Bay Area politicos speak about Libya slayings

Here’s what some California politicos are saying about the slaying of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya.

From Gov. Jerry Brown:

“All Californians mourn the loss of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the other three Americans killed in Libya on September 11th. As a graduate of Piedmont High School and UC Berkeley, Ambassador Stevens represented the very best that California and the United States have to offer. His dedicated service to our country and our world will never be forgotten.”

From U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.:

“I am heartbroken by the loss of four Americans in Libya, including United States Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, a Californian who dedicated his life to service and diplomacy.

“These extraordinary public servants were working to help the Libyan people build a better future and will go down in history for their contributions to the cause of peace and freedom.

“Today we must all stand together to honor the service of these exemplary Americans and commit ourselves to bringing the perpetrators of these heinous acts to justice.”

From House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco:

“Our thoughts and prayers rest with the families and loved ones of Ambassador Stevens and the three other Americans killed in this vicious and heinous attack against the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi. We condemn this brazen assault in the strongest possible terms.

“These American diplomats served on the front lines of our efforts to work with the Libyan people toward a future of democracy, freedom, justice, and stability. Their commitment to peace and security stand in stark contrast to those who perpetrated this violent act.

“On my visit to Libya and the region earlier this year, I met with some of the courageous foreign service officers representing our nation in the Middle East, despite enormous risk to their own safety. As we mourn the loss of the Americans in Benghazi, we pay tribute to all of the men and women standing their post abroad on behalf of our values and our partnerships across the globe.”

From Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland:

“I condemn in the strongest terms the attack on our diplomatic post in Benghazi and I extend my thoughts and prayers to the families, friends and loved ones of all the victims of these heinous acts. Among those killed was a son of California and the Bay Area, Ambassador Chris Stevens, who attended Piedmont High School and Cal Berkeley in my congressional district. By any account, his service to our nation was exceptional. Those who knew him well describe him as an “unflappable” diplomat. Certainly, his service, and the service of those lost must be held up as an example of what is best about our nation and the better, stronger future for our country they were working to achieve.”

From Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo:

“I am deeply saddened by the tragic killings of Chris Stevens, the US Ambassador to Libya, and three State Department workers in Benghazi, Libya who worked toward the development of democratic institutions in the war-torn country. I strongly condemn the acts of violence by extremists who attacked the consulate.

“Ambassador Stevens, a Northern California native, dedicated his professional life to conflict resolution and aiding countries in transition from conflict to peace.

“He, and the other State Department workers and their families are in my thoughts and prayers at this time.”

From Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Napa:

“Last night, four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens who grew up in my district, lost their lives in a senseless, coldblooded and violent attack on the American consulate in Benghazi. The families of those we lost are in our thoughts and prayers. And those responsible will be brought to justice.

“Now is not the time for politics or politically provocative language. Now is a time to honor these brave Americans and ensure that all American diplomats serving the United States are safe, and their mission of international peace and partnership is continued.”

From Rep. John Garamendi, D-Fairfield:

“I strongly condemn the murder of Ambassador Stevens and the three other members of the diplomatic mission to Libya. These men and women dedicated themselves to selflessly serving our country and partnering with the Libyan people to build a new democratic government. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of these patriots. Their legacy of service will live on.”

From Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Modesto:

“I condemn the violent assault on our consulate in Benghazi and Embassy in Cairo, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Ambassador Chris Stevens and the other brave Americans who lost their lives. There is never justification for such violence, and the United States remains committed to liberty, democracy and religious tolerance throughout the region and the world.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • JohnW

    What a waste. It seems more likely that this was the work of al qaeda, not a mob angry over YouTube video. We’ll get the bastards.

    Protests in Egypt seem more like the angry mob, didn’t like the video type.

  • RR senile columnist

    The more I see of Arabs, the more I admire camels.

  • Elwood


    She is culpable in the deaths of our ambassador and staff. She is guilty of gross negligence and dereliction of duty.


