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Your Views: US leaders need to accept their responsibility

POSTED: August 21, 2013 1:00 a.m.

It seems to me that everyone has taken their eye off the ball, to use a favorite phrase of President Barack Obama’s. In the alleged "phony scandal" over Benghazi, the issue is not really whether or not a rescue team could have reached the embassy in time.

The larger issues are: Why did the State Department ignore all the intelligence available beforehand and leave our personnel unprotected? And why did the administration fabricate and perpetuate for days the lie about a spontaneous riot in response to an anti-Islam movie?

Harry Truman said "the buck stops here" in referring to taking responsibility. Hillary Clinton, in Bill Clinton style, accepted responsibility and blamed her staff in a single statement. Obama or his staff fabricated an unbelievable story and sent Susan Rice to the U.N. to give legitimacy to the lie. If either Clinton or Obama had any integrity, they would accept responsibility and both would have resigned long ago.

Richard Nixon was forced to resign over the Watergate scandal. His legacy of service to his country has been clouded forever because of what others did on his watch.

If the media held Obama to the same standard, he, too, would have resigned in disgrace. In Obama’s case, though, we have Benghazi, IRS, FBI and NSA scandals that are labeled phony.

If you want integrity in office, you have to elect people who accept responsibility. Not people who tell lies like, "I never had sex with that woman" or "as secretary of state I take full responsibility and I have relied on the information provided by my staff" or "It was a spontaneous demonstration."

Oh Harry, where are you when we need you most?

Thomas Day
Buford


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