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Will Benghazi be Watergate 2013? page 2
Remember Benghazi, by Mary Walsh.

 Envoy Chris Stevens was 'left behind' after requesting assistance from an attack on the consulate in Libya.
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Date published: 11/11/2012


It doesn't stand to reason that anyone else would want to ultimately take the heat for making such a cataclysmically terrible decision. It's tough to find a fall guy for dereliction of duty; maybe that's why the administration came up with the "blame the YouTube video" strategy. A consulate under siege clearly rises to the level of presidential attention. The president had to know about it--no other scenario is credible.

Undoubtedly, there will be hearings and testimony in the coming days. Watergate will look like a Boy Scout picnic. The question isn't so much "Did he know?" but "What did he know, and when did he know it?" Why were warnings ignored, requests for assistance denied, and troops and our ambassador left to die a fiery death?

The pain of loss is palpable for Charles Woods, father of slain former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods. Watching an interview with him searching for answers about his son's death made my heart ache. Death compounded by cover-up provides no sense of closure for military families or the American people. Our veterans deserve better; their families deserve better.

Adding yet another bizarre twist to the Benghazi affair was the choice of words used by the vice president in speaking to Charles Woods at the funeral: an inappropriate comment in words not suitable for a family newspaper. (If you are not aware of what he asked Charles Woods about his son, I'm sure you can find it on the Internet.) The vice president, when giving messages of consolation, should strive to remember that a funeral is no place for boorish and vulgar comments, especially when attending funerals is virtually the only obligation of his office.

On Veterans Day, I will be thinking about all the fine young men I have seen grow up and enter the service. I will be thinking of the dear friends I have known who have given so much energy and dedication to our country.

Thank you for your honor and courage, your dedication and commitment. Your sacrifices are not in vain. We will remember those who defend our freedom in our thoughts, in our prayers, and at the ballot box.

Every man who died in Benghazi belonged to someone. He was someone's father, brother, son, or husband. Their deaths are not mere statistics on a spreadsheet of failed foreign policy. Their loved ones grieve for them, as does our nation, not in sadness only, but with the sick feeling that, as Shakespeare would say, "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark."

Undoubtedly there will be hearings and testimony in the coming days. The silence from the White House is deafening: the type of silence that you hear before someone utters the Fifth Amendment.

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Mary Walsh is a freelance writer who lives in Spotsylvania County.