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May 21, 2013

Pesky employees at it again

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

I just read the letter to the editor complaining that the Republican Party has apparently cornered the market on gall with their investigation of the Ben Ghazi incident. If gall indicates a search for the truth, then the gentleman is correct.

Consider the administration’s response to the incident. In spite of being informed by the Libyan president, the CIA and the Americans on the ground that it was a terrorist attack, Ambassador Rice at the U.N. said the attack was a mob reaction to a YouTube video that portrayed Mohammad in a poor light.

Fourteen days later, President Obama acknowledged that this was a terrorist attack. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked what difference it made when she testified before the congressional committee. Maybe, just maybe, it would have made a difference to the families of Ambassador Stephens and the other three Americans that were brutally slain in the attacks.

Now we have the spectacle of not knowing how high up the chain of command was for the information of the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2012. Is there something familiar about the date 9/11? Could that have been a clue to our government?

While we are on the subject of gall, let us consider the actions of the IRS in targeting conservative groups for special scrutiny. ccording to the government, it was an action by low-level employees from the Cincinnati office.

Finally, President Obama, after the scandal was full-blown, said he would not tolerate such action and fired the acting head of the IRS. Could it be that laws were broken and people harassed? Of course not, according to the powers that be.

Finally consider the Justice Department subpoenaing the phone records of hundreds of reporters of the AP. Attorney General Eric Holder testified that he was not aware of the subpoena. 

Again, apparently those pesky low-level employees were at it again. I am a huge fan of President Harry S. Truman, who had a sign on his desk reading, “The buck stops here.” In this administration, there is no buck and if there is, it does not rise to the level of the top executives.

Edward R. Adwon

Norman

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