Opinion: Clinton lacking regard for women

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  • Bruce Braden

    In answer to your July 26 editorial, Yes, we watched Patricia Smith blame Hillary Clinton for the death of her son in Benghazi. But, are you aware that the mother and sister of Ambassador Stevens do not blame Hillary for his death? Did you read the recent letter to the editor of the New York Times written by Stevens’ mother, Mary Commanday? She writes: “As Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens’s mother, I am writing to object to any mention of his name and death in Benghazi, Libya, by Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican Party. I know for certain that Chris would not have wanted his name or memory used in that connection. I hope that there will be an immediate and permanent stop to this opportunistic and cynical use by the campaign.”

    Sister Anne Stevens commented in a New Yorker interview last month: “I do not blame Hillary Clinton or Leon Panetta. They were balancing security efforts at embassies and missions around the world. And their staffs were doing their best to provide what they could with the resources they had.” Those resources are supplied by Congress who holds the defense appropriation purse strings. Ask Congress why they cut and withheld embassy funding leading up to Benghazi?

    Next, is the American public really that gullible not to think that there is the strong probability that the terrorists who attacked the Benghazi embassy incited the film riot as a distraction and cover for their attack? Just chance that the two occurred the same time? Distraction and deception are core to military attacks. Or, so says Sun Tzu in The Art of War. Apparently that goes for politics too.

    Lastly, Republicans have so much concern for four lives lost in Benghazi. Where was there concern and blame when President Reagan lost 200 American lives in the Beirut truck bomb attack? A gate area was left wide open and sentries had orders not to have live ammunition loaded in their rifles. Then, to distract from this massacre, Reagan within days ordered the Grenada invasion.

    Bruce Braden