Opening Act: Chris Stevens
Opening Act: Chris Stevens
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Sept. 12 2012 8:28 AM

Opening Act: Chris Stevens

This is the stupid video blamed for the attacks on U.S. embassies in Egypt and Libya. This is one of the victims.

Chris Stevens, 52, was a career diplomat who spoke Arabic and French and had already served two tours in Libya, including running the office in Benghazi during the revolt against Kadafi. He was confirmed as ambassador to Libya by the Senate earlier this year.

Rich Williamson, speaking for the Romney campaign, blames Obama.

"The events in Egypt and Libya show the failure of the Egyptian and Libyan governments to uphold their obligations to keep our diplomatic missions safe and secure and the regard in which the United States is held under President Obama in these two countries," he said. "It's all part of a broader scheme of the president's failure to be an effective leader for U.S. interests in the Middle East."

Kate Nocera finds the House GOP learning that it can vote for more spending if it blames the Senate for making 'em do it.

“I’m a little more patient, but that doesn’t mean I’m not hardheaded,” said Rep. Jeff Landry (R-La.), who said he’ll decide Thursday on which way he’ll vote. “I just think a lot of people have recognized that until we change the leadership in the Senate or get a different mind-set over there, we can’t move the country forward. So all of us are going home to say our novenas.”

Here's Stevens' video introuction to the people he wanted to help.


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