BREAKING: Obama condemns attacks in Libya
September 12th, 2012
10:51 AM ET
6 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. Obama 2016

    For all of the nasty comments that come from you about Romney. You need to seek more information. The underlining story. Go see Obama 2016 then make your decision if you think that Obama is the next president. The movie is shocking and it will open your eyes if your not blind.

    September 12, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. sonofelma

    Here, let me write Mitt's apology for him. "Today I join President Obama in condemning this act of outright murder of brave Americans on foreign soil. Separately, I apologize to the President, his administration, and to the American people for my hasty remarks that came when the situation on the ground was still fluid and precarious. As Americans, we value Freedom of Speech among our highest ideals, and understand that with that speech comes great responsibility. Therefore, I take personal responsibility, unlike those zealots who use their disagreements with the free expression of others as an excuse for wanton destruction and murder."

    September 12, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. Giorgio

    Every American citizen has the right of expressing his opinion regarding the failure of Obama administration on domestic and foreign policies. Romney as presidential candidate has even more right than a regular citizen to have an opinion on any policy. In this case he is right and Obama is wrong. Obama is wrong because he always find faults about our country dealing with foreign countries. Obama administration and State Department did not do their job on secured American citizen working abroad at least around September 11 historic date.

    September 12, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. Really?

    So, I decided to watch the RNC to find out who Romney really is rather than just believe the media is giving us the truth. Did you watch both the RNC and the DNC? If you cared to find the truth – reality – you would know that Romney is quite the opposite of what the Democrats would like you to believe.
    Romney/Ryan = a chance for the country to survive

    September 12, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. kayla

    robme reminds me of my poddle, he barks at the big dogs but when they approach him he runs "cobarde"

    September 12, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Mitt's reaction is the only one that reassured me that he could handle the situation appropriately...
    Fine, then you, MIttens, his five sons, and his money can go and take care of this mess in Lybia.......
    Can I have your car?

    September 12, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. Woman In California


    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.

    He disgusts me as well. Everything about Mitt Romney disgusts me, including that elitist I'm better than you smile of his.


    I join you both in my disgust, especially since he's spent his entire life RUNNING away from all things military and tradition which continues with his sons. He is truly the worst candidate of my lifetime.

    September 12, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Romney proves once again he is an rank amateur playing at a grown-ups game.just like he used to pretend he was a Highway Patrolman and a Firefighter when he was in college., He is now pretending to be President and a diplomat.His comments were outrageeous, insensitive and dangerous. Think first before opening your mouth, Mittens. Thank God in another two months we will never hear from this loony again; unfortunately, we had the endure McCain for 4 years because he is still a Senator.

    September 12, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. Opal

    Once again the President shows his weakness, his incompetence, and his ignorance of foreign affairs. I would love to hear Hillary's real take on the situation and the President's response. I am sure she thinks he is as stupid as he sounds.

    Bill should have convinced, as he wanted to, Hillary to upseat Obama, she would have been a given, from Dems, Reps, and Independents. She knows how to run a country, Mega miles beyond this clown in office today.

    September 12, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Jill

    Mitt Romney is a liar and totally irresponsible. Obama and Hillary Clinton strongly condemned the violence against Americans and said they were determined to bring the perpetrators to justice. How is that an apology? Clinton also criticized the film maker who mocked Islam, but criticizing one person is hardly an apology for our country. Romney has been spouting this "apology" line against Obama for months, yet there is not one instance in which Obama has apologized for the U.S.

    At a time when tensions in the MIddle East are high and Americans there are at risk, Romney's bellicose, foolish comments do nothing but put our diplomats, military personnel and others in greater danger from anti-American violence, Romney is at best a complete amateur at foreign policy.

    September 12, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. Kathy

    Mitt Romney is out of line to try to politicize the tragic death of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya. He has shown a real lack of judgment and restraint. Shame on him!

    Kathy from Colorado

    September 12, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. Mark Gale

    Dose of reality is right. We are at war. The Crusades about to be reborn. Christianity and Islam at it again for control of the western world. My relatives in Jerusalem want to bomb Iran what happens next. The question is who is better to work with
    Putin Obama or Romney ?

    September 12, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. Viltor

    The embassy spokesman was wrong, but that is no excuse for Romney making a political issue of it.There are crazy violent people out there who will use any pretext for mayhem and there always will be. To deliberately incite violence so one can say "see, see I told you so" is disgusting. 4 people are dead!!! If someone through a rock at your house because some person said you molested their daughter wouldn't you lash out at the person who incited the violence. I read the statement from the embassy and in no way did it condone the violence.

