Skip to comments.Brit Hume: ‘No way’ for Hillary Clinton to escape responsibility for Benghazi [VIDEO]
Posted on 05/07/2013 3:37:30 PM PDT by smoothsailing
May 7, 2013
Senior Fox News political analyst Brit Hume laid out why this weeks testimony on last Septembers terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya could be problematic for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Hume, speaking on Tuesdays 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.
Theres 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 Ive seen many a hype hearing fail to live up to expectations. But if it does live up, theres no way I think she can escape this. I think she recognized from the start that this was trouble. I dont 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 Clintons 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.
Lets assume that she claims that she didnt 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 were to believe and shes 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 doesnt exactly recommend her for the person that will receive the middle of the night phone calls, does it?
I mean, I dont think theres any way for her to escape this even if she succeeds in arguing that she didnt have her fingerprints on it, he continued. If she didnt, she should have. And when she heard the talking points recited, she had to know they were wrong. If she didnt, thats dereliction. And if she didnt know they were wrong, she should have said something. So shes I just dont think theres any way out, really. Look, shell get a vast amount of forgiveness. Shes 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 Clintons service at the State Department wasnt particularly distinguished, which is another thing political opponents could use against her in a primary and/or general election.
Well have to see how bad it gets, but its 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?
Britt Hume... THE most trusted name in journalism.
I can hear them now.
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’?
Britt Hume isn’t usually one for exaggeration. Very curious.
Well, she did have that wonderfully embarrassing ‘reset button’ moment with the Russian Ambassador.
Unless they throw Obama under the bus....which ain’t gonna happen.
She is going to skate.
Hillary’s Mulligan? I wouldn’t put it past her.
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!)
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.
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.
But she will.
The D’s and MSM can’t have her out of the picture come the next presidential election.
He’s an old hand with keen insight. I take his remarks seriously.
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.
ATTENTION BRIT..........YOU'RE AN IDIOT......
Brit’s about to get a lesson on the virtually frictionless mucous layer that democrats secrete when disturbed.
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