Regarding The Associated Press news story “Diplomat absolves Clinton on Libya security” (May 13 and TribLIVE.com): People like Thomas Pickering, who's attempting to remove blame in regard to the Benghazi murders from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, are what make the State Department wimps go.
They live in a world of theory that cannot let go of the asinine mentality that states if we treat people nice, they will reciprocate in kind and we can all sit around the campfire, roasting marshmallows.
The words that State Department people use are coded and understood only by those engaged in doublespeak. Any sentence uttered by these morons can mean many things, dependent upon one word within it.
If Hillary Clinton, who allegedly ran State, was unaware of the inadequate security in Benghazi, why? Is something as important as protecting the lives of our diplomats in a hostile country not worthy of the head of that department?
One rifle squad of Marines with the support of one .30-caliber machine gun would have beaten off the rabble who took down our outpost and left four Americans dead.
This administration had better hope there is no God, because if it ever stands in front of him, there will be no diplomatic doublespeak to spin its way out of its responsibilities.
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