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Letter of the Day: Benghazi questions

Published: Monday, May 6, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, May 6, 2013 at 12:55 p.m.

Benghazi questions

EDITOR: I’m concerned that there doesn’t appear to be much interest in the press with regard to the lack of response at the highest levels of the U.S. government to the terrorist attack on Benghazi on Sept. 11. President Barack Obama and members of his administration have yet to convey the full truth about the administration’s failings in the Benghazi massacre.

While Obama has repeatedly stated that he immediately gave instructions to secure Americans in harm’s way, it is still unclear to whom he gave these instructions. What is clear is that they were not given to the people who were actually in a position to help.

We now learn that the government’s own interagency Counterterrorism Security Group was never convened during or after the attack. They were told to “stand down.” And we’re also told that the request by the deputy chief of mission in Libya to deploy the Foreign Emergency Support Team was disregarded. Those decisions were compartmentalized and isolated at the White House.

Meanwhile, the battle went on for seven hours in Benghazi, in the course of which three security personnel who tried to come to Ambassador Christopher Stevens’ help paid with their lives. Americans serving as ambassadors and diplomats abroad deserve better.

KIRK A. MOELLER

Guerneville

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