The comparison of Benghazi with Watergate is specious.

Watergate was a criminal act. Benghazi, at worse, was a series of mistakes and bad judgment. Watergate was definitely – and perhaps Benghazi – followed by a cover-up for political reasons, but the initial act was very different in character.

The threat to the American way of life was much greater with Watergate. Burglarizing a political opponent’s office strikes at the basis of American democracy.

Loss of life is terrible but, regrettably, all too common in the State and Defense departments. The risk comes with the job.

Lester C. Welch