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May 20, 2013 at 7:33 AM

Investigation of the deadly Benghazi attack

We need leaders we can trust

I enjoyed reading Kathleen Parker’s column [“The Benghazi attack, redacted,” Opinion, May 13]. Her opinion is cogent, thoughtful and generous. More generous than mine I’m afraid.

I see what she calls a “mischaracterization” of what happened in Benghazi as nothing but a damned lie told by people who broke our trust and abused their public office. I believe that far too often people in high government positions are not held to a high enough standard, especially when loss of life and obvious blunders on a policy level have been made.

But what disturbs me most is former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s outburst of “What difference at this point does it make?” Well, it matters because the truth matters. Not the partial truth, not the truth that has been spun to limit political damage, but whole truth and nothing but the truth. Unvarnished and accurate.

We as Americans need the truth about the performance of the people working for us in order to make our own decisions about whom we wish to govern us. It seems too often the truth is a casualty of political expediency and manipulation.

This simply must stop if we are ever to have leaders that we can trust not to BS us when mistakes are made and the going gets rough. The truth is too valuable a commodity to be played fast and loose with.

Mike Cathey, Lake Forest Park

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