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June 29, 2013

Letter: Benghazi issues still deserve answers

To the editor:

I realize that continuing the discussion over Benghazi with Ms. Carney (letters, the Times, Thursday, June 27) may very well be an exercise in futility.

However, I just am not able to allow her words to go unanswered.

We the people have the right to know what our government has done about an armed attack on our country and the loss of the lives of our service people.

I am glad that Ms. Carney is at peace with the attack on Benghazi; yet I don’t think the families of those that died there are at peace. If there are no lingering questions, then why is Congress issuing subpoenas to the State Department, because Secretary Kerry and the administration will not allow those to be questioned to go voluntarily before Congress.

I guess Ms. Lamb of the State Department lied to Congress when she told Congress, under oath, that the attack was being viewed in real time, in the situation room of the White House. I was watching the hearing on C-Span and heard that testimony first hand; and not on Fox or any other media outlet.

Ms. Carney, in the last paragraph of her letter, stated that “President Obama owed it to the nation to continue his re-election campaign.”

The fact is, the president owed it to the nation to protect its citizens. That’s his primary job, yet for those eight hours of the attack, no one, as yet, knows where our president was. And in my view, the Christian thing to do would have been to drop everything, and find out how our service people, ambassador and others were, instead of chasing after the filthy lucre of campaign fund-raising while Americans were dying.

In my opinion, telling the truth — that the attack was terror-related — would have torpedoed the president’s re-election bid; therefore, the lie to mislead.

GERALD MAHIEU

Langsford Street, Gloucester

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