Flashback: Major-party nominee uses war deaths to score political points

Remember that time when a major-party presidential nominee went on television immediately after the deaths of several Americans abroad to attack the policies of the current administration and his opponent?  Remember how the media repeatedly demanded to know whether he regretted the timing of that criticism, and whether he was ashamed at not providing a united political front in the face of tragedy?

Yeah, neither do I … and neither does Andrew Kaczynski at BuzzFeed.  This CNN interview took place in July 2008, immediately after the deaths of nine US troops in Afghanistan:

As it happens, I think that policy in Iraq and Afghanistan were perfectly acceptable topics for political debate at that time.  So too is the lack of preparation of our consulate in Benghazi and embassies in Egypt, Tunisia, and Yemen on the anniversary of 9/11 and the diplomatic response to them.  However, I’d have also settled for both of them being off the political table for a short period after the deaths of Americans — as long as the concern-trolling media played it fairly both times.  That’s obviously not the case.