Republican Indignation

Dear Editor,

The continued shameless politization of the terrorist attack which took place on the evening of Sept. 11 and Sept. 12, 2012, on the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that results in the deaths of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. citizens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Tyrone Weeds, is quite disturbing, as it appears most obvious that Congressional republicans are determined to continue their prioritization of partisan politics over the overall good of our great nation.

Republicans apparently are more willing to attempt to place the blame for such horrific acts in our government, which is headed by Democratic President Barrack Obama, as opposed to placing the responsibility of such on its perpetrators, and unite as one in bringing our nation’s enemies to justice, for the sake of political expediency.

However, such was certainly not the case following the terrorist attacks on our nation’s soil on Sept. 11, 2001, in which over 2,700 innocent lives were lost, although evidence has indicated that such an attack might have been discovered prior to the event, no counter action to prevent or at least lesson the impact of such an unconscionable tragedy, when Democrats placed partisan politics secondary to our nation’s good, as it should always be.

Instead of attempting to place blame on our government at that time, we as a nation, united behind our President, Republican George W. Bush, and our government, raising President Bush’s popularity to its all-time high.

Also, during the administration of George W. Bush, there were no fewer than 64 attacks on American embassies and consulates.

Where was the Republican’s rage against the administration then?

Also, during the administration of Republican President, Ronald Reagan, the U.S. Embassy was attacked on April 18, 1983, which led to 63 deaths as was the marine barracks so attacked on Oct. 23, 1983, in which 274 Americans were killed, both incidents took place in Beirut, Lebanon, without Reagan being pursued as the primary object of our nation’s blame and scorn.

For a majority of Republicans, Reagan has become a great icon whose personal integrity and motives are beyond reproach and above criticism.

This for a man who was in office when the government under his leadership, sold quantities of weapons to one of our primary adversaries, Iran, in order to affect the release of American hostages when all the while stating that we, as a nation, “do not and will not negotiate with terrorists.”

Why was there no such political outcry and indignation then?

Thank you.


Richard Hord

Martins Ferry