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Brit Hume: ‘No way’ for Hillary Clinton to escape responsibility for Benghazi [VIDEO]
The Daily Caller ^ | 5-7-2013 | Jeff Poor

Posted on 05/07/2013 3:37:30 PM PDT by smoothsailing

May 7, 2013

Brit Hume: ‘No way’ for Hillary Clinton to escape responsibility for Benghazi [VIDEO]

Jeff Poor

Senior Fox News political analyst Brit Hume laid out why this week’s testimony on last September’s terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya could be problematic for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Hume, speaking on Tuesday’s broadcast of “America Live,” said there is no feasible way for her to escape any responsibility since she had to be involved in the crafting of the talking points that came out after the attack that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including then-U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

“There’s really no way for her to escape responsibility for this if this testimony does what we all expect now that it will do,” Hume said. “Of course, over the years in Washington I’ve seen many a hype hearing fail to live up to expectations. But if it does live up, there’s no way I think she can escape this. I think she recognized from the start that this was trouble. I don’t think it was an accident that Susan Rice, the U.N. ambassador, who was kind of an unusual choice, was the person who went out on the Sunday shows to recite those talking points. I think then-Secretary Clinton knew that the talking points were shaky.”

“She may have participated in making them shaky,” Hume continued. “But she did not want any of that mud on her shoes that might be caused. And Susan Rice, of course, has paid a price for being the one who recited them. But we also know, as you suggest, Victoria Nuland, the State Department spokeswoman was involved in the crafting of those talking points. She reports directly or indirectly to Hillary Clinton, and she was telling the other people that were crafting the points that ‘my building,’ that means Hillary Clinton’s State Department, had a problem with this or that or the other thing and they were changed at her behest. Secretary Clinton cannot escape responsibility for that.”

Hume said that even if Clinton were able to show she had nothing to do with the Benghazi tragedy, it would demonstrate a dereliction of duty, something that could prove to be a burden on any potential presidential ambitions she has.

“Let’s assume that she claims that she didn’t have any responsibility for that,” Hume said. “What does that say about her stewardship of her department at a moment when a terrible thing has happened to an ambassador whom we’re to believe and she’s given every indication she had great faith in and cared a lot about? The murdered ambassador there was her subordinate. The staff there at the embassy were her subordinates. So if she took a walk during this, that doesn’t exactly recommend her for the person that will receive the middle of the night phone calls, does it?”

“I mean, I don’t think there’s any way for her to escape this even if she succeeds in arguing that she didn’t have her fingerprints on it,” he continued. “If she didn’t, she should have. And when she heard the talking points recited, she had to know they were wrong. If she didn’t, that’s dereliction. And if she didn’t know they were wrong, she should have said something. So she’s — I just don’t think there’s any way out, really. Look, she’ll get a vast amount of forgiveness. She’s an icon of the Democratic Party. A lot of people in the media will want to excuse her if they can, but the facts will prove too heavy.”

Hume also said Clinton’s service at the State Department wasn’t particularly distinguished, which is another thing political opponents could use against her in a primary and/or general election.

“We’ll have to see how bad it gets, but it’s certainly a weapon in the hands of her potential opponents, both within her party and in a general election if she gets that far,” he said. “And the other thing, Megyn, is this also contributes to another question, which is — was she really a very successful and special secretary of state? I think the case for that is pretty weak. There was no great Clinton doctrine in foreign policy. Are there any treaties that she forwarded and help negotiate that made a big difference? Is the situation in the Middle East, which has always been a tinderbox that every American secretary of state must deal with — is that markedly improved by virtue of her stewardship of the State Department? I think the answer to all of those questions is probably no. So is this really a great credential for her as the last job she held going into a presidential campaign?”

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1 posted on 05/07/2013 3:37:30 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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Britt Hume... THE most trusted name in journalism.


2 posted on 05/07/2013 3:39:47 PM PDT by HawaiianGecko
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To: smoothsailing
"We're all entitled to one mistake!"

I can hear them now.

3 posted on 05/07/2013 3:40:49 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: smoothsailing

wonder if the ‘my building’ Hillary referred to is the same building as the building Nordstrom referred to when he spoke of ‘the Taliban is in the building’?


4 posted on 05/07/2013 3:42:33 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: smoothsailing

Britt Hume isn’t usually one for exaggeration. Very curious.


5 posted on 05/07/2013 3:43:21 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: HawaiianGecko

Well, she did have that wonderfully embarrassing ‘reset button’ moment with the Russian Ambassador.


6 posted on 05/07/2013 3:43:58 PM PDT by HawaiianGecko
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To: smoothsailing

Unless they throw Obama under the bus....which ain’t gonna happen.


7 posted on 05/07/2013 3:44:31 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: smoothsailing

She is going to skate.

IMHO


8 posted on 05/07/2013 3:44:40 PM PDT by ripley
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To: gorush

Hillary’s Mulligan? I wouldn’t put it past her.


