Gohmert on Benghazi: ‘Without Libya Falling, Our Four Heroes We Honor Today Would Be Alive’

By Penny Starr | September 12, 2013 | 4:08 PM EDT

Representative Louie Gohmert (R-Texas). (AP)

(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said that had Libya not fallen--in a revolution backed with military force by President Barack Obama--the four Americans who died in Benghazi one year ago would be alive today.

“Without Libya falling, our four heroes we honor today would still be alive today,” Gohmert said at a press conference on Wednesday at the Capitol.

Gohmert, along with several other members of Congress, visited Egypt over the weekend of Sept. 7-8.

In his remarks about Benghazi and his trip, Rep. Gohmert said, “I just returned from the Middle East with some of my friends. It was amazing. They [our Middle East friends] certainly get it. Privately, some of them--who did not want to be identified--said, ‘You know, you had the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan fight for you and initially defeat the Taliban.’

“’You had Mubarak as an ally,’” Gohmert recalled them as saying. “‘You had many agreements with him. He was your ally. He was trying to help hold the peace with Israel. There were problems with Mubarak, but he was your ally.’”

“’Gaddafi since 2003 had been a staunch ally,” Gohmert recalled them saying. “’Some have told us--I don’t know that it’s certain--but they had said he probably provided more intelligence on terrorists in the Middle East than anyone besides Israel to the United States.’”

He continued: “’And you brought Gaddhafi down because without your air strikes, without you eliminating the Libyan air force, he would not have fallen.’”

The burnt-out shell of a building at the State Department's mission in Benghazi after the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)

“Without Libya falling,” said Gohmert, “our four heroes we honor today would still be alive today. Decisions have consequences, either for good or for bad. In this case, we turned on allies repeatedly and what our friends said -- they didn’t want their identify known – was, ‘We’re wondering which one of us will be the next ally you throw away.’”

“Friends, that is no way to conduct foreign policy,” Gohmert said.