Hillary Clinton finally testified about the terrorist attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, in which four Americans died while the Obama administration – herself included – did nothing.
Four and a half months since that attack… long since the first round of reports and misreports and cover-ups were thrown around by the media… well after the White House blamed it on an independent, insignificant filmmaker and then kinda, sorta took it back (but not really)… and some significant time later Congressional Republicans than first started demanding real answers… Four and a half months later, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took the stand to answer for herself and her gross misconduct (or worse).
Really, I’m surprised that she appeared at all. But she did. And I gotta say she made a decent dog and pony show out of it, getting emotional and exhibiting righteous outrage and everything.
When Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, for example, pressed her on how she and the rest of the Obama administration had blamed the attack and subsequent deaths on a protest gone wrong for weeks on end, she got right back in his face. As the Washington Post so admiringly describes:
“‘With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans,’ she shouted at the lawmaker. Waving her arms and then pounding the witness table with her fist, she continued: ‘Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?’
“Johnson stopped interrupting as Clinton continued. ‘It is, from my perspective, less important today looking backward as to why these militants decided they did it than to find them and bring them to justice,’ she said.”
She’s got a point too. But that’s the essence of every great deception. Add in some truth, appeal to emotions and throw some blame around while you’re at it.
So no, she never saw any of the numerous ambassadorial requests for additional security, but Congress is being irresponsible to focus on her instead of trying to catch the perpetrators. And yes, she takes responsibility, but Congress never gave the State Department enough money for it to do its jobs correctly. So it’s not really her fault.
Except that it is. Hillary Clinton – along with other members of the Obama administration – is responsible for how that attack played out and how badly the aftermath was mishandled.
And yet as California Republican Dana Rohrabacher wisely reminded her, the only person “in jail right now is the filmmaker.” Nobody else is going to have to answer for the deadly debacle.