DON HAVRE, Richland
Do the president, State Department and U.S. intelligence community coordinate with each other?
A recent Tri-City Herald headline indicated that the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was overrun and the ambassador was killed in a spontaneous local protest.
Reportedly, the incident was sparked by a movie trailer made in the U.S. On numerous occasions, the president's spokesman, the secretary of state and the U.N. ambassador reiterated these comments.
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Then we were informed by the intelligence community in testimony to Congress that the attack was pre-planned by some members of al Qaida in celebration of 9/11. Next, the president's spokesman stated the incident is "self-evident" as being an attack. Later the same day, the president again claims the movie trailer triggered the mob action.
This situation raises questions. Why is an ambassador allowed to travel without adequate security? Why can't the administration accurately report the facts? Is our foreign policy contributing to world unrest? How do our allies view our leadership? Are our news media investigating before reporting?
I believe U.S. citizens deserve a higher standard from our government and the news media.