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May 13, 2013
The Benghazi hearings may be a political play by the GOP but no more so than the blockage of information by the Obama administration in September and October right before the election ("Benghazi deserves real review," May 10). I have yet to see any meaningful discussion in The Sun about why Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was in Benghazi without appropriate security in the first place and why no was action taken to try to help (as it used to be an American tradition to help its citizens when in trouble)
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | September 14, 2014
Dear Diary: Looks as though our folks must finally come clean on Benghazi. In my defense, the attack on our consulate occurred in the middle of my re-election campaign. Mitt Romney and the Republicans were banging me pretty good about foreign policy failures - particularly our new "leading from behind" strategy in dealing with the world's trouble spots. They seemed to forget I was elected on a platform to bring the boys and girls home, regardless of consequences! To make matters worse, Mr. Romney and his cowboy allies were alleging a retreat in the war on terror … er, our "overseas contingency operations.
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NEWS
June 21, 2014
Weeks after the attack in Benghazi, American reporters interviewed Ahmed Abu Khatallah at a cafe in Libya, so why did it take our government almost two years to capture him and why now on Fathers Day ( "Benghazi suspect was planning more attacks, U.S. tells U.N.," June 18)? It appears that he was hiding in plain sight. This is just another sign of how our government's leaders are not qualified to do the jobs they are elected or appointed to do. J. Heming, Baltimore - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
June 21, 2014
Weeks after the attack in Benghazi, American reporters interviewed Ahmed Abu Khatallah at a cafe in Libya, so why did it take our government almost two years to capture him and why now on Fathers Day ( "Benghazi suspect was planning more attacks, U.S. tells U.N.," June 18)? It appears that he was hiding in plain sight. This is just another sign of how our government's leaders are not qualified to do the jobs they are elected or appointed to do. J. Heming, Baltimore - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
May 13, 2013
If what transpired in Congress on Wednesday was not a "real review" of the Benghazi debacle, then tell me what is ("Benghazi deserves real review," May 10)? Are you saying that the Obama administration's prefabricated talking points should be ignored? Any reasonable person would suggest that these talking points appear to be a cover-up of their mistakes. The administration knew this was a terrorist attack as soon as it happened and not "later" as the editorial suggests. Yet on the following Sunday, Ambassador Susan Rice is telling everyone on five Sunday talk shows that the attack was the result of a video.
NEWS
February 14, 2014
I find it hard to believe no one in the military, the U.S. State Department or the White House was aware with what was going in Benghazi. It's either an out right cover-up due to some political expediency or outright incompetence. Therefore, I don't think this is something that anyone can say, "What difference does it make?" as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Congress. It makes a world of difference to the families who lost their brave sons and it make a world of difference to our American image and the honor of our military that has always advocated that Americans service men never abandon a fallen soldier or foreign diplomats in harm's way. If those who died in the attack had been the sons or daughters of some of our government's high ranking military leaders, State Department leaders or White House leaders, I am sure there would have been an outpouring of protest, a mega outcry for accountability and justice, as it should be. So let the GOP panel that has investigated the incident and any brave Democratic supporter who has the courage to take a stand and join with his or her fellow patriotic Americans and together call for absolute responsibility and accountability on Benghazi.
NEWS
May 14, 2013
The other day I sat down to watch some of the coverage of the Benghazi hearings and almost spit out my drink in utter dismay at the ignorance and incompetence of Rep. Elijah Cummings ("U.S. diplomat details attack in Benghazi," May 9). Now, mind you this is the big bad congressman who was mad as heck and tried to convict baseball stars of perjury for lying to Congress under oath on an issue many Americans could care less about - steroid doping. In the Benghazi hearings, he could care less about the whistle blowers and suggesting death was a part of life.
NEWS
May 7, 2014
Just two questions about The Sun's latest editorial regarding Benghazi ( "The latest Benghazi attack," May 6). First, if the real attack (as opposed to your equivocating over the GOP's inquiry into the death of four Americans, a real classy posture incidentally), is passé, how come The Sun periodically goes after the George W. Bush administration for enhanced interrogation techniques? That was over 10 years ago and no one was killed. The terrorists waterboarded still get three meals a day and get to put their prayer rug down five times a day. The hypocrisy is unbelievable!
NEWS
November 2, 2012
President Barack Obama just continues to avoid questions on requests that were made for help in the Libya attacks on our consulate and the killing of our ambassador and three other brave Americans. President Obama did not give a yes or no answer last Friday when asked pointedly whether the Americans under attack in Benghazi were denied requests for help during the attack However, it has been reveled that Mr. Obama was watching the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi unfold from the White House.
