U.S. Ambassador to Libya Killed in Rocket Attack: Should America Have Gotten Involved in Libya?

AdriHead 2012/09/12 18:08:31
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Chris Stevens, who was the U.S. ambassador to Libya and an envoy during the revolution in the country, was killed, along with three others, in a rocket attack outside the American Consulate in Benghazi. U.S. officials have told The New York Times and CNN that the attack may have been planned by a group that "had either been waiting for an opportunity to exploit like the protests over the video or perhaps even generated the protests as a cover for their attack."

In a statement Wednesday morning condemning the attack, President Barack Obama referred to Stevens as "a courageous and exemplary representative of the United States." Stevens, 52, was the first U.S. ambassador killed in the line of duty since 1979.

Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya killed along with three others in a rocket attack outside the American Consulate in Benghazi was "a courageous and exemplary representative of the United States," President Barack Obama said in his initial statement Wednesday condemning the attack.
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  • Daryl 2012/09/12 18:23:45 (edited)
    I think some people forgot we already went to war in Libya when Obama violated the war powers act and sent the Navy to install the Muslim Brotherhood and kill Qadafi without congressional approval.

    obama navy libya

    How is Obama's bow-and-scrape foreign policy working out for us?

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  • Ian bacon.n... 2012/09/14 08:26:40
    "Kill'em all, and let God sort'em out"?

    What do you think Jesus (or any other major religious figure) would say about that kind of philosophy?

    Yes, the Catholics have grown beyond that. But I hope you Americans won't lower yourselves to that level.

    You Americans have wonderful ideals to live up to. Your Constitutional protections of free speech, religion, democracy and self-government, are wonderful things which I want to see spread throughout the world.
  • cannosays 2012/09/13 22:51:13 (edited)
    Guadaffi was bringing out another currency for Libya and sorroundung nations based on how much gold they had (more gold per person than any other country) and that was going to benefit everyone they're and in effect making the us dollar drop more. Now they wouldn't want that would they!!! Also the same people in charge of what happened in Libya are the same people dropping bombs on civillians in syria and soon enough Iran which my gut tells me will be the start of ww3
  • firozal... cannosays 2012/09/14 00:51:36
    firozali a mulla
    There are 7 billion people on the planet, with a projected 9 billion by 2050. According to Oxfam, 900 million people go hungry and 2 billion are malnourished. As Marie Antoinette found, a hungry mob is an angry mob.
  • cannosays firozal... 2012/11/15 22:37:18
    If the world was run correctly 9 Billion people wouldn't be a problem the way it is now would be a huge problem
  • rushsps250 2012/09/13 22:40:53
    Why lose more soilders, we are struggeling to hold what little we have in the middle east.
  • Michael S Smith 2012/09/13 22:39:54
    Michael S Smith
    A qualified yes not in the way we did I would have just supplied the resistance with weapons but would have not hav US or NATO warplance help them like we did
  • kevracer 2012/09/13 22:33:11
    little late to ask this question

