Ok. I’ve had it up to here with the Democrat's assertion that Republicans are trying to make the administration’s policy failures in Libya a political football. I was outraged as I watched Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee accuse their Republican counterparts of using this terrible tragedy to make political hay. More to the point, they accuse the Republicans of using Obama's dreadful failures against him. (Gasp!)
Here’s a bulletin. Benghazi-gate IS political.
We live in a representative republic where the POLITICAL and POLICY decisions of the incumbent have great bearing on whether or not he/she should be re-elected. That these particular bad choices and the tragedy of their consequences have a political impact goes without saying.
Another way to know that Benghazi-gate immediately became a political event was the way in which this administration attempted to cover up their mistakes and fool the American public into believing that it was all about some goofy film trailer on YouTube. (Never mind that the video had been online for months. Ignore the fact that we embrace freedom of speech in this country and PLEASE, forget that we spent nearly $100 million dollars on television ads in India and Pakistan apologizing for the film that had not the first thing to do with the terrorist attack in Benghazi.)
The misinformation campaign around Benghazi-gate came instantly. In an administration where the word “terrorist” is frowned upon, it is no wonder that the well-planned and orchestrated attack wasn’t called what it was. For weeks we heard Obama’s surrogates pouring oil upon the troubled political waters calling the attacks and the murders something different from what they were. Why? Because if, God forbid, the people realized that it was a tactical mistake made by this administration, Obama would suffer at the polls in November. So. Face it. Benghazi has been political from the get-go.
Incumbent Presidents who do not ensure that our diplomats are properly protected abroad will face political consequences. Presidents (and Secretaries of State) who lie to the voters and who get caught at it will face political consequences. To the extent that the Republican-led House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is holding hearings to uncover this administration’s frantic cover-up the fatal Benghazi mistakes it political, so be it.
Please do not attempt to shame me by bringing up the tragic deaths of American citizens. They are obviously the victims of politics. They gave their lives over political decisions made by the President of the United States and the political aspirations of the terrorists who planned the attacks.
I’m certain that if Ambassador Chris Stevens or any of the three other patriots who lost their lives in Benghazi could speak to us today, they would plead with us to keep this kind of senseless tragedy from happening again. They would want us to find and fix the problems. They would ask us to fire the men and women whose responsibility Benghazi-gate was.
Yes. It’s political. Get over it.