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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For archived columns, go to www.gwinnettdailypost.com/politics.