The United States needs to demand that Libyan authorities arrest and punish those responsible for the murder of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stephens as well as three other U.S. diplomats. The U.S. must also demand that Egyptian authorities arrest and punish those responsible for the burning of the U.S. embassy in Cairo.
If those nations cannot meet those reasonable requirements, we see no reason for our nation to have diplomatic personnel in those countries, nor should we spend taxpayers' dollars or U.S. efforts and blood there.
The terrorist attacks and murders in Egypt and Libya remind us that there is a faction of Islamic terrorism that uses any provocation as an excuse to murder. Appeasement of these individuals only emboldens the terrorists. It was a mistake for the U.S. Embassy in Egypt to issue these words: "The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims -- as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. ... We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others."
To the administration's credit, the statement was deleted later. It was no doubt issued just prior to the storming and burning of the embassy, when the situation must have been chaotic and terrifying. Nevertheless, representatives of the United States must not turn their backs on bedrock democratic values, such as freedom of speech, to appease extremists.
There are many security measures to evaluate after the murder of Ambassador Stephens. Why was there no intelligence on the severity of the attacks? Why was security in Egypt and Libya not only inept, but perhaps treasonous?
According to CBS News, Libyan security personnel pointed out Stephens and the diplomats to the attackers; in fact Stephens was likely tortured prior to his murder. Why were U.S. Marines not in both countries to protect Americans?
If these answers can't be answered, and Libya and Egypt are proven unable to adequately punish those who attack our embassies and diplomats, we have no need to be there, to nation-build or to expend energy and lives protecting those nations.