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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

May 16, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Revisiting the Benghazi attack

Obama administration could have done more

I’ve flown jet fighters in and out of the Aviano Air Base in Italy innumerable times and I know that — even with the vintage aircraft of that day — we could have, with drop tanks, readily flown to Benghazi, conducted combat and returned to safe soil [“The Benghazi attack, redacted,” Opinion, May 13].

Jet fighter missions are complex and subject to countless variables. Therefore, I will not support the Obama administration’s claim that it would have been impossible for Aviano-based fighters to have reached and saved Americans in Benghazi in time is phony.But my Aviano knowledge, coupled with the current and conflicting stories attendant with the fog of excuses emanating from Washington, definitely make me suspect that, contrary to administration claims, we could have saved lives with our jet fighters in Benghazi.

Gerald Stiles, retired major, U.S. Air Force

Comments | Topics: Benghazi, Benghazi attack, jets

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