Washington - The father of Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya who was killed in the attack in Benghazi last month, said his son’s death shouldn’t be politicized in the presidential campaign. “It would really be abhorrent to make this into a campaign issue,” Jan Stevens, 77, said in a telephone interview from his home in Loomis, California, as he prepares for a memorial service for his son next week. (Snip) The ambassador’s father, a lawyer, said politicians should await the findings of a formal investigation before making accusations or judgments.
Comments: But embassy security IS A POLITICAL ISSUE because the mistakes already revealed and negligence of the 0bama regime have made it one. Steven's father unfortunately comes off as an 0bama supporter who claims an adequate investigation is under way while the 0bama regime deliberately tries to hide any information release until after the election. Article mentions Stevens is a registered Democrat who denies being politically active. But his comments have made him politically active, especially on what is said regarding Hillary.
I'm sure he got a comforting call from Obama. As far as making a judgement call regarding what happened, we already know what DIDN'T happen. Adequate security was not provided, four people died, and this Administration was asleep at the switch.
Chris Stevens was violated and killed in the worst possible way. If this was my son I would be screaming until I got answers. If Mr Stevens thinks there will be an investigation and he will get the truth, he is sadly mistaken!!
Article says they are planning a memorial service...not a funeral which would imply Christopher Stevens' body had been returned to the family. From what I understand none of those killed have been returned to their families for burial. Why is that do you suppose? What don't they want the families to see and the rest of us to know.
As for Chris Stevens' father, he is a Democrat lawyer...what would you expect?
It IS a leadership issue, and we are fast approaching the choice of our LEADER for the next 4 years. Sorry for your loss, but I find it shocking that you are content to be without answers as to how and why your OWN SON died. I sir, would be moving heaven and earth to get to the truth, no matter where it took me. You have to break the eggs to make an omlette.
Stevens' parents divorced when he was young and this guy was never a big part of his son's life. His stepfather was his father. This guy is just politicking. And by the way, hasn't been paying attention to the news, either.
His son was not the only one who was murdered that night. And others were seriously injured. When the administration does not do its job, when it bungles time and time again, yes, things may get "political". It used to be called "opposition" and was what kept administrations honest, or tried to.
Mr. Stevens, you don't have the right to dictate what can and cannot be an issue for the American people, our safety, and the integrity of the government, despite your terrible loss.
It is amazing that in the article: "The ambassador’s father, a lawyer, said politicians should await the findings of a formal investigation before making accusations or judgments." is almost word for word what came out of Axelrod's mouth this morning in his interview with Chris Wallace.
All of the above posters have posted common sense replies. Of course, the Obama will pull this item out at the debates, just watch! I, too, would be on tv all the time, wanting answers as the poor mother of one of the rescuers of Ambassador Stevens, isn't getting anywhere with this corrupted administration.
It is not a political issue, contrary to Mr. Steven's suggestion. He's making it one.
Memo to the Obama keister-covering dad: It's not about you and your feelings are not supreme here. Your son was killed because he took a post representing the United States of America, not because he was your son. There was nothing personal about it. Do the American people have a right to expect security for the people representing us in various hellholes around the world? Do they have the right to expect that the black flag of al-Qaida doesn't fly over U.S. soil, which is what taxpayer-paid embassy outposts are, any time a terrorist group wants to hoist it? I don't know about you, but I think we do.
The American Ambassador to Libya was murdered and violated. His name and person are important to his family and friends.
The American Ambassador to Libya was murdered - that is the issue. USA territory has been invaded (the consulate is American territory)and our citizens have been brutally slaughtered - THAT is a political issue
Stevens said that, while he was close to his son, “we weren’t that familiar with the day-to-day activities” he undertook in Libya. On the occasions when his son called home, Stevens said, he didn’t share many details about his work other than to say that “he was very optimistic about the results of the election and the new government.” They last spoke by phone in August and by e-mail days before his son’s death.
Stevens, a registered Democrat, said he isn’t politically active. He declined to say how he’ll vote in the presidential election.
He said his son, who was a career diplomat and had worked for Republican and Democratic presidents, hadn’t expressed concerns to him about security or support from the administration. “He felt very strongly about Secretary Clinton,” Stevens said, referring to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “He felt she was an extremely able person.”
Mentioned in the article: Obama called him to extend condolences. And he seems to have talked with both Axelrod and Gibbs who referred to his wishes in their statements.
Your son gave guns and rpg's to al qaeda thinking they were rebels fighting kadafy, and he was told to clean up the mess before American voters found out. he's dead, and I don't dislike you son for being gay, but for being was part the the problem we have with obama helping the bad guys who want to take over the world.
What #8 said. Words simply fail me. The thought that a "father" would put politics ahead of the murder of a son he probably didn't even know very well, is sickening. And yes, Mr. Stevens, this matter IS bigger than whatever you believe it should be, and it is YOU and this "administration" who are making this political. There were THREE other innocent Americans murdered on the same day as your son, and their families deserve answers. Shame on you.
The death of your son may not be a political issue, but the murder of a U.S. Ambassador certainly is. You can't give the dems a free pass just by saying 'he was my son' - that he may have been, but he was OUR ambassador, representing the U.S. government, and the governmental officials are now lying to us about what actually happened!
Sorry Sir, but three others lost their lives because of this disastrous attack.It is looking more and more likely that Obama and his administration are responsible. This is important to the safety of this very Country. I can't for the life of me understand how you can put your Political party over the lives of these men, including your own Son...
This is a transparent attempt to take the highly incendiary topic of Benghazi off the table.
Do you realize how many topics have been "banned," or delayed into oblivion? We can't mention any number of words, because they are "racist." We can't bring up normal vetting information on Obama, because that is "racist." We still don't know the facts on Fort Hood. The issues in Fast and Furious have been one long process of denial, delay and obstruction of justice. Now, essential issues of National Security and Foreign Policy in Libya are no longer appropriate to discuss?
I want it aired. I want it discussed. I want everyone on record, before the cover-up of all the real facts.
Mr. Stevens, Chris was your son, but he was also our embassador. He died because of politics, his coffin was lied over because of politics, and now if you'll excuse us, we need answers before our way of life gets flushed down the toilet, because of politics.
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