Mitt Romney is accusing the White House of apologizing to the mob that attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Anderson Cooper is Keeping Them Honest.
Christiane Amanpour, Anne-Marie Slaughter and Bob Baer discuss the significance of the attack on the consulate in Libya, and the Egyptians protesting near the U.S. embassy in Cairo.
"I'm concerned about what's happening in Egypt right now," Amanpour said about the clashes sparked by an anti-Islam film trailer on YouTube. "I know leaders around the world in Tunisia, Algeria, Afghanistan, are very concerned that they're going to see what happened the last time there was this kind of incitement."
Reporter's Note: Each day I write to President Obama, even on days like this when I know he has other matters on his mind.
Dear Mr. President,
Like many Americans, you must have been dismayed by the news of those assaults on our diplomats overseas in Egypt and Libya. Sure, you put on a strong face and came out to condemn of the attackers, as any president must; but I wonder if you didn’t find yourself privately saying, “Here we go again.”
Here is something that former presidents had over any chief executive these days: Back in the Cold War days and before, our enemies were largely definable. We knew who they were. We knew where they resided. And we at least had some idea what they wanted. For example, the Russians wanted Sarah Palin to stop watching them from her house, or something like that.
These days, whenever extremists strike out against America I am reminded of what some clever person noted some time back: The problem with these terrorists is that we couldn’t appease them even if we wanted to. Their terms for peace are seemingly that we, and all of our allies, should simply cease to exist, and that is pretty much a
So I don’t envy you the job of dealing with them. When they strike with violence as they just did, I fear that there is no answer except more violence rained down upon them by our forces. I wish it were not that way. I wish we could at least have meaningful discussions with them about whatever it is that they want. I suspect, however, that what they want is simply so far beyond reasonable consideration; such an affront to freedom, self-determination, and the rights of all mankind; that such talks would lead nowhere.
Perhaps that is why they strike like criminals in the night. Because they know the people of the planet thinks their cause is wrong. And rather than accept that, they will visit their viciousness upon the world time and again.
So all I can do is wish the best to all our leaders, our diplomats, and our troops around the globe as they wrangle with these thorny problems. It is not easy work, but good, peace loving people everywhere are counting on you.
The shocking news of the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on Tuesday brought personal grief to those who knew U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. The attackers killed him along with another diplomat and two State Department security officers.
Senator John McCain considered Stevens a friend and in a joint statement with Senators Lieberman and Graham called him “one of America's finest and bravest diplomats.”
Tonight Anderson Cooper asks McCain about Stevens’ work and legacy in Benghazi. They also talk about the U.S. mission in Libya, where some are concerned about the worsening security situation and al Qaeda’s growing presence.
McCain also responds to the controversy on the campaign trail that came after Mitt Romney criticized a statement released by the American Embassy in Cairo – made before the first protests happened. Romney accused the president of sympathizing with the killers.
McCain said he hasn’t paid much attention to the back-and-forth, but he told Anderson that he shares Romney’s argument that “this president is weak in his leadership.”
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