Letters to the Editor

Letter | Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi performance should erase chance for presidency

Former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, has written a book, “Hard Choices,” in which reportedly she devotes a 34-page chapter to explain her perspective regarding the Sept. 11, 2012 attack at our Benghazi consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and a security guard and later at another location two CIA personnel were murdered.

What Mrs. Clinton as Secretary of State did or didn’t do before, during and after that eight-hour attack undoubtedly will be explored at a select bipartisan committee hearing later this year, chaired by Congressman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.

The responsibilities of the Secretary of State are defined at 22 U.S. Code, Sec. 4802. Those duties are in part: Protection of all United States Government personnel on official duty abroad; establishment and operation of post security and protective functions abroad; development and coordination of counterterrorism planning, emergency action planning, threat analysis programs; develop and implement policies and programs to provide for the safe and efficient evacuation of United States Government personnel when their lives are endangered; identify high risk areas where evacuation may be necessary and, where appropriate, providing staff to United States Government missions abroad to assist in those evacuations; determine the logistic support needed for the evacuation; responsibility for the coordination of all United States Government personnel assigned to diplomatic or consular posts or other United States missions abroad pursuant to United States Government authorization; establish appropriate overseas staffing levels for all such posts or missions for all Federal agencies with activities abroad.

Did Mrs. Clinton fulfill her responsibilities as Secretary of State before and then during that fateful attack? Was she justified at a congressional hearing when asked about her conduct at that time to testify, “What difference at this point does it make?”

If Mrs. Clinton didn’t do what a reasonable person in her official capacity would have done, should have done, knowing her duty under law to those men and others and, as a direct result four Americans died, she is morally, if not legally, responsible for their deaths.

Furthermore, if she knowingly misrepresented to the American people what she knew of the situation on the ground in Benghazi before, during and after the attack, there can be no justification ever for her to represent the American people.

The writer lives in Carolina Shores, N.C.