I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Right now, the American people have the families of those we lost in our thoughts and prayers. They exemplified America’s commitment to freedom, justice, and partnership with nations and people around the globe, and stand in stark contrast to those who callously took their lives.
I have directed my Administration to provide all necessary resources to support the security of our personnel in Libya, and to increase security at our diplomatic posts around the globe. While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants.
On a personal note, Chris was a courageous and exemplary representative of the United States. Throughout the Libyan revolution, he selflessly served our country and the Libyan people at our mission in Benghazi. As Ambassador in Tripoli, he has supported Libya’s transition to democracy. His legacy will endure wherever human beings reach for liberty and justice. I am profoundly grateful for his service to my Administration, and deeply saddened by this loss.
The brave Americans we lost represent the extraordinary service and sacrifices that our civilians make every day around the globe. As we stand united with their families, let us now redouble our own efforts to carry their work forward."
If the sentence about rejecting efforts to denigrate religions is somehow apologizing I suggest that the Republicans read the constitution and think about the values that this country stands for. Now the Republicans and their bloggers have escalated the rhetoric that the President will do nothing. What do you want him to do attack Iran? It would seem that these individuals are Libyan but that certainly won't stop the neo-con right from attacking the wrong country. Maybe Mitt would have us turn a country that we just spent billions (and they talk about the deficit) "liberating" into a parking lot. He has pledged to get those responsible and given his track record of ordering people killed I believe that it will happen. I don't believe that we will see a trial, it will end like Bin Laden, the pirates, and Gaddafi.
I also think that it right to condemn this film. The purported film maker apparently doesn't exist. He was so brave that he used a fake name. This movie was created with a sole purpose of provoking a war between the Muslim world and the United States and Israel. Look at the facts as we know them. The film was made by a right wing Israeli, funded by right wing American Christians, and carried what appeared to be an official endorsement of the US government. Our embassy in Egypt issued the "apologetic" statement that Romney was speaking of where they condemned the film and said that we weren't associated with it. The Israelis said the same thing about the film maker, that he wasn't working for them. This film maker is hiding, we ought to be looking for him and if he is an Israeli citizen deport him to Israel.