Think about this for a moment: what did the Obama Administration have to gain from covering up the nature of the attack on our consulate in Benghazi?
The answer: Nothing. Historically the people rally around a president after a terrorist attack. This is why the Republican obsession with Benghazi is an obvious, shameful and hypocritical political maneuver.
Obvious: Mitt Romney literally couldn’t wait to attack the president and was rightly called out on his opportunistic rhetoric. Obama showed his true character when he decided not to attempt to capitalize on the attack for his own political gain and instead chose to be honest with the American public. The government wasn’t certain of the nature of the attack and said as much. It was the right thing to do.
Shameful: The Republican party missed a great opportunity to overcome partisanship. Instead they chose to politicize it before the rubble stopped smoldering. The death of four brave Americans is a tragedy, not a political opportunity. At least it should be.
Hypocritical: For a party that can’t wait to accuse others of politicizing tragedies they sure couldn’t wait to politicize this tragedy. Senators McCain and Graham ought to be under an incredible amount of fire for their demagogic response to Benghazi.
Republicans, and all Americans, are right to ask why the hell this happened in the first place. Yet they ought to attack the president, not Susan Rice. But Obama took full responsibility for the events in Benghazi and this put Republicans in a tough situation because they couldn’t attack the president for shirking his failure. So they are reduced to pursuing the low-hanging fruit of conspiracy theorizing. It’s a shame that they aren’t suffering politically for this.
I understand that Republicans want to know why the consulate wasn’t better secured and I want to know why Benghazi was left exposed and unprotected too. But the track they have taken to attempt to pressure the administration for answers is exemplary of the worst of right-wing political thought has to offer. Make no mistake, Republicans are pandering to the black helicopter crowd and it’s obvious, shameful and hypocritical.