Congress will recess soon and a myriad of investigations on a quilt of subjects will be without oversight for several months. Post- Labor Day, upon the return of Congress, the Benghazi disaster will have reached its first anniversary. The President is silent, the Congress (like chickens in a coop) run in circles not knowing where or how to act. And then we have September 11, 2013 to think about.
- LETTERS WSJ
- June 23, 2013, 12:44 p.m. ET
Benghazi Deaths and Our Integrity
Thanks to Kevin Norton for his thoughtful insights into the tragedy at our consulate in Benghazi on 9/11/2012 ("Benghazi's Legacy of Broken Trust," op-ed, June 19). The lack of any meaningful response from the Obama administration is difficult to understand. Comments from Secretary of State Clinton were unsatisfying and demonstrated little in the way of a sincere desire to get to the bottom of how things could have been allowed to get to that terrible point in the first place. Then there is the response to appeals for help that never arrived, resulting in four murdered Americans. The thing that troubles me the most is that at some point in that awful evening Ambassador Chris Stevens and the others had to realize they were on their own. The cavalry wasn't arriving and they had to know what was going to happen to them—being kidnapped at best or killed at worst. We all know how the story ended. Too bad our government cannot, or will not, account for its lack of appropriate action to offer a lifeline to those brave souls.
In addition to the whole question of truthfulness, I believe Mr. Norton very ably answers Hillary Clinton's query: "At this point what does it really matter?"
If we have any interest in maintaining our integrity and stature in the world, it matters quite a bit.
Robert H. Berrie DDS MscD