GOP Benghazi hypocrisy is plain to see

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Republicans can’t seem to understand why the American people are not in a frenzy over Benghazi. Now, after months of hearings and findings, Republicans demand a Select Committee to seek a “truth” yet to be documented, one which blames President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Benghazi tragedy.

Republicans hope Americans will embrace their latest pursuit of Benghazi “truth.” But, unfortunately for the GOP, Americans have little tolerance for hypocrites. When it comes to protecting the safety of Americans, the GOP lacks any claim to the moral high ground.

At an Aug. 6, 2001, briefing, President George W. Bush was warned that Osama bin Laden planned to attack the United States soon. Despite this and other warnings, Mr. Bush did not place our nation’s security on high alert.

Such a precaution may have prevented the loss of nearly 3,000 lives on 9/​11. Once opened, the Pandora’s box of repercussions then led to the loss of tens of thousands of more lives after our entry into two subsequent wars.

A government should learn from tragedies. But we must do so as Americans for the good of our nation, not for political gain.

History should dictate that a Republican Party so tied to the loss of life would be circumspect and work in a bipartisan fashion to avoid such future occurrences. But, even though the GOP, in the name of Benghazi, dresses itself in a cloak of patriotism, the elephant in the room cannot be ignored.

The Republican Party is an emperor wannabe without clothes, with its naked political ambition glaringly clear for all to see.

ANDREW LEHENY

Belle Vernon


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