Former U.S. Representative Allen West broke embarrassing new ground in the politicization of the 2012 attack against the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, when he suggested that the abduction of 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by terrorist group Boko Haram is somehow a smokescreen to distract Americans from the Benghazi attack.
“Are we witnessing an Obama ‘Wag the Dog’ moment with Boko Haram in Nigeria? I say yes,” West wrote on his blog on Monday. “Consider all the scandals facing the Obama administration, especially Benghazi and the Select Committee, which Rep. Nancy Pelosi referred to as a ‘political stunt.'” West then went on to list a number of discredited conspiracy theories related to Benghazi, before suggesting, “So what better time than right now, to create the straw man of Boko Haram, another distraction for which no real action will take place.”
West’s accusation — that the Obama administration is actively exploiting the kidnapping of 200 girls to distract from a baseless faux-scandal about Sunday show talking points — is perfectly awful. But it’s far from unique. In fact, West is just the latest in a long list of Republicans to see Benghazi lurking in the shadows of just about every major news story to break over the past two years.
Here are five other ways that the right has accused the Obama administration — and the “liberal media” — of distracting you from what’s really important: #Benghazi.