New council is just another waste of tax dollars

Re: "Government unions taking more 'official' time," Feb. 20

President Obama's executive order creating the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations, a "non-adversarial forum for managers and employees' union representatives to discuss Government operations" is without a doubt another gross example of how taxpayer's monies are being wasted.

Should these rabble-rousing government union reps find a need for such nonsense, let them congregateon their own time.

Are they and their members awareof the fact that numerous capable workers are waiting in line to take their places?

Bernard Helinski


Household member more likely to be shot than intruder

Re: "Police add more confusion to Oscar Pistorius case," Feb. 20

The apparentresult of the shooting tragedy by South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius simply underscores FBI statistics, i.e., that any household with a gun has more than an 80 percent likelihood of shooting a family member or guest than an interloper.

Hardly a month goes by that such an incident does not occur in this area.Whenever someone actually does shoot an intruder, it usually makes the national news.

Retired U.S. Army Col. Mark L. Reese Jr.


Facts point to behind-the-scenes deal with al Qaeda

None of the explanations put forward for the tragedy at Benghazi fully conforms to the known facts. Unfortunately, the only theory that does fit all the facts is horrifying.

In a nutshell: A deal was struck whereby our ambassador was dispatched to Benghazi with virtually no security detail in order to serve as a sacrificial lamb so that al Qaeda could exact revenge for the previous killing of a Libyan al Qaeda leader by American forces.

In return, al Qaeda would withdraw its support for the separatist movement in eastern Libya, which was threatening to turn the diplomatic victory achieved by deposing Libyan dictator Moammar Ghadhafi into a disaster by enabling the formation of a Somalia-like failed state in the middle of the most volatile region in the world. The secessionist movement in eastern Libya became a nonfactor shortly after the consulate attack.

As part of this arrangement, al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri would call for revenge, as he did on Sept. 10, but he would not publicly claim credit for the outcome. For its part, the Obama administration would arrange, through its contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood, for a demonstration in Cairo against an already two-month-old video on Sept. 10 so that it could blame the "spontaneous" response to it for the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack.

To ensure that the incident could not escalate into a real battle, President Obama made sure to be unavailable during the entire event, thereby making sure that no extraordinary measures -- such as calling on foreign delegations to come to our aid -- could be taken to save our diplomatic staff.

Because the leaders of such a "spontaneous" demonstration would be almost impossible to track down, the administration would be shielded from criticism for failing to retaliate against the attackers. Instead, they would arrest the maker of the video, and blame it all on him.

I hope this hypothesis is wrong, but it is the only plausible explanation of the Benghazi tragedy, and deserves to be investigated further.

Wilson James