Former U.S. Ambassador Aldona Wos Stunned And Hurt By Murders In Libya

4:22 AM, Sep 13, 2012   |    comments
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +

Greensboro, NC -- From Greensboro and beyond, Aldona Wos has served the United States.

Wos was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Estonia from 2004 to 2006 under former President George W. Bush.

She sat down with WFMY News2's Frank Mickens to talk about her feelings about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya and the roles and risks associated with serving at a U.S. embassy.

The way she describes it, an ambassador serves at the will of the president. She says it's a job that works to bridge two cultures.

"They're really the eyes, the ears, the mouth of the United States government towards the host country. And they also serve as the expert and the knowledge of issues on site, on the ground, that pertain to that host country," Wos said.

And she acknowledges not everyone wants the U.S. in their country.

"You don't always work in an environment where people love you and want to be around you, but you're always trying to do the right thing. You're always trying to do good. And you see that situations unfold with tragic consequences," she said.

"You don't always work in an environment where people love you and want to be around you, but you're always trying to do the right thing. You're always trying to do good. And you see that situations unfold with tragic consequences," she said.

She did not know Ambassador Christopher Stevens who was killed in an attack on the embassy in Libya. Still, she was affected deeply by the tragic incident.

Wos said, "When I work up this morning I was absolutely stunned. And my heart and my memories, my entire emotions were racing today. "

"My heart ached when I heard that. My heart ached because I thought of my own family, when I went overseas. And I thought of my parents, my children, my husband, what would happen if something happened to me or if something happened to them?"

But she admitted, when she was in Estonia, she was aware of the potential for violence. Focusing on her job, was her way of tempering those concerns.

"You have to be very well-informed. You have to stay exactly focused on your job, so that you do not make any mistakes and you basically, are as informed as you can be."

"If we fail as the diplomatic corps, then other people get involved. That sometimes costs more lives, more money, for our nation. And so it is crucial. We really are the first line of defense," she said.

Most Watched Videos