Congress is the culprit


Congress has a habit of politicizing scandals to deflect criticism which rightfully belongs at their doorstep.

Beginning in 1998, when Hezbollah attacked the United States Embassy in Beirut, and al Qaeda killed 213 at our embassy in Nairobi, there were 21 attacks against our embassies throughout the world. All of these occurred before the September 2012 Benghazi attack where 88 diplomatic personnel died including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Yet in 2011, Congress cut $128 million from the Obama administration’s request for embassy security funding. The Republican controlled House cut even more funds in 2012 by cutting the department’s request by $331 million.

The Republican House today is blaming the president and Hillary Clinton in an effort to sabotage her potential for the presidency, when it is Congress itself who bear the responsibility for the lack of security at Benghazi.

Similarly, when it comes to hospital care for veterans, Congress should be looking at itself for the problems in care. There were investigative reports in the aftermath of the Korean War and Vietnam War on conditions in the VA Hospital system. After every scandal, including this one, Congress held investigations looking to blame the system while ignoring the accusations that funding was and is a major problem.

Harvey Rosenwasser, Key Biscayne

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