Congressional Republicans were desperate to score political points in the Benghazi saga. So desperate that they finally decided to masquerade as … peaceniks.
During the recent grilling of Hillary Clinton, the Republicans — who
have rarely seen a war they didn’t like — actually criticized the former
Secretary of State for ignoring the difficulty of successful regime
change. (No mention was made of how well George W. Bush’s regime change
has gone in Iraq.)
Further, they claimed that she had run roughshod over her own
experts, who warned that US involvement in a 2011 air campaign in
support of rebels would lead, at best, to new problems, and that they
(the Republicans) had anticipated the chaos that marks Libya today.
“You initiated a policy to put the United States into Libya…. You
were the prime mover…. You were concerned about image, you were
concerned about credit,” Rep. Peter J. Roskam (R-Ill.) told her. “If
Libya unraveled, you had a lot to lose.”
This new line of attack was simply the latest in a series of attempts
to damage her over Benghazi, none of which seem to have eroded
confidence among those inclined to give her their vote, or even among
those on the fence. It was essentially a hail mary pass, and we will see
if the public blames her for the morass that is Libya today — a country
where chaos and extremism now reign.