Idaho politics: Risch calls for investigation into Libya, Egypt attacks

The Obama administration should investigate the Tuesday attacks in Egypt and Libya — including the death of Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador in Libya, to determine whether the incidents were "coordinated," Sen. Jim Risch said Wednesday.

While the two presidential campaigns sparred publicly over the attacks — and the Obama administration's response — the statements from Idaho's two senators were considerably more subdued.

Here are the full comments from Risch, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee:

I extend my deepest sympathies to those who lost loved ones in these vicious attacks. They made the ultimate sacrifice for America and the cause of freedom and I mourn their loss.

The tragic events in Egypt and Libya are both shocking and senseless, and I share the outrage of my fellow Americans. America cannot tolerate attacks against our citizens and values.

Since these events occurred on Sept. 11, I call on the Obama administration to investigate what happened and whether these attacks were coordinated. I appreciate the statements made by the Libyan government concerning these acts and urge them to follow through on pursuing these perpetrators.

I have met Ambassador Stevens and found him to be a knowledgeable, talented, and well-spoken diplomat. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and the families of those who lost loved ones in this attack.

Here, via Facebook, is a statement from Sen. Mike Crapo:

For the first time since 1979, the United States has witnessed the death of one of its ambassadors abroad. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American foreign officers were killed in tragic acts of violence in Libya. These deaths are a terrible loss for the American people and my prayers are with all of their families. These attacks on our Embassy in Cairo and Consulate in Libya cannot stand and is a grim reminder that Americans must remain vigilant and combat this violent extremism.

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Really? We should investigate terrorism? I NEVER THOUGHT OF THAT

Risch is a putz. What, does he think we WOULDN'T investigate if not for his stern press release? For god's sake, Jimmy; get over yourself, man.

This is what you need to realize...

...following Romney's blunder yesterday, the Republican strategy is to roll out any elected official with an (R) after their name to make a rational and dignified statement in the hopes that the electorate will eventually begin to equate Romney with those sentiments instead of the ones he said, then doubled down on.

The classic empty political suit

Agreed, blackfootgirl! Jim Risch once again takes an enormous political risk by stating the most obvious 'demand'. Idaho voters have a terrible habit of electing mostly spineless, self-serving people to Congress. Senator Risch fits that profile.

Perhaps next week he can offer a statement in support of motherhood and apple pie.

that would doubtless spur..

debates about abortion and pesticides.


You fry wants with that?


...legislation overturning gravity.

Northern Africa, brought to you by Hill and Barry.

And the empty chair flies to Vegas to campaign.


,,,what would YOU do, Einstein? Oh, that's right, if you were President there wouldn't be any people in Libya because you would have dropped 20 atomic bombs on the place so you could go get YOUR oil. Silly me.

I would surround the embassy with Marines.

An intellegence report has surfaced that the State Dept. recieved a notice on Sept. 4th that a terrorist attack was probable on Sept. 11th.

In a country awash in guns and terrorist and no real elected Government I think it would be prudent to have a Marine guard in these dangerous embassies.

Now the "empty chair" can explain his neglect to the families of the dead.

I'm sure Einstein would agree, that Libya's oil is not MY oil, it's Libya's, of course. And Europe is the natural customer for that oil.

link please

Where did this "intellegence" report surface?

Thru breitbart

Here you go

The British newspaper, "the Independent". You didn't expect to find it in the Statesman did you.

Marines are stationed in every embassy, but not always

every consulate. To try to link Obama to being responsible for security measures at that embassy is pure ignorance; presidents don't oversee security of individual buildings.

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart

It's Bush's fault...err no it's Hil's fault... no it's, it'

yeah, it's Romney's fault.

No. It may be the 'fault' of the local security administrators.

For not paying attention to local conditions that may dictate increased security.

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart

Another armchair quarterback

trying to do the President's job and getting attention at the same time. Or, perhaps, just stirring up trouble like Mr. Labrador so loves to do!

The Marxist Tap Dancing Clown Chorus

Certainly is in a dither this morning. Ranting, raving, zigging,and zagging. The invisible man in the empty suit sitting in the empty chair is indeed the Emperor whom has no clothes. The only people that have yet to realize this are the Media cheerleaders and their tap dancing clowns.

The one without clothes is future god Willard.

He stands exposed as a desperate, desperate mortal; soon to be losing by biblical proportions come November. I'll dance to that.

Dance Clown,

Dance, entertain us with that old clown shoe tap routine. When you get tired theres an empty chair for you to sit in. Read this while you are resting.

weak sauce

Very vague sourcing. It looks like this article has been picked up as gospel and has spread throughout the right-wing bubble echo chamber. The J post, Brieitbert, and Drudge have accepted it as true without any other attributable source. Now that's what I call echo, echo, echo, chamber, chamber, chamber...

Thats OK,

You are just another Dem echo chamber anyway. Your search for your version of the"truth" is never ending. Try spun sugar and put your head in the sand. In two months you will have a new set of problems to include in your contextual world.