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Congressmen sound off on consulate attacks

Camie Young

Camie Young

Gwinnett's leaders in Washington were shocked and saddened by the attacks at U.S. consulates in the Middle East.

"I want to express my deepest sympathies to the families of those who were killed serving our country in Libya. These Americans risked their lives to serve the interests of our country and assist the people of Libya," said U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, the Georgia man who serves as the vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. "I am outraged by these attacks and concerned about reports that they were not spontaneous, but rather planned terrorist attacks on our country. As violence spreads and threatens our citizens throughout the Middle East, we need to get to the bottom of how the attacks originated and who is responsible.

Chambliss's colleague, Sen. Johnny Isakson, condemned the Libyan attack, which resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

"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," Isakson said. "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."

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, whose district encompasses much of Gwinnett, had sentiments that echoed the reaction to the Sept. 11 attacks 11 years ago.

"This week, America came under attack," Woodall said of the slaying, which occurred on the anniversary.

"This act of evil is a tragic reminder that we must remain vigilant about protecting Americans serving our nation overseas in consulates and embassies, the latter of which represent sovereign territory of the United States of America," Woodall said. "This week I joined my colleagues in sending a letter to Secretaries Clinton and Panetta calling on them to enhance the protection of our embassies throughout the Middle East and asking them to report back to Congress the specific steps that they are taking. America must stand strong in the face of violence and terror. I have always been and continue to be fully committed to providing the resources required."

"May God be with each of the families affected by this attack and with our servicemen and women in Afghanistan and around the world."

Political Notebook normally appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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Comments

NewsReader 2 years, 3 months ago

Spare us the political rhetoric Chambliss. While the US is too busy hobnobbing and entertaining on our global apology tour, our people get killed. And then you go after some moron that created a film intended to provoke a response. LOL, I would say he was quite successful at it too.

When are the American people simply going to tire of this crap? I mean seriously, these radical lunatics get their panties in a knot, and they go off killing people - innocent people. For every single instance of violence, I want the USA to deliver a proportional response ten fold. I want this President of ours to act like a President and be a leader for once in his miserable career instead of a community organizer. Spare me the "...he got Bin Laden..." crap.

Let's identify what the responsibility of Government is and stop being a Nanny to all these poor pitiful crybabies that want everybody else to take care of them, yet will do little to take care of themselves. Number one on that list would be protect the people and the sovereignty of the United States. Enforce the laws of the land instead of creating new ones you won't uphold any better than the previous ones you've passed. And stop apologizing and bowing to other nations. The American people better wake up to the bill of goods being sold to them by this President and our House and Senate. It doesn't even rank up there as used car status.

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Cleanupguy 2 years, 3 months ago

Pray tell, how might we pay for your plan to become the world police?

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teelee 2 years, 3 months ago

Isakson lost me when he supported Obama's effort to chop our nuclear arsenal down to a dangerous level in my opinion, as the rest of the world is going nuclear. Isakson and Chambliss both need to go, and hopefully they will be replaced with a couple of Rob Woodall Conservative types. Obama's dream of a nuclear free world is unrealistic and dangerous to this country. Remember numbers win wars, and what if our enemies develop a secret missile defense system. The middle east only understands force, there is no reasoning with these people.

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roaads1 2 years, 3 months ago

Rob Woodall voted for the NDAA bill. Detaining American citizens without due process is a way for the government to "get around' the constitution. They said it was for our own protection and only for terrorist. So far twelve people have been whisked away using this law. Every one of them either in the military or just out of the military. Their crime....speaking out against the government. Mostly Obama. Is this really the kind of leadership we want?

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Cleanupguy 2 years, 3 months ago

Ummmm - and how many tens of thousands did Mr. Bush - oh, never mind.

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R 2 years, 3 months ago

Why should they take us seriously ANYWHERE around the world?

We don't even take our own BORDERS seriously, why would we respond to an EMBASSY attack? They treat our soil in Egypt just like we allow here - NO respect.

Quite frankly, we will probably pass out work permits at the gates and call that "justice served" ...

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Cleanupguy 2 years, 3 months ago

I'm betting that the two of the twenty five former top terrorists (23 of them having been killed) think that a pretty good job has been done. Many of the recent attacks were obviously carefully timed, and it seems to the intelligence community that a Presidential preference of the surviving terrorists might be showing. Probably best to just ignore that, though.

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kevin 2 years, 3 months ago

All these leaders spoke the morning after after they went to bed that night. Better remind folks that if they are planning on buying any more guns, they better do it before Dec and do it without you name being on any piece of paper. Obama has already sworn that he is going to knock on your door if you don't file a return and pay a tax for each gun you own.

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Cleanupguy 2 years, 3 months ago

Really? Can you show me a quote on that?

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rco1847 2 years, 2 months ago

There's not a Republican in Georgia I'd vote for. Governor EZ Pass is a total waste.

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rco1847 2 years, 2 months ago

Kevin - sho proof or shut up.

Romney got his initial National Security Briefing and then immediately flew to China to talk with his consorts there. China is our future enemy. We already keep them under constant watch - especially their navy. Romney is dupped into thinking that China is he friend and the dope will sell us out to them.

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rco1847 2 years, 2 months ago

Camie - Gwinnett has no leaders in Washington.

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