Tuesday morning news came out that United States officials had captured Ahmed Abu Khattala, one of the Libyan militants suspected in the Benghazi terror attacks that took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. After announcing that Khattala was in custody, the White House reiterated its promise to find and try those responsible for the attacks. Khattala had actually been captured on Sunday by US special forces and has since been held in an undisclosed location. He will be brought back to the United States to face charges.
The way Republicans and conservative media reacted to this good news, which also provided proof that the President is adhering to his promise to bring those responsible for the Benghazi attacks to justice, shows that they have collectively lost their minds due to that most deadly of afflictions, Obama Derangement Syndrome. Conservatives, who have been screaming at the top of their lungs for almost two years that everything the President does is a distraction from Benghazi, claimed on Tuesday that the capture of a suspect in the Benghazi attacks is a distraction. Yes, you read that right. Now Benghazi is the distraction!
First off, we have Allen West. The former one-term Republican Congressman and Tea Party darling has been in the front of the pack when it comes to highlighting President Obama’s attempts to distract the public from Benghazi. He’s claimed that the attention given the Boko Haram kidnappings were nothing but a White House distraction. West stated that the Donald Sterling situation was meant to distract the public from Benghazi. After the news broke Tuesday about the suspect’s capture and detention, West sent the following tweet:
— Allen West (@AllenWest) June 17, 2014
Yep. According to West, the President is now using Benghazi to distract from his “other nightmares.” However, going back the last 18 months or so, every little thing that the President commented on West claimed to be a distraction from Benghazi. It must be nice to live in Rightwingnutistan, when you never have to prove your right on anything. Instead, you merely have to hate the President and blame him for everything.
West was hardly alone on Tuesday, though. Over at Fox News, the network both downplayed the news and provided commentary suggesting this was either a distraction or a way to help Hillary Clinton’s book sales. On Fox News’ panel discussion show Outnumbered, contributors Kennedy (of MTV fame) and Peter Hegseth both suggested that Clinton’s book tour and potential 2016 Presidential run provided the impetus for Khattala’s capture and this news being broken now. Fox News anchor Jon Scott also questioned the timing of the capture and wondered if the United States could have brought in Khattala at any time but decided to wait for the most politically advantageous moment.
Of course, El Rushbo had to chime in and offer his two cents. Rush Limbaugh not only claimed that the timing was peculiar, but that Obama would make Khattala claim that the anti-Mulsim video that sparked protests across the Middle East was the cause of the Benghazi attacks, therefore ‘vindicating’ the administration.
RUSH: Folks, anybody want to bet me that this Benghazi suspect, at some point — they’ve captured the militia leader, leader of the Benghazi attack — anybody want to bet me that sometime this week he will admit that the Internet video is what made him so mad that he rounded up his buddies and began the assault on the consulate? I am just going to tell you, I’m not going to predict that, but I want to go on record here on June the 17th making it very clear that, if that does happen, I, for one, will not be surprised in the least. It would fit perfectly, ’cause — grab sound bite 21. Let me upset the applecart.
I guess we shouldn’t be surprised by any of this anymore. Still, just because you expect this to happen on a daily basis, does not mean that it should be acceptable in any possible way. All this behavior does is keep viewers and listeners in a constant state of angry confusion and perpetually agitated at the President. To feed this perpetual hate machine, conservative media and Republicans in Washington have to constantly complain about the President and blame the White House for anything and everything. Even if it is contrary to what they said a week ago, or it just plain doesn’t make any sense.
Justin Baragona is the Managing Editor at Politicus Sports as well as Senior Editor at PoliticusUSA. He was a political writer for 411Mania.com before joining PoliticusUSA. Politically, Justin considers himself a liberal but also a realist and pragmatist. Currently, Justin lives in St. Louis, MO and is married. Besides writing, he also runs his own business after spending a number of years in the corporate world. You can follow Justin on Twitter either with his personal handle (@justinbaragona) or the Sports site’s (@PoliticusSports).