AR Lawmakers Respond to deadly U.S.Embassy Attacks

(L) Tim Griffin (R) John Boozman

(KATV) Two Arkansas lawmakers today released the following statement regarding the attacks that happened on September 11, on U.S. embassies. There was also an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead. Among the fatalities, U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens.

In the wake of the attack in Benghazi and a similar but less violent incident in Cairo on Tuesday, President Obama said he had ordered heightened security at all U.S. diplomatic offices around the world.

Reportedly, the incidents were triggered by Muslims protesting a film made in the U.S. that insults the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

Griffin Condemns Middle East Attacks,
Murder of American Officials

Washington - Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02), a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement after attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, and the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the deaths of Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and two other Americans:

"I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of four Americans in Libya, including Mr. Smith and Ambassador Stevens. My thoughts and prayers are with their families and loved ones. Yesterday's attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi are stark reminders that radical Islam is a clear and present danger to peaceful democracy. America has done nothing warranting an apology. This violence and murder are cowardly, unjustified and must not go unanswered. Swift justice should be our focus."

Boozman Statement on Embassy Attacks

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) released the following statement:

"I strongly condemn the senseless and heinous attack on our diplomatic corps in Libya that led to the death of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families in this time of mourning. There is absolutely no excuse for these unprovoked attacks.

Ambassador Stevens represented our country admirably and was a steady hand guiding Libyans toward freedom during the chaotic revolution. His goal, and that of his team, was to see a free and peaceful Libya arise from the ashes of the revolution. Senior government officials in Libya have rightfully condemned these attacks, but now they must work to hold accountable those who committed these vicious attacks. The murders of innocent Americans abroad will not be tolerated.

In every corner of the world, Americans serving in our military and our diplomatic corps put their lives on the line while representing our nation. The attacks in Libya and Egypt are horrific reminders that they are at risk in a dangerous world and we must provide the resources and tools they need to ensure their safety.

The Libyan and Egyptian governments must do more than merely condemn these outrageous attacks. They must help end this violence immediately."