Adm. James A. Lyons Jr. has raised serious questions about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, namely, what was Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens doing at the Benghazi compound in the first place ("The key Benghazi questions still unanswered," Commentary, Friday)? Who was he meeting with, and for what purpose? Were arms from the previous regime in Libya being transferred to known enemies such as al Qaeda, jihadists and the Muslim Brotherhood, as has been suggested?
The transfer of arms to known adversaries has been documented before, in the case of Operation Fast and Furious -- and no explanation has been forthcoming. Speculation is legitimate and requires an answer. Were our people killed with American weapons?
Questions of security and the absence of a response to the Benghazi attacks take a back seat to the suspicion of deliberate transfer of arms to known terrorists. The best explanation is that the State and Defense departments are seriously dysfunctional; the worst explanation is that treasonous behavior is afoot. We want to know.
ELIZABETH WARD NOTTRODT
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