Stop politicizing Benghazi
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