The May 7 front-page article “Official sought help for Benghazi” stated that “Defense Department officials have said they had no units that could have responded in time to counter the attack in Benghazi,” Libya. This certainly raises serious questions about the judgment of those officials.

How could they have known in advance how long the attack would last? Suppose, for example, a homeowner were to call the police asking for help because unknown persons were breaking down the front door to gain access to the house. Would one expect the police to respond that they had no unit available to respond in time to counter the attack?

Is it not the normal practice of our military and police to respond positively, with action, to pleas for assistance in life-threatening situations?

Daniel P. McKim, Springfield