Re "Clinton answers critics on Benghazi" (Page A1, Jan 24): Partisanship aside, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's answers to the few questions highlighted in the news coverage were ill-considered.
When asked why she never saw the requests for additional security, she countered that the State Department receives as many as 8,000 cables a day, as if routine cables from staffers have the same importance as security threats/requests from an ambassador.
In asking rhetorically what difference it makes whether the attackers were protesters or spontaneous, Clinton contradicts her stated intent to find out what happened. Knowing why, who, and how the attackers operated could provide lessons learned about assessing the threat and thereby prevent future security missteps of this type.
-- Dennis Coupe, Granite Bay