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Letters to the editor, March 6

Beating a dead horse

One can only conclude from Congressman Burgess’ recent video e-mails to constituents that he’s more interested in fighting off the extremists within his own party for the primary elections than he is with vital issues that matter.

His topic? Benghazi.

That dead horse continues to be beaten by a GOP Party who really has no plans to address a weak economy and 21st century issues. Mr. Burgess remains under the illusion that Obama’s State Department is still culpable somehow in the tragedy that occurred a year and half ago where Ambassador Stevens and three other embassy staff were killed in a terrorist attack.

It was odd to hear Burgess refer to a Senate Intelligence Committee report that he claims “further points to the failures within the State Department, led then by Hillary Clinton, who allegedly removed security measures from the U.S. consulate.”

What makes this so odd is the fact that the House Armed Services Committee exonerated the Obama administration in a report on Feb. 11 this year.

It read, “There was no ‘stand down’ order issued to U.S. military personnel … [and] given the military’s preparations on September 11, 2012, majority members have not yet discerned any response alternatives that could have likely changed the outcome of the Benghazi attack.”

Despite Burgess’ claims to the contrary, this is “political posturing.” Though the economy looks bright for Wall Street investors, we still need a job growth plan for working middle-class families. Not debunked right-wing innuendos.

Larry Beck,