Embassy Row: Former ambassador says Benghazi debacle will hurt ability to recruit diplomats
The website included an embassy statement condemning an April 23 attack on the French Embassy in Tripoli and an announcement from January that a new U.S. charge d’affaires had arrived.
Deborah Kay Jones, the nominee to replace Mr. Stevens as ambassador, was still waiting for Senate confirmation.
The website included warnings for Americans to avoid traveling to Libya and for Libyan students to apply for a Fulbright scholarship, even though the deadline to submit applications passed in November.
Susan E. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations widely criticized for spreading false information about the Benghazi attack, was honored this week with the Louis E. Martin Great American Award from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.
Ms. Rice received the award Tuesday, the day before the congressional hearing on the assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya. The center praised her “work in advancing U.S. interests, strengthening the world’s common security and prosperity and promoting respect for human rights.”
Five days after the Sept. 11 attack, Mrs. Rice appeared on five Sunday TV news shows and blamed the assault on a spontaneous riot by protesters outraged over an anti-Islamic YouTube video.
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