubt he would have restored America's image abroad. We've already seen this past summer what an embarrassment he is to us. Bring it on Willard!!!!

    September 12, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. bee

    This continuous hateful rhethoric, from the right is shameful.They are soooooooooooooooooooooo desperate right now, because they have to realize that even with trying to suppress the vote, that Obama is in like flin..Go Obama/Biden2012

    September 12, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. ephraim

    Libyans are not shooting rockets at us. The militia with the rockets was Al Qaeda. They are using peaceful protests as
    a cover for launching terrorist attacks. Team Romney is SO far out of their league on foreign policy, and using this incident
    as bait for his campaign, really simply heinous...

    September 12, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "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."

    Yes, that would be ever so rational. Sigh.

    September 12, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. James

    Funny, treason when Obama and the democrat party to undermine bush. Romney has not even begun to enter the zone of treasonous activities the democrat party perpetrated. I think a international buisnessman has more accumen overseas than a neighborhood agitator.

    September 12, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. Matthew

    Mitt should mourn with the rest of the USA an the killing of our people on our own soil (yes the embassy is considered USA soil). I hope the drones start raining missles on Libya. No attack against the USA will stand as long as Obama is in charge. Go USA!

    September 12, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. trashcup

    Romney, the foreign affairs expert, can see Egypt from his private jet as he flies by. This guy dodged serving in the US Armed Forces during Vietnam by getting his father to get him a "mission" in France for god's sake. When the rest of us were getting shot at, he was in France eating bon bons enjoying the good life.

    BUT, to make comments without knowing and of the details of the entire context of negotiations, conversations, and diplomacy that's been going between our countries is more than ludicrous, it's shameful and irresponsible.

    Another Romney screw up. His words and actions are just like an Eveready Bunny, they just keep going and going and going.

    September 12, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. Susan

    I also am disgusted with the weak policy of this administration. It is because of all the apolgiizing that we are looking helpless and weak to the terriorists. We look dazed and confused. Talking about a stupid movie when this is a serious act of agression by our enemy. If you want respect you do not apologize ...if you want to defuse agressive behavior you appologize but only because you don't want to fight. But all these people know is fighting. They kill babies every day and they are cowards. You can't defuse anything with them. You have to fight. You have to set the red lines that Israel Prime Minister wisely talked about. WE have to be stronger than this. President Obama is too busy campaigning to pay attention to Israel and Lybia and Iran and Pakistan and stop blaiming Romney for President Obama's wait and see policies and his weakness and inability to stand against aggression against our country. 911 was not an accidental date for this aggression and this administration should have been on alert for this. The lack of leadership is astounding in this country.

    September 12, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. Larry L

    @dug61

    Since when does America apologize to people that attack us and kill our people? Since obama took over
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    Be a patriot – not a fool. President Obama has managed the war on terror magnificently. He listens to the Joint Chiefs, uses intelligence data and technology rather than troops, and builds relationships with our Allies so America doesn't go it alone. He has killed the cr@p out of the terrorists and doesn't seek permission when it's unwise. We killed the #2 terrorist in Yemen yesterday – along with five of his buddies. Remember President "Mission Accomplished"? Think!

    September 12, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Ordnry1

    Romney's experience in foreign policy is no better than myself. How dare he critize the President of the United States at a time like this? There are many factors and causes that trigger the vicious attacks of the US Consulate in Libya. Democrats, Republicans, Indepedents, Tea Party and Green Party members must all show solidarity and unity as a nation to the world in such difficult times. All Romney cares about is getting himself elected as President. President or not, one person alone cannot protect the country.

    September 12, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. Matt

    So, what will President Mitt Romney (supposed he is elected) do in this situation? Talk is cheap. What Mitt and his cronies suggest we should do to defend our American values? C'mon, Mitt – give us the beef not just the buns.

    September 12, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. Hawkeye1757

    When are you Liberal Americans finally going to send in the Cossacks? Just how dumb are you people!

    September 12, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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