House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement commending the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), for its efforts to investigate the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, which resulted in the death of four Americans, including the ambassador. Today, the Oversight Committee is conducting a hearing on the matter, "The Security Failures of Benghazi."
"Chairman Issa and his fellow members on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform ought to be commended for their tenacity and diligence in their pursuit of the truth," Chairman Price said. "Theirs is the very important work of uncovering the facts on behalf of the American people, those who have lost loved ones in this terrorist attack and all those who serve this nation. I am confident they will not rest until we have an accurate and complete understanding of how such an atrocity occurred."
In statements to the press, the U.S. State Department has now explicitly contradicted the White House's accounts of the attacks in Libya. While President Obama and members of his administration chose to make the claim that the murders were a result of an anti-Islam video, the State Department says it never gave an indication that the film was a cause, instead deeming the highly-coordinated efforts as terrorism.
"The mixed messages that have been disseminated by different agencies within the Obama Administration continue to raise disturbing questions about the competency of the White House's response to this attack. President Obama's apparent inability to manage his own administration underscores the failures of this White House to provide effective American leadership abroad," Chairman Price said. "We underestimate the threats of terrorism at our own peril. America's security and sovereignty must be preserved by leaders who understand our unique role in the world."