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Attacks Expose Republican Rift

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Speaker John Boehner pauses during a moment of silence for John Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya killed in Benghazi, at a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda.

"It's like the judge telling the woman who got raped, 'You asked for it because of the way you dressed.' OK? That's the same thing. 'Well America, you should be the ones to apologize, you should have known this would happen, you should have done - what I don't know - but it's your fault that it happened.'" Kyl said. "You know, for a member of our State Department to put out a statement like that, it had to be cleared by somebody. They don't just do that in the spur of the moment."

The Obama administration has said it had no prior knowledge of the statements from Egypt and distanced itself from the embassy.

Hours after issuing a brief and somber statement, McKeon followed up with a sharp rebuke of Obama administration foreign policy.

"If history has taught us anything, it is that weakness is provocative. Again and again under President Obama we have met threats and thugs with apologies and concessions. Unsurprisingly, these mobs aren't satisfied with apologies anymore. They have clearly been escalating the offensive in the war of ideas for some time," McKeon said. "Is it any wonder that events spun out of control and that American lives were lost?"

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) also released a scathing attack likening Obama to President Jimmy Carter and his mishandling of the Iranian hostage crisis in 1980, saying Obama was "the weakest and most ineffective person to ever occupy the White House."

Emily Cadei, Meredith Shiner, and Frank Oliveri contributed to this report.

Updated, Sept. 14
This report has been updated to reflect the changing reports on the person who produced the anti-Muslim film at the heart of the protests in the Arab world.

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