In the continuing saga of Republican derangement, Lindsey Graham has been desperately trying to pander to the Tea Party elements in his state (who hate him) by launching crazed illogical attacks on President Obama, repeating “Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi” over and over. And now Graham is trying to picture the Boston bombings as evidence of a “decline” in US security, because these people will politicize anything if they see a chance to damage Obama.
This is despite the fact that the FBI and law enforcement actually did a fantastic job, identifying the bombers within days, killing one and capturing the other alive. Graham is actually insulting the people who worked around the clock to find these terrorists.
Today the President addressed Graham directly: Obama: Sen. Graham ‘Generated Some Headlines’ on Boston, Benghazi.
“No, Mr. Graham is not right on this issue. Although I’m sure it generated some headlines,” Obama said at a morning news conference.
Obama said law enforcement personnel on all levels of government responded to the Boston bombings in “exemplary fashion.” The President also disputed the notion that the FBI was negligent in identifying a threat posed by Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older of the two brothers accused of carrying out the bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police during the ensuing manhunt earlier this month in greater Boston, while his younger brother, Dzhokar Tsarnaev, has been charged in the deadly explosions.
“I think what we saw in Boston was state, local, federal officials, every agency, rallying around a city that had been attacked. Identifying the perpetrators just hours after the scene had been examined. We now have one individual deceased, one in custody. Charges have been brought. I think that all our law enforcement officials performed in exemplary fashion after the bombing had taken place,” Obama said.
In true right wing fashion, Graham cannot be embarrassed, or ever admit he was wrong, so of course he immediately fired back with another statement full of BENGHAZI lunacy.
With all due respect Mr. President, Benghazi and Boston are compelling examples of how our national security systems have deteriorated on your watch.
In Benghazi, multiple requests for increased security were denied and numerous warnings from Ambassador Stevens about the growing threats from al Qaeda were ignored by Washington. For over seven and a half hours during the attack our Americans in the field were abandoned. After the attack, your Administration provided misleading information to the American people.
In Boston, both the FBI and CIA were warned by the Russians about a radical Islamist in our midsts. Once enrolled in the system as a potential terror suspect, the older brother was able to travel back to Russia unimpeded by DHS or any of our intelligence agencies. Agencies under your control were unable to coordinate the information they received on the Boston terrorists.
If Benghazi is not an example of system failure before, during and after the attack what would be? If Boston is not an example of a pre-9/11 stovepiping mentality what would be?