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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Ambassador Chris Stevens RIP

Being a Foreign Service Officer is not all afternoon tea parties.  For career FSO and US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens it was working the problems of the US and Libya and being where the problems were.  He and three other Americans put their lives on the line to do right and paid the ultimate price.  The White House notes these tragic deaths, with this statement frm President Barack Obama:
Office of the Press Secretary

September 12, 2012
Statement by the President on the Attack in Benghazi
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.
Our sympathy to the loved ones of those who died.

Regards  —  Cliff

1 comment:

The New Englander said...

Thanks for writing this. Aside from all the politicization going on from all corners right now, let's first and foremost remember one man's sacrifice.