N. Smith: Monday morning quarterbacking

This is in response to the letter from Peter Cipolloso (May 17).

We can all agree that four U.S citizens lost their lives in the attack on the Benghazi embassy.

Cipolloso stated he was a counterintelligence professional for the Department of Army and the Defense Intelligence Agency. I would assume that he was working in the intelligence community during the time U.S. officials decided to invade Iraq, but perhaps he wasn't.

I question if he or others, who believe Benghazi was a cover-up for political purposes, have the same outrage regarding the lying and deception that got the U.S. into a war with Iraq. How many Americans lost their lives in that conflict?

Based on the "best available intelligence," the U.S. entered a war in Iraq and suffered the losses in Benghazi.

When a bill went through the U.S. House to provide more money for the security of the embassies, why did the Republicans vote it down?

If the intelligence agencies had the information regarding the attack on the embassy in Benghazi, why weren't the people pulled out? It is so easy to Monday morning quarterback.

It is my opinion that Cipolloso's outrage regarding the current administration's playing politics with people's lives is no more than him playing politics, but to what end?

Cipolloso suggests that President Obama was derelict in his duties; was George W. Bush derelict in his duties regarding Iraq?

Norman Smith, Poland

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PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Did Bush not have

Did Bush not have Congressional approval when he sent troops into Iraq?


It's what's left

Well, let's see. The economy is slowly rebounding, the deficit is plummeting, the loans are getting paid back, unemployment is falling and housing is coming back. Bin Laden is dead and Al Queda is back to attacking embassies and relying on amateurs to carry their water. The only thing left is inventing scandals , imagining future disasters, attacking government employees and the poor and the 38th vote to repeal Obamacare. Otherwise the conservatives and racists in Congress would actually have to do their job and legislate something on behalf of the American people.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

So, if oBAMa does everything

So, if oBAMa does everything wrong that Bush did wrong, that makes it all o.k. and good for America, huh?
What oBAMa should do is show some class and emulate Nixon; RESIGN from the Presidency in disgrace and allow the country to heal itself.

AL PELLETIER's picture

It's all politics, Norman.

Both parties have blamed each others leaders of incompetence since forever and will continue to do so to quench their own political agendas.
Fact is, there are so many government agencies, so many people policing so many people and so much confusion in Washington this president, or any president, simply can't micro-manage it all and s--- happens. When it does the "blame game" begins. It's as American as baseball, hot dogs and apple pie.
Unfortunately, the blame game does very little except to provide a sounding board for politicians who love to see their names in the news.

David  Cote's picture

Regarding this subject...

Al, your thoughts on it are, by far, the clearest and most sensible I've read or heard yet.


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