CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa --- The rocket attack in Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador to that country and three staff members should be treated “like an act of war,” Sen. Chuck Grassley said this morning.

“There ought to be serious implications,” the Iowa Republican said on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. “Particularly when you get a rocket attack, it’s an act of war and ought to be treated like an act of war.”

Grassley also expressed his regret to the families of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and other embassy staff who were killed in assault on the American consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.

Stevens and the others were fleeing the consulate when a rocket-propelled grenade struck their vehicle, according to news reports from Benghazi.

Grassley joined Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in condemning the attack on the consulate.

In a statement released by the State Department, she condemned the “vicious and violent attack that took their lives, which they had committed to helping the Libyan people reach for a better future.”

Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin joined Clinton in condemning “these senseless acts of violence.”

“My hope is that those responsible for these attacks are identified and swiftly brought to justice,” he said. “Until then, my thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who perished.”

Likewise, 1st District Rep. Bruce Braley, a Waterloo Democrat, condemned the attacks as a “travesty” and offered condolences to the victims’ families.

“Today I'm remembering the people who lost their lives in the attacks on our embassy yesterday,” Braley told reporters during a conference call. “I strongly believe we need to do everything we can to bring those responsible to justice. But today is a day for mourning and thinking about those whose lives were tragically ended.”

His Republican challenger expressed a similar sentiment.

“We stand united as Americans against these gutless attacks on our countrymen abroad and we offer our prayers and sympathies to the families of those who have lost their lives at the hands of evil,” Lange said. “May justice be brought to bear swiftly and methodically on those who committed these cowardly acts.”

Second District Rep. Dave Loebsack, an Iowa City Democrat, also expressed grief for the victims of the “horrific attack (that) is a reminder of the threats we face around the world and of the dangers faced by Americans serving overseas, whether in uniform or as diplomatic personnel.”

Although he’s still waiting for details of the attack, Grassley said the U.S. must “show the world we are a nation that lives by international law.”

“We expect other countries to live by international law,” he said, “and this is a violation and you have to take appropriate action.”

He did not suggest what that might be. CNN reported that the Defense Department has dispatched two Marine anti-terrorism security teams to Benghazi to reinforce security there.

Grassley complimented President Obama for his effort early in his term to mend fences in the Middle East.

“Four years ago the president made a very gracious effort going around that part of the world, giving speeches, showing that the expression of friendship of our people toward that part of the world,” he said. However, Grassley added, “I suppose now it looks like that was maybe a mistake because it shows some weakness on our part.”

Unfortunately, Grassley said, “it didn’t do the good it was meant to do, but it was good-intentioned.”

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Dave88
Dave88

Yes Obama's apology tour was a mistake and a turn off. These people hate us. Obama made the right decision to continue with Bushs anti terror policies even though he criticized them during his campaign. Obama made the right decision with Bin Laden it should also be noted that the head of the CIA said on tv it was info received out of the interrogation of prisoners over the last 10 years including waterborded ones that helped find him. Hopefully Obama handles this in the best interests of the U.S.

reojoe
reojoe

Yes, because, after all, Commander in Chief of the U.S. military Obama has a TERRIBLE record with the war on terrorism.

So, I'm assuming that you're hoping for bad things, right? Your post REEKS of it, and you ought to be ashamed to root against your country.

victor672
victor672

I prefer to root against poseurs, Joe.

reojoe
reojoe

Yes, like America.

Gotcha!

Bassopotamus
Bassopotamus

Way to go Chuck. If anything will help this tragic situation, it is pouring more gas on the fire.

homer5r20
homer5r20

Let me get this stright...If President Obama is the "Comander in Chief of the U.S. military" why was he not protecting the Ambassador and the Embassy...Joe?

Reallife
Reallife

To be honest, I think you guys are Communists if you seriously think that we should just bend over and take this. We didn't become the greatest country in the world by letting other countries just blow up whatever they please. This should be dealt with swiftly and mercilessly.

first amendment
first amendment

God yes, attack attack attack! I love the idea of starting yet another war. While we're at it, let's see if we can start World War III. Maybe this is the prelude to the Dec. 21st event the Mayans were predicting.

BIL
BIL

Communists? LOL

I assume you'll be signing up for the Marines so you can take part in the invasion and prolonged occupation of Libya?

BIL
BIL

An act of war by whom? A pack of radicals? It certainly wasn't the nation of Libya. This is reckless talk by Grassley.

BIL
BIL

2002
June 14, Karachi, Pakistan: bomb explodes outside American consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, killing 12. Linked to al-Qaeda.

2004
Dec. 6, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: terrorists storm the U.S. consulate, killing 5 consulate employees. 4 terrorists were killed by Saudi security.

2006
Sept. 13, Damascus, Syria: an attack by four gunman on the American embassy is foiled.

2007
Jan. 12, Athens, Greece: the U.S. embassy is fired on by an anti-tank missile causing damage but no injuries.

2008
Sept. 16, Yemen: a car bomb and a rocket strike the U.S. embassy in Yemen as staff arrived to work, killing 16 people, including 4 civilians. At least 25 suspected al-Qaeda militants are arrested for the attack.


Are we at war with Saudi Arabia, Chuck?? With Greece?

Sam Osborne
Sam Osborne

United in foreign affairs abroad and common decency at home?

Rather than put non-existent words into the President’s mouth over the ruthless murder of members of our diplomatic corps in Libya, it would have been nice if MItt Romney could have dug up a bit of patriotism and stood united with the Americans people against this criminal outrage abroad and also shown concern and compassion at home over the crushing loss of the loved one’s of fellow citizens.

At a time when people in service to our country in dangerous settings have made the supreme sacrifice and their loved one’s need most our loving concern, is Romney also going to try to convince these mourning survivors that their president does not care about their grievous loss?

One can wonder if Romney has an ounce of decency---good God, has the man no shame?

Debyclark
Debyclark

I do not wonder if Romney has an ounce of decency.... I was however wondering why Obama was in Las Vegas campaigning while all this was going on? Someone had to speak up!
After some not so hard to find info, it would appear this outburst has nothing to do with a film on YouTube, but rather more to do with 9/11! Rubbing it in our faces. We help them financially while our country financially is circling the bowl, and this occurs. It took less than 24 hours to amass 2000 people to riot against a film I nor anyone else I asked had ever heard of. Suspect to say the least!

Debyclark
Debyclark

Really Sam your going to place blame on Mitt Romney, at least he spoke up, where was Mr. Obama, oh yeah he was in campaigning in Las Vegas!

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