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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Benghazi facilities should have been closed
The accountability report by former Ambassador Thomas Pickering and retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen was grossly inadequate (“McCain senses Benghazi ‘cover-up,’ wants more Clinton testimony,” Web, May 12). The two men concluded those responsible for the Benghazi murders were low-level State Department staff; they totally ignored the basic problem of why the Benghazi facilities remained open.
The facilities did not meet the standards for protection with adequate perimeter control or the required number of security personnel in the 1980s report of Bobby Ray Inman, a former CIA deputy director. Nor were they adequate according to the Adm. William J. Crowe Jr. report that followed the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. Adm. Crowe also recommended information sharing and made it clear that the secretary of state must be informed and is responsible for the protection and security of embassy personnel. Why did they not question former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton when she was the one ultimately responsible? Mrs. Clinton has no excuse to justify her failure to do her job; because of her failure four Americans were killed and many injured.
The White House talking points are like all the Democrats’ talking points: all the information they feel you should know, not necessarily all of the facts. The talking points were doctored to deflect criticism on the total failure related to the Benghazi attacks. Mr. Pickering, Adm. Mullen and former Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta should have been objective.
MARVIN L. HOOVIS
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