In case you haven’t heard, the parents of two of the victims of the 2012 Benghazi attack, Patricia Smith and Charles Woods, are suing Hillary Clinton in federal court for wrongful death and defamation.
Look, I’m not here to tell any parent how they should or shouldn’t grieve following the tragic loss of their child. If they want to personally blame Hillary Clinton (even though by doing so they’re completely ignoring indisputable facts that have repeatedly proven Clinton isn’t to blame for what happened), then that’s their right to do so.
That being said, this lawsuit is utterly and completely ridiculous.
First, as I’ve already said, multiple investigations (several of which were led by Republicans) have concluded that Hillary Clinton was not at fault for what happened in Benghazi.
But this lawsuit is so much more absurd than just the unquestionable reality that we have years worth of investigations that have exonerated Hillary Clinton of any wrongdoing. This lawsuit alleges that Clinton’s use of a private email server played a role in the attack:
The Benghazi attack was directly and proximately caused, at a minimum by defendant Clinton’s ‘extreme carelessness’ in handling confidential and classified information.
So, what evidence do they have to prove that? Absolutely none.
After over a year of the FBI investigating her server, and anti-Clinton people digging through thousands of emails desperately trying to find anything to use against her, there’s not been a single shred of evidence showing where any information on her server was accessed by our enemies, let alone used to help carry out the 2012 attack on our embassy in Benghazi.
Not. One. Piece. Of. Evidence.
The lawsuit also claims that information about U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens must have “easily found its way to foreign powers.”
Again, they’re making these claims based entirely on their own personal feelings and opinions because there’s zero credible evidence that supports any of these accusations.
By the way, the lawsuit was filed by Larry Klayman, a radical right-wing conservative who once filed papers to have President Obama deported; doesn’t believe the president is an American citizen; accused him of trying to kill white people with Ebola; and most recently sued Obama, Black Lives Matter, Al Sharpton and others for “endangering” his life as a white person.
This lawsuit is about as frivolous as any of us may ever witness. Not only is it based on nothing but right-wing propaganda that’s been repeatedly disproven, and accusations based on opinions that aren’t founded on any actual evidence, but there were a heck of a lot more people involved in what went on before, during and after the attack in Benghazi than Hillary Clinton.
I would also like to point out that, as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton didn’t actually have the power to send in troops or order any to “stand down.” The military, not the State Department, is in charge of responding to attacks as they’re taking place.
Here’s an actual quote from the House Armed Services Committee report:
Given the military’s preparations on Sept. 11, 2012, majority members have not yet discerned any response alternatives that could have likely changed the outcome of the Benghazi attack.
So, if they’re going to file a baseless lawsuit such as this, it’s completely asinine to sue just Hillary Clinton. The lawsuit would need to include military commanders who were in charge that day; others within the State Department; the Obama administration; Congress for cutting funding for embassy security; and probably the entire federal government, for that matter.
What next? Can parents of the over 4,400 men and women who died fighting in Iraq sue the Bush administration? Should the families of all the Marines who died in 1983 in Beirut during Reagan’s presidency be able to sue Reagan’s estate? What about all the Americans who died during embassy and consulate attacks during Bush’s eight years? Can those families file lawsuits, too?
It’s also important to point out that Chris Stevens’ family has come out publicly in defense of Hillary Clinton. Not only have they said it’s unfair to blame the attack on her, but his mother wrote a letter pleading with “opportunistic” Republicans to stop using her deceased son’s name for petty political reasons.
I hate to feel as if I’m being critical of these parents, but this lawsuit is ludicrous.
And don’t tell me that the timing of it (just as the 2016 general election is kicking into high gear) is just a giant coincidence, either. This is obviously politically driven and it’s laughable that anyone could actually take it seriously.
This lawsuit seems less like two individuals still trying to grieve and a whole lot more like a personal, political vendetta where either they simply don’t like Hillary Clinton, or they’re being brainwashed and manipulated by people who, for years, have exploited the deaths of these four individuals for nothing more than petty political gain.
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