Letter: Revisions of talking points on Benghazi attack aimed at protecting political elites

May 21, 2013 

The recent revelations of ever-changing "talking points" employed by the White House to explain the terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of four American officials are disturbing.

No fewer than 12 revisions of these points were made to explain what happened on the night of the attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya. They clearly point to efforts to protect the interests of political elites in Washington, D.C., at the expense of American lives.

One of the most outrageous statements made by senior government officials is that there was not enough time to launch military operations to save the endangered American officials. And that there was not enough known about the situation on the ground to put more Americans at risk. This view was rejected by our military operators on the ground in Tripoli, who believed it was worth the risk to deploy to Benghazi in an attempt to save their compatriots. This would have been another great American rescue attempt, in keeping with the courageous tradition of our finest. The politicos saw it otherwise and turned them down.

So much remains unanswered. I applaud the efforts of U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., to get at these answers. Nothing short of a full bipartisan investigation needs to be carried out.

FELIX VARGAS, Pasco

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