Anne Smedinghoff

In Benghazi and eyond, fallen workers remembered

Let's take a break from the raging discord that has dominated Washington lately by remembering federal employees who died abroad in service to their country. With so much attention focused on what the government has done wrong, we'll end the week with words about government workers who died trying to do right.

Actually, four of them are central to one of the controversies — last year's attack on the American post in Benghazi, Libya. But this piece will focus on the individuals who lost their lives and not on the political messaging that still haunts their deaths.

Earlier this month, in what now seems like a quieter era, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John...