‘Benghazi Gate’ — It’s Okay Because ‘Bush Did It Too’?

Published on May 16, 2013

President_George_W._Bush_with_Barack_Obamaby Angel Rodriguez
Clash Daily Guest Contributor

Benghazi Gate. I’m sure you have heard of this by now, even the most liberal media channels have touched on this story. Like most of us do, from time to time I post “memes” and other “informative” images to my social media channels. One of my recent postings drew the ire of Obama supporters on my channels. The meme I posted was an image of former President George Bush and one of President Obama side by side next to images from Benghazi. The caption read “If this were allowed to happen under his watch, there would already be impeachment proceedings…” Meaning had Benghazi happened while Bush was in power, how do you think things would be going for him? My social media channels went nuts on this one.

Here is one of the many responses that I received from die hard Obama fans: “9/11, one of, if not the single largest terrorist attack on American soil happened under Bush’s watch, ANGEL! What was he doing when it happened, ANGEL? He was reading a book to little kids, ANGEL! Don’t play the stupid taking sides game, ANGEL.”

Another person called me an idiot, among other things and stated: “There were over 90 attacks on embassies when Bush was in power. Your ignorance is sickening, what the heck are you talking about! Nobody impeached him then! If embassy attacks deem a president weak, the Bush was the weakest bro.”

I have to be completely honest here, when Bush was in power, I didn’t care for him. But the truth of the matter is that I didn’t follow or care for politics and world issues back then either. I didn’t agree with America going into Iraq, and because of that I didn’t like George W Bush. However my knowledge of what was happening during that era is quite limited as I wasn’t as actively involved as I am today. Without extensive research I thought it was in my best interest to bow out of those conversations about Bush’s policies, for now. That being said, even though I didn’t follow politics, I could feel Bush was a proud American. During the Bush era I felt his love for this country, an area that the current administration clearly appears to be lacking in.

I will say this, 9/11 left this nation with a deep wound. To this day, over a decade later the nation is still licking the wounds left by 9/11. We have moved forward, but the scars will always remain. We will always remember. There is no question that this was a major tragedy for America and mankind overall. I’m not going to enter a 9/11 debate with these people about whether or not it could have been prevented, or if our government could have done more to prevent it, etc. There are many conspiracy theories, and frankly I don’t have the security clearance to know what is true and what is scuttlebutt.

That being said, entertain me for a moment if you will. Let us for the next points sake assume that mistakes were in fact made during 9/11. Let us assume for a moment that somehow we could have done something more and we didn’t. For the point being made here we have established this.

Let me present another scenario for this point. Crimes happen in this world every single day, it happens to good people and bad people. Some criminals get caught and some criminals manage to get away with their actions. Let’s say a person goes out and commits a crime. Let’s say this person is unlucky and is subsequently caught for this crime. What happens is that they will have to face the legal consequences for the crimes they committed against society. I find it very hard to believe that the criminal can say “Hey, there are other killers out there that you haven’t caught! Since they are still free, you cannot charge me!” I doubt that this line of reasoning is a valid legal defense. Am I right?

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