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Published: Saturday, Feb. 9 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Hayden, ID

Benghazi only matters to Americans who demand honesty and integrity from their government. All others need not be concerned, need not apply and demand we ignore this and sweep it under the rug along with fast and furious, the white house intelligent leaks and other scandals! More evidence of the very low level to which our country has declined;that we would put up with this incompetence and dishonesty.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

During the presidency of George Bush Jr. there were several attacks on U.S. embassies resulting in over fifty American deaths. Yet the people who are screaming the loudest about Benghazi never uttered a peep in response to all those attacks.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Those who think that they are royalty will never consider the consequences of their actions on the lives of the "pawns". They are so full of themselves that they pretend that they are not "temp workers" who work for the people. They think that they can lie. They think that they can cheat. They think that they can misuse power. They think that our purpose is to give them a great big airplane to use as if it were a toy tricycle. They think that our purpose is to entertain them, to feed them, to house them. They forget that they have sworn an oath to God and to the people of this nation to uphold the Constitution and to honorably fulfill the duties of their elected and appointed offices.

Obama has shown us what happens when an inept President occupies the White House. He has shown the families of those who died in the Benghazi attack that he considered their lives meaningless. His Secretary of State, Hillery Clinton, voiced his contempt for those he serves.

"What difference does it make?".

Pleasant Grove, UT

Looking at video of Hillary's remarks, here's the statement she was responding to.

Sen. Ron Johnson: "We were misled that there was supposedly protests, and then something sprang out of that, this all sprang out of that, and that was easily ascertained that that was not the fact, and the American people could have known that within days, and they didn't know that."

At issue is the fact that Obama and his cabinet have been caught lying to the American people. A planned al Queda attack on Americans stationed in Libya was inconvenient to Obama's re-election campaign, so he lied about it, and he asked others to lie about it.

Yes, there are four dead Americans. Why can't the truth be told by the people whose job it was to protect them?


I agree with the letter writer, and I'll take it one step further, Benghazi is the tip of the ice burg of lies told to us. For crying out loud just pass an honest budget!

Pleasant Grove, UT

@Roland Kayser

Bush didn't blame a video.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Riding the Benghazi phantom media horse illustrates how the conservatives know only how to meanly attack and not govern.

salt lake city, utah

Actually what the Madame Secretary said was "what does it matter now" after she had given exhaustive testimony about what she had known and not known on that day. What the President knew and didn't know on that day, and about the intense investigations that were taking place regarding what had happened in Bengazi, and in the State Department. She had more than demonstrated her caring her sorrow, and her competence in uncovering the facts of that day and the preceeding days, one of which was that it actually wasn't that easy to know within hours whether or not the video had played any role in the attack. Couch quarterbacking is easy when you have two choices and blind luck awards you a win. What does it matter now was simply a frustrated response to the blind luck struttring of republican senators prancing around spinking the football trying to make political points while the real work was grinding away.

one old man
Ogden, UT

The truth HAS been told. Again and again.

But the GOP refuses to listen because they hope they can convince people to vote for them.

For voters with brains, that won't work.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

During 2000-2008, there were 12 attacks on our embassies resulting in 55 deaths. Anyone else remember Needra's letters to the editors demanding to "get to the bottom of those attacks?"

Ya... Neither to I.

Obama won now get over it

American Fork, UT

This letter smells not of someone seeking some profound 'truth' about Bhengazi but rather the raking of muck.

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

Here's Secretary Clinton's entire quote:
"Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk last night who decided to kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator.
Honestly, I will do my best to answer your questions about this, but the fact is people were trying their best in real time to get to the best information,"
This was in response to the complaint that Susan Rice, on Sunday talk shows, had referenced the video. And the reality is, the video WAS significant. It HAD led to protests outside many other embassies. Sorting out the differences between those protests and the attack in Benghazi, in real time, with the usual confusion and noise from conflicting intelligence reports, took awhile. What you cannot say, though, is that nobody cared about Americans killed by terrorists, or that there wasn't a concerted effort to figure out what happened, who was responsible, and how best to bring them to justice.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Truth does matter. Of course the least honest White House in history was the Bush/Cheney reign so if outraged repubs were honest, their outrage would be directed at Bush/Cheney.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Truth is not something we are going to learn about the American foreign policy and it’s consequences.

