Obama on Benghazi: U.S. Opposes ‘Efforts to Denigrate’ Religion and ‘Senseless Violence’
September 12, 2012 - 6:34 am
President Obama said in a statement this morning that security will be increased at U.S. embassies in Libya and around the world in response to the mob attack that left the U.S. ambassador and three other staff dead.
“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,” Obama said. “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.”
He did not mention the embassy attack in Cairo, but referenced the Muhammad film that reportedly sparked both incidents.
“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,” the president said. “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.”
Obama praised Stevens as “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.”
UPDATE: Obama is delivering a statement in the Rose Garden at 10:35 a.m. Clinton is scheduled to attend.