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letters, Jan. 21, 2014

Republic vs. democracy

Re: Where’s ours?

A Republic is governed by a set of laws. After the Constitution was written, Benjamin Franklin said, “we have given you a Republic, if you can keep it.”

A democracy is governed by majority rule and can easily slide into a dictatorship. Winston Churchill once said that “a democracy is one of the worst kinds of government.”

We had a Republic. Where did it go?

 

Lauretta Scobee

Ranchester

 

Clinton can’t run State;

can’t run country

Re: Benghazi disaster

 

Bipartisan reports blame the U.S. State Dept., the military and the intelligence community for the disaster in Benghazi in 2012. In the months before the attack, numerous intelligence reports recommended higher security. The embassy made many requests to the state department for increased security. Some were answered “no” and others were ignored.

The military offered more security, but Amb. Chris Stevens was afraid of offending his superiors and turned them down. It seems intelligence and the military did their jobs. The end result was an attack by al Qaeda-linked entities that ultimately killed 19 people and injured 33.

Yes, 15 people trying to investigate Benghazi have also been killed. Both Congressional reports agreed the attack was preventable. In June of 2012, the Red Cross and Britain pulled out of Benghazi because of attacks. Reports of al Qaeda flags flying in many parts of Benghazi were ignored. With the upcoming anniversary of 9/11, increased security should have been a no-brainer. But the 2012 election narrative being pushed was “Osama bin Laden is dead and al Qaeda is on the run.”

President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were briefed by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the night of the attack, and how it was a terrorist attack by affiliates of al Qaeda. The FBI determined that there was no anti-Muslim video (AMV) demonstration as claimed by administration officials. Yet, United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice was allowed to go on five TV interviews claiming it was an AMV demonstration that had gotten out of hand.

In several speeches, Secretary Clinton parroted those lines as did the president leading up to his speech at the UN two weeks later where he again repeated this lie to the world. Ms. Clinton claims no knowledge of the requests for increased security, is not mentioned in the reports and claimed security experts took care of security.

I find it hard to believe that with all the uproar in Libya at this time that Ms. Clinton was not given briefings on what was happening. If she wasn’t then, I believe she is just as incapable of managing this country as the current president. If she isn’t capable of managing the state dept. and ensuring the safety of those employees, how could she manage the entire country and ensure the safety of all its citizens? Did Ms. Clinton get a 3 a.m. call and respond with, “What difference at this point does it make?”

 

Dale Rath

Sheridan

 


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