Wednesday, September 12, 2012

J. Christopher Stevens

J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. Ambassador to Libya was killed Tuesday night in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Stevens was a career diplomat, a graduate of Berkeley and a former Peace Corps volunteer. He was the first U.S. ambassador killed on duty since 1979. In an emotional response to the attack, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton gave tribute to Stevens and reminded us all, "We must be clear-eyed, even in our grief. This was an attack by a small and savage group, not the people or government of Libya." Clinton further said of Stevens, "Chris was committed to advancing America's values and interests, even when that meant putting himself in danger," in a statement posted on the official Facebook page of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli. President Barack Obama said in a statement on Wednesday that Stevens was a "courageous and exemplary representative of the United States.” Presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney politicized the tragedy and smeared the President in a statement he made Wednesday morning before cameras.

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