- The Washington Times - Friday, April 19, 2013

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

American businesses know how difficult it can be to comply with government regulations, such as those put forth by the Environmental Protection Agency, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and, of course, the Internal Revenue Service. Strict adherence to these mandates requires dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s. It’s all about accountability. So why is it that we don’t hold our government to the same standard? If ours is a government of the people, by the people and for the people, as President Lincoln believed, shouldn’t government be accountable as well?

But our current administration seems to have little regard for operating in a transparent and accountable manner. Case in point: Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, when an American ambassador and three U.S. citizens were killed by terrorists. Instead of being forthright and addressing the obvious breach of security that occurred that night within the State Department, our government diverted attention to some unknown film about Islam that had probably never been seen by the attackers.

After several weeks then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton flippantly accepted responsibility for the incident. No one would ever think she was laying the groundwork for support from the Obama regime for her 2016 presidential bid, would they?

As a concerned American citizen, I want to know what happened that night not only for the families of our slain Americans, but for future diplomats and citizens. What assurance do those people have that their government will not abandon them as future crises occur throughout the world? The American people, too, have the right to know what happened that night. The Obama administration needs to be held accountable for the four sons of America killed.

ED MULVANEY JR.

Anniston, Ala.

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