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Tom R. Kovach, Nevis, Minn., Published May 25 2013

Letter: Clearly, Clinton was not qualified

Whether there was a cover-up or a confused response in the Benghazi fiasco that caused the death of the American ambassador and three other Americans is not the central point to me. Of course those are serious accusations. But what concerns me more is the fact the attacks in Libya should never have occurred in the first place.

As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton was responsible for making sure the country was secure enough to even warrant sending an ambassador to Libya. In failing to do this, Clinton proved in a very obvious (and dangerous) fashion that she was not qualified to be secretary of state in the first place.

Think about it: What were her qualifications that justified President Barack Obama appointing her to the position? Being the wife of an ex-president is not a qualification. Her appointment was political, plain and simple. And because of her incompetence, her “friend,” Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, and three of his colleagues paid for this negligence with their lives.