Congressman: Don't let Sochi Olympics become Benghazi, Boston Marathon
December 30th, 2013
02:07 PM ET
4 months ago

Congressman: Don't let Sochi Olympics become Benghazi, Boston Marathon

(CNN) – Rep. Michael Grimm on Monday likened the recent bombings in southern Russia to the security threats leading up to the deadly 2012 attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, as well as red flags ahead of the Boston Marathon bombings.

As the world prepares for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in less than six weeks, the Republican congressman from New York said "we cannot sweep these threats under the rug, like we did with Benghazi or the warnings from Russia on the Tsarnaev brother behind the Boston Marathon bombing."

A second suspected suicide bombing struck the city of Volgograd on Monday, killing at least 14 people. The explosion came one day after 17 people were killed in a blast at the city's main train station.

A spokesman for Russia's federal investigation agency told a state-run news outlet that both explosions were terrorist attacks, though no one has claimed responsibility.

Volgograd is about 400 miles northeast of Sochi.

Grimm, the co-chair of the House Russian Caucus, called for the U.S. to work closely with Russia and allies "to combat the threat of terrorism."

"That begins with taking every threat seriously and acting accordingly, so that the Winter Olympics remain a dream for athletes around the globe, instead of becoming a nightmare like Benghazi," he said in a statement.

Grimm's district, which covers Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, has a notable Russian population and constituents from other former Soviet Union republics.

The U.S. government on Monday offered its "full support to the Russian government in security preparations for the Sochi Olympic Games," National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.

She added that "we would welcome the opportunity for closer cooperation for the safety of the athletes, spectators, and other participants."

- CNN's Jethro Mullen contributed to this report.


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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Could these GOP idiotic backers better shut up. 9/11 happened in Bush era. Bin Laden got caught in Obama era. It says all.

    December 30, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Silence DoGood

    There were embassy attacks during the bush years. And 1000's died in the Bush-Lied War.
    I say we put Obama on trial right after all those trials take place.
    More than 4 people died:
    January 22, 2002. Calcutta, India.
    June 14, 2002. Karachi, Pakistan.
    October 12, 2002. Denpasar, Indonesia.
    February 28, 2003. Islamabad, Pakistan.
    May 12, 2003. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
    July 30, 2004. Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
    December 6, 2004. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
    March 2, 2006. Karachi, Pakistan again.
    September 12, 2006. Damascus, Syria
    January 12, 2007. Athens, Greece.
    March 18, 2008. Sana'a, Yemen.
    July 9, 2008. Istanbul, Turkey.
    September 17, 2008. Sana'a, Yemen.

    December 30, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Michael grimm makes list of most corrupt members of congress.
    Federal investigators are probing whether a crooked fundraiser helped Rep. Michael Grimm raise illegal funds in 2010 in exchange for the candidate's promises..

    This guy should be sharing a cell with Bernie Madoff

    December 30, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    "..we cannot sweep these things under the rug."...............

    Well, hows that reported criminal investigation on campaign donations going tea party Grimm? Are you 'sweeping
    anything under the rug?' How was your unlisted trip to Cyprus (at least unlisted until the Cyprus
    guy that paid for it was arrested) after your jaunt to Israel. Did you skinny-dip?

    I suggest you "work closely" with your attorneys, and let your other tea party friends make the
    stupid comments.

    December 30, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. just saying

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    QUESTION: So there's not a budget problem. It's not you all don't have the money to do this?
    LAMB: Sir, it's a volatile situation. We will move assets to cover that
    -----------------
    "We will move assets to cover that".
    Sounds like a budget problem when you have to shift "assets" from one place to cover another.
    If you had enough "assets" (human or dollars) you would'nt have to be playing "switch the shift" to compensate.
    ---

    yes, the state dept. could have always shifted some of the millions of dollars the state dept. was spending on green energy projects in europe at the time of the attack in benghazi. but we all know, the obama administration has placed a higher priority on green energy scams than on protecting our own diplomats in what was practically a war zone.

    December 30, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. Tampa Tim

    Dutch- Your report shows just under one hundred killed. Time for Issa to investigate Bush.

    December 30, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    Rep Grimm is politcizing the war on terrorism with his grandstanding pronouncements. How can he be taken seriously when the Re[ublican Tea Party supports shutting down the government and cutting the budgets of agencies battling terrorism?

    December 30, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. IA

    Dutch/Bad.... Don't know if all you blog here is true...maybe so but....The Bush Administration did not come out with a ridiculous story (lie) about a video to cover vtheir hind ends. The election was in play and this would have made them look very bad and quite possibly cost Obama the election. Its all speculative about what the outcome would have been. But to lie at the podium addressing the American people to save yourself and your job speaks volumes about President Obama and Hillary Clinton.

    December 30, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Mr. Grimm is wishing for a terrorist incident, just so that he can blame the Obama administration for "not providine sufficient security" for U.S. athletes on Russian soil. Security is the host's responsibility. The Russians have repeatedly declined offers of assistance from the U.S. and its' allies.

