Skeptics notwithstanding, Clinton will accept responsibility for ambassador's death

It was disappointing to read Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s column criticizing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for not appearing before Congress to testify about the death of our ambassador to Libya ("For Republicans, a not so happy New Year," Jan. 6).

Has no one has explained to Republicans the concepts "concussion" or "life-threatening blood clot" in terms simple enough for them to understand? I will bet my next paycheck that Secretary Clinton does indeed testify when she is cleared to do so by her doctors.

When she does, I also predict that she will not bring up the fact that the Republican House has cut the operating budget of the State Department. Or that Ambassador Chris Stevens was not in our embassy in Tripoli but had chosen to travel to the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. And she certainly will not use the old Dick Cheney trick of attacking the patriotism of her critics.

Ms. Clinton is a competent and responsible government official. She will admit that the buck stops at her desk, and she will accept her share of the blame. When she does, GOP Rep. Darryl Issa and his ilk will thunderously condemn her from the podium and we'll hear squeals of delight from the right-wing media.

Meanwhile, rational Americans will think back to the days when the Republican Party was a legitimate opposition party that actually worked to make government more effective rather than to undermine it.

Al DeGennaro, Hanover, Pa.

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