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Published: Wednesday, May 8 2013 10:41 p.m. MDT

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JWB
Kaysville, UT

I suppose this is in addition to the aid we gave them that was decided at the Benghazi consulate in September 2012, sort of like the 4 fastest ships in Princess Bride. This President is now in a position that President Nixon was in after Watergate. He will do anything and everything to keep the emphasis off of his actions or inactions for our people on the ground in Benghazi. It is good to still have people of integrity that were on the ground in Tripoli that day and night. They have no reason not to tell the truth and dearly remember those people that lost their lives due to decisions or lack of decisions made in their behalf.

Having served in government service, you sort of go on the belief, that if at all possible, there will be backups for you in an operation. However, in thinking about the evacuation of personnel from South Vietnam in 1974, we were sending U.S. transport aircraft into South Vietnam without any kind of backup support from fighters or bombers during President Ford's administration. I know it was a little different then as President Ford was ad hoc with Rockefeller. Not now.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

The United States of America's embassy did have support from the Marines evacuating those personnel from atop the embassy as the country was falling. We had South Vietnamese pilots on our aircraft that had been trained in the United States of America. We had quit giving them support and their aircraft were sitting on the ground and couldn't be flown. At Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Saigon, we could see their aircraft taking off and flying less than 5 miles and dropping bombs and then land back at the base toward the end in April 1975 not in 1974 as I previously stated.

We did similar operations in Cambodia a month earlier for the Cambodians. Not much different than pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan. What does that really mean? We violate Geneva convention rules and the other parties can violate us. We are supposed to be better than that.

NoMad
Grantsville, UT

I call this black-mail money to withhold information on Chemical Warfare.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

Having worked with chemical weapons for years in the military and department of defense, I wouldn't put it past this administration.

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