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. Chris

    Also, it does say Romney issued his statement before news of the Ambassadors death came out. Read the article people, he was condemning a foreign policy stance, not talking about an ambassadors life. At least he is not apologizing to these murders for offending them.

    September 12, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. DoseOfReality

    Mitt raised an important and germane point; in the case of murder by an angry Islamic mob that coincidentally occurred on 9/11, the first concern of the President and the upper echelons of the administration should not be politically correct spin about how we understand the anger of the mob. The President should be acting firmly and aggressively in condemning the attacks and the foreign government officials that allowed it to happen. If you still don't think we're at war, think again.

    September 12, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. gr8usa

    Thank you Mr. President. I also urge everyone to go to the State Department website and read Sec. Clinton's statement. My prayers go out to the families of the Ambassador and the staff members who were killed.

    September 12, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. Libiots

    Libs – Please stop posting nonsense and change out the candle under your Obaffoon statue.

    September 12, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Sealteam2ret

    "Former Governer" Romney actions and comments suggest he is a total amatuer with absolutely no experience in foreign affairs.....OH I forgot – he speaks French!!!!

    September 12, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. justsayintitasiseeit

    A leader waits until all the facts are available and the impact of one’s words can be more fully assessed. In speaking out before he was fully aware of the situation on the ground, Governor Romney chose the path of the impulsive politician rather that the road taken by a measured leader—and all in the quest of political gain. This just shows how inept Romney will be.

    September 12, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. Brandon

    I never really listened to this dude talk but I caught him this morning and I couldn't believe what he was saying. These people were just murdered and your going to try to gain a political advantage on there backs just DISGUSTING. I would NEVER want to be known for voting for this guy. Obama didn't even make the statement and the statement wasn't even wrong to say it was true. Maybe republicans should re-think there nominee.

    September 12, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    After watching you comment Romney, I am now questioning YOUR citizenship. Let's see that birth certificate - Oh and while your at it, dig out those taxes.

    September 12, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. Angiolieri

    @dug61 : can you provide tangible examples of Obama apologizing to people that attack us and kill our people ?

    September 12, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. T. E. Lawrence O. A.

    ***

    ANOTHER "UNFORCED ERROR" BY ROMNEY!

    How many does that make now?

    September 12, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. scooterbo

    Does Romney really want to return to the same 'bull in a china shop' approach to diplomatic relations that plagued the Bush administration and jeapordized U.S. standing in the global community? There is a difference between interjecting sanity while expressing condemnation and basically saying that the U.S. is better than everyone at everything and universally infallible and expecting the rest of the world to just smile and nod.

    September 12, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. Facts don't Lie

    you want to keep our military in combat and our men and women in harm's way.......then vote for Romney because he'll send anybody (but his 5 sons of course) to go fight in wars he can create. One reason he wants the defense budget to stay hing.

    September 12, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Oh, cry me a river Republicans. Look to your own party if you want to know why this happened.

    September 12, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. mkyonmibck

    I half-way disliked Romney, now I flat out hate him. He is so out of touch with the American people, I truly believe his only supporters are those that would rather see one of the Three Stooges as President instead of a Black man.

    September 12, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. mike

    Romney makes me sick trying to spin this .

    September 12, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. rmatten

    Romney is a joke, a sick one at that!!!

    September 12, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. Brucew29

    Romney didn't know that the apologetic tone that the president took was BEFORE Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was killed… the president wanted to diffuse any backlash that could result from the anti-Muslim religious film that was made and posted in the United States and viewed by many in the Muslim faith world! Romney being the idiot that he is, went and shot his mouth off before knowing all of the facts, in an attempt to gain political favor! Mr. Romney PLEASE do all of us a favor and keep your MOUTH SHUT!!!

    September 12, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. Sly

    I believe Mitt the Twit just cost himself the election.

    This man doesn't believe in American lives, and he sure despises our military.

    Unbelieveable that he turned 9/11 into a political attack.

    Just reading on here one can see Mitt the Twit just lost millions of votes.

    Go get them Mr. President – just like you got Bin Laden and Khadafy and Saddam!

    September 12, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. davisb

    Rupublicans all talk and no action (other than declaring an unjustified war). Democrats all talk and ACTION (killed Osama and other evil people who want to harm this country) The President is doing what he is suppose to do, HE IS USING HIS BRAINS!

    September 12, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. cali girl

    Robmey rode a bike around France when the call to duty came and he dodged and ducked it.
    I have been to the middle east, my family worked in Big Oil. Does that make me a better foreign policy expert? I wouldn't claim to be. Robmey should back off since he has no clue what to say or do with Libya.

    September 12, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. macbil

    AS THE SON AND GRANDSON OF U.S. DIPLOMATS I'M SHOCKED AT GOV ROMNEY'S COMMENTS. SO WRONG AND INAPPROPRIATE.

    Nobody apologized to anyone. The statement from the Embassy in Cairo was issued 6 hours BEFORE the attack, so how could it be an apology?

    September 12, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "Mitt raised an important and germane point; in the case of murder by an angry Islamic mob that coincidentally occurred on 9/11, the first concern of the President and the upper echelons of the administration should not be politically correct spin about how we understand the anger of the mob. "

    Except the chronology of events proves that Mittens was drumming up another lie. The statements made by the embassy condemning the vile and hateful islamaphobe movie came BEFORE BEFORE BEFORE the attacks had occurred. And yet, Mittens and the GOP/Teatrolls criticize those statements by saying that they were made in response to the attacks? THAT IS WHAT IS CALLED A LIE LIE LIE. Obama did act firmly and aggressively in condemning the attacks. He just happened to wait for the attacks to happen before doing so because, well, that's how the physics of the space-time continuum work. REALITY. GET SOME.

    September 12, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  23. justsayintitasiseeit

    Romney needs to sit down and shut up. In another hour he will have forgotten what he said. I AM NOT FOR OUR TROOPS GOING TO WAR AGAIN. They are tired, physically ill, mentally ill and need time to rest and recuperate. This needs to be handled with diplomacy and sanctions. When Romney and his 5 sons are ready to physically pick up a gun and put on the uniform of our soldiers then I may be willing to allow my sons to fight again. I don't think I will have to worry about that tho because Romney and his chicken sons will never bear arms for the freedoms we have in this country.

    September 12, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. Greg

    Romney has proven again what an opportunistic parasite he really is. This man has no sense of decency or shame, only the drive for personal profit. He is the modern American political terrorist who inflames hatred by promoting ignorance.

    September 12, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    DoseOfReality

    Mitt raised an important and germane point;
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    Of course he did. He proved just how much a fool he really is by making a political point over the death of innocent Americans.

    September 12, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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