Yes, Benghazi was a tragedy, and could have been avoided. But we all know this latest sham of an investigation by the House Republicans is strictly politically-driven and is meant to divert all thought and conversation away from America’s real problems. Their phony outrage and fabrication of a scandal is hypocritical and a shameful attempt to politicize this tragedy.
The truth is they want to point fingers and hold the White House accountable for Benghazi, but they won’t discuss the budget cuts that House Republicans made to security at our embassies, consulates and diplomatic posts around the world that led to the Benghazi tragedy. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) acknowledged on CNN that House Republicans had consciously voted to reduce the funds allocated to the State Department for embassy security since winning the majority in 2010. When asked if he had voted to cut the funding for embassy security, he replied “Absolutely, look we have to make priorities and choices in this country. We have…15,000 contractors in Iraq. We have more than 6,000 contractors, a private army there, for President Obama, in Baghdad. And we’re talking about can we get two dozen or so people into Libya to help protect our forces. When you’re in tough economic times, you have to make difficult choices. You have to prioritize things.”
The House Republicans admit they cut the budget for additional security at our embassies because they had to make “difficult choices” and had to “prioritize things.” Yet, over the last 21 months, the facts and circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2012, attacks have received unprecedented scrutiny:
- 9 different House and Senate committees have already investigated the attacks
- 17 hearings have been conducted
- 50 briefings have taken place
- 25 transcribed interviews have been conducted
- 8 subpoenas have been issued
- more than 25,000 pages of documents have been reviewed
- 6 congressional reports have been released
However, that’s not enough for the crisis-hungry GOP. They need a controversial topic that will not only embarrass the President, but plant seeds of disgrace on the next potential president – Hillary Clinton. They need talking-points for their propaganda machine -Faux News – to exploit and cover 24×7.
But we know the real reason…divert attention away from what they are “not doing!”
What they are not doing is passing legislation to address jobs creation, unemployment benefits, immigration reform, climate change, food stamps for the needy, income inequality, water shortages, high energy costs, gun control, our decaying infrastructure, and how about taking care of our veterans after they return from our wars. Obviously this list is not all inclusive, but it does point out there is a lot of reality-based issues that needs to be addressed by our “unproductive and do-nothing” Congress.
However, the GOP would rather continue to play political games that might help them in the next election than to debate and pass legislation that may actually resolve real problems today. Let’s not forget that the House Republicans held 50 votes to repeal ObamaCare. That didn’t work, so now they are wasting more time focusing on Benghazi… Anything to keep our country stagnated under this President.
Where is our outrage at this waste of taxpayer dollars and time lost not addressing America’s real needs?
If you and I were as unproductive as our Congress, we would have lost our jobs a long time ago. But when you have a Congress that has absolute no accountability for getting anything done and consists of mostly millionaires, what do you expect. Like all slackers, they will continue to do as little as possible until they are called out for it…