“The shame of Benghazi” by Cal Thomas, Jan. 22, is really the shame of Cal Thomas. He and others like him are keeping this tragedy alive for purely partisan reasons: to discredit Hillary Clinton. In the good old days, our leaders believed that foreign policy should be bipartisan; when we were in trouble overseas, it united us. Now, it divides us.
The world is a dangerous place, and being a diplomat always carries risks — especially in a country engaged in a revolution. According to the bipartisan report of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, the CIA was at fault for not notifying the U.S. military that it had an annex in Benghazi; U.S. Ambassador Stevens told the Defense Department (more than once) that he did not need increased military protection; and there was no evidence of an al-Qaida plot.
While it is true that some of our politicians have learned to say that they accept responsibility for mistakes — without any consequences (e.g., Gov. Chris Christie in New Jersey) — writers such as Cal Thomas should take responsibility for being unpatriotic when they are.