"People can judge me for what I've done. And I think when somebody's out in the public eye, that's what they do. So I'm fully comfortable with who I am, what I stand for, and what I've always stood for." - Hillary Clinton
Honestly, I am tired of what seems to be a constant blame game between the Republicans and the Democrats over the Benghazi incident. Let it go! It happened four years ago! Four Americans died at Benghazi, yes, but twenty-six people died at Sandy Hook, and fifty died in Orlando. Why is the Benghazi story the one that no one can stop talking about? Might it have to do with Hillary Clinton being a woman and running for President?
The Benghazi attack took place on the evening of September 11, 2012. Suspected Islamic militants attacked the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, killing U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer, Sean Smith. Stevens was the first U.S. Ambassador killed in the line of duty since 1979. The attack has also been referred to as the Battle of Benghazi. This is was not all, however. Several hours after the initial attack, a second assault targeted a different compound about one mile away. In this attack, CIA contractors Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Daugherty were killed.
Why is Hillary Clinton still uniformly blamed for this incident? As the Secretary of State at the time, she was in charge of the security of the two compounds. That is a fact. A few weeks before the attacks, she was asked to upgrade the security and surveillance systems of the compounds and did not follow through. After the attacks, Clinton took full responsibility for the failing security and surveillance systems but responded by saying, “I am not equipped to look at blueprints to determine where the blast walls need to be or where the reinforcements need to be...That's why we hire people who have that experience.”
In my opinion, this is very straight forward. She took responsibility for her mistakes during the attacks and gave an explanation that she has continued to stand by. The thing that really irritates me is the fact that $7.5 million of taxpayer's money has been flushed down the drain by Republicans who have attempted to make a scandal out of the issue. They have placed the full burden of responsibility upon former Secretary Clinton, even though she has already taken responsibility for her role in the affair and was not the only person involved in the incident. $7.5 million dollars were spent by Republicans on an investigation that failed to prove that Clinton had been negligent in any way. It also failed to prove that she had done anything illegal. As if this failed investigation was not enough, Republicans have announced that they will be launching an entire series of new investigations into Clinton's actions while she was Secretary of State, all of which will be funded by the taxpayers. How much money are they going to waste this time?
If the Republican party is so concerned about public safety; if that is what can be assumed by the amount of money that they spent on the Benghazi investigation, why did they not spend $7.5 million taxpayer dollars investigating how the gunman at Sandy Hook got his hands on an automatic assault weapon. Why have they not invested a similar amount of money into an investigation about how the Orlando shooter was able to purchase the weapons he did? Repeated requests have been made for stricter gun control laws, but nothing has changed. Further, I am surprised that Republicans have not found a way to blame these incidents on Clinton too. Failing to properly investigate incidents at home that did not involve Clinton, which were much more serious than what happened in Benghazi, leads me to believe that Clinton was intentionally targeted by Republicans. Is it because she is a woman running for President? If you do not think so, ask yourself a simple question. If she were a man, would this topic be an issue, or would it be accepted as something that just happens in the course of doing one's job?