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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4/8/14 MEDIA ADVISORY: Ranking Members Smith, Cummings to Discuss Benghazi at Press Availability
4/8/14 Ranking Member Smith’s Statement at Russia Hearing
4/3/14 Ranking Member Adam Smith’s Statement at QDR Hearing
4/2/14 Smith’s Statement at Strategic Command, U.S Forces Korea Hearing
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3/27/14 Ranking Member Adam Smith on Partisan Response to U.S. Ukraine Policy
3/25/14 Ranking Member Smith’s Opening Statement at Army Posture Hearing
3/14/14 Ranking Member Smith’s Statement on Air Force Posture Hearing
3/13/14 Ranking Member Adam Smith’s Statement at Afghanistan Hearing
3/12/14 Ranking Member Adam Smith’s Statement at Navy Posture Hearing
3/6/14 Ranking Member Adam Smith’s Statement at Defense Budget Hearing
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2/26/14 Ranking Member Adam Smith’s Statement at SOUTHCOM and NORTHCOM Posture Hearing
2/24/14 Ranking Member Smith Statement on Defense Budget Preview
2/11/14 Ranking Member Smith’s Statement on Last Minute Sequestration Bill
2/11/14 Smith, Tsongas Statement on Republican Benghazi Report
2/4/14 Ranking Member Smith’s Statement on Rob Andrews Retirement
2/4/14 Ranking Member Smith’s Statement at Hearing on Future of al Qaeda
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1/29/14 Ranking Member Adam Smith on Release of Dangerous Afghan Detainees
1/28/14 Ranking Member Adam Smith’s Statement at Asia-Pacific Hearing
1/16/14 Smith’s Statement on McKeon Retirement
1/8/14 Ranking Member Adam Smith Statement McIntyre Retirement
1/3/14 Ranking Member Smith’s Statement on Recent Detainee Transfer
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12/27/13 Smith’s Statement on Signing of National Defense Authorization Act
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11/20/13 Ranking Member Adam Smith’s Opening Statement at Hearing on China Report
11/13/13 Ranking Member Adam Smith to Offer Remarks on Syria
11/12/13 Ranking Member Adam Smith’s Statement on Veterans Day