Benghazi response to the Winchester Star

Benghazi response to the Winchester Star

Response

      In response to two letters in the Winchester Star from a local resident and gentleman from California, one of the most Democratic states in the U.S., (https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2015/02/06/map-the-most-democratic-and-republican-states/), which referenced my most recent Open Forum letter detailing a comparison between Benghazi and deaths at embassies under GW Bush's term, I am responding with a letter stating the origin of my sources.

I relied upon sources written by reputable authors, organizations, and research organizations that I narrowed down to approximately 25 articles and a DOD report. Many coincided with the numbers that I stated, but I found the Global Defense Database from the University of Maryland to be most reliable source of information along with the DOD report from Benghazi.  The University of Maryland report was fact-checked by Politifact in an article entitled, “Deadly Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Diplomatic Targets under President George W. Bush, 2001-2009”.  The Politifact Article stated that the total killed at U.S. embassies and consulates was 66.

As for the conclusions by the Benghazi Committee, I have also listed those sources for you to review and expand your minds! According to Dillian (2014), “A[fter a]two-year investigation… the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees” (i.e. Hillary Clinton).

Also verbatim from the DOD Report ( 2013, February 7) to the Senate:

The interagency response was timely and appropriate, but there simply was not enough time given the speed of the attacks for armed U.S. military assets to have made a difference. Senior-level interagency discussions were underway soon after Washington received initial word of the attacks and continued through the night. The Board found no evidence of any undue delays in decision making or denial of support from Washington or from the military combatant commanders. Quite the contrary: the safe evacuation of all U.S. Government personnel from Benghazi 12 hours after the initial attack and subsequently to Ramstein Air Force Base was the result of exceptional U.S. Government coordination and military response and helped save the lives of two severely wounded Americans (DOD, 2013)

For your information, I have listed some of the articles I researched before writing to the public forum. To list all of my sources would require more words than this newspaper allows.

References:

Benghazi by the Numbers (Benghazi Research Center). Retrieved from http://benghazicommittee.com/benghazi-by-the-numbers/

Deadly attacks on U.S. diplomatic targets under President George W. Bush, 2001-2009, Politifact.    Retrieved from http://www.politifact.com/embassyattacks/

Department of Defense’s Response to the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, and the findings of its internal review following the attack (2013, February 7). Hearing before the Committee On Armed Services United States Senate One Hundred Thirteenth Congress –Second Session. Retrieved from https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CHRG-113shrg86489/pdf/CHRG-113shrg86489.pdf.

Dillian, K. (2014, November 21) House Intelligence Committee investigation debunks many Benghazi theories. Associated Press. Retrieved from http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/house-intelligence-committee-investigation-debunks-many-benghazi-theories/

Global Terrorism Database (2016). University of Maryland. Retrieved from http://www.start.umd.edu/gtd/

 

Stephanie Vaughan

Chair, Winchester-Frederick County Democratic Committee

Stephanie Vaughan

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