Rep. Gohmert: Closing embassies made US look ‘like a bunch of cowards’

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said Monday that the Obama administration is making the United States look "like a bunch of cowards" by closing 19 embassies amid intelligence reports about possible terrorist attacks.

Gohmert, guest-hosting on Sean Hannity's radio program Monday, said the administration failed to learn from last year's deadly attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans.

"We don't want any more people to die," Gohmert said in response to a caller's question. "But it brings us back to the question that [then-Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton asked, what difference does it make at this point?

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"The difference it makes is, that 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," he continued.

Gohmert said the U.S. also failed to learn after bombings on U.S. embassies during President Clinton's administration, and warned that failing to look tough will only invite more attacks.

"We didn't learn it then, by golly, we better learn it now or we're going to get hit again and we're going to look weak," he said.

Gohmert seemed to relish his turn at the microphone, and took a few pokes at Democrats and the press during his opening remarks.

"All of you on the left coast, the left bloggers that … you couldn't fine 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."