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Hillary Clinton’s Dodgy Testimony. She lied and is still lying.
National Review ^ | 01/25/2013 | Jonah Goldberg

Posted on 01/25/2013 6:14:17 AM PST by SeekAndFind

A lot of people in Washington apparently forgot how good Hillary Clinton is at not telling the truth.

Wednesday, in her testimony before the Senate and, later, the House, Clinton brilliantly fudged, dodged, and filibustered. Of course, she’s a pro. Clinton was slow-walking depositions, lawyering up, and shifting blame when many of her questioners were still civilians down on the farm.

Aided by a ridiculous format, she outfoxed most of the Republicans with ease.

Meanwhile, the Democrats, almost uniformly, seemed singularly interested in celebrating Mrs. Clinton as a global diva who somehow manages to carry the burden of her awesomeness with humility and grace. If smoking were still allowed in the Capitol, one could easily imagine her removing a cigarette from a gold case and tapping it nonchalantly on the witness table, and the entire Democratic caucus leaping over their desks for the chance to light it for her.

The most dramatic moment came early, when Wisconsin senator Ron Johnson tried to get Clinton to explain why the State Department blamed the September 11 terrorist attacks in Benghazi on an impromptu protest over an anti-Muslim video. In a rehearsed moment of spontaneous outrage, Clinton yelled back, “With all due respect, 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 to kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?”

It is a measure of Clinton’s cult-like status on the left and among much of the press that this passed for a satisfactory, never mind impressive, response. But it’s also a tribute to Clinton’s gift for mendacity that it worked so well.

Even among the administration’s harshest critics, people seemed at a loss to fully explain what difference it makes whether the administration’s spin was true or not. For many, the answer is simply that government officials shouldn’t lie. That’s a necessary criticism, but hardly sufficient.

Just to be clear, Clinton lied and is still lying. When asked about the claim that the attack was sparked by a protest over a video, she responded, “I did not say . . . that it was about the video for Libya.”

That’s simply untrue. When she stood by the caskets of the four Americans killed in Libya, she directly blamed an “awful Internet video that we had nothing to do with.” Afterward, she reportedly told the father of Tyrone Woods, the former Navy SEAL who was killed in the attack, “We will make sure the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted.” Why tell the man that if the video had nothing to do with it?

Moreover, Clinton was part of an administration that crafted an entire PR strategy to blame these attacks on “an awful Internet video.” White House press secretary Jay Carney was unequivocal: This was a “response to a video, a film we have judged to be reprehensible and disgusting.” In his address to the United Nations, President Obama mentioned the video six times but al-Qaeda once. When he appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, he blamed the video directly. U.N. ambassador Susan Rice went on five Sunday shows blaming the video. All of this happened when they already knew it was not true on the day of the attack, and even the president of Libya had publicly called the protest explanation ridiculous.

But again, the lying, while outrageous, is incidental to the real offense, which is twofold. First, why did the administration lie? Well, it wanted to conceal its utter failure to prepare for terrorist attacks on September 11 — which is like being surprised by Christmas falling on December 25. Also, the Obama administration, by which I mean the Obama campaign, was desperate to protect its hyped record of fighting terrorism. A “spontaneous” attack invited not by the administration’s shortcomings but by some nutty video was just the ticket.

Indeed, on this score, Clinton was true to her word. While none of the murderers have been apprehended, the filmmaker is in jail, the picture of his arrest splashed across the globe.

Which brings us to the second part: the nature of the lie. Remember, not all lies are equally harmful. In this case, the U.S. government responded to the murder of four Americans by treating our constitutional rights as part of the problem. A former teacher of constitutional law, Obama was happy to watch the country argue new limits on free expression and the necessity of giving bloodthirsty savages and terrorists a heckler’s veto on what Americans can do or say.

Clinton was in on that lie, and that makes all the difference in the world.

— Jonah Goldberg is editor-at-large of National Review Online and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: benghazi; clinton; hillary; hillaryhearing; hillarylies; jonahgoldberg; leonpanetta; libya; navyseals; threatmatrix; waronterror; whatdifference

1 posted on 01/25/2013 6:14:19 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

...they also forgot about 800 FBI files turning up at the WH


2 posted on 01/25/2013 6:17:41 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: SeekAndFind

The only way anyone will get the truth out of this regime is via “enhanced interrogation” methods. Otherwise, they will just lie, lie and lie. And also lie.


3 posted on 01/25/2013 6:20:28 AM PST by OldArmy52 (The question is not whether Obama ever lies, but whether he ever tells the truth.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Those "investigating" her are not typical Americans,
but themselves are not under ObamaCARE, death panels, or other
Laws that they pass for all others.

Therefore, they have no real interest in the truth
because there are now two Americas. Those in control
and the slaves who live only to serve and enrich THEM.


4 posted on 01/25/2013 6:24:43 AM PST by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: SeekAndFind
ntsdiff
5 posted on 01/25/2013 6:26:08 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: SeekAndFind

That the left has fawned over Hillary’s answer gives me great grief. If Condi Rice had said this, there would have been hell to pay for it.

My only hope is that when Hillary meets God face to face and has to account for her actions in this life, that God just says to her, “What difference, at this point, does it make, Hillary?” and then she swoops down to eternal damnation. OK, that’s awful of me, but I wish there would be some kind of consequence for her. It’s not up to me, and that’s a good thing.


6 posted on 01/25/2013 6:28:31 AM PST by FamiliarFace
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To: SeekAndFind

Like she said...Why does it matter now?? I’m outa here.


7 posted on 01/25/2013 6:29:59 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: SeekAndFind

She is not good at lying. What needs to be done is arrest her for crimes committed.


