Letters to editor

Benghazi article misleading

By From page A8 | January 27, 2014

The AP article on the Benghazi attack (“Benghazi attack was preventable, Senate panel says,” Jan. 16) was misleading. It stated, “The report also points at Ambassador Stevens, who twice refused an offer to reinstate a special operations team in Libya weeks before the Sept. 11, 2012, attack.”

While this statement is true, it’s taken out of context.

Stevens requested additional protection from the State Department, headed by Hillary Clinton, on several occasions:

  • July 9, 2012: Stevens sent a cable to the State Department requesting additional security.
  • Early August 2012: The State Department removed the last security teams from Libya.
  • Aug. 2, 2012: Stevens requests security to replace personnel who will be leaving. He stated, “the security condition in Libya . . . unpredictable, volatile and violent.”
  • Aug. 8, 2012: Stevens sent a cable to the State Department notifying them of “a series of violent incidents,” calling them, “targeted discriminate attacks.” In another cable he warned the State Department of a “security vacuum . . . that is being exploited.”
  • Aug. 27, 2012: State Department issued a travel warning for Libya citing the threat of assassination in Benghazi/Tripoli.
  • Summer 2012: A surveillance camera system sent to Benghazi was never installed because the State Department did not send a technical team to do the work.

Unarmed Libyans provided the security for Stevens and his staff.

After Stevens made his pleas to the State Department, the military offered to reinstate the team. Stevens’ chain of command was through the State Department not the military; it was the State Department’s job to protect him. He probably refused the offer from the military because it may have cast a bad light on his ambassadorship if he went around his boss.

The State Department, headed by Hillary Clinton, completely ignored Stevens’ pleas and warnings. The military, understanding the threat, offered to step in, but Stevens was too principled to step on any toes. He, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty paid the ultimate price due to incompetence run wild under Clinton’s watch.

Valerie Dodini


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  • DanielJanuary 27, 2014 - 4:57 am

    This still doesn't answer Obamas desperate attempts to paint this as a YouTube video riot to all of the networks, the U.N., and to even run YouTube video apology commercial in Pakistan making it look like there was a real anti Islamic video causing real video riots. He carried the fiasco out so far as to stage for TV an arrest of the alleged producer. The hacks like Kirchy and CD have parroted that there is no scandal even though it involved American deaths, they'd rather work themselves into a hysterical frenzy over B.C. traffic.

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 27, 2014 - 10:58 am

    Mr. Stevens repeatedly refused offers of security. General Ham twice offered assistance Stevens refused and made no mention for further requests. Ham said he did not know why. You said "He probably refused the offer from the military because it may have cast a bad light on his ambassadorship if he went around his boss." That is not context or evidence, it is opinion. This was tragic and continuous mixed-messages from those on the ground specifically Mr. Stevens in the embassy ultimately contributed to the outcome. You stated "due to incompetence run wild under Clinton’s watch." That is simply more speculation. The stories as to whom and or why following the aftermath were inconsequential as the damage had been done, people died. Clinton’s "What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?" statement is relative to that point. The truth will come out soon. I doubt it will be good news for those of you “Obama/Clinton ill-wishers.”

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  • Why is so Important that Hillary be elected.....January 27, 2014 - 11:32 am

    Hillary is the horror that would ride the beast of mystery Babylon......WAKE UP PEOPLE Hillary is evil.

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  • http://tomohalloran.com/2013/11/11/16-reasons-why-evil-hillary-clinton-will-win-2016/January 27, 2014 - 11:38 am

    Moral of the story.....Stock up on food, buy a gun, get right with Jesus....READ REVELATION IN THE BIBLE

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  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvhBoF_pCHoJanuary 27, 2014 - 11:56 am

    (UNBELIVEABLE) Hillary Clinton laughs about possible war against Iran.....Iran has done nothing to the United States....this country is run by war mongering PSYCOPATHS on both sides Hillary is so very CREEPY ( evil )....Please Democrats and Liberals JUST SAY NO TO HILLARY...do it now make your voice heard....Please I am begging you. caveat...that is if we even make it as a country until 2015 elections....maybe Mr. Obama will have us under martial law even before the elections......WAKE UP PEOPLE both sides Democrat and Republican work for the Globalist Bankers.

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  • Mr. SmithJanuary 27, 2014 - 1:33 pm

    If Ms. Dodini's chronology is factual, it seems obvious that the ambassador requested more security repeatedly THROUGH HIS CHAIN OF COMMAND. It was not forthcoming. 'Nuff said. CD, Kirchubel, Batson, RLW et al, can't handle the truth. Obama's political narrative at the crucial time was that the threat of Al Queda and related terror cells had been neutralized by Obama' actions, and defensive hardening of our diplomatic installations in any visible manner would belie that political narrative. Stevens lost his life and that of the others by putting it Clinton's hands. Should he have chosen "any port in a storm?" Yes.

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  • Valerie DodiniJanuary 27, 2014 - 1:41 pm

    FYI: The timeline facts used in my letter came from three sources: CBS News, Fox News and the UK Daily Mail.

