Friday, November 2, 2012

Further Evidence that Right's Focus on Benghazi is Bunk

Let me state right up front that I'm as saddened as anyone about the deaths of four Americans abroad. Regardless of the risks of their jobs, or the volatility in the part of the world in which they agreed to work, it is always painful when there is loss of life. That said, the FOX "News"/Right Wing World focus on Benghazi--as I've said before--isn't about that. It's about growing the tragedy into a scandal.

It's working to an extent. The Benghazi attack has been so over-sold, magnified, layered with supposition and larded with untruth by the conservative machine, they've got their followers lathered up as only gay marriage, gun grabbing and The War on Christmas™ can usually do. However "real" their outrage feels, it is a manufactured, targeted outrage, planted there by people with an agenda.

Destruction caused by car bomber targeting the U.S. consulate in Karachi
Pakistan, in March 2, 2006. Image from source, DailyKos.
How do I know that without this megaphone, FOXbots wouldn't ordinarily give a crap about what happened in Benghazi? Because they ignored everything that went down under the previous administration, that's why. When there were intelligence failures (pun richly intended) under the Bush administration--including the doozy of 9/11/01--if there was a peep about it from Right Wing World, it was the world's softest chirp.


If diplomatic attacks are a sign of weakness, Bush was the weakest of all

. . .So did those attacks (and the 9/11 ones, for that matter) happen because of "perceived American weakness"? Is that what Rumsfeld wants to argue—that our country's diplomatic missions were targeted because George Bush's America was perceived as weak?

As for Obama, the attacks in Cairo and Benghazi are the first two attacks on a U.S. diplomatic mission in an ostensibly peaceful country during his entire presidency—and they were sparked by that idiot wingnut Islamophobe Terri Jones. The embassy in Afghanistan was targeted by the Taliban last Sept. 13, but that's a country at war. . .

Check out the list of "failures" under Bush at: DailyKos

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