A Nebraska congressman sees some improvement in the Middle East as violence ratchets down, but cautions that the region remains unsettled.
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and sub-committee on the Middle East and South Asia, says the reaction of the Libyan government and increased security seems to be having an effect.
“It’s calmer. We have personnel there, security personnel, in Libya. The situation in Egypt is better,” according to Fortenberry, “but everywhere throughout the region, it’s high alert.”
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.
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.
Fortenberry’s committee has been holding hearings on the Middle Eastern violence.
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.
Kevin Thomas, KLIN, contributed to this report.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:35]