I agree that the deaths of four brave Americans in Benghazi constitute a grave tragedy, but for the sake of perspective, I also submit that those who have unceasingly pilloried Barack Obama and his administration have conveniently ignored the fact that the events that occurred in Benghazi pale by comparison to the losses suffered during the Reagan administration.
I refer, of course, to the following: 1983, U.S. Embassy, Beirut, 63 dead; 1983, U.S. Marine barracks, Lebanon, 241 U.S. service members killed plus many others wounded; 1983, U.S. Embassy, Kuwait, six dead; 1984, U.S. Embassy annex, East Beirut, 24 dead.
It is hard to imagine that things could have gone any worse. All of this begs some questions. Why the free pass for President Ronald Reagan? Why the obvious double standard regarding President Obama?
PAUL VON BLOCH