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Letters: Benghazi inquiry has been delayed

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. Clinton said she is moving quickly to correct the kinds of lapses in diplomatic security that left American diplomats vulnerable in the September attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. Credit: Bloomberg

Your editorial, while true, comes about eight months too late, after President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brushed it off prior to the November re-election ["Shine more light on Benghazi," May 10]. The brushoff lays the groundwork for Clinton's planned 2016 run for president.

This incident also highlights the risk of putting our noses into every corner of the world -- in the interest of democracy? Our forefathers are rolling over in their graves, considering that they deliberately said we shouldn't meddle in other countries' affairs.

No one learns from the lessons of history.

Obama will continue his social agenda, hoping that builds his legacy, and the true economic engines and things that made America great will continue to fade to black.

Jim Huether, St. James

Newsday's editorial nailed the importance of a close examination of the facts surrounding the entire Benghazi affair.

The Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the Benghazi consulate was indeed tragic. Courageous and dedicated American officials lost their lives. The White House tried to sweep the whole affair under the rug with weak explanations and deception. The media has a tendency to ignore or whitewash the shortcomings of the Obama administration.

It appears evident that the explanation of the events in Benghazi were shaded by politics during a heated presidential election. As a presidential candidate in 2008, Barack Obama promised a transparent administration. Let's hope this isn't the kind of transparency he meant.

Robert Capraro, Oakland Gardens