Republicans Now Using Benghazi Against Each Other

The attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya, has not proven to be an effect cudgel against Democratic presidential frontrunner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but it may be effective against Marco Rubio.

Actually, I don't believe it will be, but fellow GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz apparently thinks so.

“Senator Rubio emphatically supported Hillary Clinton in toppling [Muammar] Qaddafi in Libya. I think that made no sense,” Cruz told Bloomberg Politics Monday, connecting the U.S. military intervention to the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans.

“The terrorist attack that occurred in Benghazi was a direct result of that massive foreign policy blunder,” Cruz claimed.

Cruz went on to say that neo-cons, a group that includes Clinton and Rubio in his mind, have supported "military adventurism" which has benefited terrorists and that somehow seems even less convincing than when Rand Paul says it.

He's not necessarily wrong about broader side effects of adventurism (I wouldn't include Libya in this list), but Ted Cruz is no peacenik. Cruz supports wider intervention in Syria.

But who knows? I could be wrong. This could be one of Rubio's weak spots. "Benghazi" may prevent a Republican from winning an election before a Democrat.

  • Badgerite

    I think that ‘chicken’ is dead. It is a ‘late chicken’. It isn’t ‘pining’. It isn’t ‘resting’. It is a dead chicken.
    (compliments of Monty Python).

    • Victor the Crab

      For which Republicans, like Ted Cruz, still insist in fucking.

  • muselet

    “I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.”
    –Abraham Maslow, Toward a Phychology of Being

    Republicans specifically, and Righties generally, still think Benghazi! Benghazi!! Benghazi!!! is a winning argument against, well, someone. Ted Cruz has decided he’ll wield that argument against Marco Rubio; he has a hammer and is out looking for nails.

    Besides, he gets to link Rubio with Hillary Clinton, which gives an R double bonus wingnut points. We’ll have to wait and see if that has an effect on who ends up in second place in the R presidential race.

    More broadly, I’m with TPM commenter “bkmn”: “So deposing Qaddafi led to Benghazi but getting rid of Saddam Hussein did not lead to the creation of ISIS. I can never understand Republican logic.”