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  • bogeybama bogeybama Jan 24, 2013 12:25 AM Flag

    Hillary: It ain't no skin off my nose!

    After being pressed today by Republican Senator Ron Johnson to explain how it was that over the course of weeks, the Obama Administration stood by an absurd story claiming that four Americans were murdered in Libya due to a spontaneous protest gone bad, outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton played the indignation card.

    Because she obviously had no answer to justify the ongoing White House deception, Secretary Clinton chose theatrics over a straight answer and clarity:

    With all due respect, the fact is we have four dead Americans. Whether it was because of a protest or because guys outside for a walk one night decided to go kill some Americans. What difference at this point does it make?

    When Hillary Clinton was a young lawyer in 1974, she earned her bones in DC as a member of the impeachment inquiry staff during the Watergate scandal. But why? What difference did a little burglary make when thousands were dying in Vietnam?

    Poor Condi Rice. Why didn't she pull this during the 9/11 hearings? "What difference does it make what we knew and when we knew it, Senator? 3,000 Americans that September morning!"

    Yeah, that would've have gone over real well with the media.

    But Rice never would have done such a thing, because she and the Bush Administration had nothing to hide.

    The Obama administration, however, cannot say the same.

    It was a smart ploy, though, because Hillary knows the media's already written headlines claiming her "brilliant" testimony today has secured her place in a 2016 White House. Heck, if she manages to work support for "marriage equality" into today's testimony, the media coronation will begin before the day's out.

    But let's be honest, these hearings are completely unnecessary. After all, the filmmaker responsible for all of this is in prison. Case closed.

    Bottom line: Four Americans died to gross negligence and incompetence on her watch. Regardless, by the time the Sunday shows air, the media will turn Libya into a triumph for Hillary.

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    • In the days following the 2012 attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, the Obama administration insisted protests against an anti-Islam film posted to YouTube incited the attackers. Wednesday, after Secretary of State Hillary testified in front of the Senate over her role in the episode, White House spokesman Jay Carney blasted Republicans for their "obsession" with the film.

      During her testimony, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continued to blame the Benghazi attack on "militants" and got agitated over a question from Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), who asked why the administration illegitimately focused on the video for so long.

      As Sen. Johnson tried to pin Clinton down on the issue, the Secretary raised her voice, saying, "The fact is we had four dead Americans. 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?"

      When reporters asked Carney about Clinton's testimony, the House spokesman was dismissive.

      The Republican Senator's question about the video, Carney said, was "an obvious political obsession over a series of talking points that again bears no relevance on the central issues."

      No relevance?

      In fact, Hillary Clinton herself appeared in a video--as did the President--apologizing to the Muslim world over the video and making sure that Muslims knew that the U.S. denounced it. The only reason this ad was created was because Obama et. al. maintained that the video was a main catalyst for the violence during that period. The video ad ran in Pakistan in the days after the attacks in Benghazi.

      Thus, it was the Obama administration that "obsessed" over this anti-Islam video. Republicans just want to know why the Obama administration purposefully lied about the attacks on Benghazi for so long.

      That seems pretty relevant.

      It all brings to mind Bill Clinton's claim that it "depends on what the definition of 'is' is" when we have an administration basing a week of responses to Benghazi predicated on the claim that it was all over a YouTube video but then blasting Republicans for pointing out that the administration had said this.

    • Congressman To Clinton: "The Only Person That's In Jail Right Now Is The Filmmaker"

      Rep. Dana Rohrabacher Wednesday alluded to the fact that no one involved in the Benghazi terrorist attack has been arrested while the the man who made the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims,” was arrested by California police for a parole violation. The administration originally said the video was the cause of the attack.

    • WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Rand Paul said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had been negligent in conducting her job, and said that if he were president, he would have relieved her of her post.

      Paul said that the fact that she was not aware of the requests of more security for the U.S. Embassy in Libya constituted “a failure of leadership” and said it was “inexcusable.”

      “I think ultimately…you accept the culpability for the worst tragedy since 9/11,” Paul said.

      “Had I been president at the time and I had found that you had not read the cables from Benghazi, you had not read the cables from Ambassador Stevens,” he went on, “I would have relieved you of your post.”

      Paul accused Clinton of being directly responsible for the loss of lives in the September 11, 2012 attacks.

      “Not to know of the requests for security really, I think, cost these people their lives,” he said.

      “I don’t suspect you of bad motives,” he said, but added that “it’s a failure of leadership not to be involved. It’s a failure of leadership not to know these things.”

    • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday forcefully defended her handling of the September 11 attack on the U.S. mission in the Libyan city of Benghazi and denied any effort to mislead the American people.

      The attack by armed militants that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans threatens to stain Clinton's legacy as secretary of state and could cast a longer shadow should she decide to make a White House run in 2016.

      By turns emotional and fierce, Clinton choked up at one point in six hours of congressional testimony as she spoke of comforting the Benghazi victims' families and grew angry when a Republican accused the Obama administration of misleading the country over whether the attack stemmed from a protest.