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 27, 2014 - 1:58 pm

    Mr. Smith, “But a spokesman for Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, indicated that some lawmakers may have been aware of Stevens’ exchange with Ham. Decisions conveyed by Ambassador Stevens were made on behalf of the U.S. State Department,” the spokesman, Frederick Hill, said in an email. There were certainly robust debates between State and Defense officials over the mission and controlling authority of such forces. The lack of discussion by the public ARB report about the role inter-agency tension played in a lack of security resources remains a significant concern of the Oversight Committee.” Sounds like mass confusion on site, not in DC.

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  • Valerie DodiniJanuary 27, 2014 - 3:26 pm

    CD, From all of the accounts that I have read there was no mass confusion on site as to the need for adequate security. According to McClatchy and Forbes (5-16-13) General Ham never testified about his interactions with Ambassador Stevens. As to the reason that Stevens allegedly turned down two offers of security from the military via Ham, Forbes postulated the possibility of "highly classified bits of information . . . that [an] investigation committee [referring to the Issa committee) cannot ask as to do so could threaten deeply held CIA secrets." Bottom line: as of now no one knows why Stevens allegedly turned down Ham's offers. Additionally, Gregory Hicks, who served as the Deputy Chief of the Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli from July 31 to Dec. 7th, and with whom Stevens had numerous conversations about the lack of security, wrote in his article in the Wall St. Journal, "Quit blaming the dead guy." (WSJ, Jan 22, 2014) Hicks wrote that the blame for the Benghazi tragedy "lies entirely with Washington," and "shifting the blame to our dead ambassador is wrong on the facts. I know -- I was there." Hicks goes into detail on the issue in his article. I would recommend that you read Mr. Hicks' article before you continue casting any further aspersions on the late Ambassador Stevens. Valerie Dodini

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 27, 2014 - 4:08 pm

    Ms. Dodini, I'm not casting aspersions on Mr. Stevens. Certainly not to the degree many of you are doing to the administration in Washington. I think the whole process was a cluster beginning to end. I believe the problems were bureaucratic and confused, but they happened and people died unnecessarily. My intent was to get you to take a closer look at the accusations against Obama and Clinton. I believe the story speaks for itself, yet-to-be released classified materials notwithstanding.

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  • FDCJanuary 27, 2014 - 6:57 pm

    Well you fooled me, CD. From the tone and tenor of this and your previous comment, it looks as if as a good toiler in the Democrat machine you have joined the ranks of the Clinton suckups who are trying to shift all the blame on Mr. Stevens. Shame!

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 28, 2014 - 6:35 am

    FDC, no I did not put all the blame on Mr. Stevens. But many of you put all the blame on the administration. But I get it, that’s okay when you do it. Shame back at ya Mr. C!

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  • fairlyhonestbobJanuary 27, 2014 - 7:31 am

    Hurray for you Ms. Dodini! Your letter may not explain everything, but your enumerations do set the record straight on events that some would like to see incorrectly emphasized to shed a different light on the events.

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  • Valerie DodiniJanuary 27, 2014 - 9:52 am

    Thanks Bob. I had much more, but I did the best I could given the 325 word letter to the editor limitation. Valerie Dodini

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  • http://2012thebigpicture.wordpress.com/tag/bashar-al-assad/January 27, 2014 - 7:32 am

    The United States of America stands exposed in the eyes of the entire world as the number-one terrorist threat to the future of humanity. Many have known this fact already, but now it is universally clear. by Finian Cunningham..........................In general Google.....why the illuminati want to oust assad......look at .... Bashar al-Assad | 2012 The Big Picture ......So a Question dealing with Benghazi is .......Why are Americans not protesting the US Government, first under Bush now under Obama, doing regime changes for their masters the NWO Illuminati Bankers. Why is it that we protest the death of Stephens ( correct to do so ), but not the fact that weapons were being taken out of Libya to be shipped through Turkey to the Syrian Rebels, many of which are Al-Queda and other extremists recruited and trained by our own CIA and British MI6.....Why are Americans supporting the Blood Thirsty actions of the US Government in numerous undeclared wars....this is also costing the US lots of money, not even the immorality of killing innocent people that have done nothing to US citizens.....and remember our Government/certain corrupt Military Commanders/corrupt elements of the Intelligence agencies actually work for the International Bankers that also received all the TARP bailout money......The rest of the world thinks that WE ARE STUPID...for not seeing that 9/11 was an inside job.....WAKE UP PEOPLE....Obama will not save you, he works for THEM.......Hillary works for THEM.....Christy works for THEM.......Romney works for THEM.....John Kerry works for THEM.....Chuck Hagel works for THEM....McCain works for THEM.....Al Gore works for THEM

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  • or Google...January 27, 2014 - 7:39 am

    rothschild syria assad.......look at....Rupert Murdoch and Lord Rothschild: The Oil Barons of Occupied ...

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  • And the worst part is that......January 27, 2014 - 7:48 am

    While the Illuminati uses the Untied States to do its Dirty Work, it is Building up its chosen Puppets in China and the Chinese Government/Military to be a new threat.....They have set the United States up as the Bully of the World ( taken the focus off the City of London/Rothschild/Rockefeller/Kissinger/Soros/Brzezinski//Illuminati/Luciferian/NWO Bankers as the true Demons/Culprits ) and are also planning our downfall, the destruction of the United States.....WAKE UP PEOPLE.

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