This week, on the 11th anniversary of the tragic attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, our U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked, resulting in the death of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
I strongly condemn this senseless and vicious attack. Ambassador Stevens represented his country proudly and worked tirelessly so that Libyans may one day realize the freedoms and liberties that we enjoy and cherish as Americans. This tragedy should remind us all of the service of American civilians who work every day to advance the principles of the United States throughout the world. My thoughts and prayers are with the families who are affected by this terrible tragedy.
Moving forward, we must send a clear message that we will not stand for the killing of U.S. diplomats and personnel overseas and that we will respond to acts of terrorism appropriately.