To the Editor:
Re: Grafton Conliffe's comments on my recent letter in the Messenger, I have a few questions for him:
How is it possible to imagine that Ambassador Stevens was in Benghazi voluntarily in the weeks that culminated in his torture and murder Sept. 11, 2012? Even Hillary, with all her talent for profound dishonesty, did not suggest such a thing, which had she done so, would have supported her assertion of innocence in the matter.
Why is it not clear that Stevens was in Benghazi at the explicit direction of the U.S. government? Why, after repetitive, increasingly urgent dispatches from Stevens about growing chaos, violence and withdrawal by the British and the Red Cross, did our government not evacuate him, as Conliffe acknowledges to be accepted practice? Why did our government choose to be willfully blind, deaf and mute to Stevens' pleas for aid, well in advance of, and throughout the attack? Why were those in a position to help him ordered to stand down? Why did Obama and Hillary lie so remorselessly about the cause of the murders? Their aggression in covering up the true mission in Benghazi, and their dereliction of duty in protecting American personnel, suggests something they determined to conceal from the American people.
Why is the president never required to answer the first question regarding his absence from duty the night of the attack he knew was underway, the first such attack on an American ambassador in more than 30 years?
Our ambassadors are not military personnel, and the Secretary of State, under the president's direction, is responsible for their security. To blame Chris Stevens for his own torture and murder is offensive. Why does the Secretary of State get more protection driving across town in Washington, D.C. than Chris Stevens did in one of the most dangerous places in the world? Why are the 20-30 Benghazi survivors, rescued against orders by the martyred Woods, Smith, and Dougherty, hidden and silenced? Why can't we hear from them?
Mr. Conliffe, and those who share his views, please tell me why.