Clinton should skip Benghazi hearing
Hillary Clinton should skip the Oct. 22 congressional hearing on Benghazi. What once was considered a fact-finding mission by outgoing House Speaker John Boehner has now been debunked by Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, who, by all accounts, most likely will become the new speaker soon.
On Tuesday, McCarthy told Fox News: “Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable. But no one would’ve known any of that had happened had we not fought and made that happen.”
So it is now clear: No matter how the former secretary of state answers the committee’s questions, they will be spun, twisted and left out in the political cold by a panel that already has made up its mind. Shame on Congress. As far as I am concerned, this is as un-American as it gets.
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Denny Freidenrich, Laguna Beach
Lessons not learned
Re “Refugee crisis will ripple across California” (Numbers Crunch, Sept. 26): When Bush and Cheney decided to bring democracy to Iraq and be “welcomed as liberators,” it was clear that, in the same way we tried to impose our values on the Vietnamese, we would be responsible for providing asylum to those who were the victims of our intervention. Afghan and Iraqi refugees were predictable, but little did we know that destabilizing Iraq would lead to the advent of the Islamic State, adding Syrian refugees to those we owe.
Don Rudisill, Sacramento
Blood money machine
Re “An achingly familiar tragedy in Oregon” (Editorial, Oct. 2): The real gun problem in the U.S. lies with the politicians who whore themselves for the blood money offered by the death merchants’ lobby, the NRA. Until they stop, there will be no solution, only more suffering.
Edward Hashima, Sacramento
How does gun control help?
Would someone, anyone out there, tell me just how gun registration and purchaser background checks would prevent incidents such as just occurred in Roseburg, Ore.? Taken to the extreme, assume every gun in America was registered and all the owners were professionally checked out. Please tell me how that prevents mentally ill killers from getting a gun and murdering people?
Bill Sanders, Gold River
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