Republicans: There is No “Benghazi Conspiracy”—Get Over It

randpaul1Seriously, I’m finished with this whole Benghazi witch hunt.  Just this week we found out that the “smoking gun” emails ABC had (and that Republicans and Fox News ran with instantly) were altered to make the administration look bad.  Now, President Obama has released over 100 pages of emails, and the facts are out.  End of story.

This has been one of the dumbest “major controversies” I’ve ever witnessed.

Honestly, Dick Cheney (yes, Dick Cheney), the Vice President during the 9/11 terrorist attacks which took over 3,000 lives on American soil, said the Benghazi attack is one of the “worst incidents he’s ever experienced.”  WOW.  I’d say 9/11 and the Iraq War, which sent over 4,400 Americans to their deaths (producing zero WMD’s), would be juuuuuust a little bit worse.

Even Rand Paul called Benghazi the “worst tragedy since 9/11.”

It’s so ridiculously absurd I just have to laugh when I listen to these people.

Now I don’t mean that the tragic loss of 4 Americans because of a terrorist attack on one of our embassies doesn’t warrant our attention or sympathy, it absolutely does.

But this “conspiracy” pushed by Republicans hasn’t been about those who died.  It’s hasn’t been about the terrorist attack itself.

You know what it’s really been about?  What this whole thing boils down to?

The possibility that the Obama administration attempted to soften the wording they used when talking about what happened, what caused the attack and who was responsible.

That’s it.

A day after the attack, on September 12, 2012, Obama did call the attack an act of terror:

“Our country is only as strong as the character of our people and the service of those both civilian and military who represent us around the globe,” he said. “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.”

And on September 13, 2012:

No act of terror will dim the light of the values that we proudly shine on the rest of the world, and no act of violence will shake the resolve of the United States of America.”

Those statements were easily verifiable to anyone with a computer, yet Republicans have claimed for months that the Obama administration refused to call the attack in Benghazi an act of terror so close to the election.  In fact, during one of their debates, Mitt Romney tried to perpetuate this lie—and got quickly corrected by President Obama.

But this is just the dumbest “controversy” I’ve ever seen.  It boils down to whether or not the White House tried to use specific words to talk publicly about the terrorist attack on our embassy.

Who cares?  The emails he released show the back and forth between agencies.  I’m pretty sure back and forth communication like this is common for any kind of administration after an attack such as the one in Benghazi.  Every administration has to be careful how it words news such as this, especially during an election year.

You know the only reason why we really never see these kinds of back and forth emails about security situations such as this?  Because “conspiracies” such as this are a waste of time.  It takes a special brand of crazy to push an issue such as this to the point where the White House would release the emails just to shut those people up.  These emails don’t paint the White House in a positive way, but they damn sure don’t show “high levels of incompetence and organized effort to cover up the truth.”  At worst it shows a back and forth discussion about how the attacks should be detailed to the public.  That’s it.

It’s one thing to try to figure out exactly what happened to see if it was something that could perhaps be prevented in the future, this is a reasonable reaction to a tragedy and should be expected to occur.  However, going off the deep end and turning everything into a huge conspiracy for your own political benefit is just pathetic.  Not only does it show a lack of leadership, but it also shows a blatant level of disrespect for the people affected by the tragedy—the same type of disrespect we saw from conspiracy theorists like Glenn Beck and Alex Jones after the Boston tragedy.

But again, this really has nothing to do with Benghazi.  What this boils down to is a last-ditch attempt by Republicans to try to take down Obama and build some kind of pathetic attack againt Hillary Clinton (even though the emails released don’t show anything negative against her) if she decides to run for President in 2016.

It’s just stupid.  All this right-wing media coverage.  All this “outrage.”  All this rhetoric.  All this nonsense.

Who cares what the Obama administration called the attack?  Who cares what “talking points” were discussed?

Oh, I know who does—the right-wing clowns who thrive on pushing fear, because they have nothing else.

The facts are this:  Four Americans died in an attack on our embassy in Benghazi, Libya and terrorists were responsible—THE END.  If Republicans really, truly cared about their deaths, they’d be working with the Obama administration to learn from the tragedy and develop more effective strategies for the future—not spewing ridiculous rhetoric and random conspiracies, desperately hoping for something that sticks.

Trying to politicize these deaths only shows how pathetically shallow and sick these Republicans are.  They pretend to care about those who died just so they can justify their witch hunt against President Obama and to try and mask the fact that they are terrified of Hillary Clinton running for President.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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