I would address the nation on television this evening:
Today two United States embassies were attacked by lawless mobs in the Middle East. In response, U.S. military forces are taking appropriate actions to deal with those showing themselves to be enemies of the American people. After consulting with my cabinet and the Joint Chiefs of Staff in emergency session, after demanding Egyptian and Libyan authorities guarantee the safety of our personnel in these embassies, our forces are moving swiftly and aggressively to protect our interests in those nations. The outrageous actions of lawless citizens in these nations will not be taken lightly and will not stand.
Our embassies throughout the Middle East and our Mediterranean forces are all on heightened alert. For any nation or terrorist organization to assume they can engage in mob or terrorist actions against vital U.S. interests without serious repercussions will be a serious mistake.
I have contacted the family of the American who was killed and expressed my sympathies to them as well as thanking them for his service to his country. I ask for your prayers for the family and for the safety and security of our embassy personnel in Egypt, Libya and around the world.
The American resolve is strong and attempts to harm American citizens or our allies will be met with fierce resistance. We are monitoring the situation throughout the night and will respond in strength to any and all attacks on the United States or our allies.
I met moments ago with Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the volatile situation with regard to Iran. Israel and the United States are united in our opposition to Iran’s serious threats and its nuclear build-up. The relationship between Israel and the United States is strong and healthy. My door is always open to Prime Minister Netanyahu. As I told him this evening, an attack on our friend Israel will be regarded as an attack on the United States and will not be met with indecision, but with force. No one should underestimate the resolve of America to defend liberty, here at home, on foreign shores, or against our allies.
My administration will continue to inform you on our work to protect America’s vital interests.
May God bless America