I've been watching Fox "News" and every other talking head on that network do their best to blow this issue up and politicize it since the attacks on our embassies on the anniversary of Sept. 11th, and am in agreement with Rachel Maddow about politics always having an "ick factor" and this one being worse than usual, but quite a few harsher words than just "ick" came to mind for me in regard to just how craven these recent political attacks have been.
The Republican party continues to prove that there is absolutely no topic that they will not politicize and no amount of hypocrisy too blatant for them to have an ounce of concern about if they think it will score them some cheap political points. Listening to the party that led us into an invasion of a country that was not a threat to us based on lies and the literal clusterf**k that was the invasion of Iraq, and the amount of national treasure, lives, and other atrocities associated with our actions there, now carping about whether we had enough security at one of our embassies in a country in the middle of the type of turmoil after just ousting their dictator that Libya is in right now, frankly is enough to turn my stomach.
These people are shameless and they apparently think the entire country has a severe case of amnesia and can't remember what happened to them over the last decade or so. It's disgusting and shameful to put it their actions in the kindest terms possible.
And here's good little Romney water-carrier Jason Chaffetz stepping all over himself attempting to explain his hypocrisy on CNN this Wednesday morning with Soledad O'Brien -- Right-Wing Media's Libya Consulate Security Mythology Falls Apart :
The conservative media talking point that the White House abdicated its responsibility to secure the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, took a hit Wednesday when CNN's Soledad O'Brien pressed Congressman Jason Chaffetz to acknowledge that he joined House Republicans in voting to cut funding for embassy security.
Since the September attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, the right-wing media have attacked the Obama administration for supposedly not having enough security at the compound. That myth is undermined by a State Department explanation that "no reasonable security presence could have successfully fended" off the attack.
Chaffetz, a surrogate for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign who is helping to lead an investigation into the attack, appeared to discuss that investigation on CNN's Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien. During the interview, Chaffetz echoed the right-wing media talking point that security was insufficient in Benghazi. But O'Brien pointed out the fundamental hypocrisy in this argument by noting that Chaffetz, like other Republicans in the House, voted to cut funding for embassy security.
O'Brien asked: "Is it true that you voted to cut the funding for embassy security?" Chaffetz responded: "Absolutely. Look we have to make priorities and choices in this country."
As Rachel Maddow noted in her segment as Media Matters did in their post, the House voted twice to give the State Department less money than they requested for embassy security for the last two years. But now they're having hearings over it.
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