As protests over an ant-Islamic video spread in cities across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, Sen. Bob Corker joined Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., in introducing a bill to require an investigation into all attacks on U.S. missions that had taken place between Sept. 11 and 13.
Both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Corker and DeMint issued a statement condemning the attacks, which killed U.S. Ambassador J. Chris Stevens and three staffers at the consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi. The senators called on President Barack Obama to present a report on the attacks within 30 days and for U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to submit recommended changes to security procedures at embassies and consulates within 90 days.
Corker, who recently said he was “shocked and appalled” by the protests and attacks, said he hoped the situation would allow the U.S. to have a chance to review operations in unstable parts of the world.
“I hope this tragedy results in an opportunity for us to learn from these events and ensure we’re doing all we can to protect the brave Americans serving in diplomatic posts in dangerous parts of the world,” Corker said in a news release.
DeMint suggested the attacks overseas could have possibly been coordinated for the period of time surrounding the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Tuesday. DeMint called for the Obama administration to give “detailed answers” for how the events in the Middle East happened and whether or not they were knowledgeable of any possible attacks in the days prior.
“It now appears these violet acts may have been coordinated terrorist attacks against America around the anniversary of 9/11,” DeMint said. “There may even have been warnings beforehand. Americans need to know if we were properly prepared and what steps must be taken to protect our diplomats in these dangerous environments.”