Appearing on CNN Sunday, GOP Presidential candidate Jeb Bush seemed unable (or unwilling) to explain why he thinks Hillary Clinton is responsible for the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, but his brother is blameless for the 9/11 attacks which killed over 3,000 Americans.
But let’s backtrack for just a moment. No doubt you recall that earlier this week Donald Trump remarked about 9/11:
“He was president, OK? Blame him, or don’t blame him, but he was president. The World Trade Center came down during his reign.”
Jebbie was mighty upset when the Donald made that allegation, calling it “pathetic.”
Yet Jeb seemed more than a little taken aback when CNN host Jake Tapper asked him this:
“Obviously al Qaeda was responsible for the terrorist attacks of 9/11. But how do you respond to critics who ask if your brother and his administration bear no responsibility at all, how do you then make the jump that President Obama and Secretary Clinton are responsible for what happened at Benghazi?”
Bush began to stammer before he managed to spit out this drivel:
“Well, I — the question on Benghazi, which we will now finally get the truth to, is was the place secure? They had a responsibility at the Department of State to have proper security.”
Then Bush tried to do damage control for the House Benghazi committee:
“And how was the response in the aftermath of the attack? Was there a chance that these four American lives could have been saved? That’s what the investigation is about, it’s not a political issue…Were we doing the job of protecting our embassies and our consulates, and during the period, those hours after the attacks started, could they have been saved?”
To which Tapper countered:
“That’s kind of proving the point of the critics. You don’t want you brother to bear responsibility for 9/11 — and I understand that argument and al Qaeda is responsible — but why are the terrorists not the ones that are responsible for these attacks in Libya?”
Bush, perhaps realizing that he had walked into a no-win situation, declared:
“They are! But if the ambassador was asking for additional security and they didn’t get it, that’s a proper point. And if it’s proven that the security was adequate compared to other embassies, then fine, we’ll move on.”
Sure you will, Jeb. You’ll do it right after you finally admit the truth: Your brother was President when this country suffered the worst terrorist attack in American history.
And as for your line, “He kept us safe,” all I can say to that would be this: It’s cold comfort when 3,000+ people are already dead.
Watch the Exchange for Yourself
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.