Washington D.C.House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member, Congressman Adam Smith, made the following statement in response to attacks on Ambassador Rice’s comments following the attack on Benghazi:

“I agree with the President’s comments about Ambassador Rice today. Republican attempts to blame Ambassador Rice for the horrible attack in Benghazi are ridiculous. The attack was a tragedy, and it cost four brave Americans their lives. Certainly, we should determine how to prevent attacks like this in the future, but blaming Ambassador Rice, who had nothing to do with the Benghazi attack, is a blatant attempt to score political points.

“In some cases, Republicans are blatantly misstating what Ambassador Rice said about the Benghazi attacks.  She made it clear that it was an armed assault by an organized militia.  She never claimed it was just protesters who turned violent.  The attacks on Rice are misguided and, at best, misinformed.

“Rice has been an outstanding Ambassador to the U.N. on countless issues. From leading efforts to secure the toughest sanctions against Iran and North Korea to date, to building international support to end Muahamar Qadafi's brutal reign in Libya and strongly condemning Russia's unwillingness to denounce Assad's regime in Syria, she has been an outstanding diplomat and a forceful advocate for our interests abroad. It is my hope that she continues to serve our nation.

“The election is over. Now is the time to put aside partisan politics and focus on making decisions to ensure our national security.”

 

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2/2/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on Afghanistan Hearing
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1/22/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on Terror Attacks in Burkina Faso and Somalia
1/14/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on Nomination of General Joseph Votel
1/7/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement at Hearing Discussing Acquisition Reform
1/6/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on North Korea
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12/10/15 Ranking Member Smith and Ranking Member Speier Statement on Release of Oversight and Investigations Report
12/1/15 Ranking Member Smith Statement at Hearing Examining U.S. Strategy for Syria and Iraq
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11/25/15 Ranking Member Smith Statement on President Signing 2016 National Defense Authorization Act
11/25/15 Chairman Thornberry and Ranking Member Smith Statement on Kunduz Investigation
11/23/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Mali
11/18/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith Statement on Syrian Refugee Bill Offered by Chairman McCaul
11/18/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith Statement for Hearing on Iraq and Syria
11/17/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith Statement on OPM/DHS/OMB Decision Not To Testify Before HASC
11/13/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Paris
11/5/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith Statement on Passage of NDAA
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10/30/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith Statement on President’s Announcement of Special Operations Deployment in Syria
10/27/15 Ranking Member Smith Statement at Hearing Examining Shortening the Defense Acquisition Cycle
10/22/15 Ranking Member Smith Statement on NDAA Veto
10/21/15 Ranking Member Smith Statement for DOD Security Cooperation Hearing
10/16/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith Statement on the President’s Announcement Regarding Troop Levels in Afghanistan
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9/30/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith on Pending Defense Bill Veto
9/30/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith on McCarthy’s Benghazi Comments
9/29/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith on NDAA Conference Report
9/29/15 Ranking Member Smith Statement for Cyber Hearing
9/1/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith Supports Iran Deal