      "With all due respect, the fact is that we had four dead Americans," Clinton said angrily as she testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, an appearance delayed more than a month because of her ill health.

      "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?" she said, making chopping motions with her hands for emphasis.

      "It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again."

      During the morning Senate hearing and a later session in the U.S. House of Representatives, Republicans and Democrats pointed fingers at each other, with Republicans accusing Clinton's State Department of mismanagement and Democrats defending her.

      But little new information about the Benghazi incident and the administration's response to it emerged from the lengthy hearings. Clinton did say that there were at least 20 other U.S. diplomatic posts under serious security threat, but declined to name them at the public session.

      Clinton cast the Benghazi incident as part of a long history of such violence as well as the result of instability since the Arab Spring of popular revolutions began in 2011, toppling authoritarian rulers in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen.

      "Benghazi did not happen in a vacuum," Clinton said. "The Arab revolutions have scrambled power dynamics and shattered security forces across the region."

      'I TAKE RESPONSIBILITY'

      On the same day as the Benghazi assault, a mob angered by a U.S.-made video depicting the Prophet Mohammed as a fool and philanderer attacked the U.S. embassy in Cairo. There were later attacks on U.S. embassies in Tunisia, Yemen and Sudan (Hil repeating the debunked video theory).

    • During questioning today at a Capitol Hill hearing on the Benghazi terror attack, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton referred to the Hollywood movie Argo to explain her point:

      "Marine security guards, as you know, are very much a presence on more than 150 of our posts," Clinton said, in response to a question about Marine securing embassies around the world. "And in order to give them the facilities and support they need--they need a Marine house. They need to be very close to the embassy. Because as -- if you saw the recent movie Argo, you saw the Marines in there destroying classified material when the mob was outside in Tehran."

    • Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton let the consulate in Benghazi become a “death trap” by denying security requests made by Ambassador Chris Stevens, and asked Clinton, “What does responsibility mean to you?”

      “There was a request made for more security, and it was denied on June 7,” Duncan said during a hearing on Benghazi before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Wednesday.

      “And so, Madam Secretary you let the consulate become a death trap.

      “You said you take responsibility. What does responsibility mean Madam Secretary?” Duncan continued. “You’re still in your job. And there are four people at the Department of State who have culpability in this that are still in their jobs. I heard the answer about firing or removing personnel. I get that, but this was gross negligence.

      “At what point in time in our administration and can our government fire someone whose gross negligence that left four Americans dead in Benghazi,” he said. “What does the word responsibility mean to you, Madam Secretary?”

      “I think I’ve made that very clear, Congressman,” Clinton said. “And let me say that we come here and made a very open, transparent presentation. I did not have to declassify the [Accountability Review Board] ARB.”

      “I could have joined 18 of the other ARB’s under both Democratic and Republican administrations, kept it classified and then, you know, just said goodbye,” she said. “That’s not who I am. That’s not what I do. And I have great confidence that the Accountability Review Board did the job they were asked to do, made the recommendations that they thought were based on evidence, not on emotion.”

      Duncan then interrupted, “There were a lot of evidence that led up to the security situation. You mentioned transparency. You haven’t provided the call logs of the messages, instant messages during the attack between the post and the operation center.”

      “In an air of transparency, will you release these communications between Benghazi, Tripoli and Washington?” he asked.

      “I will get an answer to you on that, but I will tell you once more, the reason we have Accountability Review Boards is so that we take out of politics, we take out emotion, what happened, and we try to get to the truth,” Clinton said.

      “I think this very distinguished panel did just that, and we are working diligently over time to implement their recommendations,” she said. “That is my responsibility. I’m going to do everything in can before I finish my tenure.”

      The U.S. consulate in Banghazi, Libya, was attacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2012, and four Americans were killed, including the U.S. ambassador, Christopher Stevens. Clinton repeatedly said that she takes ultimate responsibility during her testimony before both the Senate and House committees on Wednesday.

    • Hil should be jailed before she quits.

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      In the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, five State Department Diplomatic Security agents who were in Benghazi that day and survived the attack were evacuated from the country and taken to Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany.

      All five had suffered from smoke inhalation, and one was seriously wounded.

      Under questioning from Sen. Ron Johnson (R.-Wis.) in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revealed that she has spoken to only one of the American survivors who was evacuated from Libya after the Benghazi attack. Presumably, this was one of the five Diplomatic Security officers who fought off the terrorists at the State Department's Benghazi Special Mission Compound on Sept. 11 and who lived to be able to report as eyewitnesses about what had happened there that day.

      The Obama administration has not yet publicly named a single one of these five surviving State Department heroes.

      In fact, the only American witnesses to the Benghazi attack who have been named by the Obama administration are the four whom the terrorists killed--Amb. Chris Stevens, State Department Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, who were working for the CIA, not for Clinton's State Department.

 
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