Statements released by two top Democrats on Capitol Hill yesterday wrongly stated that 5 Americans were killed in the terror attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11. In fact, 4 Americans were killed in that attack: Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen A. Doherty, and Tyrone S. Woods.
John Kerry, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the error in a written statement in defense U.N. ambassador Susan Rice.
“Everyone who cares about the five fallen Americans in Benghazi would do well to take a deep breath about what happened and allow Secretary Clinton’s proactive, independent investigation to proceed,” Kerry's statement read. ”Our committee in the Senate has unanimously asked that some highly detailed, highly specific questions be answered as part of the current investigation. Congress will have plenty of time to examine those answers, and to discern what happened in Benghazi once the investigation is fully underway and the facts become clear.”
Kerry has recently been in the news for defending President Obama's foreign policy record, as he tries publicly to position himself for the secretary of state slot in Obama's second term. At the Democratic convention earlier this month, Kerry made the case that Obama had helped decimate the terror group al Qaeda. "Ask Osama Bin Laden if he's better off now than he was four years ago," Kerry said then. But while Osama bin Laden is dead, al Qaeda is alive, as the terror group proved less than a week later when it successfully carried out the terror attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi.
Likewise, Steny Hoyer, a top Democrat in the House of Representatives, also made the same mistake as Kerry in a written statement.
"The loss of five Americans in Libya, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, is a horrible tragedy and we should be focused on bringing the perpetrators to justice, not playing politics. My understanding is that the information Ambassador Rice expressed reflected the intelligence community's most current assessment at that time," said Hoyer in a written statement.
According to Hoyer's website, "Congressman Hoyer is a respected voice on defense and foreign policy. He has worked diligently to ensure passage of the annual homeland security, intelligence, and defense authorization bills that are critical to our national security.
These are the voices defending the Obama administration's stance on Libya.