Kerry Statement on Embassy Attacks, Death of Ambassador Stevens

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Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator John Kerry, made the following statement today in response to the violence that took place at the Egyptian and Libyan Embassies, resulting in the death of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other American embassy personnel.  

“The deaths of Ambassador Stevens and his team are heartbreaking. It’s easy for a lot of people to forget that our diplomats are on the frontlines of the world’s most dangerous places and they’re there trying to make the world safer at great risk to themselves and their families. Chris Stevens was all that and more. He was a foreign service professional down to his toes, a guy who had served on the Foreign Relations Committee and embraced tough odds and tough assignments overseas. He had the guts and grit to serve as our envoy during the rebellion, and his presence there reminded Libyans that America stood with them for freedom in the face of violence. He was continuing that noble work as Ambassador with enormous skill. He was an important part of the work we are doing in Libya, and we will not let this deplorable violence turn back the progress he helped make possible. 

“The violence in Cairo and Benghazi is unacceptable and unjustifiable. The stupidity of one filmmaker, no matter how offensive, is not now, and never, a rationale for violence. A despicable act like this hurts us all –Americans and peaceful people who aspire to build their own democracy. 

“This is one of those moments when Americans must unite as Americans. It is exactly the wrong time to throw political punches. It is a time to restore calm and proceed wisely.”

The NY Times reports that the “Obama administration suspects that the fiery attack in Libya that killed the American ambassador and three other diplomats may have been planned rather than a spontaneous mob getting out of control.”

Sadly, but to be expected given his lack of experience with foreign policy, presidential candidate Mitt Romney has completely bungled his response to the embassy attacks.

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2 Responses to Kerry Statement on Embassy Attacks, Death of Ambassador Stevens

  1. fran says:

    Is it to be politically correct that you say this? to keep the status quo, the violence, the rhetoric until a week later everybody hopes it will go away while nothing much, nothing really, ever gets “done” in the sense of changing the causes and effects, so we go on knowing the same causes exist, logic dictates SO THE SAME EFFECT WILL HAPPEN OVER AND OVER.

    Is it politics, as a democratic? or do you really mean your words, deep down inside of your own soul? Americans do need to stand together, but stand on reality, not more rhetoric?

    As a US citizen, it is my strength to be able to talk. But the words fall aside like dry leaves in the fall, and nothing helps the tree. Do you know what I mean?

  2. f.Spear says:

    Do you mean these words? or are they just “politically correct”? There is a time when words must mean something?
    My last email disappeared off your screen but I said that my words fall away like dry leaves in the fall, and cannot help the tree. Do you understand? I would have it be the Spring of understanding and my words, like new leaves, open to feed the tree and help it to grow. This allegory is not too hard to understand?