With all of the complaining by Republicans and right wing media about President Obama going to Palm Springs to play golf over the weekend, maybe this great news will shut them up for a while. Because while the country was busy celebrating Father’s Day, the Obama administration was busy capturing the ring leader of the Benghazi attacks.
U.S. special forces, along with the FBI, apprehended Ahmed Abu Khattala near Benghazi on Sunday. This successful secret mission follows many months of planning. And much credit should be given to the Obama administration for this capture.
“The United States has an unwavering commitment to bring to justice those responsible for harming Americans. Since the deadly attacks on our facilities in Benghazi, I have made it a priority to find and bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of four brave Americans. I recently authorized an operation in Libya to detain an individual charged for his role in these attacks, Ahmed Abu Khatallah. The fact that he is now in U.S. custody is a testament to the painstaking efforts of our military, law enforcement, and intelligence personnel. Because of their courage and professionalism, this individual will now face the full weight of the American justice system.
Even as we welcome the success of this operation, we also pause to remember the four Americans who gave their lives in Benghazi representing their country: Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty. As I said shortly after the attack, they exemplified the values that we stand for as a nation, including a commitment to freedom and justice. All Americans should be grateful for their service, just as we are grateful to all our personnel – civilian and military – who represent our country around the globe. We will continue to honor our fallen by carrying on their efforts in support of the Libyan people’s aspirations to live in a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic society.
With this operation, the United States has once again demonstrated that we will do whatever it takes to see that justice is done when people harm Americans. We will continue our efforts to bring to justice those who were responsible for the Benghazi attacks. We will remain vigilant against all acts of terrorism, and we will continue to prioritize the protection of our service-members and civilians overseas. We will also sustain our support for the Libyan people, as they work to overcome years of tyranny and do the difficult work of building a democracy.”
Bravo, Mr. President.
You can watch Pres. Obama speaking about the capture in the clip, below, from NBC.
|Mindy Fischer is a lefty-liberal, freelance political writer. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter.|