Our Secretary of State gave a speech this morning saying the State Department was committed to getting justice for the murder of Christopher Stevens, our ambassador to Libya, and three of his staffers in Benghazi yesterday.
But what she didn’t say, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) just said in a statement today…
Today, Sen. Rand Paul released the following statement regarding the attack on the U.S. Consulate that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, yesterday:
“I am heartbroken and outraged by the murder of four U.S. citizens, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, during the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost loved ones in this tragedy.
“The perpetrators of this senseless attack must be brought to justice. I, therefore, demand that until the Libyan police hand over suspects to U.S officials, any U.S. foreign aid to the government of Libya be contingent on their full support in this matter.”
Clinton has heretofore been touting free money to the Libyans, who are sitting on lots and lots of oil. They don’t need our foreign aid. They can pump all the foreign aid they need right out of the ground. But since Clinton – along with John McCain and Lindsey Graham – was one of the leaders in the push to depose Muammar Qaddafi, who was a dirty bastard we should have killed 25 years ago but whom we had made peace with and had received the benefit of intelligence from and the voluntary renouncement of his WMD program as part of the agreement. That decision was a stupid one; we had no reason to turn on a foreign leader with whom we’d had peaceful relations. Particularly given that the result of our meddling in Libyan internal affairs was that our consulate was attacked.
We’re entitled to have these people handed over to us. Killing diplomats is an act of war. If this new government in Libya isn’t made up of members of the local Al Qaeda affiliate like we’ve had it sworn to us that they aren’t, then fine. Arrest them and hand them over.
And if not, we’re entitled to treat the Libyan government as a hostile entity. Certainly foreign aid should be out of the question. But that ought to be the least of their problems coming from us. Economic sanctions ought to come down as well, and the Marines we’re dispatching to Benghazi probably ought to be augmented with special-ops folks and drones as well.
You don’t kill the U.S. ambassador without there being some intensely violent – disproportionately violent – consequences to it. The fact that Clinton made no demands and instead focused on all the cool Libyans who helped us out indicates that this government intends to soft-pedal the atrocities committed by the Islamists yesterday.
Kudos to Paul for demanding justice. And may he carry the day, though it’s doubtful he will with this administration.