NEWS
May 17, 2013
I am sitting here open-mouthed at your editorial regarding the Benghazi hearings ("Benghazi deserves a real review," May 9). Maybe you should let one of your staff actually watch them before making fools of yourselves. You state that the administration's claim that the attacks were connected to protests over a film was not really a leap. It wasn't a leap, it was actually a lie. Foreign Service officer Gregory Hicks stated that they knew immediately that it was a terror attack. You say that the Republican talking points are designed to discredit Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama.
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By Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg | June 15, 2014
Watching political debates - local, regional and national - the keen observer will note that they are like baseball stadiums: tailored for the advantage of a few, with parameters sometimes varying wildly to satisfy certain politicians, citizens, media outlets, etc. It is not an exaggeration to say that no format has ever satisfied all observers, and some of them satisfy very few. Some of the complaints are: there are too many or too few debates for...
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | June 15, 2014
"Political cover" is a powerful phenomenon in contemporary politics. But it can make voters plenty cynical about the ways and means of political warfare. It's typically utilized wherever a well-known progressive Democrat speaks or acts outside of permissible lines, i.e., crosses the politically correct police with an insensitive (or worse) comment on the public stage. On such occasions, the mainstream press will duly note the offensive comment. Appropriate, albeit limited, criticism will follow.
NEWS
June 4, 2014
I suggested to Funk & Wagnalls (I guess I should really tell Wikipedia, too) that the editorial regarding President Barack Obama's foreign policy be listed as a good example of "sycophancy" ( "Obama at West Point," June 1). President Obama's foreign policy is a disaster. He lost an ambassador in Libya, and we don't even know why he was in Benghazi on the anniversary of 9/11. The Arab spring has worked out real well. We have Dennis Rodman representing the U.S. in North Korea. The economic sanctions against Russia for taking Crimea were to punish some oligarchs - not exactly real punishing.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
From Rep. Elijah E. Cummings playing a leading role in televised hearings on American deaths in Benghazi, to the Game Show Network visiting a Baltimore church to play matchmaker for a member of the congregation, there is going to be a distinct local flavor to summertime TV this year. Here are 10 shows, stories and trends to look for in and on Baltimore television in coming weeks - for better or worse. “It Takes a Church” debuts at 9 p.m. Thursday on GSN. The reality-TV series hosted by gospel singer Natalie Grant visits a different church each week and, with the help of the pastor and congregation members, plays the dating game.
NEWS
May 27, 2014
Thank goodness Rep. Elijah Cummings has been appointed to the House Select Committee investigating Benghazi ( "Pelosi appoints Cummings to lead Democrats on Benghazi panel," May 21). He will quickly show everyone the answers that are contained in the 25,000 pages of documents already produced and thus be able to prove that this committee is just wasting its time. Marjorie L. Burkley, Bel Air - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2014
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she would appoint Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Baltimore to lead Democrats on a controversial select committee to investigate the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead. It's a subject with which Cummings is familiar: As the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, Cummings has gained notice as one of the most vocal defenders of the Obama administration and its actions around the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi.
NEWS
April 23, 2013
What a terrific example of cooperation of how the police agencies, the national and local press, and the public's help all combined to locate the two persons identified as the terrorists responsible for the Boston bombing within about 24 hours of posting their pictures on television ("Boston prays for its victims," April 22). There is no doubt that the news media's 24/7 attention on the bombing helped find these terrorists quickly. Our founding fathers would be proud. But compare the news media actions in the Boston bombing with their reporting efforts about the persons responsible for the terrorists killing the four brave Americans in Benghazi, Libya.
NEWS
May 19, 2014
I'm bothered and bewildered by columnist Jules Witcover's recent commentary ( "Beating the dead horse called Benghazi," May 12). He spouts the administration talking points that it is time to move on to more immediate problems, then goes on a rant about Republicans beating a dead political horse. After that he refers to Joe McCarthy and to Republicans wailing over who lost China and Vietnam. Am I in an alternate universe? What does any of this have to do with Benghazi? The reason it is still embroiled in controversy is that the administration has delayed, obfuscated and downright lied from immediately after the tragedy until the present.
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By Jules Witcover | May 19, 2014
Hillary Clinton hasn't even thrown her hat into the 2016 presidential ring yet, but Republican tremors over the very thought have already unleashed red flares about her age and health that question her qualifications for the office. It's an old partisan tactic, this time invoked by Karl Rove - the man who brought you George W. Bush, who with neither his age nor his health impeding his election arguably went on to be the worst American president to date with his Iraq invasion in 2003.
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