It's Time to Question the GOP's Patriotism

I have had it up to here with the Republican intransigence against the United States of America. I have had it with the GOP not just hurting our country economically for political gain, but politicizing every war-and-peace topic. At some point, when a political party seems incapable of coming together at an hour of crisis, of putting America before their political futures; at some point when a political party is hell bent on launching political attacks on American civil servants in harm's way, and on document dumping for political gain - at that point you have to stop and say: this is not patriotic. This is not patriotism. This is unpatriotic behavior.

When this president set a clear path forward to exit Iraq, Republicans cried with no clear alternatives. When this president took out bin Laden, the Republican media machine went on overdrive to try to deny him credit. When this president ended the national security nightmare of throwing out qualified, brave soldiers out of the military because of their sexual orientation, Republicans warned of a coming apocalypse.

From the beginning of the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, Mitt Romney started running his mouth. Before the facts were known, he couldn't help himself from running to the microphone to attack the people in the Embassy who were trying to protect their own lives. Mitt Romney has been so brazen, he even forgot to pay attention to the President's words, when he spoke in the Rose Garden the day after the attacks. Last week, Republican Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, dumped 166 pages of sensitive State Department documents revealing and endangering the lives of many who are cooperating with the United States within Libya.

Issa posted 166 pages of sensitive but unclassified State Department communications related to Libya on the committee's website afternoon as part of his effort to investigate security failures and expose contradictions in the administration's statements regarding the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi that resulted in the death of Amb. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. [...]

But Issa didn't bother to redact the names of Libyan civilians and local leaders mentioned in the cables, and just as with the WikiLeaks dump of State Department cables last year, the administration says that Issa has done damage to U.S. efforts to work with those Libyans and exposed them to physical danger from the very groups that had an interest in attacking the U.S. consulate.
At a time when militants are out there hunting for every Libyan who is cooperating with the United States, a Republican chairman of a House committee releases the names of just those people. This man isn't stupid, and this isn't about transparency. This is about endangering the safety of those people, and this is about endangering the security of the United States. This is borderline treason. And thee stone cold silence from Mitt Romney gives his consent to this. Mitt Romney, and his Republican party establishment are not patriotic.

Foreign policy isn't exactly my area of expertise, so to speak. But this isn't just about foreign policy anymore; this is about our country. This is about patriotism. Patriotism isn't about faux outrage at a burning flag, it is about a burning desire to serve our country. Patriotism is about a love of country that is bigger than our political and personal interests. It is about serving one's country before one's party. Endangering the lives of those who are cooperating with American authorities so that we can get to the bottom of what happened when we were attacked is unpatriotic. The men who support that act are unpatriotic. And the candidate whose goal has been to take political advantage of a crisis has lost all claim to patriotism.

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