Arkansas Republican Rep. Tom Cotton excoriated his Democratic colleagues for attacking a GOP fundraising effort around the Benghazi cover-up, asking “where was the outrage as Democrats fundraised endlessly off the Iraq War?”
Cotton took to the House floor minutes before a vote to convene a select committee to investigate alleged wrongdoing by the Obama administration in the aftermath of the September 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.
Democrats had been railing against a National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) email referencing the cover-up and asking for political donations. They argument was that it is disgraceful for a political party to raise money on a tragedy that killed four Americans.
As a former Army veteran with combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, Cotton was having none of it. Democrats, he said, “express great outrage at politicizing this manner. When I was leading troops in Iraq in 2006 — men and women who were being shot at and blown up by al-Qaeda — where was the outrage as they fundraised endlessly off the Iraq War?”
“Where was the outrage as they viciously attacked our commanders?” Cotton continued, his voice quavering with anger. “Where was the outrage when they said that soldiers were war criminals? Where was the outrage when they said the war was lost? Where was the outrage when they said that only high school dropouts join the army?”
“Forgive me if I don’t join my Democratic colleagues in sharing in their fake outrage,” the congressman spat. “Four Americans lost their lives that night in Benghazi. They deserve justice. The American people deserve the truth.”
“One lesson I learned in the Army is we leave no man behind,” Cotton concluded. “And we will not leave these four men behind.”
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