    horse is already out of the barn and you want to close the door

    open barn door
  • Bob DiN kevracer 2012/09/14 16:04:38
    Bob DiN
    Yup, Obama already broke it , now we own it.
  • FatherLiberty 2012/09/13 22:31:37
    This killing had nothing to do with 9/11. It had to do with the fact we helped organized the invasion and overthrown of a legitimate foreign government. No matter what we think about him, the Libyian population supported Gaddafi with far more support then any "leader" of the US will ever receive. Since I know several dozen people from Libya, I also know he was not killing his own people. He helped build up Libya and surrounding Africa with the wealth from the nation. He built housing, cleaning water systems and was organizing a currency backed by gold that would compete against the fake currency of the western central banks. That was the main reason he was removed. That is why the the first thing that was announced after Gaddafi's murder was the formation of a new central bank. The people there have every right to be pissed and quite frankly I think this ambassador got what he had coming... its called KARMA. He helped organize the overthrow and now they are turning on him. But it even appears that the ones who committed this killing were the same ones we funded...
  • Godiva 2012/09/13 22:26:12
    And we need to quit giving them our tax dollars!
  • sandra smith 2012/09/13 22:10:52
    sandra smith
    Need another option here, really. Lately, as in the past half century or so, it's been kind of "damned if we do, and damned if we don't" for the US with respect to getting involved in the civil wars and other internal conflicts in other nations. All it seems to have accomplished is getting our people killed, usually for no good reason. I'm not a pacifist, but neither am I a warmonger. There's a time to fight, and a time to let others solve their own problems. I feel like the entire "Arab Spring" was the latter, in truth, especially in hind sight; but even before those resolved, I KNEW they were going to be taken over by Muslim Brotherhood, and that boded ILL for all freedom-loving peoples in the world, including those very nations, because the "uprisings" were UNPREPARED from the start!
    The only reason our Revolution succeeded at all is because before the first shot was fired we had a military leader, and legislatures in each of the colonies as well as the Continental Congress in place, READY to take the reins of governance . In all those states the only ones "ready" to do so was the Muslim Brotherhood. And now we're seeing the results of that
  • Chuck 2012/09/13 22:10:36
    It is good to be friends with the world but we do not need to be their keepers nor dictators.
  • iamnothere 2012/09/13 22:06:05
    obama keeps sticking the US where it does not belong and sticks his lying nose everywhere he can to show the US as being weak
  • jcadla 2012/09/13 22:01:23
    No we shouldn't. There was no good reason to be there. Obama just wanted to impress the world with his stupidity.
  • rand 2012/09/13 21:58:03
    Our involvement with Libya was handled skillfully, forcing those most concerned to put up or shut up. If there is a shortcoming, it's that we didn't provide enough of our own security for the embassy in a country with a nascent government. We will seek justice.
    “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” Barry Goldwater
  • jcadla rand 2012/09/13 22:02:51
    We are acting imprudently by even trying to help Muslims. They will never be our friends. Their Koran forbids it.
  • rand jcadla 2012/09/13 22:11:46
    There's a passage in the Old Testament about killing the nonbelievers. My take is that freedom is the best means of ameliorating whatever hateful, self-righteous dogma one finds in a religion. At least it frees those who don't want to follow the dogma. Not all Libyans are Muslims just as all Egyptians are not. I don't think anything but the education that can come with freedom will change the minds of fundamentalists of any religion. That written, I'll offer a quote with which you may agree:
    “It is clear…that Muslims hate the West in the very terms of their faith and that the Koran mandates such hatred. ‘Believers make war on the infidels who dwell around you.’ (Koran 9:123) Anyone who says that the doctrines of Islam have ‘nothing to do with terrorism’ …is just playing a game with words.” Sam Harris from “The End of Faith”
  • Magus BN-0 jcadla 2012/09/13 22:36:12
    Magus BN-0
    The Libyans love us, old fool. That's why Al-Qaeda staged this attack. They can't stand that America is so popular in Libya, so they want to drive a wedge between us and the Libyans.
  • FatherL... Magus BN-0 2012/09/14 21:05:09
    Where did you get that from? First of all, the rebels we funded to overthrow the government there was Al Qaeda. Gaddafi had overwhelming support from the people there, well over 80 percent. The entire overthrown was a staged revolution by western intelligence and NATO. Gaddafi was doing more for his people and Africa then anyone else in history and the western leaders were not having it. He was creating a new currency for Africa, the Dinar, that would have toppled the fiat currency of the western nations central bank. That was the reason they took him out. They tried forcing Africa several times before to accept a central bank but they refused. The first thing that was annouced after Gaddafi's murder was the formation of a new central bank.
  • Magus BN-0 FatherL... 2012/09/15 14:47:05
    Magus BN-0
    What planet are you living on? The rebels we supported were not Al-Qaeda and Gaddafi did not have great popular support. Gaddafi was a brutal tyrant, that's why the rebellion happened in the first place.
  • cannosays rand 2012/09/13 23:03:42 (edited)
    Handled skillfully? Dropping bombs on innocents? Paying people to riot against guadaffi then paying others to shoot the rioters to make more people riot and turn against him? Yeah very skillfull..
  • 1776gwash rand 2012/09/14 04:51:49
    What if someone in Libya sent someone to wack you, would you like it?
  • rand 1776gwash 2012/09/14 14:55:32
    Would you? Does your question have a point?
  • SB FLA 2012/09/13 21:56:24
    SB FLA
    Do we really need to ask this question? Our president in his infinite wisdom decides to go around congress and stick our nose where it does not belong. The constitution of this country was put in place to prevent events like this from happening. Open your eyes Mr President you are definitely not doing us any favors. Chris Steven's blood is on your hands.
  • KingdomNow 2012/09/13 21:41:45
    ...and yes, I told you so...