    December 30, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. just asking

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes
    13 BENGHAZI'S under GWB
    ---

    how many had begged for added security and been denied? none
    how many had experienced two prior bombing attacks? none
    how many had received open threats? none
    how many resulted in the death of our ambassador? none
    how many were refused help while under attack? none
    how many had a bogus story concocted to cover the truth? none
    how many had surviviors hidden and kept from testifying? none

    no where near the same thing. nice try though. your smoke and mirror show is truly worthy of the obama adminstration snake oil show.

    December 30, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  11. Tampa Tim

    Hey Dutch – Calcutta, Karachi, Denpasar, Islamabad, Riyadh, Tashkent, Jedda, Damascus, Athens, Sana'a, and Istanbul are all under Bush. Yet there was no negative republican response on the right wingnut "rage o' meter."

    December 30, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. quinLee

    The GOP has become the definition of DUMBED DOWN.

    December 30, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. rs

    By the way Congressman, Benghazi had nothing to do with sports- and the only tragedy relating to is the fiction you and your party have credited from it, and continue to wallow in. You sir, are a pathetic example of humanity.

    December 30, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Great post Dutch...but they are facts. That won't shut up the "Benghaziiiii! Ben-gha-ziiii!" cray-cray crowd.
    @ SilenceDoGood
    If you want a really good laugh look at what just sprayin' posted by way of blaming the administration:
    "QUESTION: So there's not a budget problem. It's not you all don't have the money to do this?
    LAMB: Sir, it's a volatile situation. We will move assets to cover that."

    Logicians they are NOT.
    Lol!

    December 30, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. Ann

    He sounds like Palin.

    December 30, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. Dan5404

    This young Congressman is probably a Tea Partier looking for face time on camera. He is so Naïve! Does he think the United States can take over Russian security with the former head of the KGB running the country? Putin would be insulted, and so would many nationalistic Russians.. Besides, they are quite capable of securing Sochi as well as it can be done. You don't call off an Olympics due to terrorist threats, or you might as well say they have won.

    December 30, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. Ol' Yeller

    "... lies are all the lefties have these days!"

    Actually, no. I believe we have the White House and we have the Senate.
    We have the two most respected Americans in our party (according to the most recent Gallup Poll) – one in the White House currently, and the other gearing up to beat whatever te abag gger you guys try to run against her.
    Which also means we will have the next appointment to the Hight Court, which means we will most likely have a 5-3 advantage with still one likely to swing our way.
    We have the ACA site up and running (which is causing you untold fits, which I love) and should easily meet the emrollment goals by March.
    We have 0 scandals which have gotten any foothold, despite every effort by the corporate media to make something out of nothing (like this Banghazi nonsense), the many, many, House hearings finding nothing, and your incessant and igno rant posts.
    In fact, we have very little need nor inclination to lie.

    You guys however....

    December 30, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    House Republicans cut administration requests for embassy security by $128 million in 2011 and $331 million in 2012, which Secretary Clinton warned “would be detrimental to America’s national security."

    FACT!!!!

    December 30, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  19. O'drama ya Mama

    Donna

    O'drama ya Mama
    Yea Obama wasnt serious at all when he got Bin Laden, Gaddafi, the leader of Al Shabaab and half of the Al Qaeda leadership. smh...
    -

    Fort Hood. Work place violence. A total farce to pretend it was not another attack in the USA while Obama wa s in office. Classifying it that way denied the injured military personnel appropriate compensation and recognition of their injuries. Horrendous treatment of our military by the Obama administration all to save his political hide. But now we all know what kind of a deceitful liar he truly is.
    December 30, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________

    First off, that is a pretty lame example. Secondly, why is it that any information that is put out by the administration is deemed false and skewed by Republicans yet Republicans have no actual proof of any sort to either a, prove the administration is lying or b, prove their version of the truth is actually true?

    December 30, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. smith

    @Tampa Tim-Answer to you r question from earlier post- Mosul, Iraq Joint Task Force Special Operations 151, FOB Baldwin(Spec. ops compound inside of FOB Diamondback). Thank you for the vote of thanks.

    December 30, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Ol' Yeller

    "... lies are all the lefties have these days!"

    Actually, no. I believe we have the White House and we have the Senate.
    We have the two most respected Americans in our party (according to the most recent Gallup Poll) – one in the White House currently, and the other gearing up to beat whatever te abag gger you guys try to run against her.
    Which also means we will have the next appointment to the Hight Court, which means we will most likely have a 5-3 advantage with still one likely to swing our way.
    We have the ACA site up and running (which is causing you untold fits, which I love) and should easily meet the emrollment goals by March.
    We have 0 scandals which have gotten any foothold, despite every effort by the corporate media to make something out of nothing (like this Banghazi nonsense), the many, many, House hearings finding nothing, and your incessant and igno rant posts.
    In fact, we have very little need nor inclination to lie.

    You guys however....
    -------------------------------------------------
    Oh my God, Im in love with a guy named 'Ol Yeller!
    Lol!

    December 30, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Correction: Ol' Yeller.

    December 30, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. Gary

    Another Republican practicing from the playbook.
    Hi Congressman, how was your Christmas?
    Oh it was ( Benghazi) great thank you.
    What color is the sky Congressman?
    It's ( Benghazi) blue.
    How is your family Congressman?
    Oh, they are ( Benghazi) fine, thank you.
    Another parrott.

    December 30, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Good one Gary!
    The very best of the Benghazi New Year to you!!

    December 30, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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