One of the first attacks leveled by Congressman Paul Ryan during last week's vice presidential campaign was to blame the deaths of four Americans at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya on the Obama administration.
It should be remembered that, in 2003, we were told Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and probably nuclear weapons that he was going to give the al Qaeda terrorists. "Mushroom clouds" would follow if the U.S. didn't invade Iraq...which also happened to be sitting on one of the world's largest oil fields.
We now know that 10 years, 4,500 American deaths, and $1 trillion later it was all a sham. Worse, not a single Bush administration official has ever been held accountable for the Iraq disaster.
But with Barack Obama in the White House, the GOP is suddenly all about accountability.
Ryan's attempt to capitalize on the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens to score some cheap debate points caught the attention of the late ambassador's father, Jan.
"It would really be abhorrent to make this into a campaign issue," said Stevens, who added he is getting regular briefings from the State Department. "The security matters are being adequately investigated...It does not belong in the campaign arena."
But Mr. Stevens doesn't understand that winning the White House is far more important to Mitt Romney's benefactors like casino owner Sheldon Adelstein than common decency.
While GOP leaders were whining about the "rude" treatment their poor little wonder boy - who never served in uniform - got at the hands of Vice President Joe Biden, another parent who lost a child in Benghazi had already told the GOP campaign not to include her son's death as part of Romney's "political agenda."
Evidently Ryan ignored the message.
Barbara Doherty spoke out after Romney talked about his chance meeting with her son, Glen Doherty, a Navy SEAL, at a Christmas party. Romney, who, like so many privileged boys, managed to dodge fighting in Vietnam, got all choked up as he talked about the dead warrior-hero in front of a big crowd, which infuriated the SEAL's mother.
"It’s wrong to use these brave young men, who wanted freedom for all, to degrade Obama,” said Doherty's mother. “I don’t trust Romney.”
All this happened before the debate and before the investigations in Benghazi have been completed, yet Ryan blithely used the deaths of four Americans to smear Obama.
At long last, Mr. Ryan. have you no decency?