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December 16, 2012

Letter: Rice, Clinton, take fall for Obama

To the editor:

One woman’s political career is over. Another woman’s present hopes for a more powerful, prestigious position have been put on hold and her political career has been seriously damaged.

The two casualties are a direct result of a protect-Barack-Obama-at-all-costs mentality that exists in this administration. Casualties number three and four (one and two in some citizens’ accounting) are the country and its people.

We should, perhaps, have some sympathy for woman number one, present Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Clinton tried to tell the truth about Benghazi, Libya, to the nation and to four grieving families and was jettisoned by Obama and company as a consequence. Had she been an actual part of the company, her fate might not have been sealed by her daring to provide broad and unmistakable hints at the truth. But being at all times an enemy elevated to a significant cabinet post in order to court her loyalty and keep her close enough to be managed should the purchased loyalty to the boss not take, her disloyalty required punishment.

Clinton might be our best hope of getting to a truthful account, both in plot and context, of the horror inflicted on the USA in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. Where the country will not receive the truth is from the FBI, the intelligence community, remaining cabinet members (to include Susan Rice) or Barack Obama.

As for Susan Rice, who has been given the opportunity to say it is her choice not to seek the position soon to be vacated by Clinton, there is little reason to feel sympathy. If she knew she was giving false information to the country on Sept. 16, she was lying. If not, she is not very good at discerning when others might be lying.

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