9 posted on 05/07/2013 3:45:03 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: HawaiianGecko

C’mon folks...dont you remember? Hitlery fell and cracked her head and had a concussion.....she cant remember......she has brain damage............. (man, aint THAT the truth!)


10 posted on 05/07/2013 3:46:22 PM PDT by MagUSNRET
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To: smoothsailing

She’s just be an angry marginal socialist if she hadn’t gotten her hooks into Bill Clinton. She had experience fot the job. The State Dept requires a stellar person.


11 posted on 05/07/2013 3:46:22 PM PDT by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: smoothsailing
Hillary could get off the hook by simply stating, if TRUE, that she acquiesced to Obama, who in turn issued the "stand down" order.

She may be culpable, but only to a degree. The only person on the face of the earth who can issue the "stand down" order in this type of situation is the CIC (President).

These hearings should be VERY interesting to say the least.

12 posted on 05/07/2013 3:46:56 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: ripley

of course


13 posted on 05/07/2013 3:46:57 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: gorush
Methinks you are correct.
Hillary skates. She is the heir apparent to Broncho Bamma and there is no way the Democrat establishment and their sycophants in the media will allow any Hillary to be tarred with this brush.
I have this nagging little thought in the back of my head that tells me that Susan Rice and Leon Panetta will be the logical choices for the sacrificial lambs.
14 posted on 05/07/2013 3:47:02 PM PDT by Tupelo (The Government lies, then the media lies to cover up the government lies.)
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To: smoothsailing

But she will.

The D’s and MSM can’t have her out of the picture come the next presidential election.


15 posted on 05/07/2013 3:47:41 PM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: smoothsailing
Doesn't matter because if Hillary runs for the presidency and someone brings up Benghazi, then Hume will be among those who say, "Why ask about that? It's old news."

It's what happens when honesty and integrity disintegrates in a society.
16 posted on 05/07/2013 3:48:06 PM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: Viennacon

He’s an old hand with keen insight. I take his remarks seriously.


17 posted on 05/07/2013 3:48:57 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
Oh, YES way he'll skate.

Look at what he's gotten away with so far, courtesy of the sodomite media, the tyrannical courts, and a wimpish RINO opposition.

He could axe murder his family and he'd still remain in office.

18 posted on 05/07/2013 3:49:05 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: smoothsailing
Brit Hume: ‘No way’ for Hillary Clinton to escape responsibility for Benghazi

ATTENTION BRIT..........YOU'RE AN IDIOT......

19 posted on 05/07/2013 3:49:44 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: smoothsailing

Brit’s about to get a lesson on the virtually frictionless mucous layer that democrats secrete when disturbed.


20 posted on 05/07/2013 3:51:32 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: smoothsailing

21 posted on 05/07/2013 3:51:41 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: smoothsailing

When time mattered, when lives were in the balance, when someone with courage, leadership, and wisdom was needed, Hillary folded and slinked away.


22 posted on 05/07/2013 3:52:35 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: smoothsailing
Its perhaps Hildabeast's Götterdämmerung.
23 posted on 05/07/2013 3:53:05 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: VideoDoctor
Hillary could get off the hook by simply stating, if TRUE, that she acquiesced to Obama, who in turn issued the "stand down" order.

Interesting. Will she throw Obama under the bus? I can see Bill advising that ploy. That would get her some sympathy points as the "loyal DemocRAT soldier," while giving the reins to the idiot Biden for the remainder of the term. Biden does a horrible job in the interim, leaving the field open for Hillary in 2016.

24 posted on 05/07/2013 3:53:59 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: All

I’ll believe it when I see it.


25 posted on 05/07/2013 3:54:59 PM PDT by Kolath
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To: smoothsailing

It Ain't Over "Til The Fat Lady Sings

Hat tip: Potlatch


26 posted on 05/07/2013 3:55:46 PM PDT by Iron Munro (E)
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To: JoeProBono

27 posted on 05/07/2013 3:56:07 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: smoothsailing

Dammit, when did Hillary acquire the authority to order the military to “stand-down?”


28 posted on 05/07/2013 3:57:02 PM PDT by old school
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To: MagUSNRET

She actually bumped her head crashing into Iran if certain rumors are to be believed.


29 posted on 05/07/2013 3:58:05 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: JoeProBono

That’s scary and you’re horrible! :)


30 posted on 05/07/2013 3:58:18 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
Beasty skates on EVERYTHING. $100,000 one day profit in cattle futures, Vince Foster, 1,000 FBI files, Whitewater, vast right wing conspiracy, on and on and on, nothing wants to stick to that ugly woman.
31 posted on 05/07/2013 3:59:18 PM PDT by 12chachacha (Sucker??)
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To: MagUSNRET

Hillary was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after being shot at in Sarajevo.


32 posted on 05/07/2013 3:59:25 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: smoothsailing

Her mulligans were used when the secretaries at rosé law firm shredded the whitewater files. Hillary and bill have links to over 100 people who met untimely deaths, primarily in Arkansas. Her Islamic loving tendencies have reduced security in America. Involvement in Egypt and Libya has been a historical disaster.


