Political Headlines December 18, 2012: State Department’s Benghazi Report Reveals Variety of Deficiencies

POLITICAL HEADLINES

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OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

THE HEADLINES….

State Department’s Benghazi Report Reveals Variety of Deficiencies

Source: ABC News Radio, 12-18-12

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Congress received the State Department’s Benghazi attack report Tuesday along with recommendations to better protect the U.S. embassies and consulates.

A courier delivered a copy of the Benghazi report to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as she continued recovering from a concussion at home. Sec. Clinton commissioned a team to take immediate action on the report’s recommendations on preventing future attacks. Only members of Congress will see the report’s classified sections, but the State Department is making the rest public. Sec. Clinton sent her deputies to congressional hearings as she recovers from her fall….READ MORE

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Full Text Obama Presidency September 15, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Weekly Address Honors the Victims of the Libya Attack — Carrying on the Work of Our Fallen Heroes

POLITICAL SPEECHES & DOCUMENTS

OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

POLITICAL QUOTES & SPEECHES

Obama’s Address: Honoring the Victims of the Libya Attack

Source: ABC News Radio, 9-15-12

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

In his weekly address, President Obama pays tribute to the four Americans killed in Libya, saying they “represented the very best of our country.”

“Without people like them, America could not sustain the freedoms we enjoy, the security we demand, and the leadership that the entire world counts on,” he says.

The president honors those killed in the assault on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, memorializing the lives of Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, and US Ambassador Chris Stevens….READ MORE

President Obama speaks about the tragic loss of four of our fellow Americans who were serving in our diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address
President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address, White House Photo, Sonya N. Hebert, 9/14/12

Weekly Address: Carrying on the Work of Our Fallen Heroes

Source: WH, 9-16-12

President Obama speaks about the tragic loss of four of our fellow Americans who were serving in our diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya. These Americans represented the best of our country; without people like them, we could not sustain our freedoms or security, or provide the leadership that the entire world depends on. During this time of turmoil in many different countries, the President makes it clear that the United States has a profound respect for people of all faiths, but as Commander in Chief, he will never tolerate efforts to harm our fellow Americans and will ensure that those who attack our people find no escape from justice. Now, we must carry on the work of our fallen heroes by making our country stronger, our citizens safer, and the world a better and more hopeful place.

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Weekly Address: Carrying on the Work of Our Fallen Heroes

This week in Libya, we lost four of our fellow Americans. Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, and Chris Stevens were all killed in an outrageous attack on our diplomatic post in Benghazi.

These four Americans represented the very best of our country.

Glen and Tyrone had each served America as Navy SEALs for many years, before continuing their service providing security for our diplomats in Libya. They died as they lived their lives – defending their fellow Americans, and advancing the values that all of us hold dear.

Sean also started his service in uniform, in the Air Force. He then spent years at the State Department, on several continents, always answering his country’s call. And Ambassador Chris Stevens died a hero in two countries – here in the United States, where he inspired those of us who knew him; and in Libya, a country that he helped to save, where he ultimately laid down his life.

On Friday, I was able to tell their families how much the American people appreciated their service. Without people like them, America could not sustain the freedoms we enjoy, the security we demand, and the leadership that the entire world counts on.

As we mourn their loss, we must also send a clear and resolute message to the world: those who attack our people will find no escape from justice. We will not waver in their pursuit.  And we will never allow anyone to shake the resolve of the United States of America.

This tragic attack takes place at a time of turmoil and protest in many different countries. I have made it clear that the United States has a profound respect for people of all faiths. We stand for religious freedom. And we reject the denigration of any religion – including Islam.

Yet there is never any justification for violence. There is no religion that condones the targeting of innocent men and women. There is no excuse for attacks on our Embassies and Consulates. And so long as I am Commander-in-Chief, the United States will never tolerate efforts to harm our fellow Americans.

Right now, we are doing whatever we can to protect Americans who are serving abroad. We are in contact with governments around the globe, to strengthen our cooperation, and underscore that every nation has a responsibility to help us protect our people. We have moved forward with an effort to see that justice is done for those we lost, and we will not rest until that work is done.

Most of all, we must reaffirm that we will carry on the work of our fallen heroes.

I know the images on our televisions are disturbing. But let us never forget that for every angry mob, there are millions who yearn for the freedom, and dignity, and hope that our flag represents. That is the cause of America – the ideals that took root in our founding; the opportunity that drew so many to our shores; and the awesome progress that we have promoted all across the globe.

We are Americans. We know that our spirit cannot be broken, and the foundation of our leadership cannot be shaken. That is the legacy of the four Americans we lost – men who will live on in the hearts of those they loved, and the strength of the country they served.

So with their memory to guide us, we will carry forward the work of making our country stronger, our citizens safer, and the world a better and more hopeful place. Thank you.

Full Text Campaign Buzz September 12, 2012: Mitt Romney’s Remarks on the Attacks on the American Embassy & US Ambassador in Libya ‘American Leadership is Still Sorely Needed’

CAMPAIGN 2012

CAMPAIGN BUZZ 2012

THE HEADLINES….

Embassy Attacks Fuel Escalation in U.S. Presidential Race

Source: NYT, 9-12-12

Mitt Romney after discussing the attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya, while speaking in Jacksonville, Fla., on Wednesday.

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Mitt Romney after discussing the attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya, while speaking in Jacksonville, Fla., on Wednesday.

Mitt Romney assailed President Obama while Democrats accused the Republican nominee of politicizing a crisis….READ MORE

ROMNEY: AMERICAN LEADERSHIP IS STILL SORELY NEEDED

Source: Mitt Romney Press, 9-12-12

Mitt Romney delivered the following remarks on yesterday’s attacks on American diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya:

“Americans woke up this morning with tragic news and felt heavy hearts as they considered that individuals who have served in our diplomatic corps were brutally murdered across the world. This attack on American individuals and embassies is outrageous, it’s disgusting. It breaks the hearts of all of us who think of these people who have served, during their lives, the cause of freedom, and justice and honor. We mourn their loss and join together in prayer that the spirit of the Almighty might comfort the families of those who have been so brutally slain.

“Four diplomats lost their life, including the U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, in the attack on our embassy at Benghazi, Libya. And, of course, with these words, I extend my condolences to the grieving loved ones, who have left behind, as a result of these who have lost their lives in the service of our nation, and I know that the people across America are grateful for their service and we mourn their sacrifice.

“America will not tolerate attacks against our citizens and against our embassies. We will defend also our constitutional rights of speech and assembly and religion. We have confidence in our cause in America. We respect our Constitution. We stand for the principles our Constitution protects. We encourage other nations to understand and respect the principles of our Constitution because we recognize that these principles are the ultimate source of freedom for individuals around the world.

“I also believe the Administration was wrong to stand by a statement sympathizing with those who had breached our embassy in Egypt instead of condemning their actions.  It’s never too early for the United States Government to condemn attacks on Americans, and to defend our values.  The White House distanced itself last night from the statement, saying it wasn’t ‘cleared by Washington.’ That reflects the mixed signals they’re sending to the world.

“The attacks in Libya and Egypt underscore that the world remains a dangerous place and that American leadership is still sorely needed. In the face of this violence, America cannot shrink from the responsibility to lead. American leadership is necessary to ensure that events in the region don’t spin out of control.  We cannot hesitate to use our influence in the region to support those who share our values and our interests.  Over the last several years, we have stood witness to an Arab Spring that presents an opportunity for a more peaceful and prosperous region, but also poses the potential for peril, if the forces of extremism and violence are allowed to control the course of events.

“We must strive to ensure that the Arab Spring does not become an Arab Winter.”

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