    September 12, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. Cam Spurgeon

    Mitt would do and say anything to get what he wants. He is not fit for office and In fact is not even interested in doing anything for th is country. Attack the Commander in Chief when this country is under attack. I believe even Gop will have ussues with this man. Sad day for grand old party when they cant do better than this jerk...

    September 12, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. javaid

    It is not time of political point scoring. We have to hunt down the perpetrators and give them an exemplary punishment so no other nation dare to attack our embassy around the world.We must immediately bombed the area where the incident took place because these terrorist live in that area.

    September 12, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. Peggy - TX

    Repaly to DoseOfReality: Why should the President NOT be politically correct and spin about how we understand the anger of the mob? Why should the President be acting aggressively in condemning the attacks and the foreign government officials that allowed it to happen? Also, a bit off subject ... but why does it matter if we call it a war or a ciminal action!

    Ms, DoseOfReality, you like to throw the word “should”around .. but actually are saying exactly nothing. All you FOX news watchers living in a pretend world of your own making, this is NOT a football or Hockey game. If the President attempts to quite many an ignorant extremist thus saving many many lives, he is do the right thing by the American People.

    What we do NOT need is a President ignorant of foreign relations, like Romey appears to be, who now delegates to advisors from the Bush administration. These same advisors, when in power, made a huge mess of US foreign relations and through gross negligence, ignored warnings from the Clinton administration, allowed 9/11 to happen. Then they created a war based on a pretext and lied to the American people about the threat of WMD.

    Also, it sounds like Romney is ever so happy to let Netanyahoo’s dictate US forgein Policy ... a path towards WIII for sure.

    September 12, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. Brucew29

    Mitt Romney's timing is so bad that if he worked on a bomb squad he would get there as a lone wolf after the bomb had already detonated and he would work on the blast hole anyway! Romney would later say "nothing to worry about... I have successfully disarmed the bomb"! If Romney was a bomb he would be a DUD (Not Dude!)!

    September 12, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. Viltor

    What values are Romney talking about? It sounds like he is defending the film maker and the nutty evangelist for making and disseminating the film. Some things are so irresponsible that just because we have freedom of speech doesn't make it right. I guess that's what Romney thinks when he says he did nothing "illegal" with his tax returns..

    September 12, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. sharp

    Hey Mitt you should mouring not trying to get votes at time like this!! If you were the President right now, you couldn't do anything either right now.

    September 12, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. David- GA

    I would like Gov Romney or one of his supporters to show me where in any statement that was made where the Pres is sympathizing with the attackers. They(GOP) just continue to make things up. If we wait long enough I am sure someone(Rush) Will claim he helped plan the attacks.

    September 12, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. SA in OO

    This from a guy who's foreign policy is . . . ?

    September 12, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. John Richard

    Now Mr Romney wants us to believe that he has time machine that would allow him to denounce the violence on our American Embassies before the attacks took place???? Shame on him for trying to politicize this issue, the death of American diplomats abroad. What anyone said concerning the film that was made to incite radicals against America PRIOR to the attacks is irrelevant and did not in any way reflect the response AFTER the fact. The president and his State Department made the proper response. Romney owes an apology to the nation and the families of our fallen men.

    September 12, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. Donald in CA

    Talk about who let the dogs out. What romney is saying about Obama in the Libya tragedy is un-american. This guy has no low and no one but a hater would want him for president. Lord help us. Folks should have the same respect for romney as they do for charles manson.

    September 12, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC


    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.
    Why don't you practice what you preach by READING the article? Mitt Romney mislead the public by criticizing a White House statement, which was released prior to the violence, as if the statement were a response to the violence.

    1. Mitt Romney knew the timing of the White House statement and purposely mislead the public. All he saw were words.
    2. Mitt Romney didn't know the timing of the White House statement and didn't care when it was released. He saw the words.

    Take your pick. It is one or the other.

    September 12, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. dug61

    Romeny is correct. Why was the 1st thing said from this admistration an apology to the attacking muslim mob? Where was obama yesturday before we heard about the deaths of the ambasador?

    Once again obama demonstrates his incompetent leadership and incomplete presidency.

    Wake up people. He's getting worse than carter.

    September 12, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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