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Published: Monday, Sept. 16 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Even John Bolton, the furthest right of the right wing defense hawks admitted that, in real time, it would have been impossible to determine whether to pull security away from our embassy in Tripoli and shift it to the consulate in Benghazi.

Burke, VA

My comment today is not directed toward the author of this letter. It is clear what her motive is. My question is to the editors of the DN Editorial page. I know you have a number of letters to choose from when deciding which ones to publish on this page. Why on earth would you print this letter that is so uninformed about what really happened in Benghazi and what the motivations of the president were. Why would you promote such vile hatred towards the leader of our nation when your heading states that you "encourage a civil dialogue among (your) readers". Is this letter encouraging such civility or is it just inciting outrage on both sides of the issue. Does it offer understanding of the facts; does it bring us together as a nation in coming to a common understanding of the dark forces working against us and how we can, together, work to rid this world of such evil forces? When you encourage irresponsible rhetoric that does nothing to enlighten us you only reduce your own stature in the journalistic profession. Is this letter representative of the best you had to choose from?

Far East USA, SC

"My question is simple: Why?"

Why? Because your whole premise is totally faulty.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

My question is simple: Why do so many people listen and parrot everything they hear from college drop-outs on AM radios?


Because you are not privy to the same information as the president. That is why.

Provo, UT

The election was only a few weeks away. Pres. Obama couldn't risk his chances by sending in planes and troops to rescue our Ambassador Stevens and others. So he put out a cockamamie story about a spontaneous uprising due to a video offensive to Muslims.

Eugene, OR

President Obama won.

Romney lost.

Time to get over it.

Salt Lake City, UT

There is only one explanation for this letter - FOX "news" and this newspaper's increasingly uncritical embrace of far-right politics.

one old man
Ogden, UT

DANGER - listening to large doses of radio broadcasts featuring loud mouths with microphones and agendas to sell in order to sucker people into sending money into their already huge bank accounts can have deleterious effects on the human mind.


@ Diane: Let me get this straight...

2002, US Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan attacked, 10 killed
2004, US Embassy in Uzbekistan bombed, 2 killed, 9 injured
2004, US Consulate in Saudi Arabia stormed, 8 killed
2006, US Embassy in Syria attacked, 1 killed
2007, US Embassy in Athens grenade launched into
2008, US Embassy in Serbia set fire to
2008, US Embassy in Yemen bombed, 10 killed

and not a peep from you about the injured and dead from these attacks or the US response to them.

My question is simple: Why?

Durham, NC

Maudine - it is because this is about politics. Not ethics. Not morals. Not actual historical events. This is about political talking points, and taking advantage of the deaths of 4 men to gain political points.

Flash back to the Pat Tillman event... where he was killed by friendly fire. Americans killed Americans. And then the then current administration tried to cover it up. It was only later it was found out that the story initially put forward was not true.

This Benghazi side show that has been created..... purposely trying to twist these events that occurred when there were literally dozens of like events going on in the region. it is not only distasteful, but makes a mockery of these mens lives. Tillman's life.... no big deal. The 4,000 other lives lost. No biggie. The 100,000 plus civilian lives.... we can get over those. A singular event that we didn't have assets in theatre to prevent.... this rises to treason for some.

Must be nice.....

American Fork, UT

Congress cut funding for embassy security worldwide. Maybe that's why.

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

Ah, yes, another uninformed rant about Benghazi. A hardy perennial on the DN pages.

