Stop politi­ciz­ing Beng­hazi

The Denver Post - - OPINION -

Re: “Am­bas­sadors’ tough jobs,” Jan. 17 Froma Har­rop col­umn.

As a re­tired for­eign ser­vice of­fi­cer, I was pleased to read Froma Har­rop’s op-ed ex­plain­ing the dif­fi­cult job that our di­plo­mats face ev­ery day car­ry­ing out their jobs around the world. I served in sev­eral em­bassies and each one of them was a sit­ting duck for a po­ten­tial ter­ror­ist at­tack.

Many of our em­bassies are lo­cated in the cen­ter of for­eign cities sur­rounded by other build­ings and busy streets. They are not fortresses, and ac­cess to and from them is im­por­tant to carry out diplo­matic tasks. Dur­ing my ca­reer, there were at­tacks on our em­bassies in Tan­za­nia and Kenya, among oth­ers, and we ac­cepted the risk and car­ried on.

I agree with Har­rop and Am­bas­sador Thomas E. McNa­mara that politi­ciz­ing at­tacks on our em­bassies and con­sulates is a dis­grace and that the sec­re­tary of state is not per­son­ally in­volved. It is time to stop blam­ing Hil­lary Clin­ton for Beng­hazi. That tragedy or any other could have hap­pened at any time un­der any sec­re­tary of state.

Jo Ann York, Cen­ten­nial

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