Making a Circus Out of a Tragedy

Making a Circus Out of a Tragedy

Adrienne BoettingerFriday,23 October 2015

The U.S. Congress has spent 17 months and more than $4.5 million investigating the September 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Some have argued that this is egregious in comparison to the amount of time and money that Congress has spent on other issues (or when looking at the host of issues relevant to the American electorate that have gone relatively ignored by the legislative branch). But let’s put that aside for a moment.

What happened in Benghazi was a tragedy. Good people who lived their lives in the service of their country and in the promotion of democracy and our common humanity were attacked and lives were needlessly lost. It seems completely reasonable that the government would spend time and energy to figure out what could have been done to prevent the attack and what should be done to prevent future tragedies.

But what is happening in Congress now, and what has been happening oh these many months, does not seem likely to do either of those things. How anyone can deny that this is an attempt to derail the political career of Secretary Clinton is beyond my powers of comprehension.

The actions of the U.S. Congress have stripped away at the very real tragedy of what happened to Ambassador Chris Stevens and the others who were killed in order to score political points for a pack of self-involved, self-promoting asshats. Would those asshats have been so assured in their attempts to assassinate the character of the Secretary of State had the Secretary not been considered a serious candidate for the office of the President? And would those asshats been so dedicated in ripping the Secretary apart had she been a man instead of a woman? Somehow I doubt it.

But here’s what I know: the debt ceiling will need to be raised in about 2 weeks or the U.S. will default. And in 6 weeks Congress will need to pass another Continuing Resolution or a budget or the federal government will shut down right before the holidays. And instead of time and attention being spent on those issues or other important ones, the entirety of one of the few precious days the House goes to work in Washington was spent deriding Secretary Clinton for not being sad enough, for not showing enough emotion, for using her own email, and for daring to run for President.

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