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Letter to the Editor: Setting record straight


Far be it for me to disagree that Jane Silek's letter to the editor of Oct. 2. Maybe Fox News didn't report some things I am about to mention.

First, to set the record straight, Ambassador Chris Stevens did not die as a result of torture. The Libyan doctor who treated him said Stevens' death was a result of severe asphyxia. He was holed up in a room without ventilation and the smoke from the attack killed him. Now that is a horrible and tragic way to die, but he didn't die in the manner indicated in Silek's letter.

Here are a couple of other things that were not mentioned in the letter. On Sept. 12, the morning following the attack, President Barack Obama directly addressed it when he met with reporters and the news media in the Rose Garden. In his remarks, he strongly condemned the attacks on our consulate in Benghazi and praised the ambassador as courageous and exemplary.

On Sept. 14, Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton honored the four who were killed in the attack as their flag-draped coffins were returned to the U.S. at Andrews Air Force Base.

On Sept. 25, before a full meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, Obama again praised the ambassador, saying he embodied the best of America. Obama also said in his remarks that the U.S. will be relentless in tracking down the killers who participated in the attack.

According to the latest news reports, the U.S. has traced those responsible and is currently laying the groundwork for operations to kill or capture the militants. We will bring these people to justice, just as the president has vowed.

So, does Silek still want to say we haven't heard from the president during this time of crisis?

Ron Golliday, Edinburg

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Thank you so much, Mr. Golliday, for an HONEST report of events. As I noted in earlier post, as a retired FSO with eleven and a half years of that career living overseas, it is unbelievable that any American can use a horrible occurrence such as the deaths of these brave men as political fodder. I sent Jane Silek's letter to some of my friends, and one inividual responded that if she weren't a member of the FL Westboro Baptist Church, she missed her calling.

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