If one were only paying attention to Faux News and Congress, one would think that Benghazi was and is a scandal of monumental proportions without precedence of any kind. So much so that many Republicans routinely say they will use it as evidence for impeachment. They also use it as a wonderful distraction from things that remain unresolved such as our plan to drop bombs on ISIS, Russia’s “invasion” of Ukraine, Immigration Reform, and our slow moving economy. Not that it isn’t important–it is and the causes that lead to the breakdown in security at our Benghazi Consulate have since been corrected.
What is most important about Benghazi is how Republicans are using it as a political football by saying it is unique and something that should be laid exclusively at President Obama’s feet. In reality there have been no less than thirteen, yes I said 13, previous attacks on U.S. Consulates, Embassies and their associated staff and troops abroad during the Bush Presidency from 2002 until 2008 before President Obama was elected. Bob Cesca over The Daily Banner has the complete list. If we want to go further back, there are plenty more. I distinctly remember the bombing of our marine barracks in Beirut back in 1983 under yet another Republican president, good ol Ronnie Raygun.
When those incidents occurred what did we hear? Did we see Dems attacking those Presidents? Or did we see everyone understand that those are dangerous jobs in dangerous places doing important work for our country? There were no calls for impeachment, no endless investigations that failed to find anything, no scandals, nothing. Because shit happens overseas in dangerous regions. But the fact that there’s nothing there to find with Benghazi doesn’t matter to Republicans. They keep beating that dead horse (just like they did with ACORN).
The GOP propaganda machine has realized that the squeaky wheel gets the grease. And it doesn’t hurt that the majority of the news media in the U.S. is owned by a very small group of rich conservative white males and their monopolistic corporations. Fortunately for Americans (and my sanity) they can’t change history or hide reality so long as liberal bloggers like Bob, media watchdogs like Media Matters, and individual bloggers like myself keep up the good fight. So here’s your daily dose of truth–Benghazi was tragic and has been appropriately addressed. The rate of these kinds of attacks have actually been less under President Obama. It was not unique or evidence of wrongdoing constituting impeachable offenses. If it were, then all thirteen of the attacks Bob listed would have been as well.