Here is Why Republicans Care About Benghazi
I’m beginning to understand why, for the past five months, Republicans in Congress and in the media have worked so hard to politicize the tragic deaths of our ambassador and 3 other diplomats in Benghazi, Libya.
They went to great lengths to contrive conspiracy theories about the attack on the American consulate and President Obama’s supposed negligence or even complicity in the attack.
Most recently, they use the tragedy to stall the nominations of Sen. Chuck Hagel and John Brennan for Secretary of Defense and CIA director posts.
Contrast that behavior with how we all reacted to the worst terrorist attack in history on September 11, 2001. In the aftermath of that attack there were no Republicans and no Democrats, just Americans. In our shock and grief, that tragedy brought us together.
Everyone rallied around the President and the thought of pointing fingers or exploiting that tragedy for political reasons seemed not only disrespectful to the victims, but downright un-American.
It wasn’t until months or years later, when we learned of all the warnings that went ignored and all the opportunities we had to prevent that attack, when we began to question the actions of the President.
But today things are different. This time conservatives feel no sense of togetherness that comes from witnessing Americans die at the hands of terrorists. This time they don’t feel that we should come together, even for a brief moment, and just be Americans. Before the victims were buried or their loved ones had time to grieve, conservatives were already politicizing this tragedy.
Let’s not mince words. Conservatives were almost giddy that there was some kind of terrorist attack that they could use politically against the president. This is exactly what they meant when they said they hope Obama fails.
It seems obvious to me that Republicans had been expecting a terrorist attack on U.S. soil during Obama’s presidency for the past four years. In the absence of a successful attack on our country by foreign terrorists, this Benghazi attack was their last chance before the election to portray Obama as weak on national security.
It’s interesting to note that conservatives endlessly praised President Bush for keeping us safe from further terrorist attacks after 9/11. They even seemed to forget there was another successful terrorist attack on July 4, 2002, when an Egyptian terrorist shot six people, killing two, at the Los Angeles International Airport.
While there have been zero successful attacks by foreign terrorists on U. S. soil during Obama’s presidency, conservatives still insist that President Bush kept us safer than President Obama.
I know this seems harsh and might even outrage some Republicans, but I fervently believe it is true. I’m not suggesting all Republicans think this way, but I do believe that for many conservatives in Congress and in the media, the enemy is President Obama, not the terrorists who attacked us. Any terrorist attack against a U.S. target is an opportunity in the eyes of the people who hate the president, and they are determined to get every inch of political mileage out of it they possibly can.
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