The father of Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya who was murdered in a terrorist attack in Benghazi last month, has said it would be 'abhorrent' to turn his son's death into political fodder in the battle for the White House. 'It would really be abhorrent to make this into a campaign issue,' said Jan Stevens, 77. 'The security matters are being adequately investigated. 'We don’t pretend to be experts in security. It has to be objectively examined. That’s where it belongs. It does not belong in the campaign arena.' Mr Stevens said he had been
Comments: And very sadly for these grieving families the regime has done nothing but play politics with this tragedy. They are vile and unrelenting in their quest for power. They will stop at nothing.
Sorry, Mr. Stevens. When your son chose to enter public life, he forfeited some of his privacy. While we sympathize with your loss, this is our business. Our nation is simply more important than your son's privacy. Any public servant would concur with that. Think of all who died in addition to your son to preserve and protect this nation. Covering up your son's assassination, if that is the case, is a matter of serious political import. We have an election in three weeks, and voters have a right to information about this so that they can make an informed decision. Formal investigations take time; the political process can accelerate things.
National security is a legitimate topic for any campaign. I truly sympathize with Mr. Stevens but the attack was on the United States consulate. A presidential candidate must address the tragedy and the national security implications, especially considering the outright lies we have been told. The American people will be choosing the next Commander-in-Chief. We deserve the truth and absent a candid discussion we will not get it.
While I am truly sad for Mr. Stevens' loss, I really gotta hand it to Democrat parents.
They have no problem providing their daughters to service Democrat politicians (ie Kennedys, Clinton) and now their sons' lives with a coverup and still are willing to publicly carry water to prop up their tinhat wanna-be dictator.
I still hear a couple stories that the reason Chris Stevens was in town was he and the former SEALS were negotiating with the folks that ended up having a "spontaneous demonstration" that night to get back the arms our Dear Leader(US) supplied to defeat Qaddafi but had fallen into Al-Qaida hands.
Seems the folks back at the home office had decided that if the word of those arms had gotten out, maybe more than a few US voters might get upset at Dear Leader(US) and select that Eeeeeeevillllll Republican.
Oh Lord..is this the male version of Cindy "in pink" Sheehan? Appears to be .... This is a national issue Mr. “Cindy” Stevens... I am sorry your son died..but we have to get to the bottom of this before other sons are killed because we have a Pres and Sec of State who care more about power and Muslims feelings than this country., Back off please, for the sake of the country.
I feel so sad for the Stevens family and they are in my prayers as they get through this horrible time.
I can't imagine how awful it must be. But Mr. Stevens is wrong in saying the investigation should be happening without a spotlight. This has been the problem all along. The total lack of transparency and the completely incurious and sycophantic media have led us to the place where his son, along with three other good men, was viciously murdered. And then those who sent them to their deaths lied about it in a major cover-up. That's not only political it is a matter of national security. We're looking at major crimes here.
What #5 said. I do not understand why Chris Steven's father is seemingly defending an administration that did nothing to protect our Embassy and prevent the death of his son, along with THREE other Americans, but IMHO, if there IS anything "political" going on, it sure looks like he is the one doing it. Shame.
We talked about this a day or so ago when this biological father was hauled out by the Democrats. He and Ambassador Stevens's mother divorced when he was 14 and the following year she remarried. That man - Robert Commanday - had been Stevens's stepfather for 36 years and was the one who represented the family immediately after 9/11.
An attack on an embassy or consulate is the same as an attack on American soil. You'd damn well better believe that it's political. A Pearl Harbor victim's parent would not have had veto power on America's response to that situation either.
Chris Stevens was a public figure in service to the USA. The people have a right to know what transpired.
Mr. Stevens has no right to try to quash any comment about this matter. Doesn't it matter to him if his son's life was gambled by Obama and his administration? Does he want to see people who would do such a thing running our country for another four years?
I wonder how Mr. Stevens felt when Obama proclaimed that his son was being 'helped' and 'taken to the hospital' when those first still pics were broadcast? And I wonder how he felt when the real story began to ooze out. Wasn't that playing politics, Mr. Stevens?
Ambassadorships are political appointments for political allies to carry out political aims abroad. For thousands of years, these foreign emissaries are the first to be killed in times of weakness and turmoil.
We the people must protect the integrity of these posts and their occupants--for America, as well as for the families.
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