The Today in History column in the April 18 edition noted the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut. In researching the incident, I found that on the following day, the House Foreign Affairs Committee voted to approve $251 million in additional economic and military aid for Lebanon.
Other than a later report on embassy security, this was the only congressional action I could find related to this incident where 63 people, including 17 Americans, had been killed in a terrorist attack on a U.S. embassy. Oddly enough, I could find no mention of dozens of congressional inquiries and hearings into the matter, nor could I find any report of then-Secretary of State George Schultz being hauled up in front of a congressional panel for 11 hours of interrogation.
Obviously, the House of Representatives, which was then controlled by the Democrats, believed they were being paid to conduct the business of the American people, unlike our current, Republican-controlled House that illegally squanders taxpayer money to campaign against Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency.
Tim Taylor, Richland