- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Finally, a report has been issued stating that President Obama and the Department of State set up the conditions that led to the loss of American lives in Benghazi (“Obama, Clinton blew Benghazi response: Republican report,” Web, April 23).

Having been an undersecretary in the British Ministry of Defense, I understood how politicians operate to deflect blame whenever a catastrophe occurs. Accordingly, I sent a letter to the press two days after the attack in Benghazi, suggesting that once the facts emerged it would be clear that two individuals — President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton — would be found to be responsible for the events.

This was based on the fact that, as commander in chief, the president should have sought assurance before the event that all U.S. personnel and assets in unstable areas of the world were adequately protected before the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. The responsibility of Mrs. Clinton would have been to foresee the likelihood of an attack in these areas and to respond to the president’s instruction.

Seven months have passed since our ambassador was slaughtered — and Mr. Obama has yet to give a straight answer to his involvement (or worse, his lack of involvement) in planning for protection of our assets. Mrs. Clinton’s response to the critical question is her now-famous retort, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

Well, the American people think it makes a difference, and we deserve answers. Sadly, those will not be forthcoming; all we will get are more idle claims that those responsible will be brought to justice. We have made only feeble attempts to trace the terrorists who took advantage of the incompetence of our president and secretary of state while those really responsible continue to obfuscate the truth and hope that time will make the rest of us forget.

STANLEY ORMAN

Rockville