Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

June 21, 2014

Benghazi answers are still lacking

— — A recent letter to the editor claimed that a website could explain what happened in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, and that the “Republican line” on the attack did not withstand scrutiny. When I consulted the website, I found it ambiguous at best. The House of Representatives, currently controlled by the GOP,  plans a full investigation of this incident because there are a multitude of questions that remain unanswered almost two years later. Those include, but are not limited to, the following.

• Why was our ambassador in Benghazi when the situation was unstable and he knew that security was inadequate?

• Why did state refuse to upgrade security despite recommendations by the office of Diplomatic Security?

• Why did the surveillance of the consulate the morning of Sept. 11 not trigger an evacuation, given the date (September 11) and the high threat level in the area?

• Why did Ty Woods have a ground laser designator (GLD) on the roof of the CIA Annex? Was he told that air support was coming, as he and others had requested? Why else would he try to provide targeting information for a laser-guided weapon?

• Were any U.S. personnel in Libya or elsewhere ordered to “stand down,” rather than aid those under attack in Benghazi?

•  Is there or is there not a video record of the attack taken by a drone aircraft?

• Perhaps most important, where was President Obama during the attack? Did he direct that our commands in Africa or Europe provide assessments of the situation and of what forces were available to assist those under attack? Did he direct our commanders to request assistance from other countries? Just what did he do during the attack?

• Why did the president, UN Ambassador Rice, and Secretary Clinton publicly maintain for up to two weeks that the attack was a spontaneous demonstration triggered by an anti-Islamic video even though they knew on Sept. 11 that it was a terrorist attack (notwithstanding the president’s ambiguous Sep 12 reference that “no act of terrorism will stand” in the Rose Garden on Sept. 12)?

• Why did Secretary Clinton tell the families of the victims during the arrival of the bodies at Dover, Del., that the producer of the video would be prosecuted?

• Why have survivors of the attack not been allowed to testify before Congress?

 It is disgraceful that we must still ask these and other questions after all this time.  It is another example of the duplicity of this administration.

Richard Haggerty


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