Furthermore, not only did the State Department deny additional security at the consulate when it was requested due to the increased risks that had emerged, in the six months leading up to the attack, it trimmed the number of fully trained Americans who can deal with a volatile situation like that. And “the act of Congress at the urging of the Republicans” had nothing to do with decreased security. The State Department had $2.2 billion in reserve funds for security. Even State Department officials said funding had nothing to do with the security situation in Benghazi.
So, in contrast with Mr. Lawrence’s request to the press to drop coverage of the investigation, I urge The Salem News to continue coverage until the truth be known, regardless of superficial assessments made by people like Nicholas Burns, the ex-State Department official who teaches at Harvard. If Mr. Burns is such an expert on foreign policy in the area, maybe he could assess not if the four slain Americans could have been saved but why they were abandoned.