- - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Everyone, including the president, has said there is sorrow over having lost those killed in Benghazi. However, President Obama should say publicly that, with all due respect to the men who were killed at our consulate, Congress needs to get on with the people’s business. There is nothing to be gained by using the people’s time and taxes on an issue he has already shouldered the blame for.

Mr. Obama just needs to say that he deeply regrets the incident but is sending troops into harm’s way to protect our country’s security. In a time of war, all overseas men and women are putting their lives on the line. Let us allow the four Americans who were killed at our consulate in Libya to rest in peace and get on with the business they died to protect.

Our president needs to admit that he was derelict in his duties. He will have to live with all of these deaths, the deaths of troops and others, that have taken place on his watch. Many presidents have made tough decisions. May God give him the strength to make his own.

As an American citizen, I think it’s time to move forward. Even Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens’ father told the press that he thought his son would not want his death to become a press issue. Mr. Obama just needs to face this issue head on, take the blame and move forward.

President Truman had to decide to drop atomic bombs on Japan. No one knows what it is like to be president, except the 44 men who have been there.

TIMOTHY MONROE BLEDSOE

North Augusta, S.C.