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The flood of news about the vile attack by Islamic extremists on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and the resulting death of Ambassador Chris Stevens, 3 other embassy staff, and multiple Libyan security force members drowned out the news that the first truly democratic Libyan Parliament voted in a Prime Minister yesterday.  Mustafa Abushagur, the Deputy Prime Minister of the previous temporary govt. won the runoff vote and is now the new Prime Minister of Libya.  

Mustafa Abushagur, in his capacity as Deputy Prime Minister, was one of the first Libyan officials to respond to the attack in Benghazi.  His statement gives good insight into the direction in which Libya will be moving and Libya's future relationship with the U.S.:

FROM THE OFFICE OF LIBYA DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER MUSTAFA ABUSHAGUR

"Ambassador Chris Stevens was a dear friend of mine, and of Libya, and played a key role in helping our revolution. He was in Benghazi throughout the revolution and was very instrumental in its support. The men and women serving at the United States Consulate were allies in our shared fight for freedom and democracy. I am shocked at the attacks on the United States Consulate in Benghazi. I condemn these barbaric acts in the strongest possible terms. This is an attack on America, Libya and free people everywhere.

There is never any justification for this type of action. There must and will be consequences. Those who were involved at all levels must be found and punished. These actions run counter to the very foundations of free Libya, of democracy, and of Islam. They are reprehensible.

Our revolution is not complete simply because Gaddafi is gone. Our revolution will be complete when our state institutions are strong, when heavy arms are in the hands of only the government and when our streets are safe to all - both to Libyans and to our honored guests. The government cannot do this alone - I call on all true Libyans to hand in their weapons, and to work together to make a better Libya for all. Our shared security is the bedrock of our freedom. This kind of shameful behavior - mobs using force on their own accord - cannot happen again, no matter the target or motivation.

My deepest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of those unjustly lost last night, and to all Americans."

Mitt Romney sure could learn a lot about statesmanship from this guy.
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  •  Tip Jar (20+ / 0-)

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 03:54:58 AM PDT

  •  Please, Lawrence -- (5+ / 0-)
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    Never change your sig.

    * Join: OBAMA'S TRUTH TEAM * Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

    by greenbird on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 04:00:26 AM PDT

  •  A reporter (or whatever passes for one these days) (5+ / 0-)
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    should ask Romney "Why do you consider the mocking of religion an American value?"

    "I don't, of course," he'll say.

    "Then exactly which American value are you defending by interjecting yourself into a sensitive international incident and undermining the President of the United States whom the American people elected to respond to it, when you don't even understand the facts of the situation in order to - as many see it - make political points?"

    Because stupid people are so sure they're smart, they often act smart, and sometimes even smart people are too stupid to recognize that the stupid people acting smart really ARE stupid.

    by ZedMont on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 04:11:36 AM PDT

    •  I'm not sure what the first part of the question (2+ / 0-)
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      has to do with the second. The second question is the one that should be asked.

      I know what Mitt Romney is hiding: Mitt Romney. equalitymaine.org

      by commonmass on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 04:22:22 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  It sets up the second question and suggests that (3+ / 0-)
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        in fact Romney IS defending the video as representing American values, putting an extra burden on his answer to the second question.  Remember, at the time Romney made his statement, this video was the only suspected instigator of the attack on the embassy, and he attacked the administration (although only one embassy staffer said it - against orders) for condemning the video's attack on Islam, rather than condemning the attack (which of course hadn't even occurred).  

        The hard core Muslim haters of Romney's base do in fact support the video.  To answer the question in a way that pleases them, he would have to agree with the premise in the video, and of course that would be political suicide with swing voters, so he can't do that.

        The answer to the second question has to overcome the implication in the first question that will satisfy his base as well as swing voters.  It forces him to come up with an "American value" he is supporting, and of course there isn't one, which then begs a better answer to the first one than "of course not."  If he doesn't support the premise in the video, then what exactly is he talking about when he attacks the administration for "apologizing for American values??

        Also, if he tries to say he was objecting to the administration's failure to condemn the attack, then it begs the question "What attack, Mitt?  There wasn't any attack."

        The whole idea is to expose his "I will never apologize for America" for what it is, dog whistle based on a lie, and in the process make the issue a media talking point.  

        You're right in that it isn't actually necessary, but if I were the reporter, I would ask it, for the admittedly Machiavellian reasons I have just described.

        Because stupid people are so sure they're smart, they often act smart, and sometimes even smart people are too stupid to recognize that the stupid people acting smart really ARE stupid.

        by ZedMont on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 05:53:02 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Thanks, I got it now and I see exactly (2+ / 0-)
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          why that first question is a good set-up. The only problem I can see with it in our fantasy journalism ('cause it's just that, no mainstream journalist would EVER ask these two questions) is that the first question gives Romney the opportunity to obfuscate and derail the line of questioning. Perhaps, better would be to ask the second question first, but to ask both--especially since in answering the second, Romney would bring up the religious angle himself.

          Regardless, two very excellent questions I would love to hear asked. If hell freezes over, perhaps we'll get a chance to hear them. After all, climate change is real. ;)

          I know what Mitt Romney is hiding: Mitt Romney. equalitymaine.org

          by commonmass on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 06:59:27 AM PDT

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          •  Interesting, watching Hardball tonight, Chris (2+ / 0-)
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            Matthews makes the point that Romney inexplicably never criticized the video at all.

            Because stupid people are so sure they're smart, they often act smart, and sometimes even smart people are too stupid to recognize that the stupid people acting smart really ARE stupid.

            by ZedMont on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 04:23:28 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

  •  PM Abushagur (4+ / 0-)
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    is everything the U.S. could possibly ever hope for as Libya's head of state in this crisis.

    It's not just that he's a democratically-elected middle-class religious moderate, or even that he's smart, well-travelled, well-liked in Libya and abroad, a good friend of the late Ambassador Stevens, and highly-educated.

    All those are wonderful, of course, but quite possibly the most important entry on his resume: as a former professor at the University of Alabama, he's naturally well-acquainted with our brand of crazies. He understands how freedom of speech in the U.S. operates, he understands that the crazies aren't endorsed by our government, and he's in a position to explain that to his government - to explain why, in fact, the embassy bombing was actually a killing of innocents.

    His election was anything but a sure thing, even with the way Obama's government handled the Libyan revolution. Even with the general pro-Western, pro-US sentiment, there was a legitimate possibility that a less-sympathetic PM could have been elected. If the Arab Spring had been handled even a little bit more Republicanly, there's a very good chance we might have seen a much, much more belligerent government that wouldn't have handled this crisis in anything like the same way.

    And Libya's democracy is still fragile. It's not firmly entrenched, and there are still elements (like the embassy bombers) who would like very much to take over and institute a much less friendly regime. And there are even representatives within the elected parliament who lean fundamentalist and/or belligerent. It is absolutely critical that the U.S. government maintain good relations and continue to be seen in a positive light in Libya (and even more so in Egypt). If there is one most important reason to re-elect Obama, this is it.

    "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

    by kyril on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 06:04:25 AM PDT

  •  His statement points to the benefit (2+ / 0-)
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    of our support for the Arab Spring: after 9/11, Afghanistan sure as heck wasn't jumping up and down to hand over Bin Laden and issuing press releases condemning the death of their "good friend." This is big.

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