The Washington Times
By Seth McLaughlin
Monday, May 13, 2013
Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul criticized Democrats and Republicans Monday for ignoring what he sees as the true cause of the Benghazi attacks: their mutual support of military interventionism overseas and its unintended consequences.
The libertarian and former GOP presidential hopeful wrote in an op-ed Monday that the post-Benghazi discussion on Capitol Hill has been “more of a sideshow” than an honest investigation of what motivated the attacks that left the U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead.
“Neither side wants to talk about the real lesson of Benghazi: Interventionism always carries with it unintended consequences,” Mr. Paul said. “The U.S. attack on Libya led to the unleashing of Islamist radicals in Libya. These radicals have destroyed the country, murdered thousands, and killed the U.S. ambassador.”
Mr. Paul said that both parties are playing a blame game.
Democrats, he said, are making the bogus claim that the attacks were somehow tied to Republican spending cuts. And Republicans, he said, smell “a political opportunity” over the Obama administration’s scrubbing of the initial so-called “talking points” on the attack, which Mr. Paul said should not come as a shock because that is “standard” operating procedure for the U.S. government.
“Republicans want to draw attention to the president’s editing talking points in hopes no one will notice that if the attack on Libya they supported had not taken place, Ambassador Stevens would be alive today,” Mr. Paul said.