PROTECTING OUR EMBASSIES
Benghazi, the rallying cry of a party clutching at straws to find a way to defeat a woman they hate with a semi-religious fervor.
Could anyone who watches ANY “news” organization forget the hours Secretary Clinton spent being grilled like an enemy combatant by Congressmen intent on nothing more than a political witch hunt? Yet now there are people who would have us believe that something got “whitewashed” and she wasn’t “interviewed” enough times. This is the big news we should be focusing on in this country at this moment? Most Americans think not.
It would be laughable, really, if it weren’t so sad. American embassies have been the prime targets of foreign malcontents since at least 1926 when two bombings were carried out in Uruguay and Argentina, and in fact under George W. Bush such incidents were much more numerous than under Obama. Under Reagan, the U.S. Embassy in Beirut was bombed not once, but twice. The 1983 attack killed 63 people including CIA staff members. Was there an uproar against those presidents or their State Departments? No. In fact the attacks brought the American people together behind them, and Congress – far from blaming those administrations – always called for more funding for protection.
There lies the real story, and the one that should be investigated. According to Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the Republicans in Congress have consistently voted to not only not support called for funds to increase security, but to cut funding for embassy security because, in his words, “Look, we have to make priorities and choices in this country.” Now these people have the nerve to try to pass the blame while men and women around the world put themselves at risk for them and us? Shame on them and those who believe their lies.