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Rep. Louie Gohmert: Closing Embassies Makes US Look Like ‘A Bunch Of Cowards’

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A Republican congressman from Texas is not a big fan of President Barack Obama’s decision to close 22 U.S. embassies and consulates because of terrorist threats. While he was serving as a guest host on the Sean Hannity Show, Rep. Louie Gohmert said that closing the embassies makes the country look "like a bunch of cowards."

Gohmert said that while of course "we don't want any more people to die," it is clear that the government has failed to learn lessons from last year's attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

"If you will bother to find out exactly what went wrong, why you didn't have security where you needed it, where you need security to shore up, what you can do to make sure that doesn't happen again, you don't have to close your embassies like a bunch of cowards that go running away," Gohmert said.

The congressman referenced the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis when then-President Jimmy Carter's failed rescue attempt resulted in the death of eight U.S. servicemen and one Iranian civilian. He characterized the rescue effort as, “Please, please, will you please give us our people back."

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Gohmert also discussed the way that the United States has been dealing with Iran and said that he is tired of seeing sanctions used as a way of handling the volatile nation, The Huffington Post reported.

"I voted for the tougher sanctions, but I am sick of it," Gohmert said. "I think it sends a terrible message, and I know ... my friends that they believe with their heart that it's the right thing to do, but it's allowing the centrifuges to continue to spin, and Iranian people are the ones that are suffering."

He also addressed Democrats directly during his opening statement.

"All of you on the left coast, the left bloggers that … you couldn't find your rear-end with both hands, well listen: I know you monitor every word I say," he said. "Well, grab some popcorn, we're going to have a fun three hours."

Sources: The Huffington Post, The Hill