Letter: Actually, Benghazi isn’t in the Middle East
I find it mildly amusing that the Monitor republished the quote from U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster about Benghazi that went viral because apparently a lot of people thought it illustrated her ignorance (“The year in quotes,” Forum, Jan. 1).
According to news reports she declined to talk about the Benghazi attacks because the topic of discussion was supposed to be the Middle East. Well, it’s been shown for years that many Americans have a less than functional knowledge of geography. This is one case where those who ridiculed the congresswoman are those who displayed their ignorance. Benghazi, Libya is, by any accepted geographer’s definition in Northern Africa, not the Middle East. That area extends only as far west as Egypt. Benghazi actually lies even further west than most of Greece. If you don’t believe me, look it up.