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Oregon Congressman Greg Walden reacts to US Ambassador Killing


Congressman Greg Walden (R) of Oregon says in Washington DC people are upset and outraged over the death of US Ambassador to Libya 52 year old Chris Stevens.
 
Stevens served 21 years in public service and was appointed as the US Ambassador to Libya this past January.  Three other government officials were also killed in Tuesday's attack.
 
Walden spoke with 1110 KBND news Wednesday morning.
 
"and we have to remain steadfast and face this violence in these extremist s- like those who attacked our embassies and emerging threats - domestically and abroad - as we've even seen the christmas tree bomber in portland and elsewhere - we have to remain vigility both here and abroad.." 
 
In a statement on Wednesday President Obama called Stevens a "courageous man who exemplified American's committment to freedom and justice."
 
Walden and other lawmakers are also grieving for the families who lost loved ones in the sudden attack.
 
 "MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY WHO'VE LOST THEIR LIVES IN THIS TRAGIC ASSAULT-  ESPECIALLY WITH AMBASSADOR CHRIS STEVENS - THESE Are PUBLIC SERVANTS WHO WORK TIRELESSLY  ON BEHALF OF AMERICANS AND FRANKLY IN THIS CASE THE LiByAN PEOPLE. AND OUR NATION WILL ALWAYS BE THANKFUL FOR THEIR SERVICE- BUT IT'S CLEAR THAT 11 YEARS AFTER 9-11 VIOLENT FORCES CONTINUE TO TARGET FREEDOM LOVING PEOPLE- EVERYWHERE…
 
KBND news asked Walden what the atmosphere was like Wednesday morning at the nation's Capitol.
 

"lORI: WHAT IS THE ATMOSPHERE LIKE ON THE HILL- WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING AND WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS- I THINK PEOPLE ARE PRETTY UPSET - THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN 30 PLUS YEARS THAT- ONE OF AMERICA'S AMBASSADORS HAS BEEN KILLED WHILE SERVING THE COUNTRY- PEOPLE ARE OUTRAGED- OUR CODE OF CONDUCT INTERNATIONALLY IS THAT COUNTRIES THAT HOST EMBASSYS AND CONSOLATES ARE SUPPOSED TO PROVIDE SECURITY- -- IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT."

 
Walden also responded to a recent AP report that implies that Iran may be looking at computer scenerios that estimate the potential damage in the region nuclear weapons were used.  More of Walden's interview with KBND News Director Lori Raab can be heard on 1110 KBND news at 5:10a - 7:10a and 8:10a Thursday morning. 
 

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