Updated 09/12/2012 08:38 PM
Obama, Clinton Condemn Killing Of U.S. Ambassador In Libya
The nation is mourning the death of four U.S. officials in Libya, killed amid protests over an anti-Islamic movie. Their deaths late Tuesday are sparking questions about the U.S. mission in the North African nation, the after effects of the Arab Spring and President Barack Obama's leadership amid attacks from his Republican rival. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.
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Flags in Washington were at half-staff.
President Obama spoke to the nation, then comforted a shaken State Department.
Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was among four killed Tuesday as they tried to protect the consulate in Benghazi from a mob.
"We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act," the president said. "And make no mistake, justice will be done."
It's not clear exactly what happened in Libya's second-largest city, which NATO helped in Libya's revolution last year. There are reports that the killings were planned, with the protests perhaps a pretext.
Also unknown is exactly who is the man behind the amateurish film. The filmmaker called himself an Israeli-American but that's now in doubt.
The movie trailer is unleashing outrage across the Arab world.
At home, there's a political angle. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is charging that the Obama administration apologized for the movie before condemning the rioters.
That refers to a statement the American Embassy in Egypt released before the deaths in Libya.
It was an apparent attempt to calm protests outside its gates by appearing to condemn the movie as insensitive to Islam.
"I think it's a terrible course for America to stand in apology for our values," Romney said.
The White House distanced itself from the Cairo statement.
"We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others but there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence," President Obama said.