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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5/2/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth’s Final NDAA Markup
5/2/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez’s Final NDAA Markup
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4/28/16 Smith Statement on Passage of the FY2017 NDAA Out of Committee
4/28/16 Republicans Vote to Allow Confederate Flag to Fly at The Citadel
4/26/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on NDAA Funding
4/26/16 Military Letters Confirm Sage Grouse Protections Don’t Compromise Readiness, National Security
4/26/16 Smith, Scott, and Cummings Oppose NDAA Amendment to Reward Pervasive Violators of Employment, Non-Discrimination, and Safety Laws with New Government Contracts
4/25/16 Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act Chairman’s Mark Summary
4/25/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on Congresswoman Gwen Graham’s Decision Not to Seek Reelection
4/15/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on Excess DOD Infrastructure Study Files
4/14/16 Press Outlets: Sign Up to Receive NDAA Amendments Via Email
4/13/16 Smith, Thornberry Begin FY17 National Defense Authorization Process
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3/22/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on Terror Attacks in Brussels
3/10/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on Iran Missile Tests
3/3/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on Iran Elections
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2/29/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on Terror Attacks in Somalia
2/23/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on President’s Plan to Close Guantanamo
2/9/16 Ranking Member Smith Statement on Defense Budget Proposal
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
12/3/15 Ranking Member Adam Smith Statement on Secretary Carter’s Announcement to Open All Combat Positions to Women