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updated 5/22/2013 6:48:28 PM ET 2013-05-22T22:48:28

"In the case of 9/11, the political critics pull with the president. They put politics aside," says Chris Matthews. "In the case of the outpost in Libya, they make it grounds for the biggest scandal in god's creation, the basis for all-out political war!"

Let me finish tonight with this.

I was thinking the other day about the consummate unfairness of this Benghazi fight.

When our country was hit in 2001, with those planes flying into the World Trade Center up in New York and the Pentagon down here in Washington, the country accepted the horror. Sure, there was some finger pointing about the warning the CIA had given the President about Al Qaeda attacking in the United States, but nobody serious was out there saying it was George W. who was behind 9/11, nobody really calling him a bad guy over it, and certainly nobody serious talking about impeachment.

Then I read the other day about some Republicans talking about impeaching President Obama over the attack by terrorists on a CIA facility in Benghazi, out there in the wilds of revolutionary Libya.

Think, for a second, of how disproportionate this is. In one case, the United States is attacked in its greatest city and its capital. The casualties climb into the thousands.

In the other case, an ambassador is killed in the midst of his duties, out there in a location that even under quiet circumstances was risky.

In the case of 9/11, the political critics pull with the president. They put politics aside.

In the case of the outpost in Libya, they make it grounds for the biggest scandal in god’s creation, the basis for all-out political war!

Who is reasonable here? Who is fair?

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    >>> let me finish tonight with this. i was thinking the other day about the constant unfairness of the so-called benghazi issue. when our country was hit in 2001 trade center and pentagon in washington and accepted the horror. sure, there was some finger pointing in the united states but nobody serious was out there saying it was george w. bush behind 9/11. nobody calling him a bad guy over it and no one talking about impeachment. and then i read the other day about some republican talking about impeaching president obama about terrorists over a cia in benghazi. think for a second of how disproportionate this is. in one case the united states is attacked in its greatest city and the capitol. out there in the location that even under quiet circumstances was risky. and in the case of 9/11, the political critics polled with the president, took politics aside. in the case of the outpuft ost to libya, the basis for all out warfare. who is being reasonable here, who is being fair? that's "hardball" for now. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now.

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