Even though many on Sunday took time and energy to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, several Republican figures took the chance to spotlight entirely different event: the 10th anniversary of the Benghazi attacks.
Late on September 11, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya, members of the Islamic militant organization, Ansar al-Sharia, launched attacks on a U.S. diplomatic building and a CIA annex that resulted in an armed conflict through the entire night. Investigations later discovered that the attack was premeditated generally, with a smattering of individuals joining the attack from the nearby protest.
A complete of four Americans were killed in the attacks, including J. Christopher Stevens, america Ambassador at that time. In the wake of the tragedy, numerous Republicans seized on the incident as a scandal to levy against their political opponents, most prominently Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, who served as President and Secretary of State, respectively, during the attack.
Even though 10 investigations were eventually conducted in to the Benghazi attacks and the response from U.S. officialsmost which were led by GOP committeesno evidence was discovered that any top officials in the National government had acted improperly at that time. Clinton did, however, later accept responsibility for several security conditions that exacerbated the attack.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz was on the list of prominent conservatives and conservative outlets to tweet concerning the anniversary on Sunday.
“10 years back Islamic terrorists killed 4 Americans in Libya,” Cruz tweeted. “The attack was the result of the failed policies of the Obama-Biden admin. They falsely blamed a video to hide the weakness, appeasement, and incompetence that resulted in the attack.”
“Remember that four Americans died in Benghazi under Hillary Clinton‘s watch on September 11th of 2012,” anti-Islam activist Brigitte Gabriel tweeted, going to list the names of the four victims: “US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, USFS officer Sean Smith, CIA contractor Tyrone S. Woods, CIA contractor Glen Doherty.”
Ethan Chorin, a respected analysts on Libyan affairs, recently released a fresh book which aims to provide a far more thorough historical context of the attacks in Benghazi. Inside it, he lamented the way the attacks were turned from the tragedy right into a scandal by figures seeking to utilize it to win “political points,” and how that led to investigation which were similar to a “circus.”
“By rendering it about scoring political points instead of attempting to fix a broken system, they only perpetuated a controversy that has been further tearing apart the county,” Chorin wrote, in accordance with an assessment by NPR. “The truth that so many investigations led to so few answers is its tragedy. From the edges of the five-ring political circus that has been Benghazi, some voices shouted out important questions, none which were answered. The Benghazi committee may have had the opportunity to break new ground and do the united states something if it had centered on them.”