    i told you so
  • Boss 2012/09/13 21:40:19
    yes and no..because with those people it does not matter who,s in charge...democracy??with the koran??what gets me is that those so called god fearing people think nothing of desecrating christian churches or killing copts but..talk bad about their prophet and they get all strung up...is it faith or ???????
  • sandra ... Boss 2012/09/13 22:12:35
    sandra smith
    No, it's childishness!
  • ghada m... Boss 2012/09/13 22:50:46
  • 69waldo 2012/09/13 21:17:52
    WE should not get invold any were over there. they all hate us/ love our money- the more they kill themselfs the less there will be to kill our sons daughters farthers mothers aunts uncles you get the picture
  • jcadla 69waldo 2012/09/13 22:03:46
    Right on...some sanity in this tripe...
  • 69waldo jcadla 2012/09/21 18:48:14
    thanks i se how people forget the haters until they hate some more
    why help them is one less hater
  • dimwit 2012/09/13 21:03:12
    I propose a new foreign policy. First, we should shut down the United Nations Building and evict it's occupants. We should then withdraw from all middle eastern countries and not show concern should there be revolutions taking place in any of those places. We should just look the other way and consider any and all casualties to be "a start".
    Should those folks decide to cut us off from the oil we developed for their benefit, we should then offer to trade a loaf of bread for a DRUM of oil and let them react accordingly.
    Any who live in this country and feel this isn't the correct approach would be free to leave.
  • belinda baardsen 2012/09/13 20:51:34
    belinda baardsen
    Although our nation was asked by the people to come to Libya, it is my firm belief that we must stop (helping) people of other nations in these situations. Why? Well, you are looking at one example, and otherwise? I firmly believe that these people must rebuild their nations on their own as they will - with their own blood, sweat and tears. Anything else leads to accusations and violent outbursts which have nothing to do with us - and do not help their people in the long run. Unfortunately, freedom costs, and its painful - but it is not our burden to bear. We can only pray, and hope for the best.
  • Jesse James 2012/09/13 20:33:47 (edited)
    Jesse James
    Of course. We're the leader of the free world. It's our duty and has always been a part of our mission to welcome those and work with countries that support democracy and freedom and liberty for it's citizens. Who else could Libya depend on to help show it the road map to a better future than the U.S? This does not mean that a Muslim country like Libya is expected to follow our form of democracy as other countries or as the U.S. practices, but if we want the rest of the world to value what we value and to begin to see things through our western point of view, we would have had to step in at some point to help such a fragile country establish some rules and law and order or at least provide a blue print sort of speak as to how it could be done, much like what we did in Iraq. The only other option would have been to let a fragile deteriorating country like Libya fall sway to a less tolerant Muslim way of thinking or worse to a communist country as they fend for their survival by any means necessary.
  • kevinlim Jesse J... 2012/09/13 21:13:28
    Leader of the world? Seriously? I dont want to be mean or stereotype but most of your country is fat and well not well educated( there are real numbers) not to mention overly in debt to multiple countries billions even trillions of dollars. How is your apparent western way the right way to look at things. Thats the biggest problem. You think that your way is the right way despite the life of others. Perhaps lybia isnt in the best state of mind but who is to say yours is better. I mean the stereotype of an american fat violent and stupid and although stereotypes are often exaggerated they still have to come from somewhere. And what exactly is the muslim way? I mean being muslim is being part of a religion not a way of rule. The fact that america is even "fending for survival" is because it is still a big country and if america falls the world will(thats only due to a few million angry people slowly dying is not good). And even knowing your country is in debt you continue to' live the american dream' on other peoples money. Sorry the government gives you money that belongs to other countries.(ie debt)
  • jcadla Jesse J... 2012/09/13 22:05:37
    There is no less tolerant Muslim way. The Koran forbids them being our friends...commands them to kill us...
  • *K'eim*... Jesse J... 2012/09/13 22:05:48
    *K'eim*h3reg' *Peh2u *Meg'
    What goes around comes around. And duty? Seriously?
  • Thane36425 2012/09/13 20:22:54
    We should have learned from the example in Iraq that our efforts in the region were a waste of time and would only lead to greif in the future. The US State Department got this Arab Spring started thinking we could impose a healthy democracy from without. It doesn't work that way outside of the echo chambers of the DC Idiocracy. Things are going to get much worse. Well enough should have been left alone.
  • Ron in Oregon 2012/09/13 20:21:53
    Ron in Oregon
    They didn't even have a real government yet so why did we have an embassy there.
  • us 2012/09/13 20:21:35
    I believe obama overstepped in libya, I believe Libya was a friend, so I don't know why
    Obama went after gaddfi, then we caused trouble with egypt.
    I think it is sad what happen the other day over a film, which I have never heard or seen, there was no reason to kill U.S. ambassador, over a movie.

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