Eric Bolling went way off the reservation Thursday with speculation about what the national response might have been if Sasha and Malia were killed in Benghazi.
There are some places you don't go, even when speculating. At least, you don't if you're a decent human being who doesn't imagine a grisly death of Chelsea Clinton or Sasha and Malia Obama for the sake of flogging the nontroversy that is Benghazi.
Eric Bolling is not a decent human being. He is a bad shill for bad right wing policy, but he has the added negative of being a guy who will say anything, just because he can. In this particular segment, he is trying to make hay out of the myth that the military was not sent in but told to stand down.
Think of this one second. If it was Alex or your daughter. Or if it was Malia or Sasha. Or if it was Chelsea Clinton, in Benghazi pinned down with mortars coming in and there's a 5-hour difference between when they first learned the emails came out saying there was an attack on Benghazi or a 4-hour difference between when Obama met with Pannetta and Biden.
Between then and the time that one of those precious children were injured or killed, don't you think we'd be asking different questions right now?
Had Darrell Issa allowed Thomas Pickering, the co-chair of the State Department's Accountability Review Board to testify, he would have heard this (and maybe Bolling would have heard it too, though I'm not sure):
PICKERING: The aircraft at Aviano were 2 to 3 hours away but there were no refueling aircraft available. I think that speaks for itself. It has all along. I don’t see any contradiction. … There should be no controversy over that. Aircraft were there but they were not available in a time span that could have made any serious difference in connection with the issue.
So would we be asking different questions? You bet your ass we would. For starters, Fox News would be falling all over themselves to stand up for the military, the joint chiefs, the State Department, and everyone in between. They would call in every damned general they could pay enough to go on Fox News and claim that said First Daughters put themselves in harm's way at the expense of national security, that it was tragic what happened but they should have taken the advice of the generals who told them to stay away.
That's what questions we'd be asking. Hey, Eric Bolling, wake up and get a clue. Those retired Navy SEALs and diplomats understood that there was inherent danger in moving around Libya. They chose to do it anyway because they believed in their mission, which was to try and use DIPLOMATIC means to help stabilize the country.
It's certainly telling that Bolling didn't mention the Bush daughters. Evidently Those Who May Be Used For Speculation can only be daughters of Democratic presidents.
Precious children, indeed. Precious enough that Eric Bolling should never let their names cross his lips ever again for ever and ever.