Sweet stench of Petraeus scandal shouldn't mask the stink of Benghazi

You could shrug and say that there's nothing new about old men making fools of themselves with young women who are excited by the aphrodisiac of power. It's the oldest story in the world.

And I'd support you in seeking ignorance about this, except for one thing. It's your country. And your armed forces. And it's your government. It doesn't belong to the politicians and the groupies. It belongs to you.

So it's our responsibility to pay attention. And it's President Barack Obama's responsibility to air it out, and clean it up.

Petraeus must testify publicly at the congressional hearings. So should Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The election is over. It's time for Obama to lead, and to be open about this Petraeus business, and about Benghazi, and what the White House did and didn't do.

Citizens wait for answers. Soldiers in the field wait for resolution. There are young people, high school kids, who dream of becoming cadets at West Point, Annapolis or the Air Force Academy. They're watching, too.

Most of all, let's not forget the four Americans who waited for help that didn't come for them in Benghazi:

Stevens. Smith. Woods. Doherty.

They didn't dishonor their country. Instead, they died for her.


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