I’m offended by Paul Denman’s Oct. 23 letter (“Graham, Gowdy on witch hunt”) that implies that Sen. Lindsey Graham and Congressman Trey Gowdy are making an unnecessary fuss over Benghazi. Mr. Denman speaks dismissively of the deceased security contractors and the ambassador, who lost their lives in an all-night firefight with, yes, terrorists. These Americans were representing the U.S. government abroad and deserve our respect.
Mr. Denman cites an article by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh. The article is indeed interesting; however it is mostly about the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war, possible involvement by the Turkish government and our government’s difficulty dealing with the situation. A small portion of the article, which is absolutely not confirmed or solidly sourced, implies that the consulate in Benghazi was involved in sending weapons from Libya to the Syrian rebels.
Based on this shaky foundation, Mr. Denman criticizes the Benghazi probe in Congress. This article, even if true, has no bearing on the need to find out exactly what happened and why there was no action taken to support those Americans who were fighting and dying at the consulate. Not even a flyover by a fighter jet.
The Benghazi inquiry is certainly not trying to cover up or defend anything our government did. On the contrary, lawmakers are trying to get to the bottom of what happened, in order to avoid another shameful disaster like this, and yes, maybe also to put the blame on those responsible. There is nothing wrong with that. Please keep it up.