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Transparency needs to be more than a political buzzword

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Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2013 12:00 am

There exists a large cloud over Washington that will remain as long as the public believes transparency is only a political buzzword and not a reality.

There is one person who may well have the key to this unfortunate situation. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton must explain to us just what transpired, with complete honesty, in the Benghazi debacle. We have been led to believe that on the night of the terrorist attack on our compound, the president made but one call — Ms. Clinton. Now the blanks need to be filled in.

Speculation is that the president turned the situation over to her, the senior person in charge of “state.” Knowing full well that he was leaving the following morning on a fundraiser to Las Vegas, was she conflicted as to a course of action? Did she realize that she did not have the authority to order our forces into battle over a sovereign nation’s borders, regardless of the provocation, and did not authorize retaliation? Was the “stand down” order actually the result of a lack of the required authorization to proceed? Should she reconnect with the president, thereby admitting she was not up to handling major problems? Was the secretary of state more concerned with her own political future than the lives of those brave Americans trapped in Libya?

So many questions, with so few straight answers. Only with candor can we hope to be privy to the obvious “cover-up” and restore a modicum of the administration’s credibility.

None of this is to imply that, even with an honest narrative of the above events, the tragic deaths of the four young men can ever be justified. Also, we must continue in our attempt to resolve the other potential scandals facing the administration.

Richard Viall

Woodbridge

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