  • Truthclubber

    @3 — Only 54 more days until Mitt the Moron has to STFU and disappear from public life, F-O-R-E-V-E-R, just like Shrub (aka George W. Bush) has had to do.

    A word of warning to the rest of you — Eric Holder and Janet Napolitano are closing the border with Canada and Mexico as of 12:01 am EST, November 7th, 2012 — so you better make your plans for escape NOW.

  • JohnW

    Re: 3

    I love how people, including one who aspires to be president, sit in the comfort and safety of their offices or homes, taking cheap shots at embassy employees trying to defuse a dangerous situation however they can.

    As for the demand regarding Secretary Clinton’s job status and the piece of garbage link — unworthy of comment. Except to say that I’m sure you made similar high-level resignation demands in regard to the Marine barracks in Lebanon and the events of eleven years ago.

    However, Hillary will resign — in January as previously announced. At that time, I anticipate her replacement will be either John Kerry or, God help us, John Bolton.

  • Elwood

    Or, God help us, John Kerry, the francophile thrice wounded hero of Vietnam.

    Just for the record, the three wounds were a shaving cut, a hangnail and a pimple on his butt.

  • Elwood


    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Egan-Jones Ratings Co. said Friday it downgraded its U.S. sovereign rating to AA- from AA on concerns that the Fed’s new round of quantitative easing, or QE3, will hurt the U.S. economy. The ratings agency said the Fed’s plan of buying $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities a month and keeping interest rates near zero does little to raise GDP, reduces the value of the dollar, and raises the price of commodities. “From 2006 to present, the US’s debt to GDP rose from 66% to 104% and will probably rise to 110% a year from today under current circumstances; the annual budget deficit is 8%,” Egan-Jones said in a note. “In comparison, Spain has a debt to GDP of 68.5% and an annual budget deficit of 8.5%.”


  • JohnW

    Re #6

    And I’m sure you have the standing to make light of somebody’s military service, on account of you were out there skippering a Swiftboat on the Mekong Delta with you, your crew and boat getting shot at.

  • Elwood

    I am not the first, nor will I likely be the last, to make light of Monsieur Kerry’s “war wounds”.

  • JohnW

    Re: #9 Regrettably, that’s undoubtedly true.

  • JohnW

    Re: #7

    Well, the stock market and my IRA like it, at least for now.

    Juicing the economy with QE3 is like eating soup with a fork. You might get some food to your mouth, but it’s not exactly the optimal method. If Congress would get it’s act together on fiscal policy, which would be far more effective, the Fed would stand down. But promoting employment is one half of the Fed’s statutory responsibility. For now, they are the only game in town.

    Egan-Jones has been charged and investigated for all kinds of stuff. They are not a top-tier debt rating company. Actually, all of them are compromised by conflicts of interest.

    They may be right or wrong in their crystal ball comments about the effect on inflation and economic growth, but that’s not their area of expertise. Most of the commentary seems to be about economics rather than debt risk. So, they are a bit out of their lane.

  • Truthclubber

    @6 —

    At least John Kerry ACTUALLY stepped up, grew a pair, and went and SERVED in Vietnam, unlike THIS francophile draft-dodging Mor(m)on a-hole — who is going to lose BIG TIME in a mere 53 days, and then disappear into the dustbin of political history, along with those who don’t cross the border with Canada (or Mexico, if you like getting shot at or macheted) before Holder and Nepolitano shut it down at midnight on November 6th.

  • Elwood

    @ John W. #11

    John, if Bernanke continues his “quantitative easing” (the same as printing more money, except that it’s all done electronically) are you looking forward to paying $10 for a pack of gum?

  • Elwood


    “White House press secretary Jay Carney said Friday the violent protests throughout the Middle East are not directed at the United States or U.S. policy but are a response to a YouTube video:”


  • JohnW

    Re #13

    I’ll have to chew on that. Could be a sticky situation.

