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Tom Cotton hits Democrats for 'fake outrage' over Benghazi

Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is fed up with charges that Republicans are politicizing Benghazi. So he took to the House floor Thursday and issued this stern rebuke to Democrats who are supposedly "outraged" over GOP focus on the 2012 attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans:

A few key lines:

Where was the outrage as they fundraised endlessly off the Iraq war? ... 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 joined the Army? Forgive me if I don't join my Democratic colleagues in sharing their fake outrage.

It does seem like Democrats (and some in the media) are using examples of unseemly Republican overreach to change the subject from the very serious charges about the Obama administration's mishandling of Benghazi. And, of course, both sides are guilty of hypocrisy, having politicized and exploited past tragedies. So I don't blame Cotton, who served in the military, for being frustrated.