Want to know the one thing the Sunday Shows all had in common last week? No mention of the capture of the Benghazi attack’s ringleader. Zero. Zilch. Ziparoonio. After all the screaming Republicans have been doing about it. Weird, huh?
Since Ahmed Abu Khattala’s capture, the Benghazi “scandal” has been dropped by Republicans, surreptitiously, like a little boy tossing away a dirty magazine behind his back when his parents enter the room. They put up a weak fight of course, trying to blame the suspect’s capture as a “distraction” from whatever they were trying to pin on Hillary Clinton that day.
No, instead Republicans are putting all their energy these days into blaming Obama for the mess they made in Iraq. They have no clear idea who should be militarily targeted, but are convinced that someone should be. Get our boys over there to do… something! They’ll get back to us, I suppose on who and what we’ll attack. It worked for them before, after all. Let’s go with ISIS for now, that’s the ticket!
Chris Wallace must have felt strange not talking about Benghazi on Fox News Sunday, considering that’s been his main topic for nigh on 20 months. There’s a hole in the constant barrage of outrage from conservative media that feels bizarre. It’s as if they had an arm chopped off or something.
Benghazi was discussed on “Meet the Press,” in an interview with Rand Paul. But the only thing really focused upon was how the “scandal” would hurt Hillary Clinton’s campaign. David Gregory failed to challenge Paul when the Kentucky Republican once again parroted debunked talking points regarding the attacks.
Continue complaining about how that “Liberal Media” is out to get you, Republicans. We could all use a good laugh.
The message seems to be that the Benghazi attacks are only newsworthy when Republicans are using them like a weapon against their rivals. When something actually newsworthy breaks, like Khattala’s capture, then it’s “move along, nothing to see here.”
The main Republican talking point about Benghazi has been all about who should be held accountable. Now someone finally is. And that’s not worth reporting on, apparently.
Meanwhile, let’s review what Republicans did with Benghazi. Constant screaming and filling the airwaves for almost two years, for one thing. They forced Susan Rice to step down. Hearing after hearing, one still ongoing, where it has been established and re-established that everything that could have been done was done, regardless of funding cuts to embassy security by, wait for it, Republicans.
After all of this, the Republicans have been proven absolutely and inarguably wrong on their Benghazi smear campaign. They did everything they could to politically capitalize on the deaths of four Americans. They made up blatant falsehoods, including a disgusting story about Ambassador Stevens being raped before he was killed. Sickening.
How much money did the Republicans waste on this? How much time did they waste?
The Benghazi attack was meant to spread fear and division among the American population. With the help of Republicans, it was far more effective than the terrorists could have dreamed. We need to hold the GOP’s feet to the fire for their conduct about this. Instead, we’re just letting them walk away.
We should be rubbing Republicans’ faces in their own mess, like a bad dog who has just defecated in the living room. It’s why the GOP constantly says and does awful things like this, because they are never held accountable. Instead they just pile up horror after horror, each new outrage making us forget about their last. Getting us into Iraq again is next.
Republicans don’t want to talk about Benghazi anymore. We shouldn’t forget how much they did, how much time and money they wasted, and how they gleefully illustrated the depths to which they will stoop.
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