Rep. Scott DesJarlais on Benghazi: President’s Policy Is Not to Jump to Conclusions – ‘Why Did He Do It in This Case?'

May 9, 2013 - 9:39 AM

DesJarlais Abortion

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) on Wednesday questioned why President Barack Obama, who has “made it his policy since he took office not to knee jerk or jump to conclusions when it comes to some tragedy or event,” chose to do so in the case of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya.

“I would just close with the fact that we have a president that’s made it his policy since he took office not to knee jerk or jump to conclusions when it comes to some tragedy or event, but yet, why did he do it in this case?” DesJarlais asked at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Benghazi consulate attack that took place on Sept. 11, 2012.

Four Americans were killed in the attack, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. Five days after the attack, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice appeared on several Sunday talk shows, blaming the attack on a spontaneous reaction to a YouTube video that mocked Mohammed.

“Why was he [Obama] quick to jump to the conclusion that this was a protest due to a YouTube video? I think we all know that’s not true, and I think we all need to find the answer to that,” DesJarlais said.