KC area metro politicians' respond to fatal attack on U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya:
Congressman Todd Akin, (R-MO):
"The attack on our consulate and thoughtless killing of American diplomats in Libya serve to remind us of the sacrifice of those in service overseas. This senseless attack and murder underscores the irrational hatred that some still harbor for our country and our citizens. Our heart and prayers go to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and for their friends and family."
Congressman Kevin Yoder, (R-KS):
"Just one day after the eleventh anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States of America, sadly, the American flag flies at half staff today at the U.S. Capitol, once again, following the senseless and tragic attack against our U.S. consulate in Libya, which left four patriotic embassy workers laying dead. Among those murdered include American Ambassador Christopher Stevens, marking one of the rare moments in history where a U.S. Ambassador is killed representing our nation abroad.
This type of cowardly and brutal attack is an outrage, and those responsible should be swiftly brought to justice.
The service of Ambassador Stevens and three other embassy staff will not be forgotten, as there service represents everything our country stands for in promoting peace, democracy and liberty for all peoples across the globe.
God bless the brave men and women who serve our country everywhere, and God bless the United States."
Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, (R-KS):
"Last night we lost four brave Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, in an attack by protestors on the U.S. consulate in Libya. I condemn this attack by violent extremists and the individuals responsible must be brought to justice.
My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy and their families. Today we honor these American patriots, their extraordinary service, and their selfless commitment to diplomacy and freedom. I also express my unwavering support and gratitude for service members around the globe who continue to put themselves in harm's way fighting against terrorism."
U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS):
"My thoughts and prayers are with the families and all those affected by the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Libya. The murder of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three Americans serving our country in Benghazi is a tragedy. It also reminds us that we must remain vigilant against our adversaries and our fight against terrorism. Unfortunately, hatred towards the American way of life persists in too many parts of the world. We have lost four more patriots and must not allow the enemy to take another."
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO):
"My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Ambassador Stevens and the other brave American diplomats who were murdered during this heinous attack in Benghazi. These Americans were bravely working to assist with Libya's transition to democracy, and the Libyan government needs to bring those responsible for their tragic deaths to justice. As we work to ensure that other American personnel are safe around the world, both the Libyan and Egyptian governments must condemn these senseless attacks and put a stop to this violence immediately."