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November 6, 2012
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Letter: Security is not partisan, it affects everyone

Security is not partisan issue

Seven weeks have passed since the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi, Libya. Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty lost their lives there. I hope that people haven’t forgotten about them and that their families are not still without answers.

When you start at the beginning and put together everything that has been said by members of the administration about the events in Benghazi, it doesn’t make sense. Why are fingers pointing in every direction about whom or what is to blame? Are you comfortable with what we have been told when it has changed, shifted, and morphed from one explanation to another? I’m certainly not.

Politicians and pundits have accused each other of politicizing and making the attacks a partisan issue. This is not a partisan issue; people of all political persuasions are serving in the military. We worry when they are serving in dangerous areas of the world. What does this do to morale? Can they believe help will come when they call for it?

But here is another important point: We are being asked by President Obama to give him four more years in office. Shouldn’t we know who is responsible for the serious lapses in security and who gave the orders to stand down multiple times with the resultant tragic outcome? Shouldn’t Americans know before the election whether this was incompetence, bad policy, or dereliction of duty?

This should not be a matter of Republican or Democrat, left versus right. It is a matter of life and death. The families of those who were killed in Benghazi, the military who are risking their lives, and the American people deserve answers.

Kathleen Johnson

Myrtle Creek

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The News-Review Updated Nov 19, 2012 03:12PM Published Nov 14, 2012 11:59AM Copyright 2012 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.