- - Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Now that we have mercifully finished with the unconstitutional impeachment trial of a former president, I am eminded of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi.

That was an event that at the time I thought might just doom Barack Obama’s reelection chances. However, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were too inept in the debates — and the media too complicit in covering the fact that Benghazi was a planned terrorist incident — to make the truth obvious. In 2012, to cover up their ineptitude at protecting the embassy staff, the Obama administration insisted the attack had been “spontaneous.”

So, was the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol break-in, which President Trump neither condoned nor directed, spontaneous? Now we are led to believe that it was, and that Trump’s words incited an angry mob. Or, more nefariously, was the attack was planned, either by extremist Trump supporters or antifa operatives acting in an attempt to discredit Trump and/or destroy the Capitol? If the attack was planned, unless it could be proved that Trump planned it, that would discredit the incitement theory under which the impeachment charge was brought.

Individuals involved have been charged, but we will not know whether they planned it until thorough investigations are done and trials conducted. To have held a political show trial before any real trial was held amounted to nothing more than a temper tantrum by the Democratic majority.

JAMES SCARBOROUGH



Arlington, Va.

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