Libyan officials: US ambassador to Libya killed during attack on consulate in Benghazi; Update: Obama releases statement

Reuters, the Associated Press and other media outlets are reporting that Libyan officials say Ambassador Chris Stevens and three staffers died Tuesday after the violent attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

The officials say Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed Tuesday night when he and a group of embassy employees went to the consulate to try to evacuate staff. The protesters were firing gunshots and rocket propelled grenades.

John Podhoretz reacts at Commentary:

This is awful, calamitous, horrible news in a hundred different ways, not only for his family and for the Foreign Service in which he served so honorably, but when it comes to the most fundamental rule of relations between countries from time immemorial—which is that their emissaries are guaranteed safe passage and safe conduct when they travel on behalf of their own governments.

Update:

Ambassador Stevens reportedly died from suffocation.

Update:

A statement from President Obama:

  • Jack_H

    I suppose Obama will be up early to get in a round of golf, but will have no comment on this.

  • Jack_H

    I suppose Obama will be up early to get in a round of golf, but will have no comment on this.

  • Paul C.

    Welcome to Obama’s foreign policy. He has none and they will spin the hell out of this.

  • Paul C.

    Welcome to Obama’s foreign policy. He has none and they will spin the hell out of this.

  • WhoMeToo

    Thoughts & Prayers to Ambassador Stevens’s family. Another sad 9/11 for America.

  • WhoMeToo

    Thoughts & Prayers to Ambassador Stevens’s family. Another sad 9/11 for America.

  • Chip

    “We are so sorry we forced you to kill our envoy.” Barack Obama

  • Chip

    “We are so sorry we forced you to kill our envoy.” Barack Obama

  • gator

    This is the payback you get for helping these people. Yesterday there was someone on here posting that it was Terry Jones fault for making his little movie. Basically alluding to the idea that in America one should not exercise free speech lest you might hurt someones feelings. From his attitude I would say the poster was either muslim or had severe head trauma at some point in his life. There will be others that lay blame on “misguided individuals” as the embassy staff in cairo pointed out. So, Americans that exercise their free speech rights are misguided individuals, as the government points out. Remember you cant say what you want to lest you hurt somebodies feelings, be labeled a racist, bigot, etc. My country, the country i was born in, raised in, and love dearly is sadly, not the country i grew up in. There is a tone in the media, a section of the populace and in schools that want the world to believe that the US is some bad place that causes all the worlds ills, is unfair, racist and bigoted. If this is so, then explain why so many people in the world want to come and live here. My head shaking and wondering what the hell happened has turned to anger against those that want to fundamentally change my country for the worst.

    • Stephanie Marie Cameron

      so basically what we’ve learned from this whole thing is that it’s NOT OK for someone to exercise their free speech in a free country, but it’s TOTALLY OK for someone in an oppressed nation to kill over said free speech.

      • gator

        Seems so Stephanie. Truth is Stephanie, its not just here. It’s happened in the UK, France, Germany, Holland, Denmark, etc. The apologist here in the states will make every effort to condemn christians and christianity as nutjobs. Taking christian symbols, sayings or any allusion to christianity out of public view, yet at the same time promoting religious tolerance for islam.

      • gator

        Seems so Stephanie. Truth is Stephanie, its not just here. It’s happened in the UK, France, Germany, Holland, Denmark, etc. The apologist here in the states will make every effort to condemn christians and christianity as nutjobs. Taking christian symbols, sayings or any allusion to christianity out of public view, yet at the same time promoting religious tolerance for islam.

    • Stephanie Marie Cameron

      so basically what we’ve learned from this whole thing is that it’s NOT OK for someone to exercise their free speech in a free country, but it’s TOTALLY OK for someone in an oppressed nation to kill over said free speech.

