The Gadfly had been mulling over a much thought through post in his head for the past several days. Fortunately, the good and much more eloquent and much more widely read folks at Media Matters beat him to the punch. The back story, apparently, is that the conservative wingnuts, in panicky, bed-wetting fear of a possible 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential run, are planning to use their manufactured Benghazi!Benghazi!Benghazi! scandal to smear and slay the deadly Billary dragon with.
There are however, a couple of things the right has neglected to take in to account about their latest, greatest, bestest plan. First - unlike the wimpy Harry Reid style of Democrat, Hillary Clinton is a street fighting bitch, and The Gadfly does not use the word bitch in the traditional, chauvinistic sense of the word. Nope -- Hillary Clinton eats mainstream Republicans for breakfast, drinks the blood of conservative media hacks for lunch, and shits out steaming piles of half-witted Teabaggers before bedtime. Secondly, The Gadfly does not believe that the conservatives are at all cognizant of the following history of one of their saints:
For the right-wing noise machine, Benghazi trumps all. It stands as a singular failure in American foreign policy and represents one of the darkest days in recent U.S. history. It's worse than Watergate, was a bigger story than Hurricane Sandy last October, and symbolizes an unconscionable failure to protect Americans serving abroad.
But here's what's interesting about Clark's recently lauded resume when viewed against the right wing's permanent Benghazi name calling: Clark served as Reagan's national security advisor between 1982 and 1983. On April 18, 1983, Islamic terrorists attacked the U.S. Embassy in Beirut. Sixty-three people were killed, including 17 Americans, eight of whom worked for the CIA.
Five months later local terrorists struck again. During a lengthy air assault from nearby artillerymen, two Marines stationed at the Beirut airport were killed. Then on October 23, just days after Clark stepped down as national security advisor to become Secretary of the Interior, the Marines' Beirut barracks cratered after a 5-ton truck driven by a suicide bomber and carrying the equivalent of 12,000 pounds of TNT exploded outside; 241 Americans were killed, marking the deadliest single attacks on U.S. citizens overseas since World War II.
Reagan had sent 1,800 Marines to Beirut as part of a larger peacekeeping mission following the June 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon and the Palestine Liberation Organization's withdrawal from the country. But national security experts, including some members of Reagan's administration, warned that the Marines were vulnerable to attack.
In the aftermath, Col. Timothy J. Geraghty, the commander of the Marines in Beirut, said, "It didn't take a military expert to realize that our troops had been placed in an indefensible situation." Conservative columnist William Safire referred to the Beirut debacle as Reagan's "Bay of Pigs."
Conservatives have casually smeared numerous Obama officials over Benghazi for the last eleven months, yet the embassy attacks surrounding Clark's tenure as Reagan's national security adviser apparently did not blemish his long public career.
Despite the chronic terror attacks on a U.S. embassy and related facilities-- three separate assaults that claimed nearly 270 American lives in the span of just six months in 1983 -- Judge Clark is to be remembered as a patriot. But Obama officials are supposedly guilty of the unforgivable, treasonous crime of Benghazi.http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/08/14/reagan-terror-and-benghazi/195391
And it goes entirely without out saying that should the conservative masterminds throw caution to the wind and make the decision to try and wrap the Benghazi albatross around Mrs. Clinton's neck, there is no doubt that she will hesitate not one fraction of a millisecond to fashion a very large, wooden, nail-spiked dildo out of the Reagan failures and ram it like a gay porn stud straight up conservative America's clenched sphincter. And if they persist, she'll then construct a concho-studded riding crop out of the 13 Benghazi-like incidents that occurred under Bush's watch and and she will ride that conservative beast like a bucking bronco around in circles, piston-pumping the Reagan dildo as fast as she can and frenziedly whipping the beast's bloodied backside with her Bush riding crop. And at the end of the day - the conservative movement accomplishes nothing more than taking one giant stride forward toward their destiny of political irrelevancy.
The Gadfly surmises that should Hillary Clinton ultimately make the decision to run, all that remains to be seen is how truly batshit crazy the right wing is and how quickly they can orchestrate their own collective suicide.