WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement in response to Thursday’s committee hearing on the Department of Defense’s response to the attacks on September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya:
"Sec. Panetta and Gen. Dempsey admitted during the hearing what many of us have known all along: it was immediately apparent to the Obama administration that the deadly assault on our Benghazi annex was unequivocally a coordinated terrorist attack. We now know there was unanimous consensus among the president’s most senior national security officials about this fact, yet the White House willingly chose to mislead the American public and cover up the true nature of the attack for weeks.
"It is unconscionable that four Americans had to die before this administration realized its counterterrorism strategy in North Africa is under-resourced and failing. In the months leading up to the attacks, our witnesses made clear the threats emanating from Libya against U.S. and Western interests were well known at the highest levels of the government. But the warning signs went unheeded. With the growing unrest in North Africa, the Obama administration must get serious about having a properly resourced, effective counterterrorism strategy to ensure this doesn't happen again."