Obama nominates successor to ambassador killed in Benghazi attack

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

President Obama has nominated a successor to the late U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, who was killed by terrorists in an attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.

Here’s the White House announcement:

Ambassador Deborah K. Jones, Nominee for Ambassador to Libya, Department of State

Ambassador Deborah K. Jones, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, is Scholar-in-Residence at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC.  Previously, she was Senior Faculty Advisor for National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College.  From 2008 to 2011, she served as U.S. Ambassador to the State of Kuwait.  Ambassador Jones joined the Department of State in 1982.  Her additional overseas posts include: Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey (2005-2007), Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (1998-2001), Consular Section Chief/Regional Counselor Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (1992-1994), and Consular Section Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria (1990-1991).  Her Washington assignments include:  Director of the Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs and Iran (2002-2004) and Acting Public Affairs Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs (1994-1995).  Ambassador Jones received a B.A. from Brigham Young University and an M.S. from the National War College of the National Defense University.

Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., marked the semi-anniversary of the attack by noting that none of the terrorists who carried out the assault have been brought to justice, while none of the State Department officials who denied requests for increased security at the consulate have lost their jobs.

“Six months later, none of the terrorists involved in the attack are in U.S. or foreign detention,” Wolf said in a statement. “Six months later, none of the survivors have been identified or questioned by Congress about the attack or credited for their heroism.  We don’t know their names, conditions or stories. Six months later, not a single American official has been held accountable or lost their job over the inadequate consulate security, intelligence failures or the administration’s abysmal response during the terrorist attack.”


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