Letters to the Editor

Anderson letter: Benghazi

For over 17 months now, the Republicans in Washington have been telling the American people that serious malfeasance and a “cover-up” was going on over the events that took place in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012. The House GOP leadership has held countless hearings, culminating in the Benghazi Select Committee, which has been grilling former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the past few weeks. What these hearings have shown, beyond a shadow of a doubt, is that there is no substantial evidence anyone in the State Department did anything wrong at all over what was, ultimately, an unforeseen terrorist attack that could have happened anywhere.

The simple fact of the matter is that our foreign diplomats and ambassadors perform a dangerous job in often hostile territories, and risk to life comes with the job. For the Republicans to politicize the deaths of Ambassador Stevens and security personnel who sacrificed their lives defending the U.S. consulate in Libya that day — as former GOP House Speaker candidate Kevin McCarthy admitted on Fox News was done solely to hurt Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers — is truly detestable behavior and utterly disrespectful to those who died that day protecting American interests.

Nick Anderson, Boise