The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

March 19, 2013

Your View: Aiding the enemy?

By John Cragin
Special to The Globe

JOPLIN, Mo. — Let’s think about the pitiful situation of U.S. diplomatic offices in unfriendly countries. Benghazi, Libya, is an example.

Indeed there have been a long series of attacks starting with the 1983 attack on the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, and continuing with the coordinated attacks on the U.S. East African diplomatic officers. And of course there’s Sept. 11, 2001.

I frequently receive mass mailings by legal-eagle organizations. In these mailings, the senders sometimes present a list of charges against the president that seek legally to remove him from office. In none of the lists does the most obvious charge appear — his failure as commander in chief to make war against the radical Sunnis who declared war on the United States. He seems to ignore the fact.

Before the Benghazi raid, he had failed to make plans to confront such attacks or to establish a chain of command that left no doubt as to who was to do what and when.

After Benghazi, the president gave Egypt many of our best fighter aircraft and tanks.

The gift of the fighter aircraft and tanks was an act of giving Egypt (a close ally of Sunni marauders) aid and comfort.

I’m afraid we’ll see those planes and tanks again on the field of battle. Treason? You decide.

John Cragin

Joplin