What is Benghazi? My dad won’t stop talking about it, and yet paradoxically, I understand it less every time he brings it up. It seems to have something to do with Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton? I have no idea what’s happening.
Thank you for writing me. I’m sorry about your name, but I will try to answer your question as best I can.
This is a tricky thing because the word “Benghazi” actually has two meanings, depending on whether you are a Republican or not. It sounds like you aren’t very informed about the issues, so it might be that you are not actually sure about your own political leanings either. In that case, I will provide two definitions, and you can choose the one that sounds the best to you. This way you can really find out what your true opinion is deep down, because scientifically-speaking, that is how opinions work.
Okay, let’s begin.
1. A city in Libya
2. A singular, piercing, voiceless rage in the very pit of your heart
How did you do? If you picked the second one, you might be a Republican. You might also just be kind of dumb, and and simply couldn’t infer the answer that I was kind of hoping you’d lean towards. Hey, that’s okay too. We can’t all be champions.
Anyways, I am kind of skirting around the actual topic, because even though I have accurately defined the word for you, the reason it is brought up is because it refers to a tragic event! And those are almost never funny. And yet I must press on and deal with the facts, so here they are:
In 2012, about 150 gunmen rushed the U.S. embassy and shot up a bunch of people. Four people died, including two embassy workers, an American diplomat named J. Christopher Stevens, and another diplomat whose alliegence remains unanswered by Wikipedia. It was probably a nightmare to be involved in for everyone who wasn’t the mob of crazy, armed gunmen.
In any event, did you notice how I only named one guy out of the four men killed? The American guy? That’s because whoever it was who wrote the article on Wikipedia was probably American and he either didn’t care enough about the other guys to look them up, or he wanted to specifically emphasize the American diplomat most of all and the only way he could think to do that was to leave out the other guys’ names. Either way, the point is that America has this thing you may have heard of where they really don’t like it when their own citizens are murdered overseas, especially by soldiers and mercenaries. It’s a quirk we have.
So anyways, because this tragic event happened in Libya, by a mob of terrorist-types two years ago, your dad is angry at Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton.