Arrow-right Camera


Explain Benghazi attack

The tragic deaths of our ambassador to Libya and three others were wrong. Emails were sent to the White House from our embassy in Tripoli on Sept. 11. One, at 4:05 pm, said that our consulate in Benghazi was under attack. The security of the consulate was obviously woefully inadequate prior to the attack, and rescue was not possible.

However, two former Navy SEALs were killed some six hours later on the rooftop at the consulate annex. How could we not have protected them? American troops and equipment were less than an hour away in Italy. We now know that the president, vice president, Central Intelligence Agency and the secretary of defense were briefed at the White House following the email at 4:05 p.m. How could no action have been taken?

We now also know that these two brave heroes literally bled out onto the machine gun that they manned until they both died from the wounds they received from mortar shrapnel.

In my view, this inaction rises to the level of total incompetence. If one of these fine men who died were my son, I would demand that someone explain to me who was responsible for the decisions or lack thereof on that day.

Dean Weber

Deer Park


Top stories in Opinion

Editorial: Washington state lawmakers scramble to keep public in the dark

State lawmakers want to create a legislative loophole in Washington’s Public Records Act. While it’s nice to see Democrats and Republicans working together for once, it’s just too bad that their agreement is that the public is the enemy. As The Spokesman-Review’s Olympia reporter Jim Camden explained Feb. 22, lawmakers could vote on a bill today responding to a court order that the people of Washington are entitled to review legislative records.