After reading Charles Krauthammer's May 9 column, "Finally get to the truth about Benghazi," I have to say:
Really? Another investigation?
As one who was at the D.C. protests early in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, I questioned the wars 13 years ago. Now with 5,000 Americans dead in Iraq and 2,000 Americans dead in Afghanistan and an estimated final pricetag of at least $4 trillion on these wars, I feel I need to know "the truth" about these wars too.
An estimated 225,000 civilians have been killed as a result of these wars. What exactly did they sacrifice their lives for? It is not as if it was their sacrifice, but more like this country looked at them as collateral damage.
If Mr. Krauthammer wants to know "the truth" about Benghazi - then I would love to know "the truth" about this country's purpose in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Perhaps we could start by exploring Dick Cheney's August 2002 quote: "Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction."
Or Colin Powell, who in February 2003 said, "We know that Saddam Hussein is determined to keep his weapons of mass destruction, is determined to make more."
Benghazi a cover-up?
Rio Vista Lane
I was shocked by the absence of a front-page story about graduation ceremonies at the College of Charleston and The Citadel on May 10.
Rather the paper led with a feature story on the redevelopment of the Neck Area and relegated graduation to four pictures on Page 4 of the South section.
Graduation is an opportunity to talk about the important work of students, faculty and staff in developing the creative impulses and critical skills needed to face challenges to our political, economic and social lives.
It is an opportunity to recognize higher education's value to students, families, the state and nation.
Shame on The Post and Courier. The fact that most faculty and many staff and students stood up to defend academic freedom and the missions of the institutions is part of the graduation story and is evidence of the spirit, integrity and commitment of the institution to the next generation of students and the wider society.
Saturday morning I was proud to be a professor emeritus of the College of Charleston, but not that I was a long-time subscriber to The Post and Courier.
College of Charleston
My wife and I returned May 10 from a 10-day visit to Barcelona, a city Robert Hughes, the eminent art critic called "The Great Enchantress."
It was with some astonishment that I opened my paper the next morning to find in the lead editorial our visit there made us part of a problem.
The editorial went on to imply sinister parallels lurk in the corners of our own city.
There has always been an element here famous for philippics and suspicious of and resistant to any twitch that smacks of change.
They will be with us as long as the bells of St. Michael's keep ringing.
They exist, as Abraham Lincoln described, like a large tree trunk which fell in a field: It was too heavy to move, too hard to cut and too green to burn, so you just had to plow around it.
Getting back to Barcelona, there were, indeed, large crowds browsing the thousands of shops, visiting historic buildings, art museums and gardens and dining at myriad cafes and restaurants.
There were also times of the day when venues and avenues were not so crowded, so if crowds were a bother, one could go early or go later.
The good news is that these nuisance crowds are keeping the economy going.
Does anyone in his right mind believe that the level of funds which accrue from the flow of visitors to the Sagrada Familia or Cathedral of Barcelona would continue from the visits of native Barcelonians alone?
What nonsense. The elites who protest these things seem to forget there is a large proletariat whose livelihoods depend on the flow of visitors.
Those visitors have been coming to Charleston to check it out for a long time, just as Barcelona has been a place of artistic pilgrimage for centuries.
I agree that intelligent discussion should be conducted on the future direction of the tourist business, but it should not be predicated on the premise that Charleston, as we know it, is dead, as so many of the hand-wringing set appear to believe.
We enjoyed Barcelona, crowds and all, and took it all in with nary a complaint, just as we love to walk around our lovely city of Charleston.
BEN McC. MOISE
I recently read that the Charleston County Republican Party censured Sen. Lindsey Graham just prior to the June primary. The party had every right to take this action and I am sympathetic with many of their concerns.
For some time, I have been at odds with Sen. Graham on many issues, primarily his support for President Barack Obama's far-left Supreme Court nominees and his "elections have consequences" defense for his votes.
However, as distasteful as some of his stances have been to me personally, I realize that in this great republic of ours we don't elect congressmen to always agree with us on every issue, but to vote according to what they believe is best for our state and nation.
Whatever you may think of Sen. Graham, he doesn't let public opinion, even among his own party, sway his votes on issues.
I've decided that I will vote for Lindsey Graham in June's primary because he is a proven conservative on the big issues that we face as a nation, and he has the best chance for victory in November.
S. Norman Rogers