Since 1998, we have had seven significant terrorists attacks with American injuries or casualties — the 1998 embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Boston Marathon bombing, the attack on the USS Cole, the Khobar Tower bombing, the 9/11 attack and the Benghazi attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three of his security officers. The total hearings for all incidents other than 9/11 and Benghazi — 48 by 7 committees.

So far, the Republicans that control Congress have held 32 hearings by 8 separate committees on the Benghazi incident — with more to come. Most of the hearings that have taken place thus far have focused on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s staff, friends and, of all things, her email address.

As far as I can tell, the main difference between the Benghazi investigation and all prior terrorist attack inquiries is that all of the prior ones were simply after the truth. Their goal was to figure out what happened and make changes to our security arrangements that would prevent similar occurrences. Not so with Benghazi.

Let’s stop this charade, provide better security for our diplomats abroad and move on to our real problems. Benghazi was a tragedy, but certainly not a scandal — unless you include the current taxpayer-funded witch hunt.

Michael Hale

IT consultant Baton Rouge