You’ve Got To Be Kidding! Republicans Claim Benghazi Suspect Capture Is A Distraction


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:



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.


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  • They cannot govern, the cannot stop this president and they are falling ever deeper
    into the realm of insanity.

    I love the fact that the pres issued that ruling about non discrimination in federal employment for LGBT,s and now is going to honor 10 hispanic young people at the white house for education acheivments. I think our pres is just trying to make rethugs heads explode.

  • If everyone except a few vicious old white people doesn't see this consistent mean-minded invidiousness for what it is, the United States has an even greater density problem than I had feared.

    • Sadly, it isn't just hateful old white people who can't stand the president. They range in age from teens to seniors. It's mainly 30-40 somethings who listen to rightwing garbage who hate Obama the most.

  • So Benghazi is a distraction from Benghazi, wow talk about full circle. These people and their crazy conspiracy theories just never stop. We need to beat them soundly at the polls in November and 2016. Shut down the noise machine.

  • I am so glad that Pres. Obama has the patience, the intelligence and the ability to sort of brush these leeches off. If It were me, I'd be so angry I would want to strike back and lay everyone of them so low they would never see day light again.
    Thank you pres. Obama!!

    • Yesterday, I received a polling phone call questioner. The questions were all framed to try and make me say something against the Dem's and Pres. Obama. same questions only differently worded.. Finally I said, There is no way I would ever vote for a rethug, and that I was DONE TALKING TO HIM and was going to hang up. Next polling I get,before any questions are asked, I will ask them who they are supporting? If rethugs no answers.

  • We need the Fairness Act or a reasonable facsimile returned to the American people.
    Too many Americans are being tricked/lied to and Rabble Roused by RightWing Radio...into a frenzy of fear.

    How can we go about getting the Fairness Doctrine back?

    • The simple answer is to regain all three branches, change the filibuster rule and pray that the Dems aren't paid off by the major media. Other than that I think its here to stay.

  • People involved have to sue for libel at every opportunity. If an organization intentionally misleads the public about a person they should sue demand jury trial and ask for punitive damages.

    If they start spending more money defending themselves from libel suits - maybe they will stop.

  • "Obama is using his presidency to distract us from his presidency."

    Leave it to our tea-chugging politicos to provide a continuous supply of comic relief.

  • Don't look now but the distraction is getting deeper.

    Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the suspect captured by U.S. special forces on Tuesday for his role in the 2012 Benghazi attack, reportedly said he was motivated in part by the anti-Islam online video made in America, according to the New York Times.
    "What he did in the period just before the attack has remained unclear. But Mr. Abu Khattala told other Libyans in private conversations during the night of the attack that he was moved to attack the diplomatic mission to take revenge for an insult to Islam in an American-made online video," Times reporter David Kirkpatrick wrote in a story on Khattala on Tuesday.

    Oh NOESSSS What will the American Taliban say now?

  • You’ve Got To Be Kidding! Republicans Claim Benghazi Suspect Capture Is A Distraction

    Seriously people, who amongst who can honestly say you DIDN'T see this coming?

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