“Bridgeghazi” isn’t funny or clever. Stop it.

January 10, 2014

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I thought conservatives on Twitter had killed off a new attempt to create a new scandal suffix to replace ‘gate.’ I was wrong.

Two days ago, Andrew Kaczynski of Buzzfeed suggested the new, oh-so-clever ‘ghazi’ suffix after the Chris Christie bridge scandal. “Bridgeghazi” was excoriated online. and Andrew was properly shamed. I thought that was the end of it until today. Today  I heard a personality on LA radio use the term. 

Chris Christie bridge ghazi

I suppose it’s possible this radio person doesn’t know what happened on September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya. For your background sir, four Americans were left to die after al Qaeda launched a well planned attack on the American mission. The American Ambassador Chris Stevens was burned, and as some reports put it, sexually and otherwise assaulted, and dragged to his death. His communications aide Sean Smith was murdered with the Ambassador by terrorists who poured fuel around the compound and set it on fire. Two former Navy SEALS, Tyrone Wood and Glen Doherty, both with Southern California connections, died trying to hold off the enemy from the nearby CIA Annex until help could arrive. It never did. The president, whose movements that night have never been accounted for, never sent help and neither did then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Both went to bed that night without sending help. The president partied with Jay-Z in Vegas the next day.

Making fun of this horrible episode in American history belittles the sacrifice of these men and relegates to irrelevancy the administration’s gasp inducing failure to send help, explain it, and be forthcoming with congressional oversight committees. Maybe that was the point. 

Making fun of Benghazi is in the realm of mocking concentration camp survivors by asking if they use those tattooed numbers to play lotto or creating parachutes with a 9/11 logo for people who work in New York high rises. It’s in bad taste. It’s wrong. Stop it.