33 posted on 05/07/2013 4:00:34 PM PDT by Bravo six (Bravo six)
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To: ripley

I agree. Too many in the Party have too much invested in her. “The First woman President.” Who else in the party could serve in that role?


34 posted on 05/07/2013 4:00:53 PM PDT by RobbyS
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To: Iron Munro; potlatch
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35 posted on 05/07/2013 4:01:20 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
Brit Hume: ‘No way’ for Hillary Clinton to escape responsibility for Benghazi

I could have told you that. Let's hope it goes further up the chain of command. I think it does.

36 posted on 05/07/2013 4:01:40 PM PDT by McGruff (You are either with us or you are with the RINOs.)
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To: McGruff

Ideally it destroys them all.


37 posted on 05/07/2013 4:08:02 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

She simply followed instructions from Obama/Axelrod.


38 posted on 05/07/2013 4:13:50 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

39 posted on 05/07/2013 4:17:34 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: smoothsailing

I think we’re about to find out:

“What difference does it make?”


40 posted on 05/07/2013 4:20:54 PM PDT by G Larry (Darkness Hates the Light)
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To: ripley

they will all skate. This will never catch on.

But that NBA guy coming out, now that’s a story ...of real courage.


41 posted on 05/07/2013 4:26:30 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: Seeing More Clearly Now

Let’s try that again:
She’d just be an angry, marginal socialist if she hadn’t gotten her hooks into Bill Clinton. She had NO experience for the job. The State Dept requires a stellar person.


42 posted on 05/07/2013 4:43:08 PM PDT by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: smoothsailing
‘No way’ for Hillary Clinton to escape responsibility for Benghazi

Yea, sure, . . . right after she's convicted in Vince Foster's murder.

Jennifer Flowers affair
Blood-gate, Arkansas prisoners Hepatitis B sent to Canada
Whitewater/Madison Guaranty
Hollywood haircut shuts down airport
Middle Class tax cut retracted
FBI Files improperly obtained and reviewed
Who hired David Livingstone?
Waco Texas
Attorney General nominees didn't pay nanny taxes
Travelgate - Billy Dale framed
Cattlegate - Hillary's $100,000 payoff
Jocelyn Elders - condoms to children
Linda Trip - lewd pickup attempt
Lincoln bedroom for sale
Selling of plots at Arlington National Cemetery
Buddhist temple fund raiser
Monica Lewinski & the Blue Dress
Clinton lied about seeing Black churches burning
Bombing an Aspirin factory in Sudan
Selling military technology to China
Rose Law Firm files found in Hillary's bedroom
Foster "suicide" - files taken by Hillary
Foster "suicide" note- proven it was not written by Foster
Ron Brown dies just before being indicted
Chinagate- 115 plead 5th of flee the country
Teamster Funds diverted to DNC
12 former body guards dead
Juanita Broaderic rape charge
Kathleen Willey - Whitehouse hallway assault
Kathleen Willey's cat killed with threat
Elizabeth Ward Grecen rape charge
Clinton's perjury
Obstruction of justice by delaying delivery of files
White HOuse coffees
1 Million Illegal immigrants rushed through naturalization PRIOR to 1996 elections.
100,000 White House e-mails disappeared
Elian Gonzalez seizure
Pardengate - Denise Rich pleads the fifth,
Pardengate - Hillary's brother gets $500,000 payoff
Benghazi

43 posted on 05/07/2013 4:47:29 PM PDT by aimhigh (Guns do not kill people. Abortion kills people.)
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To: Iron Munro

Lol, good one for this thread I.M. Wish she really would SING!


44 posted on 05/07/2013 4:49:54 PM PDT by potlatch (~be content with small victories and simple pleasures~)
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To: gorush
She wasted hers hiring Craig Livingstone.

-PJ

45 posted on 05/07/2013 4:50:19 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: smoothsailing
Thanks S.S. I like your 'html copter'!

 



46 posted on 05/07/2013 4:53:32 PM PDT by potlatch (~be content with small victories and simple pleasures~)
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To: smoothsailing
I agree with Brit. The press will try to cover for her, but Congress will eventually get the facts and she will be held accountable by opponents if and when she runs for President. As Reagan channeling John Adams said, facts are stubborn things.

She really blew this tactically as Billy Jeff in his prime never would have. She should have taken "full responsibility" in that way politicians do without really taking responsibility and started to make it "old news." Taking the route she did will just let it fester.

47 posted on 05/07/2013 4:59:54 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: smoothsailing
Whatever she did, she did it at Ubama's behest.
48 posted on 05/07/2013 5:06:58 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to detonate anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: HawaiianGecko

Well, it turned out to an “overcharge” button which is appropo from a Clinton.


49 posted on 05/07/2013 5:20:06 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: JoeProBono

Eye bleach alert! Good gollie Joe. She looks old.


50 posted on 05/07/2013 5:22:41 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Cyprus - the beginning)
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