Senator Lindsey Graham just can’t seem to get out of his own way. Yesterday, he tweeted that the Russians decided they could invade another country because of, get this, Benghazi! One of his tweets read: “Putin basically came to the conclusion after Benghazi, Syria, Egypt - everything Obama has been engaged in – he’s a weak indecisive leader.” Another one read: “It started with Benghazi. When you kill Americans and nobody pays a price, you invite this type of aggression.”
So, there you have it. The leader of one country is now able to invade another country simply because of the tragedy of Benghazi. Pardon my amazement here, but just how stupid can Mr. Graham be? I mean really? Let’s forget that Mr. Putin claims that he is taking his actions to “protect Russian speaking Ukraines”. Of course the right is saying that is just trumped-up charges.
Maybe Mr. Putin thought he could invade the Ukraine because the U.S. thought it was okay to invade Iraq over trumped-up “weapons of mass destruction” excuses. No, according to Mr. Graham, Putin decided that he could invade another country because a bunch of people conducted a terrorist act and killed four Americans.
What does Mr. Graham think we should do about the Ukraine situation? We don’t know because, as usual, he isn’t offering any ideas. He is just crying in his beer over Benghazi. Of course the twitter world blew up with some nonsense ideas about what else we can blame on Benghazi, like heartburn. Well I have a few ideas of what can be blamed on Benghazi that is more closely tied to Mr. Graham’s worldview.
Gays in this country got brave enough to actually think they deserve the same civil rights as everyone because of Benghazi.
Homophobes believe they can pass legislation legalizing discrimination because of Benghazi.
The U.S. Hockey Team didn’t even medal at the Winter Olympics because of Benghazi.
We can restrict voting rights in this country because of Benghazi.
Climate Change didn’t start until all of the smoke from the bullets and rockets fired in Benghazi.
Yes, I know these are all ridiculous. But, so is starting a war on false pretense, regardless of which country is doing it. So is refusing to expand the security budget for the State Department prior to Benghazi happening. So is legalizing discrimination in the name of Religious Freedom. So is denying voter rights in the name of Voter Fraud, which really doesn’t exist. So is denying a livable wage to the working class in this country. So is trying to close down public education and “privatizing” it in “for profit” companies. So is cutting Social Security and “privatizing” Medicare and eliminating Medicaid.
However, these are all things that Mr. Graham wants to do. He is all in favor of these ridiculous laws and budget cuts. Mr. Graham seems to have lost all touch with reality all because of Benghazi. Mr. Graham has become the nation’s great tear duct, all the while unwilling to offer any meaningful solutions or even suggestions.
As I wrote before, this is a serious situation. It needs serious discussion and debate on the proper path to follow. It is not a time for cry babies to voice themselves with fanciful ideologue. But, fanciful ideologue is all the right-wing has to offer. They are only interested in holding office, not doing the job that comes with the office.