Letters to the editor (on Rand Paul)

January 27, 2013 

Can Rand Paul even count?

During the hearing on the Benghazi tragedy that left the U.S. ambassador and three others dead, Sen. Rand Paul told Secretary of State Hillary Clintion, "I think ultimately with your leaving that you accept the culpability for the worst tragedy since 9/11. And I really mean that."

I suggest he consider alternative, terrible occurrences since Sept. 11, 2001:

• Anthrax attack: five Americans murdered;

• DC sniper: nine Americans murdered on American soil;

• Virginia Tech University: 32 killed;

• Hurricane Katrina: 1,833 people died;

• Iraq War: 4,000-plus U.S, troops killed searching for imaginary WMD;

How about just attacks on diplomats?

• 2006 — U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan: four killed;

• 2004 — U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: five killed;

• 2008 — U.S. embassy in Sana'a, Yemen: six soldiers and seven civilians killed;

• 2002 — U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan: 12 killed;

How about tragedies within the last year?

• July 20: Aurora, Colo, 12 murdered;

• October: Hurricane Sandy, 131 reported killed;

• Dec. 14 : Sandy Hook Elementary School, 26 murdered.

Paul's comments weren't seeking clarity, they were political posturing ("If I were president, I would have relieved you of your post"). I've gone from wondering if he has any knowledge of law (the whole "if the Supreme Court says it's constitutional, it's constitutional" thing), to wondering if he has any sense (the tinfoil hat, UN black helicopter operations, Obama-is-arming-the-U.S.-park-service controversy he actually gave credence to in an interview), to wondering if he can even count.

Mark A. Gebert

Danville


Bush culpable, too?

If Hillary Clinton is "culpable" for the deaths in the Libya attack, according to Sen. Rand Paul, then it means that President George W. Bush is culpable for all the deaths of 9/11.

Bush was in charge of our country at that time and showed what Paul described as a "failure of leadership."

Carol L. Clark

Lexington


Ky. replaced clown with a thug

Sen. Rand Paul's grandstanding during the Senate Benghazi hearing was ugly, self-serving and did exactly nothing to enhance the security of State Department personnel.

His comments to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were particularly onerous. Kentucky replaced a clown with a thug.

Thankfully, Paul will not and can never become president, but he has cemented his prominent role within the Tea Party.

The citizens of the commonwealth deserve much better than the huckster that is our junior senator.

Pray that he does run for president so that he will vacate his seat and spare Kentucky a full six years of ridicule and shame due to his embarrassing comments.

Stephen Stahlman

Lexington


Dysfunctional approach

As a former field grade Army officer, my experience leads me to believe that one of the most serious flaws a commander can have is the propensity to react to a crisis by throwing their subordinates under the bus when they are not on the ground themselves and do not have a reasonably full picture of the situation.

That is not the route to accountability; it is the route to confusion, panic and failure on the ground.

Sen. Rand Paul's outburst at Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that as president he would have relieved her on the spot, was not only presented in an unbelievably ungentlemanly display of political posturing, it revealed a fatally dysfunctional approach to leadership in crisis.

David L. Arnold

Versailles


What arrogance

Rand Paul, only briefly removed from being a pedestrian physician practicing in Bowling Green, has no foreign policy credentials or real political accomplishments.

Yet, he had the temerity to say to our distinguished Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, "Had I been president ... I would have removed you from your post." And, this at his very first meeting as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

What arrogance. To further demonstrate his appalling insensitivity he stated that the Beghazi incident was the "worst tragedy since 9/11."

Do we have to reconfirm for him the many horrendous tragedies that have occurred since 9/11, including most recently the slaughter of 20 young, innocent children and their six teachers at Sandy Hook? What an embarrassment Paul is to the citizens of Kentucky.

David A. Nash

Lexington


Relieve him of his post

Sen. Rand Paul called the death of the Libyan ambassador and three others "the worst tragedy since 9-11."

This outrageous comment was followed by his arrogant, ugly statements to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "Had I been president and found you had not read the cables from Benghazi ... I would have relieved you of your post," he said.

Hadn't Paul just been on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee a total of 19 days? Already he sees himself as president.

Paul is not going to be president and the sooner we relieve him of his post as our Kentucky senator, the better.

Maureen L. Tarpey

Lexington


An embarrassment to Ky.

Sen. Rand Paul's pompous commentary at the Clinton hearing Wednesday raised the bar another notch for rude, adolescent misbehavior in Washington. His self-righteous rant exemplified a spectacular degree of ignorance and arrogance. Regardless of your opinion of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or of Paul and his Tea Party alliance, his petty middle-school posturing is an embarrassment to every resident of Kentucky.

Jeffrey Morris

Lexington

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