This week, the United States lost four dedicated public servants who were serving our country in Libya, a country the United States helped free a year ago from a murderous dictator. The vicious and senseless attacks that claimed the lives of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Tyrone Woods are an outrage that cannot be tolerated. Ambassador Stevens was the first U.S. ambassador killed overseas since 1979.
As more information has come out about what happened that day, it appears the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was not a spontaneous protest but a planned attack by terrorists on the eleventh anniversary of September 11, 2001.
The events in Libya and at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, were both unprovoked. There is no justification for killing innocent people, threatening American Foreign Service officers, and desecrating our flag. The United States must remain strong in our values and bring the murderers to justice.