Bill Clinton Hammers Rand Paul and Republicans Over Their Benghazi Obsession (Video)

clinton-meet-pressWhen it comes to dealing with Republicans, I’ve said it several times – it’s their hypocrisy that infuriates me the most.  I can handle someone disagreeing with me, that’s fine.  But I cannot stand hypocrites.

And the Republican party is filled with them.

A great example of their hypocrisy is seen with their “outrage” over Benghazi.  It’s just laughable how angry Republicans pretend to be concerning the 2012 attack in Libya, yet they’re the party mostly responsible for sending nearly 4,500 Americans to die in Iraq based on lies.

But even if you want to say that’s comparing apples to oranges because one’s a war and the other is a terrorist attack, they’re still hypocrites.

I don’t remember Republicans being that outraged at George W. Bush when we experienced 13 attacks on embassies or American personnel during his 8 years in the White House.

This is a point on which Bill Clinton perfectly nailed Rand Paul and other Republicans in a recent interview on NBC’s Meet The Press.

Clinton said referencing Rand Paul’s claim that Benghazi should disqualify Hillary Clinton from being president, “Well, let’s go back to the first question because it’s serious. That’s not a serious comment. That’s not a serious question. Rand Paul, when ten different instances occurred when President Bush was in office where American diplomatic personnel were killed around the world. How many outraged Republican members of Congress were there?  Zero.”

And he’s absolutely right.

While Republicans pretend to be outraged about basically anything President Obama does, often suggesting he deserves impeachment for non-impeachable things, they ignored the blatant war crimes committed by the Bush administration.

Could you imagine if President Obama started a war that resulted in thousands of American deaths – based completely on lies?

Then add another 13 separate attacks (though Clinton only mentioned 10) on embassies or American personnel overseas?  They wouldn’t be talking impeachment, they would have already done it by now.

But when all that was happening under Bush, I don’t recall seeing much of an outrage by Republicans.  Heck, to this day many Republicans still defend the Iraq War.

Though I think Bill Clinton said it perfectly when he said we shouldn’t take comments like those from Rand Paul seriously, because we really shouldn’t.

Republicans have used Benghazi for nothing more than a desperate attempt to bash Hillary Clinton and try to get their voting base into a heated frenzy heading into this November’s elections.

It’s been a nearly two-year long embarrassing display of Republicans trying to exploit the deaths of four Americans for their own political gains.

Here’s the interview via NBC News:

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  • Mrs_oatmeal

    Call them out, Bill! No one else will.

  • MLR

    Republicans totally politicized Benghazi, that’s what makes it so shameful. And I don’t think it was originally aimed to hurt Hillary, I think it was aimed to hurt POTUS’s chances for re-election but fortunately the majority of American people saw right through their hypocrisy and hopefully they still do.

  • Sandy Greer

    What struck me about this interview was the way he spoke of his wife. Called himself her “foot soldier” and said she was the “most gifted public servant” he’d ever known. Even mentioned having to ask her more than once to marry him.

    He’s proud of his wife. There is nothing better for a woman than that.

    And it was plain to be seen, by the look on her face – She is proud of him. I could see her heart swelling with pride.

    These are two people who genuinely like each other. Anybody who’s ever been married knows the importance of that to a marriage. Probably explains how they were able to overcome the public humiliations, and why their marriage has endured near 40 years.

    More power to the Clintons. My admiration for their marriage that has lasted.

    • strayaway

      Rumor has it that Bill bombed our ally Serbia to get back on the Hildebeast’s good list. (Michelle’s nickname for Hillary; not mine) How sweet; carpet bombing a forest full of Serbians and destroying electrical and plumbing services in Belgrade. He must love her.

      More important, what Bill also failed to mention is Senator Clinton’s vote to give Bush the power to decide whether to go to war in Iraq, and Secretary of State Clinton’s support for an executive bombing of Libya, her failed North African policy that has shifted North Africa to a more Islamic position, and Hillary’s support for Obama’s would be bombing of Syria, and other Syrian policies. ISIS wound up with weapons Obama donated to Syria now being used against Iraq. Benghazi is just a small bit of blowback from the Hillary/Obama policies that helped overthrow Khaddafi. Bill is smart enough to deflect from all of Hillary’s failures and refocus on as yet unproven criticism regarding this small bit of blowback.

      • Sandy Greer

        Wow. strayaway opens with ‘rumor’ and weasels out – blames it on the First Lady. You’ve hit a new low in distasteful.

        I couldn’t even read your second paragraph – your first was
        so offensive.

        Congrats. You ‘win’ again, strayaway. Yet again, you turn folks away from your door (and me in particular) I stray away from you and your distastefulness.

        And once again, strayaway is left preaching to his own choir – with none to hear, but him.

      • strayaway

        Good, you noticed the word “rumor” which I use to qualify that part of the enduringly creepy relationship between Hillary and Bill. The rest, however, was fact so I did not use the word rumor about any of that. Face it, Hillary has a record of making a mess of things. She is the Democratic Party’s answer to McCain. She wasn’t even made a partner in the Rose law firm until Bill became Governor. That’s what it took for her to become an asset. She failed her Washington D.C. bar exam although I think she passed the Arkansas bar exam. Her biggest score was latching onto Bill and going along for the ride.

      • Sandy Greer

        Mean spirited comments hurt my heart. It’s going to be awhile before I can read you again. You will know when this occurs; I will either:

        1) ‘Like’ one of your posts
        2) Reply to your OP

        Until then, if you would kindly oblige – and give me space – I would greatly appreciate it.

        That’s about as much dignity as I can muster WRT your first paragraph, first post (haven’t read anything since)

  • FMJ

    And the ironic thing about it now is, the republicans have to point the finger at themselves now that it is known that the ring leader of this attack, was a detainee that Bush just released with no conditions. I would think they would shut up and back down now, as it is really pointing out how incompetent they are. Put that with the fact that the republicans are the ones that voted to decrease security at the embassy due to their budget cuts, and it is plain to see who caused this.

    • Stephen Barlow

      THESE are the two REALlY disgusting Republican truths.

      A) This whole Benghazi inflammation is a COVER UP for the fact that REPUBLICANS CAUSED the security failure in Benghazi. By DENYING $600 million in the budget to Secretary Clinton to use for security updates and staffing… they are DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE for underfunding the embassy for two years in a row.

      B) The main culprit is in custody. And the Red ARMY is fighting acknowledgment of that reality. Had Benghazi actually been of vital importance to Issa&Co, he would be interrogating the men who captured the villan.

  • Stephen Barlow

    “But even if you want to say that’s comparing apples to oranges because one’s a war and the other is a terrorist attack, they’re still hypocrites.” Since WHEN is a terrorist attack NOT part of “The War On Terror.” ???

    “I don’t remember Republicans being that outraged at George W. Bush when we experienced 13 attacks on embassies or American personnel during his 8 years in the White House” That was 60 deaths, including a diplomat, all uninvestigated by Congress.

    Maybe the DOJ or State Dept. should open up a microscopic investigation into the Ex prez’s responsibilities for THOSE deaths.