It’s unclear what Fox News was expecting from Pulitizer Prize winning journalist Tom Ricks when they brought him on to discuss Benghazi but it’s clear they did not pre-interview him in the slightest. If they had, it’s safe to say this wouldn’t have happened:
SCOTT: When you have four people dead, including the first dead U.N. ambassador — U.S. ambassador in more than 30 years, how do you call that hype?
RICKS: How many security contractors died in Iraq, do you know?
SCOTT: I don’t.
RICKS: No. Nobody does, because nobody cared. We know that several hundred died, but there was never an official count done of security contractors dead in Iraq. So when I see this focus on what was essentially a small firefight, I think, number one, I’ve covered a lot of firefights. It’s impossible to figure out what happens in them sometimes. And second, I think that the emphasis on Benghazi has been extremely political, partly because Fox was operating as a wing of Republican Party.
SCOTT: All right. Tom Ricks, thanks very much for joining us today.
RICKS: You’re welcome.
“Nobody does, because nobody cared.” If that doesn’t sum up the GOP’s foreign policy, I don’t know what does. A better question for the right would be, “What are the names of the three men that died besides Ambassador Stevens?” Another good one would be, “How many Libyans died protecting those four men?” They won’t know because they don’t care. If one out of every one hundred conservatives that are screaming for an investigation and impeachment over Benghazi could find it on a map, it would be a miracle. If half of them could name what country Benghazi is in, it would be astounding. The right doesn’t care about what happened in Benghazi anymore than they care about how many security contractors died in Iraq. It’s just another political attack for them to use against President Obama.
I can’t imagine Tom Ricks will be on Fox again anytime soon but he made his point with devastating accuracy and concision. The speed with which he was removed from the screen and his small smile at the very end spoke volumes.
Mission Accomplished, Mr. Ricks.