My Turn: Ayotte’s push for truth on Benghazi courageous
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., center, speaks as she, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., left, discuss the investigation of the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, during a news conference on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
Thank you, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, for leading the unrelenting pursuit for truth, accountability and justice for the deaths of the four Americans killed in the attack on Benghazi.
This event has touched me deeply, and the lack of resolution remains a serious concern to me.
My country has always had my unwavering confidence in its ability and committed desire to use its resources to protect and defend its citizens serving in foreign lands. It is my opinion that it is this confidence and pride in country that gives the families of those serving, in one capacity or another, the security and peace of mind to face what lies ahead.
Following the Benghazi attack, like so many Americans, I watched and listened to the news for answers as to why and how this happened, and what would be our country’s response.
I watched as the president and the secretary of state greeted the caskets of the fallen Americans and their families, promising to hold accountable those responsible for this attack. I waited, and waited.
What I have learned in the year-plus following this tragedy, is that we, the American people, have been misled, no one has been held accountable, that politics guides decision making and loyalty to party affiliation is above responsibility to constituency.
Perhaps it was naïve of me to place such confidence in the hands of this administration.
Sen. Ayotte, something is very wrong in Washington. I thank you for being my voice, and the voice of the families of these four brave Americans, and of the many men and women who serve this country abroad, and their families who await their safe return. Thank you for having the courage to stand on your principles and to work to bring resolution to this tragedy.
(Anna Marie Varsalone lives in Pembroke.)