Did four American heroes succumb to politics?
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EDITOR,

On September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya, four Americans were assassinated. Nine months later, the American people still do not have a clear picture of what happened and why. President Obama promised full transparency from his administration, but it’s looking more like a full cover-up.

Christopher Stevens, Tyrone Woods and two Navy Seals fought back a terrorist attack at the American Consulate for over 7 hours, waiting for backup that never came.

Their families, friends and the American people deserve and expect answers, accountability and justice from this administration. As chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Darell Issa, R-Vista, is trying to accomplish this, but the DNC and this administration are stonewalling and politicizing the investigation.

Trudy Rubin of the Philadelphia Inquirer politicizes the issue by accusing the GOP of posturing. She further states “Issa is ready to manipulate the pain and anger of relatives and colleagues of the victims.” I submit to you that their pain and anger is fueled by this administration’s failure to fully address why and how their loved ones were left high and dry to be slaughtered by terrorists.

Trudy is a prime example of the liberal perversion of accusing Republicans of the very same thing that they are guilty of. Rep. Issa’s committee is not there to “manipulate” but to investigate. It’s there to find answers and, subsequently, closure. Are the Democrats and President Obama committed to this also? Remember that President Obama, the day after this historic event, hit the campaign trail to Las Vegas. Was politics all that mattered to him that day? This is one of many questions that I personally want answered.

I find it very disturbing that this investigation into the assassination of four distinguished and decorated patriots has been reduced to Hillary Clinton’s, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” or Dean Jepson of Turlock, CA asking “Why are the four American’s deaths in Benghazi depleting all of the GOP oxygen since 4,600 other Americans lost their lives in workplace settings last year?” Or Trudy Rubin’s calling the investigation by Rep. Issa “GOP posturing.”

I was raised in this country where, when someone is murdered, we try and find who was responsible, why they did it and how we are going to administer justice.

Do liberals only want justice for school children? When they want to confiscate our guns, they tell us if it saves just one child’s life it’s worth it. Why did this administration not try to save the lives of our four Americans in Benghazi? Where their lives not worth it? Was this administration playing politics and it backfired? These questions, and more, deserve to be answered. Let us quit playing politics and bring full transparency to the actions of this administration and full closure and justice to the family and friends of four dead heroes.

Dan Ruiz, Patterson resident

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aeh4543
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July 02, 2013
Let's not forget the more than 6,700 U.S. servicemen and women who have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the more than 50,000 who have been wounded.
Cuellar.Sergio
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June 26, 2013
Dan where was this concern for transparency and closure during the Bush Administration, when we waged war on a false claim? And where was this voice when 13 attacks on US Embassies and Consulates were attacked and over 60 lives were lost under the Bush Administration?

You cant just pick and choose who deserves justice and closure! So stop using these lives for political attacks and justifying a right wing agenda that we know has been un cooperative, in their budget proposal cut spending to Embassies, and has been attacking our women with their outrageous 20th century politics!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-cesca/13-benghazis-that-occurre_b_3246847.htmlU.S. Embassy and Consulate Attacks Under George W. Bush

January 22, 2002: US consulate at Kolkata, 5 Killed

June 14, 2002: US Consulate at Karachi, 12 Killed

February 28, 2003: US Embassy at Islamabad, 2 Killed

June 30, 2004: US Embassy at Tashkent, 2 Killed

December 6, 2004: US Compound at Saudi Arabia, 9 Killed

March 2, 2006: US Consulate in Karachi, 2 Killed

September 12, 2006: US Embassy at Syria, 4 Killed

March 18, 2008 US Embassy at Yemen, 2 Killed

July 9, 2008: US Consulate at Istanbul, 6 Killed

September 17, 2008 US Embassy at Yemen, 16 Killed

TOTAL DEATHS: 60



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