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September 12th, 2012
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Rep. Forbes: After attack on US compound in Libya, time to reassess US foreign policy in Middle East

This morning on "Starting Point," Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) weighs in on the death of U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and the wave of violence in Libya and Egypt.

"There's no question that this is a tragic situation. Our hearts go out to the families involved here," Rep. Forbes says. "We need to take the time to pause, get all the facts, and examine our policies and look at them and see if there's anything different we need to be doing."

CNN's John Berman asks Rep. Forbes about a statement released by the Romney campaign before the violence started in Libya, which condemned attacks in Libya and called out the Obama administration for not condemning the attacks.

"Well, John, I think one of the things that you're not suggesting is that Mitt Romney could somehow see into the future and predict this," Rep Forbes says. "I think what Mitt Romney was doing is recognizing that, you know, this is an administration whose foreign policy certainly is collapsing in many parts around the world," Rep. Forbes adds. "And to simply attack the Romney campaign for a single statement but not examine the foreign policy flaws of this administration had doesn't seem correct for me to do."

"I just think though at some particular point in time, after today, after tomorrow, after we've assessed these facts, we need to examine our foreign policy and ask if we're making the right decisions in the Middle East. And I think in many situations we're not," he says.

Filed under: Egypt • Libya • Terrorism
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