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February 7, 2013

Letter:

To the editor:

I have given up hope that anything good will come from the Benghazi hearings.

I believe in my heart there is a major coverup taking place and something terrible and awful happened at the consulate on Sept. 11, 2012.

Those of us who have had children serve our nation by working in the consulates and embassies find this to be very troubling. But it is even more tormenting for those parents who have loved ones currently serving.

You would like to think that they are as safe as they possibly could be, and if something happened the United States of America would do everything to save them.

Sigonella Air Base in southern Italy is just 480 miles from Benghazi. F-16s and Apache helicopters remained parked and unused at Aviano Air Base in northern Italy. A low-flying F-18 with after-burners on would have quickly dispersed any crowd if the Obama administration was worried about strafing the area with bullets. We know from documentation that there was a drone over the embassy watching events unfold.

Thank God our son is done with his service with the State Department. During the briefings last week, I listened in shock as Secretary Clinton referred to the elite and highly trained MSG Marines as very young. These brave and, yes, young, men are culled from thousands, and only the few are chosen to train at Quantico and serve. What an insult from a woman who reaps the benefit of their skills.

Many on the left believe this is a waste of tax dollars driven by the Republicans. Four Americans died, and we still don’t know why, yet they believe it is politically driven.

The president made the decision to go into Libya with NATO without going to Congress for approval. This was his choice alone. He bears the burden of these deaths and is responsible for leaving four Americans unprotected to be murdered.

But, as Secretary Clinton says, “What difference does it make?”

JERALYN LEVASSEUR

Bradford

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