WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released the following statement on the anniversaries of the terrorist attacks on September 11 in 2001 and 2012, remembering the men and women who lost their lives and honoring the first responders and service members who continue to fight in the War on Terror:
"Today we remember the nearly 3,000 innocent lives lost and thousands more wounded on September 11, 2001. We remember the first responders, and those who answered the call to defend our homeland in the days, months and years following the attacks. September 11th was a somber awakening to the knowledge that radical Islamic extremists will not hesitate to attack America, our values and our way of life. We saw that clearly on September 11, 2012, when four Americans were killed during the terrorist attack at our consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
"It is fitting this week as we mark the September 11th anniversaries we also consider the National Defense Authorization Act--legislation that prioritizes our national security, rebuilds the force and supports the service members who fight each day in the War on Terror. The fight for liberty and democracy is far from over, and we must always remain vigilant against attacks by Islamic extremists from around the globe."