Column forgot careless comment by Clinton

May 18, 2013 at 12:18 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

Susan Brown's column May 11 asks if we are a nation run by fools because of the fiasco in Benghazi wherein the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three military personnel were killed in a terror attack. She mentioned the talking points offered by the Obama administration about some silly video causing Muslims to be angry enough to attack the consulate of a foreign nation and wrote about how long it has been since the attack and nothing has been done.

She neglected one very telling comment. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in long-delayed testimony before Congress, asked, "What does it matter?"

It matters a great deal, both to the country and to the families of those murdered. It matters because people died, Mrs. Clinton. It matters because the consulate was not properly protected. It matters because the troops in a neighboring town that possibly could have intervened in time to save lives were ordered to "stand down." It matters because we still don't know why the ambassador was at the consulate in Benghazi instead of the embassy in Tripoli.

Perhaps if Clinton's daughter decided to follow mom's footsteps and become a foreign service agent and was posted in an unfriendly country, Hillary would understand exactly how it matters. Nah, that won't happen.

Carl Bankston, Victoria



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