July 31, 2014

Fischer reserves judgment on Libya; awaits outcome of investigation

Republican United States Senate candidate Deb Fischer says a thorough investigation needs to be undertaken to determine just what caused the violence in Libya that led to the death of four Americans, including the United States ambassador.

After first presenting the attacks as an outgrowth of riots sparked by an anti-Muslim video, the Obama Administration now describes the violence as a terrorist attack on the embassy in Benghazi. It might have had an al Qaeda connection.

Fischer says judgment should be reserved until the investigation into the deaths is complete.

“Well, of course, I’m very concerned about what’s happening and the spread of the disturbances that are going on; just send my condolences to the families of those people who have been killed over there,” Fischer says. “We need to pay attention and monitor the situation and see what the administration is going to do about it.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has empaneled an investigative team chaired by retired diplomat Thomas Pickering to review the Libyan attack. Another mob attacked the United States embassy in Cairo, Egypt, but never breached the embassy itself.

The attack in Libya killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others. The deadly attack was first portrayed as an outgrowth of Muslim rage against a video produced in America that belittled the Prophet Mohammad. Later, it appeared the attack of the embassy might have been planned.

On another foreign affairs issue, Fischer tells reporters the United States must be careful in its dealings with Iran, especially in regard to that country’s nuclear ambitions. She says military invention should only be considered when other options have been exhausted.

“Before we take any military action, I think we need to be cautious,” Fischer says. “We need to have a plan. We need to have a mission and understand what that mission is.”

Fischer says she agrees with the Obama Administration’s decision to pull out of Afghanistan, but believes it was a mistake to set a date certain.

Kevin Thomas, KLIN, contributed to this report.