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May 14, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Republican obsession with Benghazi is disgraceful

The Republicans’ strategy on Benghazi will backfire because it reminds us of the years of deceit and manipulation by the Bush administration leading up to and during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan [“A primer on Benghazi battle: What you need to know,” Nation & World, May 11].

When Pat Tillman was killed in Afghanistan, the army suspected almost immediately that he had been killed by friendly fire. A week later, the Joint Special Operations Commander General Stanley McChrystal sent a memo warning the White House that this was most likely the case, but Tillman’s family and the American people weren’t told the truth about his death for another month.

This official memo was left out of the Pentagon’s report into the death, and email and other correspondence between the White House and the Department of Defense following the death went missing or were redacted when produced. When subpoenaed, President Bush refused to give Congress documents related to communications between White House officials and the military about the death, claiming executive privilege.

Where’s the Republican outrage over the Bush administration’s involvement in perpetuating the lies and cover-up surrounding the death of this American hero? The Republican obsession with the tragedy in Benghazi and efforts to use it for fundraising are disgraceful and dishonor the memory of every American who has died in service to their country.

Carol Freise, Seattle

Comments | More in Benghazi | Topics: Benghazi, General Stanley McChrystal, Pat Tillman

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