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Still no closure on Benghazi

| Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

More than a year has passed since the attack on the U.S. outpost in Libya, yet the country and loved ones of the four Americans who were killed there are still without clear answers.

The families of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, embassy employee Sean Smith and former U.S. Navy SEALs/embassy security personnel Ty Woods and Glen Doherty have no closure. The country in general has moved on to other issues facing our nation, but we must never forget the families left without answers.

President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and other key government officials have moved on without regard for the continuing grief of the families of these fallen heroes. We say time heals all wounds, but that applies only when there is closure, and we certainly don't have it on Benghazi. These government officials have a responsibility to the American people, and we have every right to expect better from those making decisions that affect the well-being of all of us.

We have seen “bait and switch” on the Benghazi attack. The American people are not stupid and did not accept the government's explanation that the attack was caused by some obscure video that insulted Islam.

Patricia Smith, mother of Sean Smith, and Ty Woods' father, Charles, recently testified before the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee, looking for answers on the Benghazi attack. All of the committee's Democrats except two left the hearing before Mrs. Smith and Mr. Woods testified. They should be ashamed of themselves. What does this say for the standards of our elected officials?

We need to make sure our voices are heard loud and clear at the next election.

Grant Beattie

Lower Burrell

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