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October 24, 2014

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letter to the editor:

Administration’s Benghazi misdeeds

According to Eugene Robinson’s May 15 column “Showtime on Benghazi,” using the attack on our embassy “to achieve nakedly political goals” is “disgusting.”

What is abundantly more disgusting is that the administration allowed that dangerous situation to develop despite multiple warnings and ignored frantic emails begging for help, which resulted in our ambassador and three others being murdered in a planned terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9/11. Then it was all hushed up for nakedly political goals.

Had the administration adequately secured the embassy, it might have given the impression of distrust of our Libyan “friends,” despite the fact that other countries wisely closed their embassies and moved out to avoid attack.

When there was still time to send help, the response to desperate emails was that staffers should stop asking.

Finally, it was called a spontaneous uprising, notwithstanding facts to the contrary. Why? Because a planned terrorist attack right before the 2012 presidential election, in a land we were determined to befriend, would have had enormously negative political impact.

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