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What is a U.S. ambassador?

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United States Ambassador Chris Stevens served our country's embassy in Libya for about three months.

"The late ambassador was there to represent the positions of the American government to Libyan government and Libyan people," UWSP Middle Eastern History Professor Edgar Francis said.

Experts say if a conflict between Libya and the U.S. was to happen, Stevens would meet with Libyan leaders to try to create a resolution.

Since the death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi last year, historians say the country has been in a rebuilding process.

"They've been in this period of transition, sort out how to create a new government," Francis said.

During that time, they've even held elections.

"By all accounts, they're making good progress," Francis said.

But experts say that progress could be hard to see. An anti-Muslim film produced in America is believed to have contributed to the uprising--that resulted in the death of the U.S. ambassador and three others.

A similar protest formed hours earlier outside of the U.S. Embassy in Egypt.

"Something like this would be see as an insult to all Muslims as persons and insult to their religion of Islam and ultimately humanity," Francis said.

As the debate continues, what we do know is a U.S. ambassador was killed in the line of duty for the fire time in more than three decades and so were three others.

The attack at the U.S. consulate has caused some political friction leading up to the presidential election.

Mitt Romney criticized President Obama for the response to the attacks.

He said the Obama Administration was giving mixed signals on American values and foreign policy. A spokesman for Obama's campaign says it's disgraceful that Romney chose to launch a political attack after those four tragic deaths.

Political experts say this comes with the territory, as the presidential election sneaks closer.

"The next month, it's going to be Obama versus Romney and Romney versus Obama, every little thing that happens. Romney will criticize Obama, President Obama will criticize Romney response to him," UWSP Political Science Professor John Blakeman said.

Obama leads several polls over Romney when it comes to foreign policy. But political experts say that's common for the president in office--because they have experience.

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