  • gator

    This is the payback you get for helping these people. Yesterday there was someone on here posting that it was Terry Jones fault for making his little movie. Basically alluding to the idea that in America one should not exercise free speech lest you might hurt someones feelings. From his attitude I would say the poster was either muslim or had severe head trauma at some point in his life. There will be others that lay blame on “misguided individuals” as the embassy staff in cairo pointed out. So, Americans that exercise their free speech rights are misguided individuals, as the government points out. Remember you cant say what you want to lest you hurt somebodies feelings, be labeled a racist, bigot, etc. My country, the country i was born in, raised in, and love dearly is sadly, not the country i grew up in. There is a tone in the media, a section of the populace and in schools that want the world to believe that the US is some bad place that causes all the worlds ills, is unfair, racist and bigoted. If this is so, then explain why so many people in the world want to come and live here. My head shaking and wondering what the hell happened has turned to anger against those that want to fundamentally change my country for the worst.

  • Hiraghm

    Is the truth “denigration”?

  • Hiraghm

    Is the truth “denigration”?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TQKXJSSMUTZAMBW4NTO62XPXNE miner333

    Thank you Twitchy for keeping us informed!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TQKXJSSMUTZAMBW4NTO62XPXNE miner333

    Thank you Twitchy for keeping us informed!

  • allenbarr

    POTUS=we unequivically need to send muslem brotherhood another 1.5 billion dollars.

  • http://twitter.com/TheShow71 TheShow

    Lack of basic leadership skills on full display… So simple…. So absent from our “leadership”!

  • Jaynie59

    Is anyone else bothered by how Obama’s statement is worded? “…which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.” I’m dumbfounded, not only by the informal tone set by referring to Stevens as “Chris”, but also of how the assassination of our ambassador is presented as secondary. “Four Americans were killed and, by the way, one of them happened to be our top diplomat?” Where’s the outrage?

    • Owen007

      Hey, only four people got killed during an embassy attack. It’s not like someone over there called Fluke a slut or anything that. *shakes head*

      • Jaynie59

        Yeah, you got that right. But even on the conservatives blogs this morning I don’t see any outrage. Ed Morrissey’s first post about it was all about comparing today to 1979 and mentioned Stevens’ assassination in passing. The Daily Callers lead headline is still about immigration. They did have a story up but now it’s just a headline link.

        • weRbroke

          With the liberal media taking notes on conservative bloggers, they have enough sense to hide what they may feel inside. the LEFT is just waiting to pounce.

  • Owen007

    This is just horrible. Poor guy and his staff. Someone has to do something about this… and condemning a filmmaker is not the way to go.

    And on the political front, let’s be honest – Team Obama was indeed devastated by this developed… because they didn’t learn about it until after their initial “blame the movie, apologize to the radicals” response. Apologizing in response to violence committed against you is stupid enough, but doing so when it turns out your people get killed in the process? Good God!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/TRXWFX4QAWEVF2IF24DHIRV37U VET03

    Happens on 9/11, Obama refuses to meet with president of Israel, Obama administration directs the Embassy in Egypt to apologize for the Muslims having their feelings hurt, continuous appeasement of Iran…Is this Jimmy Carter in office?

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

      Carter is shining statesman next to this useless shitheap. At least Carter got Begin and Sadat together.

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

      Carter is shining statesman next to this useless shitheap. At least Carter got Begin and Sadat together.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Troy-Ruiz/1358112817 Troy Ruiz

    The Religon of Peace strikes again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Troy-Ruiz/1358112817 Troy Ruiz

    The Religon of Peace strikes again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/madelyn.martine Madelyn Martine

    Why didn’t O just vote Present? A weak, pandering statement to an atrocity of great proportions. He continues to lead from behind…or as someone else said, from his behind.

  • http://www.facebook.com/madelyn.martine Madelyn Martine

    Why didn’t O just vote Present? A weak, pandering statement to an atrocity of great proportions. He continues to lead from behind…or as someone else said, from his behind.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady
  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady
  • http://www.facebook.com/ernie.larios.1 Ernie Larios

    this attack was preplanned for the 9/11 anniversary and has little or nothing to do with the film

  • agroulx

    Too bad Obama will do NOTHING!

  • orringtonmom (D)

    my heart goes out to his family and friends. to all the family and friends of those killed. sad day.

    • orringtonmom (D)

      oh yeah… and RIP first amendment and that last ounce of human compassion we had.