This was a rough week for America abroad. There's simply no other way to put it. On the 11th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in American history, the Middle East was once again thrust into the forefront of our lives and our daily discussions. Our embassies and consulates across the region have been attacked by radical groups, and tragically four Americans were killed.
Ambassador Chris Stevens, Air Force veteran and foreign service officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs and current security contractors for the State Department Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty lost their lives in an attack on our consulate office in Benghazi, Libya. Their deaths are a national tragedy and should be treated as such.
Many questions remain to be answered about how the events of recent days began. What is clear is that regardless of the reasons any group might attempt to claim, an attack on an American embassy is an attack on all of us. I believe the best thing we can do as Americans in response is to stand shoulder-to-shoulder -- regardless of race, religion or political affiliation -- and say, "This attack on America, our values and our way of life will not be tolerated and it will not change who we are or what we stand for."
Please keep the families of those killed in your thoughts and prayers. Please also steel your resolve to the fact that there are still many dangerous people and groups across the globe who wish to do us harm. We will not bow to their demands and we will triumph over their evil.
God bless America, and God bless the brave men and women of our armed services who have put themselves in harm's way to defend us and our way of life.