Right now I am convinced that I could send a story to Congressman Issa about how I was part of a security force from Louisiana that was ordered to stand down and allow the Benghazi attack to happen – and he would totally run with it. No matter how implausible the yarn I’d spin, Mr. Issa would call another hearing demanding answers.
“Well you see Congressman, it kind of goes something like this ya see. My buddies Boudreaux and Robicheaux were watching the news and we heard that the embassy was being attacked so we decided to go down to the local National Guard base and borrow a chopper to go help out. Boudreaux flew one of them back in ‘Nam, but when we tried to borrow a helicopter, they arrested us for trespassing instead. Thanks Obama, we just wanted to save the consulate folks over there in Libya.”
With this completely nonsensical tale, we as a nation would be subjected to another round of hearings and more government time and money would be wasted on more pointless grandstanding. I can just hear Congressman Issa and the pundits over at Bullshit Mountain now: “We demand answers as to why these brave American citizens from Louisiana were stopped from rescuing the Ambassador. What did President Obama and Hillary Clinton know about this? Why were they told to stand down?”
Of course, that story is absolutely silly. You’re probably rolling your eyes thinking I’ve lost it as a writer and perhaps I should go back to waiting tables on weekends to make a few extra bucks – but it’s pretty much as ridiculous as the whole “let’s get to the bottom of Benghazi” unholy crusade the GOP has been on since the bodies were still warm.
Facts? Who wants to go on the facts? Whether it is Fox running a story demanding to know the whereabouts of National Security Adviser Tom Donilon on the night of the Benghazi attack (with him in the photo no less), or CBS broadcasting a special on Benghazi featuring someone who apparently lied about being there; Benghazi is being used as nothing more than a ratings grabber for the media and political theater for the Republican Party.
As I’ve said before, this isn’t about seeking justice for the 4 men who lost their lives that night. If that was the case, these hearings would be about finding those responsible and demanding they be brought to justice. If embassy or consulate security was the actual concern here, all the other times US diplomats were attacked would have been the issue and not this one incident. Congressman Issa would be asking for daily intel updates on suspects and doggedly pursuing answers instead of using Benghazi as what seems to be a very flawed attempt to combat the apparent inevitability of Hillary Clinton running in 2016.
Election Day 2016 is 3 years from now – and that’s about how long we’ll continue to hear Benghazi brought up over and over and over again.
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