Republicans blocked bill for embassy security, but now blame Obama for killings in Benghazi?
Seems like Republicans are at it again. In fact, this has been their modus operandi from Day one of the Obama administration. Block, then complain, then lay the blame on the president.
So the loud, monotonous “block and blame game” is being played, this time over the tragedy in Benghazi, Libya. Republicans in Washington are up in arms over what they say is the Obama administration’s lack of adequate security for the U.S. embassy where ambassador Christopher Stevens, Navy SEAL Glen Doherty and two others were killed in a terrorist attack on Sept. 11.
This outrage is echoed out on the campaigned by nominee Mitt Romney and VP running mate Paul Ryan in an attempt to discredit the “enemy” while whipping up support for their party.
But are the “good ole boys” of the Grand Ole Party forgetting something incredibly important? That these same harsh critics on the Hill blocked a bill that would have provided additional security for those serving at that demolished embassy in Benghazi, where our diplomats and security personnel lost their lives? Even though the State Department has since said that “no reasonably security presence” could have stemmed off the attack in Libya, the GOP continue their attack on Obama and his administration for the killings.
The right-wing spin lost a critical part of its steam when CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, host of Starting Points, fired back at Rep. Jason Chaffetz on Wednesday morning, as he was spewing the same hypocritical talking points. Incidentally, Chaffetz is also a surrogate for the Romney campaign and is leading the charge for his camp.
O’Brien reminded the Republican representative for Utah’s third district that he had joined fellow House Republicans in voting to cut the budget for embassy security in 2011 and 2012. When asked outright if he had voted to cut security funds for the embassy, Chaffetz answered, “Absolutely. Look, we have to make choices in this country.”
Interesting choice, indeed, congressman. So while he leads the investigation into what went wrong in Benghazi and Romney ratchets up the hypocrisy loudly about Obama’s failed foreign policies, their party has made the critical choice of cutting funds for embassies while continuing to give millionaires and billionaires more tax breaks so they could buy another yacht or private jet. Much more dire than the safety of our men and women serving in hot spots all over the globe.
Then go on television or on campaign stops around the country and play the blame game for they think voters are either too stupid or complacent to know the difference between party spin and the truth.
This reminds me of the 9/11 bill, officially called the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which was voted down repeatedly by Republicans—a bill to help sick first responders, after the GOP shamelessly milked that horrific attack of Sept. 11, 2001 as a political capital. Again, they were ostensibly worried about cost and as Chaffetz told Soledad, they have to make “choices.” Too bad the choices always seem to fall short of nixing those costly tax breaks for the super wealthy.
They finally passed the health bill for 9/11 sick workers in December of 2010.
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