Centerville, UT

My question is simple: Why do so many liberals equate college graduates as the only source of knowledge? Are these all not worth listening to their wisdom based on the lack of college degree? John D. Rockefeller, Richard Branson, Abraham Lincoln, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Henry Ford, Dave Thomas, Pete Cashmore, Rachael Ray, Sean Connery, Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Larry Ellison of Oracle, Paul Allen of Microsoft, Dustin Moskovitz of Facebook, Michael Dell of Dell Computers, Brian Dunn of Best Buy, Anna Wintour of Vogue, Barry Diller of IAC, John Mackey of Whole Foods, David Geffen, Ralph Lauren, Ted Turner,.David Plouffe, Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin, Jan Brewer of Arizona, Gary Herbert of Utah, Maya Angelou, Gore Vidal, August Wilson, Mark Twain, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Robert Frost, Joseph Brodsky, Harper Lee, Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, James Cameron, Robert Redford, Michael Moore, Sidney Pollack, George Clooney, Hillary Swank, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Larry King, Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Kimmel, Joy Behar, Rosie O'Donnell, Brian Williams, Peter Jennings, Walter Cronkite, John Chancellor, Nina Totenberg of NPR, Carl Bernstein of The Washington Post, William Safire, Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Steve Earle, Jon Bon Jovi.

Durham, NC

@JSF..... no one is talking about these people. Can say I have seen Michael Dell comment on Libya..... have you? the ones we have heard from, Glenn Beck for one, the mouth from the south Rush Limbaugh for another.... demonstrably have no college education. They also have no military experience. They also have not experience in public service. The sum of their experience is they spew their opinions on the radio for ratings, just like Howard stern and his crowd.

Jon Bon Jovi.... are you kidding me.... a rocker without a college degree..... totally shocked. There are a lot more without degrees that have far more credibility than the likes of jimmy Kimmel.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I couldn't help laughing just a little while reading your rant. Because it reminded me so much of myself and others back after 9/11 trying to defend what President Bush was doing in Iraq (all the while pretending we were patriots and anybody who questioned the President in a time of war was "unAmerican").

Your rant was word for word the same stuff you used to get from the Republican defenders back then. It's almost comical how quickly and completely the shoe has switched to the other foot now... (now that there's a Democrat President making the tough decisions).

I'm happy to say that I have learned from the mistakes President Bush made. I didn't realize they were mistakes as they were being made, but what I learned is.. you can't guarantee what will result from an attack, even a limited attack. I think he thought it would be over after the shock-and-awe and the vote, but when the Iraqi people started looting the museums and killing each other for being Sunni or Shiite.... We had to stay and provide security.

The same goes for limited strikes in Syria...

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

... We don't know what will result from limited strikes in Syria (long or short term).

Asad said his reaction would be something America would never expect. They may not be able to attack us, but what if they start attacking their own people (he's been known to do that). What if they target Christians in the region (they've been known to do that). What if they combine with their leaders in the region and attack Israel (we know they WANT to do that).

I'm just saying... you don't know what their reaction would be, so your "limited" strike may lead to something you aren't expecting. You can't tell us for sure that it will end at limited strikes (that's what I learned).

I at least learned something from our mistakes. It seems YOU have learned nothing and possible even UN-Learned what you knew during the Bush administration.

You are playing political games here IF you were against what Bush did in Iraq and are FOR what Obama is doing in Syria. That's all I'm saying. I think this is my last post so don't expect a reply.

Burke, VA

2 bits - Thanks to you for your "rant" too. But what does it have to do with Benghazi?

Centerville, UT

Really you only took those names out of the list. I don't propose they are experts on every subject but maybe, those you discredit have more information and have studied a subject more than you. Just because you disagree with their positions and they don't have a college degree does not mean they have nothing to offer. This is true liberal hypocrisy. I don't think you with a college degree have more to offer about Syria than anyone else.

"There are a lot more without degrees that have far more credibility"

"They also have no military experience. They also have no experience in national public service. The sum of their experience is they spew their opinions on TV and radio for ratings." Are you talking about Obama?

Cambridge, MA

Wow, the uninformed lemmings on the left are really out today. The problem is that the facts don't back up what Hillary or others have said.

The first question is why was the Ambassador going to a consulate located in a highly unstable area in the first place? Next, some of you say that nothing could be done, but official documents show that there was a team that was able to get close to the consulate by 1AM. The attacks started at 9 PM. They didn't get into where the Ambassador was located until 4 AM. Are you saying that in 7 hours they couldn't get anti-terrorist teams or aircraft from Spain, Italy, or anywhere else in Europe to give the Consulate cover fire?

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