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U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry


Dear Friend:

The Administration has now changed its assessment of the attack on our Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including our Ambassador.  Frankly, I do not understand why the Administration was so adamant in insisting that it was a spontaneous demonstration that got out of control.  It was clear at the time that it was a sophisticated, intentional attack.

This past week I was interviewed by three networks about the attacks in Libya.  You can watch the interview with CNN, with Fox News, and with Bloomberg by clicking on the television network's name.  You can also watch the interviews by visiting my Facebook page or YouTube channel as well.

This matter is important for several reasons. One is that there seemed to be a deliberate attempt to either mislead Congress and the American people about what happened or at least spin it politically so that the truth was lost.

Second, we need to know what happened and especially what went wrong in order to prevent it from happening again.  You can bet that terrorists are learning lessons from this episode and will try to replicate it in other places. There are a host of questions about what information we had.  For example, whether any information  we had got into the right hands before the event; who made decisions about security at the Consulate and around the Ambassador; how effectively and timely was the response; and, why it has taken so long to get a team in to investigate, just to name a few. 

Third, in order to have an effective policy, the country needs to know what the real threat is. It is far different to say the threat is a spontaneous mob than to say the threat comes from Al Qaeda affiliated terrorists out to kill Americans.  Even during campaign season, we must have a clear articulation of the facts and of the dangers we face. 

One last point.  To me, the best summary of the situation was given by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.  He said in an interview, "Don't worry so much about being loved; just be strong."  I think that simple statement provides a striking indictment of President Obama's approach to national security and a clear path to get us back on track.

As always, I am interested in your feedback and your suggestions on this topic or any other that matters to you.  I hope you will contact me with your opinion via phone, email, letter, website, or Facebook.

Sincerely,


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