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GOP reaction to attack in Libya speaks volumes

In 1983, during President Ronald Reagan’s first term in office, the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, was bombed by extremists. Hundreds of American military personnel died in the craven attack. In the aftermath of this terrorist act, Democratic politicians did not cite a lack of proper security precautions or hold the Reagan administration accountable for this violence. They blamed the madmen who committed the atrocity and did not try to score political points following this tragic chapter in our history.
Therein lies the difference between the Democrats and today’s Republican Party. Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, along with conservative pundits and commentators, are more than willing to attempt to take political advantage of the attack by terrorists in Libya that had such tragic results.
William Rott
Cheektowaga