As Hillary Clinton pounded on the table in front of her and raised her voice, it was easy to visualize her husband, 16 years earlier, showing the same feigned indignation when he claimed, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” Just like Bill Clinton lied to the American people about his Oval Office indiscretions, it is hard to believe much of what Hillary Clinton said during her congressional testimony on a far more serious matter, the Benghazi tragedy.
Clinton opened the proceedings by saying, “I take responsibility.” However, when questioned about the numerous failings before, during and after the September 11, 2012 attacks, the secretary of state pled ignorant.
When asked if she ever looked at the cables from Libya describing a deteriorating security situation, Clinton claimed she never saw them.
When senators pointed out that Ambassador Chris Stevens repeatedly asked for more security in Libya, Clinton claimed she never saw those cables either.
When asked about Ambassador Susan Rice’s repeated (and false) claims on national television that the attacks were the result of a spontaneous protest, not a coordinated attack, Clinton claimed she was not involved in the decision to use those talking points.
When Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) grilled Clinton on why she did not try harder to get the truth out to the American people regarding the root causes of the attack, she raised her voice and exclaimed, “What difference does it make?”
While it might not make any difference to Mrs. Clinton, it makes a lot of difference to the families of the four dead Americans. It makes a difference to U.S. citizens who expect their government to tell the truth.
So, while claiming to accept responsibility, Hillary Clinton actually did the opposite. “I’m responsible, but I didn’t know anything” was the basic gist of her testimony. If she viewed the cables asking for more security, but did nothing, she is guilty of grossly neglected her duties and is responsible for the deaths of those four Americans.
If Clinton is telling the truth about not seeing the cables from Libya, she still grossly neglected her duties and showed complete disregard for the safety of Americans serving under in the state department. Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) rightfully skewered Clinton for her outright ineptitude:
“So we have a review board. The board has 64 things we can change. A lot of these are common sense and should have been done. But the question is, it’s a failure of leadership that they weren’t done in advance and four lives were lost because of this. I’m glad that you’re accepting responsibility. I think ultimately with your leaving you accept the culpability of the worst tragedy since 9/11. And, I really mean that. Had I been president at the time and I found that you did not read the cables from Benghazi, you did not read the cables from Ambassador Stevens, I would have relieved you of your post. I think it’s inexcusable.”
Clinton received a similar grilling from Senator John McCain (R-Arizona). He visited Libya in July and was told by the now-deceased Ambassador Stevens that the security situation there was dire.
“There are many questions that are unanswered and the answers frankly that you’ve given this morning are not satisfactory to me,” McCain said. “The American people and the families of these four brave Americans still have not gotten the answers they deserve. I hope that they will get them,” he added later.
Just in case the feigned indignation and false claims of taking responsibility were not enough, Mrs. Clinton fell back on one of her favorite crutches: crocodile tears. They helped her win the New Hampshire primary in 2008 and Clinton hoped the false emotion would bail her out again.
“For me, this is not just a matter of policy…it’s personal,” Clinton said, her voice cracking. “I stood next to President Obama as the Marines carried those flag-draped caskets off the plane at Andrews. I put my arms around the mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters.”
However, Clinton showed more emotion testifying about the event than she did when meeting the families of those slain Americans. The father of a Navy Seal killed in the attack recalls a completely different Hillary Clinton greeting him at Andrews Air Force base. She shed no tears. She showed little emotion. And she blamed the attacks on the creator of a YouTube video. Charles Woods, a former judge, says he could tell the U.S. secretary of state was being disingenuous.
“I do appreciate her taking the time from her schedule to meet with the four families. While we were in the pod over there with our family she came over shook my hand and I reached out and hugged her shoulder. Her countenance was not good. And she made the statement to me that first of all she was sorry and then she said ‘We will make sure the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted.’”
“And when she said that I could tell that she was not telling me the truth. She’s more intelligent than I am, and she had to also know she was not telling me the truth.”
Hillary Clinton is leaving the state department, but will not disappear from the public eye very long. Once the Benghazi disaster disappears from the public’s focus, Clinton will be back in the limelight. Despite her immense failures running the state department, Hillary Clinton is the heavy, early favorite to win the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. She’s responsible for the deaths of four Americans in Libya, but is the most likely person to become our next commander-in-chief. That is truly frightening.
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