WASHINGTON — In the wake of an attack in Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, Sen. Jim Inhofe said Wednesday that the United States had suffered because of President Barack Obama's “failed foreign policy of appeasement and apology.”
Inhofe, R-Tulsa, called on the Defense and Foreign Relations committees to hold hearings on the attack.
“We mourn the tragic murder of (U.S. Ambassador to Libya) John Christopher Stevens, a friend whom I met with in February of this year, and the three others,” Inhofe said. “These individuals lost their lives in service to their country, and Ambassador Stevens was a brave American who was acting to protect his fellow citizens.
“These attacks, the murder of our ambassador, and the disgraceful treatment of his body must have consequences. The timing of this on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 is more than just coincidence. Sadly, America has suffered as a result of President Obama's failure to lead and his failed foreign policy of appeasement and apology. The world must know beyond doubt that America will not allow these types of attacks on our people.”
The White House declined Wednesday to respond directly to Inhofe's remarks.
Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, said, “The Libyan government owes its freedom in large measure to U.S. men and women in uniform, and Libya's complete cooperation is demanded to bring swift and sure punishment to those responsible.”
Cole, a member of the subcommittees that oversee spending on defense and foreign operations, said, “These tragic events raise serious questions about U.S. involvement in Libya. The manner in which Libyan officials respond will impact whatever support they can expect from the U.S. Congress going forward.”
White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters, “I'm not going to speculate about what action might be taken under hypothetical circumstances. I would say that it's important to note that we have a close, cooperative relationship with the government in Libya, the interim government.
“I would note that they were very quick to condemn the attack. And Libyans both assisted Americans in trying to repel the attack and assisted American personnel in trying to keep them safe during the attacks.”
Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, said, “The heinous murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans inside our consulate in Libya last night was an attack on America and our American value of liberty.
“This senseless assault on freedom demonstrates a complete lack of respect for our values and signifies that the terrorists responsible want us to capitulate to their aggressive demands,” Lankford said. “We grieve with all of the families affected, and we owe them a unified requirement for justice on the perpetrators of this attack.”
Muslims revile attacks
Adam Soltani, executive director of the Oklahoma chapter of The Council on American-Islamic Relations, said, “We strongly condemn the unacceptable killings of the American diplomats in Libya. We also condemn the attack on our nation's diplomatic facilities in Libya and Egypt. The actions of the attackers are completely inexcusable and not rooted in the teachings of Islam.”
Sheryl Siddiqui, spokeswoman for the Islamic Council of Oklahoma, said, “Oklahoma Muslims strongly condemn the actions of the mob that took the lives of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and his staff based on our shared humanity and Islamic teachings. Prophet Muhammad consistently sought and upheld treaties with everyone of every religion. Killing ambassadors who work for peace and the empowerment of the people is clearly forbidden. Muslims send our heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims and are grateful for their sacrifices on behalf of Libyans and Americans alike.”