It didn’t take long for Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark), a U.S. Army veteran, to school his Democratic colleagues on the need for an investigation into the Benghazi terror attacks and the administration’s response (or lack thereof).

A full transcript of Cotton’s statement can be found on his website. Here’s a sample:

A couple lessons I learned in the Army were, you move to the sound of gunfire and the most important step in the troop-leading procedures is to supervise the execution of your orders.

When Americans were fighting for their lives in Benghazi, Barack Obama did neither — he sent no quick-reaction force and he didn’t even stay in the Situation Room to supervise the execution of his orders.

We expect more from lieutenants in the Army than our president gave us that night. For two years, he’s covered up this failure of leadership by stonewalling.

Forgive me if I don’t join my Democratic colleagues in sharing in their fake outrage. Four Americans lost their lives that night in Benghazi. They deserve justice and the American people deserve the truth.

One other lesson I learned in the Army is that we leave no man behind and we will not leave these four men behind.

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