  • JohnW

    Re #14

    I think Carney is right. The attack in Libya was obviously a pre-planned terrorist attack on the U.S. But Jay Carney was talking about the protests now going on in nearly every Muslim country. That includes Indonesia, hardly a hotbed of anti-Americanism or anti-Westism. Remember what happened in response to the Danish cartoons — worldwide protests, many violent. But I don’t think the the protests were motivated by anti-Denmarkism.

    I don’t know what we can do about this ridiculous notion that, if you do something that the Islamic extremists regard as offensive to their religion or to Muhammad, you deserve death. Free speech and religious diversity and tolerance are concepts they can’t grasp.

  • Truthclubber

    @16 —

    It wasn’t so long ago (try 1935 Florida) that if you did something that was offensive to Southern Baptist extremists (like have dark skin, and speak to a white woman) you deserved death, since free speech and diversity were concepts they also couldn’t grasp.

    We’re not THAT special, or THAT advanced over other parts of the planet — if you disagree, you haven’t visited some choice parts of the US (or even California) lately…and remember that much of the “Arab Street” actually likes us, as long as our foreign aid flows their way, and their sweet crude flows our way.

  • Elwood

    @ #16

    Islam is stuck in the 7th century. They have never had a reformation. The imams in the madrasas teach them the blood and guts philosophy of good old Mo. Many of the masses are illiterate and being told by the imams what the Koran says is the only “education” they get. If Mo says it’s death, then death it is.

  • JohnW

    There is an interesting column in the Sunday Washington Post Opinion section: (“Why is the Arab world so easily offended”) that is specifically relevant to comments 16, 17 and 18. It’s not very encouraging.

  • Truthclubber

    @19 —

    Envy and bitterness over the past is a bitch, I’ll agree — but they get empowered by the limitless petrodollars we send over there to weaponize their hateful rage (using RPGs at will against otherwise fortified structures, for example).

    With solar now under 50 cents per Watt as a one-time capital expense, and wind power even less than that, it’s time to have a new federally funded “moon mission” aimed at perfecting affordable electric batteries that can hold a 500 mile charge, and electrify our national fleet so as to allow these poor, poor, pitiful camel jockeys to return to pounding sand for a living, literally.

  • Truthclubber

    @20 —

    And I don’t mean this pathetic little pile of ‘window dressing’, I mean something MASSIVE, like removing the decimal point from the aforementioned program funding, and maybe doubling or tripling or quadding the resulting amount — and fund it with the fuel savings that the Pentagon alone will see from switching to “locally grown electricity” instead of having to schlep gasoline and diesel fuel tanks all around the battleground to run today’s army.

  • Elwood

    NANCY PELOSI HAS LOST HER MIND(assuming she ever had one, that is)

    “House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi laughed off the chances of a Mitt Romney presidency, while trumpeting the possibility that Democrats will retake the House of Representatives, during an interview aired Sunday on CNN.

    Pelosi, speaking with host Candy Crowley on “State of the Union,” pointed to one issue in particular that she thinks will deliver the House to Democrats: Medicare.”

    It’s the economy, stupid!


  • JohnW

    As House minority leader, Pelosi is expected to pump up the base by being optimistic about the election. But I agree that, when all is said and done, the R and D counts in the House are not likely to move much. The Senate is sure to go R.

    Better odds for Dems holding the White House. People have already factored in the economy. Still, I don’t trust the polls showing Obama building leads in the swing states. We haven’t even had the first debate. Watch for the “expectations” games to begin. The Romney campaign and GOP Super-Pacs have money to burn and will carpet bomb those states with TV ads. Plus, Repubs seem determined to pull any stunt they can to hold down the black vote in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Most of the swing states have GOP governors and election officials. If there are irregularities, it will be on the R side.

  • Elwood


    “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America ‘s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, “the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”
    ~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

  • Truthclubber

    @24 —

    Just 50 more days before Mitt the Mor(m)on fades away into the dust and Elwood joins Mitch McConnell in making sure that “O’bammy the Muslim Hafrican Socialist” is only a two term president…