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CONGRESS: Benghazi investigation is a farce

Letter by Beverly Isenson, Steilacoom on May 17, 2013 at 1:59 pm | No Comments »
May 17, 2013 2:16 pm

When 16 people were killed at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen in September 2008, Congress didn’t bother to investigate. When six were killed at the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul in July 2008, Congress didn’t bother to investigate. When two people were killed at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen in March 2008, Congress didn’t bother to investigate. The Democratic leaders in Congress understood the risks of public service in volatile nations.

When the GOP controlled Congress, and George W. Bush was president, 31 Americans or employees of the U.S. government were killed at embassies and consulates and compounds in Kolkata, Karachi (2002 and 2006), Islamabad, Saudi Arabia, Tashkent and Syria. Congressional leaders didn’t plunge into investigating ways to place the blame on President Bush.

The current GOP congressional free-for-all investigation of the tragic Benghazi killings mocks the American people, who need Congress to start addressing our economic situation: stubborn unemployment, which translates into diminishing opportunities for everyone.

The death of Ambassador Stevens and his colleagues is a tragedy. The current congressional investigation is a farce.

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