As Congressional Republicans grilled State Department officials Wednesday over the consulate attack in Libya, Democrats on the House Oversight Committee used a much softer touch, including Nashville’s Jim Cooper.
Rep. Cooper didn’t exactly defend the Obama Administration’s response, which initially blamed a YouTube video for causing a spontaneous revolt. But Cooper did try to put the four American deaths into perspective. He spent five minutes listing – by name – 56 military personnel killed in terrorist attacks in the 1980’s.
“These men – in some cases women – died as victims of terrorists. It was in a different time when we had a great president – Ronald Reagan – who was particularly known for his strength on national defense.”
A Republican on the committee pushed back, saying that the Reagan Administration never tried to “excuse a murderous attack” as somehow spontaneous.
Tennessee Congressman Scott DesJarlais is also a member of the Oversight Committee, but did not speak at the hearing.