The Real Reason Why Republicans Pretend to Care About Benghazi

hillaryclintonJust before this past November’s elections, on September 11, 2012, there was an attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya resulting in 4 American deaths.

This was the moment conservatives had been waiting for, something to spin in order to create some kind of conspiracy hoping to make a last ditch effort to defeat President Obama.  They needed this because they damn sure knew Romney couldn’t do it on his own.

What followed was pathetic.  “Shocked and appalled” conservatives all across the country trying to make Benghazi into the next Watergate scandal.

They did everything they could to try and muddy the waters just enough to make people think Obama and his administration were generating some elaborate conspiracy to cover up incompetence.

I would elaborate on the “cover up” but the theories vary greatly from Republican to Republican.  Even the most vocal critic of Obama’s handling of Benghazi, John McCain, admitted there was indeed no cover up.  There’s even the new one where Obama is preventing, and threatening, individuals from testifying about Benghazi—only Republicans seem unable to provide any proof of this.  Well, proof that isn’t from right-wing blogs that make up “proof.”

In fact, if you read through all these ridiculous theories (which trust me, you don’t want to do—it’s a mess of “What the hell are these people babbling about?”) their whole “conspiracy” breaks down to 3 key points:

  1. Some wording was changed to omit references to a terrorist attack in the original briefing, which as it turned out Obama had nothing to do with.
  2. Military forces could have been utilized to possibly save lives.  Which the official DoD report details the timeline of the events, clearly showing they acted swiftly but ultimately didn’t have enough time to deploy troops to save the 4 Americans killed during the attack.
  3. Hillary Clinton was incompetent in her duty as Secretary of State.

What you didn’t hear mentioned by the likes of Fox News, Glenn Beck, Alex Jones, Rush Limbaugh and their fellow fear mongers was that Congressional Republicans had voted in both 2011 and 2012 to cut funding for embassy security.

In fact, the Obama administration had requested more funding for embassy security—but this was denied by House Republicans to a tune of cuts for embassy funding by $138 million in 2011 and $331 million in 2012.

But the only thing we need to pay attention to in this is #3, to make Hillary Clinton seem incompetent.  When they realized their fear mongering, and pathetic attempts to politicize 4 American deaths, wasn’t going to defeat Obama—they realized this was their only hope to defeat Hillary if she decides to run in 2016.

They know that if Clinton runs in 2016, she will crush anyone they decide to run against her.  So what else can they do?  They need to create some kind of “boogeyman” to use against her—and that’s what they’ve been trying to do.

Hell, Rand Paul called the Benghazi attack the worst event since 9/11.  That tells you all you need to know about how out of touch and delusional these people are with their attempts to attack Hillary Clinton.

I always find it ironic how so many conservatives claim to care about 4 American deaths in Benghazi, when they voted for George W. Bush twice.  You remember him, right?  The President responsible for over 5,000 American deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, who had intelligence prior to 9/11 yet did nothing, who invaded a country with the threat of WMD’s (yet found zero) and while Bush was President we saw 11 embassies attacked by terrorists.

What this “outrage” about Benghazi really stems from was the last ditch effort to try and defeat President Obama last November, and the beginnings of their groundwork to try and defeat Hillary Clinton in 2016.

But what it comes down to for me is this: If you voted for a man who’s responsible for over 5,000 American deaths, and was President when over 11 different American embassies were attacked—you should probably save this “outrage” over 4 deaths in Benghazi.

Especially when you didn’t seem to mind Americans dying while you were voting for George W. Bush.  Because if you did, you damn sure wouldn’t have re-elected him.

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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