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October 22, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

U.S. embassies’ security isn’t free

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Thank you for your recent editorial “Lessons from Libya.” I wish, however, that you would have mentioned that Republican representatives, including Paul Ryan, cut from a bill $250 million for U.S. embassy security. Once more, Republicans create or, at least, contribute to a problem — and then place blame at the feet of Democrats.

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  1. Bull. Democrats and Republicans alike cut spending for security. Besides, it had nothing to do with the sacking of the Consulate in Beghazi Libya and murdering of the 4 American heroes including Ambassador Chris Stevens. The President, on the night of the terrorsist attack on the Consulate and CIA Annex, gave an order to his Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to do whatever is needed to save the Americans. What was done? We don't know yet and haven't been told. All we know for sure is an unmanned predator drone with no weapons was used to provide a real time account of the attack, which lasted over 7 hours, back to the White House.

    CarmineD

  2. Administrations have made foreign policy blunders for years and when they have, people died.

    Former President Johnson should have completely occupied South Vietnam or totally exited. He did neither and Americans and Vietnamese died.

    Former President Bush should not have disbanded the Iraqi Army and once Saddam was dead, should have pulled our troops out. He didn't and Americans and Iraqi's died.

    President Obama should have pulled our personel out of Benghanzi as the British did and he didn't, and people died.

    All three were blunders, mistakes... and there just isn't anyway around that fact. If you like the President, you're going to forgive the blunder. If you don't, you're going to blame him for it.

    Michael

  3. Anyone who maintains you can remove all risks in life is looking in the rear-view mirror. It's much harder to predict the future than it is to disect the past.

  4. The middle east is not a area of the world that we can truly believe what they say about them protecting our embassies at all costs.It simply is not something that we and other countries can take to the bank,(protecting all enbassies).

    Most host countries in other parts of the world will do as they say and protect our enbassies and other foreign embassies as well,at all costs.

    The hate that exists in the middle east towards the west may never change.A hard look should be placed in where or if we should place personnal in embassies in certain middle eastern countries.

  5. Mr. Chapline et al, all I would like to add with regards to our "intelligence" community is that Mr. Clapper stated that the Muslim Brotherhood was a largely secular organization. Each time I see a picture of Mr. Clapper I think to myself that this has to be one of the dumbest "intelligence" workers in the world. He has made many other baffling statements but this has to be of SNL quality.

  6. In a rush to hang Benghazi on Obama you on the right deleted a significant part of the equation. At that time twenty plus countries lost their minds over the xenophobic anti Muslim video. You also fail to acknowledge the CIA issued their report attributing the riots to the video as well.

    How can we ever succeed as a country when people prefer to be ignorant by ignoring reality? Fear and hate is driving the far right over the edge of sanity and reason.