Saturday, January 26, 2013
The Trouble with Benghazi
The Republicans finally got their chance to call Hillary in on the mat, and what does she say, "I screwed up." If only we heard confessions like these from Bush cabinet secretaries. Instead, all we heard for eight years was more lies and attempts at obfuscation to cover up one of the most heinous foreign policy records ever compiled by a standing president of any country. But, the Republicans weren't going to let Hillary off that easy. Paul Rand (channeling Donald Trump) said he would have fired her if he had been President (god forbid)!
The big show was a big let down, as Hillary pretty much took the blame for the Benghazi debacle, returning questions back at her adversaries by saying "what difference, at this point, does it make," when it was called an act of terror. I'm sure that won't stop the Republicans from further questioning the White House response, despite McCain, Johnson and other Republican Senators missing briefings that were held specifically on the matter, and pretty much cleared up the situation beyond any reasonable doubts. The Republicans successfully managed to undermine Susan Rice's presumed bid for Secretary of State, and have pointed questions at John Kerry on Benghazi during his confirmation hearings.
So, why all the fuss? It seems Republicans desperately want an issue, any issue, to deflect attention away from more important matters at hand. Benghazi is a thorn they want left in Obama's foot, despite the fact that most Americans have moved on from this issue. One hopes with Hillary stepping down as Secretary of State, we can start once again thinking of broader foreign policy issues.