Letters to the Editor

Feigning ignorance won't protect administration

Mark Twain said, "When asked the question, I replied promptly and said I don't know."

That is the Obama administration's testimony to Congress during the current myriad scandals.

Attorney General Eric Holder knew nothing of the "Fast and Furious" gun-running activities. Former Internal Revenue Service commissioners Douglas Shulman and Steven Miller were unaware that their organization targeted conservative groups. National Intelligence Service director James Clapper originally denied that the National Security Agency collected data on millions of Americans. This administration thinks feigning ignorance conceals incompetence and nefarious activity.

The Benghazi tragedy stands as the most ignominious cover-up by the White House and State Department. The fabricated reasons for the embassy assault and disregard of Ambassador Chris Stevens' safety concerns before the attack are egregious enough, but ordering military forces to stand down while four brave Americans were slaughtered manifests an administration without moral conscience.

Claiming forces were not near enough to act has been debunked by many in the military. Fighter jets were an hour away in Italy and a former assistant defense secretary stated the mere presence of F-16 force would deter or turn back the enemy in 99 percent of these types of situations. Even allowing that saving the embassy was questionable, does the greatest military force in the world not make an effort?

The message it sends to Americans in harm's way, our allies and enemies is that America is a paper tiger. Congress must find out who gave that order and the truth behind it.

Don Maresca