Obama Picks Chris Stevens' Replacement in Libya
Career diplomat Deborah K. Jones will be ambassador to Libya
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 13, 2013 1:03 PM CDT
File photo of late US envoy Chris Stevens.   (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

(Newser) – President Obama has nominated a longtime diplomat to the Mideast as the US' next ambassador to Libya, filling the sensitive post that has been vacant since Chris Stevens was killed in an attack on the American consulate in September and signaling the United States' commitment to the North African country as it undergoes a perilous transition from decades of dictatorship. Deborah K. Jones has served in American embassies in Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, and Syria as a career diplomat. She also worked in US embassies in Turkey and Ethiopia.

She would head the US diplomatic mission in Libya's capital of Tripoli under the specter of increased tensions and tight security there since Stevens' death. "I have no doubt that she will help to strengthen the partnership between us," says Secretary of State John Kerry of Jones. Kerry is meeting with the Libyan prime minister today, two days after the six-month anniversary of the attack, notes Politico. "We must not walk away from the difficult work that Chris Stevens and his cohorts were so dedicated to," Kerry said.

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BenDunn
Mar 14, 2013 9:34 AM CDT
She is as good as dead, Kerry and Obama will leave her ass to die in the dirt, just as Hillary and Obama denied Chris Stevens Security! Dumb move for a Career Diplomat!
reallybig
Mar 13, 2013 9:47 PM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD ....... She will do what Team Obama wants most .. and that is .. to continue the cover-up of the CIA assassination of Ambassador Stevens. --- She is a Obama Team player .. and she'll do everything an Obama puppet would do .. including helping in the cover-up .. of the CIA assassination of Ambassador Stevens. On September 11, 2012 .. Ambassador Stevens was lured to Benghazi by the State and Defense Departments and the CIA .. and they were the only one's who knew Ambassador Stevens was in Benghazi and in "that" house at "that exact time" .. and knew were the security cameras were pointed to avoid detection .. when he was assassinated. --- The CIA had a protest demonstration "staged" .. to cover up the assassination. Qaddafi was assassinated because he was going to nationalize the US and European oil and gas companies. --- The CIA and European spy agencies are assassinating any Libyan who opposes their handpicked puppet Libyan leaders .. and plan a European takeover of the 6.5 million Libyans .. over the next 20 years. --- Ambassador Stevens was killed because he was going to report it. ------------------------------------ REALLY
right2dave
Mar 13, 2013 7:17 PM CDT
I think I might pass on that job offer. Joe Biden should handle Lybia in person.