Letter of the Day: Obfuscation and outrage
Published: Monday, January 28, 2013 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 25, 2013 at 4:57 p.m.
Obfuscation and outrage
EDITOR: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared before Congress four months after the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya to explain what happened and why. What the American people heard was more obfuscation and emotional outrage.
Asked about the cause, Clinton said: “We had four dead Americans. What difference, at this point, does it make?” It matters a great deal because U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and President Barack Obama explained the attack on the basis of an anti-Muslim film produced in the United States that caused a spontaneous eruption. By all measures of rationality, this explanation is inadequate. The attack on Sept. 11, 2012 in Libya was clearly an attack by organized Islamic radicals on the United States just as Sept. 11, 2001 was.
Does anyone think that preventing anti-Islamic videos from appearing on You Tube will prevent attacks on Americans at home or abroad? Of course not. Truth and candor by government officials is the center of our ability to craft policy and inform the electorate. If we cannot name those who wish to do us harm, we are likely to experience more failures to protect Americans. In spite of warnings and attacks on the consulate prior to Sept. 11, the Obama administration failed to protect those whom they had sent to represent the American people.