Letters to the editor, March 24

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Not going away

Larry Beck states [DRC, March 6] that the House Armed Services Committee’s Feb. 11 report “exonerated” the Obama administration from responsibility of Benghazi while alleging that Congressman Burgess’ video e-mail on Benghazi is “beating a dead horse” and ignoring “vital” issues.

While his assertions that “no stand down order was issued and that members did not discern alternatives that could have changed the outcome” are accurately conveyed from the report; he omits the following from the same report on the same page.

1. White House officials ignored the dramatically deteriorating security situation in Libya. Official statements exaggerated the rigor of security assessments at the time.

2. U.S. personnel in Benghazi were woefully vulnerable because: the administration did not direct a change in military posture; there was no intelligence of an imminent threat; and the Department of State favored a reduction of Department of Defense (DOD) security personnel before the attack.

3. DOD officials believed the violence in Benghazi was a terrorist attack rather than a protest gone awry, and the president permitted the military to respond with minimal direction.

Beck’s definition of “exonerated” illustrates how the left will never hold Obama responsible for his actions or decisions.

With four brave American patriots killed, no arrests in more than 18 months and the first American diplomat killed in more than 30 years, just what is Beck’s definition of a “vital” issue?

His “beating a dead horse’’ taunt is congressional oversight he wishes would go away.

Congressman Michael Burgess isn’t about to go away.

Bill Lawson,

Denton


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