By making the Benghazi thing greater that all other things going wrong with our foreign policy the republicans do great harm to their cause. Instead of hurting the Obama election, they helped it.

On republicans.


What Susan Rice said on ABC 5 days after the attack:

"Our current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that, in fact, what this began as, it was a spontaneous — not a premeditated — response to what had transpired in Cairo. In CAIRO as you know, a few hours earlier, there was a violent protest that was undertaken in reaction to this very offensive video that was disseminated.
We believe that folks in Benghazi, a small number of people came to the embassy to — or to the consulate, rather, to replicate the sort of challenge that was posed in Cairo. And then as that unfolded, it seems to have been hijacked, let us say, by some individual clusters of extremists who came with heavier weapons, weapons that as you know in — in the wake of the revolution in Libya are — are quite common and accessible. And it then evolved from there.
We’ll wait to see exactly what the investigation finally confirms, but that’s the best information we have at present.

Steve C. Warren

Had our Benghazi consulate been attacked by protesters rather than terrorists, do you think Republicans would have eased up on their attacks on Obama? Of course not. Their talking point would have been: If Obama’s people are so incompetent that they can’t even protect our diplomats from mere protesters, just think how vulnerable we are to actual terrorists.


From the LA Times, Nov 2012:
"“The adjustments were focused on producing talking points that provided the best information available at the time, protected sensitive details and reflected the evolving nature of rapidly incoming intelligence…The CIA drafted the initial talking points, and they were not ‘edited to minimize the role of extremists, diminish terrorist affiliations, or play down that this was an attack,’ said a second U.S. official familiar with how the material was edited.”

From the Wall Street Journal, Dec 2012:

“The officials said the first draft of the talking points had a reference to al Qaeda but it was removed by the Central Intelligence Agency, to protect sources and protect investigations, before the talking points were shared with the White House. No evidence has so far emerged that the White House interfered to tone down the public intelligence assessment, despite the attention the charge has received.”
The report says that intelligence officials “still believe the attack was inspired in part by the earlier protest in Cairo over the video.”

Burke, VA

From Huffington Post October 10, 2012 "Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) acknowledged on Wednesday that House Republicans had consciously voted to reduce the funds allocated to the State Department for embassy security since winning the majority in 2010.

"On Wednesday morning, CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien asked the Utah Republican if he had "voted to cut the funding for embassy security."

""Absolutely," Chaffetz said. "Look we have to make priorities and choices in this country. We have…15,000 contractors in Iraq. We have more than 6,000 contractors, a private army there, for President Obama, in Baghdad. And we’re talking about can we get two dozen or so people into Libya to help protect our forces. When you’re in tough economic times, you have to make difficult choices. You have to prioritize things."

So Republicans, and their surrogates like Needra Johnson, favor cuts to embassy security and then when that lack of funding results in tragic deaths, they start pointing fingers away from themselves. Typical.

Oakley, UT

Spontaneous attack? 3 hours before the attack, the embassy requested additional security.. Military commanders in the area offered a platoon of marines and Air cover from a carrier group.. All were refused! Secy. of State stated that additional security was not possible because congress did not appropriate enough money.. How much would it have cost to simply say "Yes" to the military? No, there are matters of more concern here than what happened in another time or to another regime. There are reasons those security measures were denied, and the citizens need to know them!

salt lake, UT

the truth stopped being important to the far right the day the event happened this has been nothing but a pathetic atempt to score some cheap political points of these peoples tragic deaths

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