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Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 9:12 p.m.
 

President Obama on May 13 called the Benghazi hearings a “sideshow.” During her post-election testimony on the subject late last year, Hillary Clinton defiantly asked, “What difference does it make?” Both seem to brush off any blame — not just for poor communication of the tragedy, but also for the poor handling and sad outcome of the event itself.

When I worked in the airline business, anytime there was a fatal accident, top brass (read: CEOs) immediately became engaged — as they should. The Benghazi situation is no different. When lives are at stake, leaders spring into action. If the president and the secretary of State were not deeply involved (as they insinuate) while the tragedy unfolded, why not ?

I have to ask: What is the real story? Obama and Clinton didn't feel the need to be involved? Or were they involved — but don't want to carry the political baggage from a poorly managed operation that went tragically wrong?

Diplomats' lives were at stake. Sadly, we lost four good men. And all our leaders have to offer in defense of their response — “sideshow”? “What difference does it make?”

Shame on you, Mr. President. Shame on you, former Madame Secretary of State. Neither of you deserve the honor of leading this great nation any longer.

Tim Walters

White Oak

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