Ambassador Christopher Stevens is an American hero and we must take special care not to tarnish his legacy.
From boil to simmer and back again. It never ends. Political passions in the Middle East do not cool. The cautious hopefulness that flowered after the Arab uprisings of 2011 has withered, replaced by a fearful fatalism about what lies ahead.
For all the talk of violent threats to American security in Syria and North Africa, neither candidate has connected them to a powerful contributing cause: climate change.
Because Internet memes apparently now pass for fact checks at Forbes, I suppose somebody must respond. Let's talk about how a CBS report about a rescue effort amid a fury of confusion became an Internet meme about no attempted rescue while everyone watched on the big screen.
A more realistic scenario takes into account the confusion that seems to have clearly ensued during and immediately after the attack, as Reuters also reports: "Intelligence experts caution that initial reports from the scene of any attack or disaster are often inaccurate."
While the West, and especially the United States, justified its aerial bombardment of Libya last year on the pretense of saving civilians from a possible attack by Gaddafi forces, the West is silent about the real and ongoing attack of the new Libyan regime upon the town of Bani Walid.
Why then have the populations of SSA's poorest and most repressed states failed to rise up against their rulers? One reason is that they undoubtedly see the instability and chaos that can result.
Romney clearly wanted to get through the final debate without getting embarrassed on topics he knows relatively little about, despite having been running for president for the past seven years.
Health care, for everyone? You can't be serious! Opportunity for all, including immigrants? No way! More oversight and transparency on how we conduct our business? Outrageous! Clean energy? Aaaaahhhh!!! Quick, grab the garlic!!!
Last night's debate was supposed to be on foreign policy. However, both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama decided fairly early on that the differences between the two policy-wise were pretty small, so they both decided to hijack the foreign policy debate and instead the debates on the economy.
Show me why you would be different in the area that is literally about life and death. The polls suggest that foreign policy is not factoring that highly on the minds of American voters this election, but if you think about it, maybe it should.
There's bad news for Obama even before he squares off with Mitt Romney in tonight's third and final nationally-televised campaign debate. Polls show that Romney has already pulled even with the president on the question of which man is better able to handle foreign and defense policy.
Lybia oh Lybia, what happened in Lybia At the American embassy? Who'd have thought we were abhorred so? In Benghazi, even more so
If either candidate can propose ways to make economic sanctions feel less like a fee for doing business and more like an exacting punishment, there is hope for a policy that may yet induce Iran to change its nuclear behavior.
In 15 days one of these candidates will be elected responsible for the most somber decisions anyone is called to make, so addressing them with gravitas is vital this evening.
Sure, let the candidates talk about Benghazi. But, not for an extended period, allowing it to diminish the larger, much more important differences between the candidates on foreign policy.