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Obama Stays Above Political Fracas Over Libya Deaths

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September 12, 2012

President Obama on Wednesday solemnly paid tribute to fallen diplomats, including U.S. ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and three other embassy staff killed in an attack in Benghazi, and promised retribution for the "senseless violence."

  • The president made no reference to the controversy that had swirled about Republican Mitt Romney injecting election-year politics into the unfolding diplomatic crisis.
  • Instead, Obama pledged increased security for Americans in Libya and at embassies worldwide, heralding the diplomats and troops assigned to protect them. "Justice will be done," he said.
  • Obama also addressed the violent protests apparently fueled by a controversial anti-Muslim film. "We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is absolutely no justification" for senseless violence, Obama said.
  • Romney earlier said the administration was "wrong to stand by a statement sympathizing with those who had breached our embassy in Egypt instead of condemning their actions."
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