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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: $5 million for Kony, but no help in Benghazi

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When President Obama ordered 100 special operations forces to Kenya to advise and assist African troops in hunting down that evil rogue warlord Joseph Kony in 2011, I wondered if it was constitutionally appropriate. We have bad guys here in the United States. Was America just being a "nice guy"? Well, the mission must not have been successful, because now the United States is offering a $5 million bounty for that despicable person ("U.S. pauses Kony search in Central African Republic," Web, April 3). That amount is no small potatoes in this age of furloughs and sequestration.

I am further wondering what those 100 American warriors were thinking when they heard about the Benghazi fiasco ("Military retirees press Benghazi probe; 700 seek 'full accounting,'" Web, Monday). Even though Kenya is not close to Libya, it is on the same continent. I feel confident that 100 American tough guys would have gotten themselves to Benghazi to effect a different outcome in that shameful debacle if only they had been deployed. Why weren't they?

HELEN D. KOELLE

Silver Spring

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