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Letter: Benghazi isn’t in Mideast

Marilinda Garcia’s op-ed piece in Saturday’s Monitor continued the Republican quest of trying to manufacture a controversy out of the Benghazi tragedy.

She also took a shot at Rep. Ann Kuster for being unclear about Benghazi’s geographic location and went on to generously forgive Kuster’s “temporary lapse in world geography.”

Garcia seems to be referring to this exchange as reported by ABC News: Pressed for an answer, Kuster says the forum should stay focused on the Middle East.

“Well, I’m certainly not here to talk about it,” Kuster answers. “We’re here to talk about the Middle East.”

Then, several people in the audience exclaim, “Benghazi is in the Middle East!”

I know we don’t like to let the facts get in the way of a good controversy, but Benghazi is not in the Middle East. The only part of Africa that is considered to be in the Middle East is Egypt.

I am willing to forgive Garcia’s lapse in world geography (whether temporary or not); I am also willing to offer her some free advice. Before you go criticizing someone else’s lack of knowledge, first make sure which of the two of you is in fact lacking.

STEPHEN RASCHE

Canterbury

I didn't realize that the location of Benghazi was the main issue that people had with the killing of four U.S. citizens serving their country there? Guess you learn something new every day. Glad you cleared that up for us. I guess what happened there - wherever "there" is - is of no consequence???

Hi Dan, you are correct about the big issue being what happened there. I think, though, that what the writer was trying to do was to point out the inconsistency in calling Rep. Kuster to task about saying it was not in the Middle East, when, in fact, Rep. Kuster was correct when she said that.

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