- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Some in the press dismiss the Benghazi congressional investigation as mere partisan politics. Their audience needs to know what this is really about.

On Sept. 11, 2012, a Muslim terrorist group called Ansar al-Sharia attacked the Benghazi consulate, killing four people. This was an act of war. The White House initially called it a spontaneous uprising of individuals. This did not pass the laugh test, so they revised the assessment to terrorism. They never called it war. As a result, they never prepared for the next attack.

The next attack took place in Boston on April 15, 2013. Four people died and more than 20 were maimed for life. The White House was slow to call this terrorism. Again, they are not preparing for the next attack.

The next attack could occur on our shores, could include many deaths or maimings, will probably occur by Sept. 11, 2013, and could be in the Washington area. That is why the American people and readers of this newspaper should see Benghazi as important.

MARTIN MARCUS

Nanjemoy, Md.