Some Republicans were quick to make sure the raid doesn't turn into a big political victory for the White House. Sen. James Inhofe, the ranking member of the Armed Services Committee, said he "anticipated" that the raid would happen but suggested that the importance of the capture is being blown out of proportion. "The administration would like to say, all right, we apprehended someone, isn't that great, to deflect the attention away from the real Benghazi problem — that is, the president and, through Rice and the rest of them, knew full well that it was all a terrorist attack, and they tried to cover it up and got caught in a lie."
"The big deal here," Inhofe said, "is we have a president who lied to the American people."
But Johnson said he's pleased with the news. "This is good news. I'm glad that we finally — you know, someone is at least being brought to justice on Benghazi.... We should bring all those individuals to justice first. But also we need to hold accountable those individuals at the State Department that allowed this to happen," he said.
Johnson was taken aback by news that Khattala is expected to be arraigned in Washington, calling it a "really stupid policy."
The way to get information from a terrorist like Khattala, he said, is to detain and interrogate them. That's what has worked at Guantanamo, Johnson said. "Not through torture, not through abusive techniques," he said. "You hold people there, you question them relentlessly, you gain their trust over time and they start giving up information.... That's how we actually get the information. So you're not going to get the intelligence we need by questioning someone for 12 hours, 24 hours, 36 hours, and then arraigning them and giving them Miranda rights. They'll shut up."
"It would be be biggest mistake for the ages to read this guy his Miranda rights," Sen. Lindsey Graham said. "We should have some quality time with this guy. Weeks and months — don't torture him, but have some quality time with him."
Chambliss said he knows where Khattala is being held, and that he is currently being interrogated, but the senator wouldn't divulge the location or when Khattala is expected to be brought into the U.S. The Senate Intelligence Committee vice chairman said he is hopeful that U.S. forces will gain valuable intelligence from Khattala in the interim.
On Sept. 11, 2012, terrorists attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and set it aflame. Two died, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Later, two intelligence operatives were killed in an attack on a nearby CIA annex.
"Even as we welcome the success of this operation," Obama said in his first Tuesday statement, "we also pause to remember the four Americans who gave their lives in Benghazi representing their country: Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty. As I said shortly after the attack, they exemplified the values that we stand for as a nation, including a commitment to freedom and justice."
This isn't the end of U.S. operations here, as far as the White House is concerned. "We will continue our efforts to bring to justice those who were responsible for the Benghazi attacks," Obama said.
This story will be updated as more comes in.
Sarah Mimms and Elahe Izadi contributed to this article