In her Jan. 6 letter "Benghazi commentary misses the mark," Joan Shirey claims that the attack on Benghazi was a "full-blown attack led by al-Qaida renegades" and that "blaming the attack on the video is old hat and was already exonerated."
However, after an extensive investigation, the New York Times has concluded that this was a planned attack -- not by al-Qaida, but by a group of Muslim extremists, some of whom may have belonged to al-Qaida, and that the anti-Muslim video did fuel their anger at the U.S. and may have precipitated the attack.
Ms. Shirey also blames former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the attack. But here are some facts that she may not be aware of. House Republicans voted to cut the administration's request for embassy security funding by $128 million in 2011 and $331 million in 2012. Clinton had warned the GOP cuts would be "detrimental to America's national security," a charge Republicans rejected.
Furthermore, after a day of emotional hearings on the Benghazi attack, GOP legislators decried the Obama State Department for following through with the embassy security budget cuts.
GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) claimed, "To cut over $450 million from their security in two years simply because we, the Republicans, have forced through those cuts, borders on high treason." Chaffetz added, "But for Christ's sake, we're the GOP. To listen to our advice or enact legislation we pass is ludicrous. It's as if Obama wants the terrorists to win." (www.newslo.com)
Yes, folks, he actually said those words, and if this isn't convoluted reasoning, I don't know what is!
But, after all, this is an election year with the 2016 national election on the horizon. So, it is not surprising that the GOP would twist the facts and not take the responsibility for their culpability in the Benghazi attack.