Six Degrees of Benghazi, with Rep. Ken Buck

Hee-hee. I get to press buttons.

Hee-hee. I get to press buttons.

Via Talking Points Memo, here’s Colorado Rep. Ken Buck (R-Greeley) trying to connect the wrong dots:

Colorado Republican Rep. Ken Buck on Thursday blamed the President’s handling of the 2011 terrorist attack in Benghazi for Americans’ distrust of Syrian refugees today.

In a back-and-forth with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Leon Rodriguez, Buck argued that no one should be surprised Americans are deeply concerned about refugees considering the way Obama handled the aftermath of the Benghazi attacks.

“One of the reasons Americans are distrustful at this point. We have a president who after the murder of an ambassador in Benghazi and the murder of three heroes in Benghazi…told the American people that the attack was the result of a video,” Buck said. “You have a secretary of state that immediately identified that it was not the result of a video — that it was that it was a result of a well-planned attack.”

We suppose it’s unavoidable that some Republican politicians will reflexively scream “Benghazi!” whenever they are discussing any foreign policy matter, but come on, Ken! This is silly even for you.

Steve Benen of MSNBC tries to figure out what Buck is trying to say here. It’s complicated:

Initially, I took this to mean that Buck was conflating terrorists in Libya and refugees from Syria, but that’s not it.

Rather, the Colorado Republican was endorsing far-right Benghazi conspiracy theories, which leads him to believe the White House covered up some imaginary scandal, which then leads him to believe Americans don’t trust the administration, which then leads Buck to believe Benghazi is indirectly responsible for creating public hostility towards refugees from an entirely different country.

Could you connect the Paris terrorist attacks to Benghazi in six steps or less? Probably. Could you connect the Paris attacks to actor Kevin Bacon in six steps or less? Probably.

Maybe it’s Kevin Bacon’s fault!

(h/t to DawnPatrol)

27 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Diogenesdemar says:

    1.  Syrians are to be feared because Paris was attacked by Belgian terrorists.

    2.  Rick Blaine to Ilsa: "We'll always have Paris."

    3. Casablanca is in Morocco.

    4. Morocco is in Africa. 

    5. Obama is African. 

    6.  Benghazi!!

    In Buckworld everything is simple …

    (… it's counting to six that's hard.)

  2. Voyageur says:

    Bravo, Dio.   You nailed it.

  3. skeptical citizen says:

    Kudos to Hunter at Daily Kos for his great Rant: Oh my God, sir, will you at long last shut your ignorant head hole.

  4. Gilpin Guy says:

    Leave it to a Colorado Republican to supply the Benghazi connection.  What a fucking butt head.  Hunter nailed it at DailyKos.

  5. gertie97 says:

    Dumbphuckistan should be proud.


  6. Republican 36 says:

    Now we know why the Denver Broncos lost so badly to the Seattle Seahawks in the 2014 Super Bowl. They lost because the Chicago White Sox lost the 1959 World Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers. I knew there was a connection and Mr. Buck has cleared it  up for me.

  7. Republican 36 says:

    Based on Mr. Buck's intellect and clairvoyance, he can explain why the Great Depression caused the American Civil War. I'll bet he can make the connection.

    If his version of logic works going forward, I’m positive it will work in reverse too.

  8. FrankUnderwood says:

    We should do a poll……who is more reprehensible:  Ken Buck or Tom Tancredo?

  9. notaskinnycook says:

    "What difference does it make now?"

    -Secretary Clinton

  10. Andrew Carnegie says:

    Here is a shorter version:

    Why doesn't anyone trust this administration's assurances that they should not be concerned about terrorism?

    Because the administration has previously been so wrong about it and deliberately lied to them about it that they are not believed, even if they are telling the truth.

    ISIS is not the JV.

    Benghazi had nothing to do with a video.

    ISIS is not contained.

    • Duke Cox says:

      I thought I smelled something…

    • exlurker19 says:

      And a Republican President (to use the last term very, very loosely) ignored intelligence that could have prevented 9/11 just to have an excuse to attack a country that had nothing to do with 9/11, "because he wanted to kill my daddy."  He being Saddam, and the President during 9/11 was George W. Bush.  Not Clinton, not Obama.  This is reality, a place I know you seldom visit, AC.

    • Republican 36 says:

      The Obama administration has never said we should not be concerned by terrorism.

      ISIS in the end is the JV. Terror organizations have been attacking innocent people for seventy years since the Middle Eastern nations became independent after colonialism ended and it has got them absolutely nowhere. No nations have fallen or been taken over by the terrorists. They commit these atrocities because they are weak. They simply don't have the support or logistical power to take on nation states. 

      Whe President Obama spoke about ISIS in the context of containment about one week ago, he was speaking of geographic containment in Syria and Iraq. In fact, ISIS has lost ground in both countries and they don't appear to have the where-with-all to take the territory they've lost back. Therefore, they have been contained in the Middle East.

      ISIS is ordering terrorist attacks in places like France because they are so weak militarily. Their only option is to attack through terror and thereby attempt to undermine the political commitment nations like France and the United States have to fight them. The attack in Paris is a sign of their weakness brought on by the unrelenting pressure the world has brought against them in the Middle East.

      In the end, Mr. Buck's attempt to tie ISIS terror acts and Benghazi together is a silly transparent attempt to score political points for himself. Silly but typical and very poorly thought through.

  11. BlueCat says:

    Granted most of the people who died in these US embassy attacks weren't Americans and therefore don't count to Republicans but Americans were killed in a sufficient number that if there was any nonpartisan sincerity behind the rinse repeat investigations of Benghazi, the incidents with American victims would have received the same attention from Republicans as they are doggedly lavishing on Benghazi.

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