Benghazi-To-Boston

You’d hope there would be a decent interval here, but no: some conservatives are already beginning to revive their cries of Benghazi! Benghazi! in reaction to the president’s initial public handling of the Boston bombings. Here’s Wayne Dupree at the Washington Times:

President Obama spoke yesterday, and again today, about the tragedy. His speeches were déjà vu all over again, echoing his comments last September after the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. In the last 24 hours, President Obama has twice vowed that the individual or “groups” responsible for killing at least three people and wounding 176 more would be apprehended….

We have heard this before, but not seen justice move to mete out retribution. We have had no resolution on Benghazi, nor seen justice move even on an internal administration fiasco like Fast and Furious.

Far too many questions and uncertainty remain over Benghazi to give us hope about Boston. Months later, the people responsible for Benghazi are not in custody. We don’t have access to the survivors, and we don’t even know the role our own government played in issuing stand-down orders. The “full weight of justice” is nowhere to be seen.

Dupree gets bonus points for working in a reference to Fast ‘n’ Furious, the other “scandal” that conservatives shout about to each other as a symbol of the fecklessness and evil motives of the administration (even though that particular operation was actually hatched under George W. Bush).

You can expect to hear more Benghazi-to-Boston talk unless and until there is definitive evidence the Boston bombings were the work of right-wing militia types. These people just can’t seem to help themselves.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.