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Letters: Benghazi and partisanship

May 11, 2013

Re "Lawmakers hear official's account of Benghazi events," May 8

After failing to connect President Obama to any real scandals, Republicans have resurrected the 8-month-old attack in Benghazi, Libya. This, while also taking a shot at Hillary Rodham Clinton, a potential presidential candidate.

Conservatives claim their outrage stems from the fact that four Americans died in the attack. Yet they cannot muster similar outrage over the nearly 4,500 dead U.S. servicemen and women in Iraq or the 3,000 dead from the 9/11 attacks.

These Republicans have shown they're only capable of outrage when a Democratic president is in charge.

Ted Stulz

Anaheim Hills

Several hours after the initial attack in Benghazi, two more Americans were killed. Are we to believe that military assets couldn't be sent from Tripoli, the Libyan capital, in enough time?

Of course, if no one had requested help and it was believed that the uprising was a protest against an anti-Muslim film — complete with mortar rounds and other military-style firepower — then there could be no U.S. military response.

A gross mistake or a lack of honesty by the Obama administration is likely. Someone will be taking the fall for this.

Wayne Muramatsu

Cerritos

It seems politics are driving Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), the chairman of the House committee that conducted the Benghazi hearing, and his fellow Republicans over the attack.

Why didn't House Democrats hold similar hearings when they came to power after the 2006 midterm election? No reason to — we were all Bushed out going into the elections in 2008. Today the GOP appears to be trying to bushwhack Hilary Clinton in 2016.

Ken Johnson

Pinon Hills

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