To the Editor:
In a Nov. 30 letter, Melanie Horn asked for help in her effort to understand the Benghazi situation. I hope she will find my remarks useful.
It is the secretary of state who has authority over our several hundred embassies and consulates. It is important to note that the current secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, is not the target in this “situation,” despite her obvious responsibility. When you consider how much conservatives despise Mrs. Clinton, it seems strange that they would give her a pass in a matter they consider so important.
Instead, the Republicans targeted the U.N. ambassador, who has neither authority nor responsibility for State Department facilities. This was an attempt to discredit her. Their objective was to prevent her from being elevated to secretary of state when Hillary steps down. They succeeded.
While some Republicans are dealing with the ambassador, others are promoting Sen. John Kerry for Secretary of State, promising more than 90 votes to confirm his nomination. This would open his Massachusetts Senate seat.
They believe that Sen. Scott Brown, who recently lost his Massachusetts Senate seat, would have a good chance of winning that open seat, and the goal of this strategy is to create that opportunity.
Understanding these things is easier if you start by reminding yourself that everything in Washington is political. Wouldn’t it be great if we could get them to work as hard for us as they do for themselves?