- - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Like millions of others nationwide, I have followed our nation’s Middle East foreign policy under President Obama. And as a former U.S. multinational peacekeeper to Beirut, I am disgusted that party politics have ruined the need for our elected to release a bipartisan, post- Benghazi-terrorist-attack review. Conducting a review in the divisive unhelpful way which both parties did not only insults the sacrifices and lost lives of my comrades and their families, but mocks our collective national intelligence as well.

Putting the games aside, the few disgraceful facts learned are that neither President Obama nor his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did their jobs to ensure the safety of their Libya-assigned civil servants and diplomats. This despite earlier bombings in the area targeting Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, and numerous requests for increased security. Nor did either leader act to rescue our people, even though they knew they were under armed attack.

Both Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton had access to top-secret “live” situation intelligence video feeds of the various U.S. compounds in Libya, yet they let our people die anyway. They pretended for weeks that these multisite attacks were about some video, and neither of them did the honorable thing by offering to resign.

If anything can chill the number of those enlisting and re-enlisting in our U.S. armed forces, State Department or CIA, it’s being made to helplessly watch unaccountable politicians like this president and 2016 presidential candidate Clinton keep their careers and lives. What a dangerous and sad future our nation faces if this is the very best a president and State Department boss can do for those volunteering and risking their lives for our country.

To the surviving Benghazi victims and loved ones of all of those involved, I don’t believe it is time to “move on” from the fact that these two leaders failed you. I apologize on behalf of our country for your being left to fend for yourselves.

A.J. CASTILLA

Boston

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