The White House on Tuesday night used a statement on Sept. 11 “preparedness and security” to pledge to bring to justice those behind last year’s attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, which claimed the lives of four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and touched off a political firestorm at home.
The statement by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney discussed how administration officials have met on numerous meetings “to review security measures for this anniversary,” Wednesday’s 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Protecting Americans at home and abroad, the administration said, is the “top national security priority,” and the president met earlier Tuesday with national advisers and others to discuss keeping the homeland and the nation’s interests abroad safe.
But the White House went a step further, invoking last year’s deadly Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi.
“The events of last year, losing four brave Americans — Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods — brought home the reality of the challenges we face in the world,” the statement reads in part.
“As we near this day of remembrance, we continue to mourn the death of our cherished colleagues and honor their dedication to public service. We remain committed to bringing the perpetrators of the Benghazi attacks to justice and to ensuring the safety of our brave personnel serving overseas.”
Critics have complained that no arrests have been made in the year since the Benghazi attack.