8 posted on 01/25/2013 6:31:57 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; Nachum; onyx; ...
Congenital liars gotta lie.

Anyone wanting on or off this ping list, please advise.


9 posted on 01/25/2013 6:33:17 AM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: SeekAndFind

These people are evil personified!


10 posted on 01/25/2013 6:34:26 AM PST by rochester_veteran ( http://RochesterConservative.com/forums)
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To: Sacajaweau

Yep, what does it matter when the media has her back.


11 posted on 01/25/2013 6:35:26 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: smoothsailing

She’s a cross between Col. Rosa Klebb and Kane from “Poltergeist.”


12 posted on 01/25/2013 6:37:18 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: dfwgator

WHY NOT AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATOR? If she runs and wins we will be subject to more of this. A certain majority in the Senate and House will guarantee more of this so turn the heat on now!


13 posted on 01/25/2013 6:44:50 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET
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To: smoothsailing
Green has been associated with Islam for many centuries. The colour green was the colour used by Muhammad’s tribe on their flags[citation needed]. According to Muslims the colour green symbolizes nature and life.[citation needed] In the Qur'an (Surah 76:21), it is said that the inhabitants of paradise will wear green garments of fine silk. The colour green has been considered especially Islamic for centuries. Crusaders avoided using any green in their coats of arms, so that they could not possibly be mistaken for their Muslim opponents in the heat of battle

interesting to note Hillary dressed in green.

14 posted on 01/25/2013 6:47:15 AM PST by jpsb
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To: SeekAndFind

I realize we have to question the next President.However,we
have no idea what this President did on 9/11!


15 posted on 01/25/2013 6:52:05 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: SeekAndFind

Not one person on the committee in congress asked Hitlory if she knew that the consulate was setup as a gun running operation by the CIA to get arms to the Syrian fighters. I cringed when I saw Jaun McCain hug Hitlroy.


16 posted on 01/25/2013 6:53:30 AM PST by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: smoothsailing

“Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided to kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?””
The POINT, dear Hitlary, is that lives were lost due to negligence, incompetence, stupidity, treason; perpetrated by a high-ranking government official. The citizens of the US, and the few government officials with a conscience, are demanding to know the truth and identify the true cause of this tragedy, so that it is not repeated! If there is a traitor, or otherwise unloyal individual at this level of government, we demand that they be identified and eliminated. We know that you know what happened - so cut the BS, and the melodrama, and fess up.


17 posted on 01/25/2013 6:53:37 AM PST by fivecatsandadog ("Six callers ahead of us, Jimmy. ")
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To: smoothsailing
did she get those glasses from Percy Dovetonsils? http://www.morethings.com/fan/ernie_kovacs/percy-dovetonsils-170.jpg
18 posted on 01/25/2013 6:54:47 AM PST by hkusp40
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To: SeekAndFind

Hilda and zer0 are going on 60 minutes, so her performance has not been well received


19 posted on 01/25/2013 7:00:08 AM PST by reefdiver
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To: SeekAndFind
US Secretary of State testifying before a Senate committee ....

Now, which one actually has blood on her hands?


20 posted on 01/25/2013 7:03:56 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: SeekAndFind
The question has never beenm "Is Hillary lying?" .. but, how often and when?

She couldn't find her Rose Law Firm billing records that were found in the WH residence...like they got there under their own power!

Then there was Travelgate!

21 posted on 01/25/2013 7:13:10 AM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: SeekAndFind

She can’t not lie. Not in her to tell the truth. Water boarding her would only produce more lies.


22 posted on 01/25/2013 7:16:06 AM PST by Blue Collar Christian (Pray for revival. <BCC><)
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To: SeekAndFind

What happened to the story that said Hillary Clinton was injured in an aircraft incident on her way to a secret meeting with the Iranian President?

http://www.jerusalemreports.com/?p=858

The State Dept. denies it, but this is the same State Dept. that said the Benghazi attack was a spontaneous protest against an obscure video and now insists that it does not matter. Now what?

Oops, sorry; my bad. This never happened. SEAL Cmdr. Job W. Price, said to have died in this plane crash, actually committed suicide. So, nevermind; nothing to see here, just move along please...

http://www.opinion-maker.org/2012/12/seals-killers-of-osama-dying-or-being-killed/


23 posted on 01/25/2013 7:58:12 AM PST by TexasVoter (No Constitution? No Union!)
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To: OldArmy52
The only way anyone will get the truth out of this regime is via “enhanced interrogation” methods.

Great! Now I know why they were banned.

24 posted on 01/25/2013 8:27:38 AM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: SeekAndFind

“A night-time break-in occurred, sure, and whether it was some dark plot, or instead a couple of lackeys out for a stroll who decided to pull-off a break-in, I mean, at this point, WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE...?!”

No one could follow that because at the time we had a press that DID IT’S JOB.

It seems astonishing to me that ANYONE could swallow such bilge.


25 posted on 01/25/2013 10:42:58 AM PST by gaijin
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To: SeekAndFind

“A former teacher of constitutional law, Obama was happy to watch the country argue new limits on free expression and the necessity of giving bloodthirsty savages and terrorists a heckler’s veto on what Americans can do or say. “

They knew within a half hour that this was a direct terror attack. They were either diverting attention for the campaign or trying to hide a bigger scandal.

Didn’t Obummer say something like: the violent response to the video was “understandable”? He justified responding with violence when Islam is insulted.

How could our nation be taken over by a bunch of corrupt, lying dolts?

Lying to Americans to cover up their incompetence means nothing to Obama and his cronies.


26 posted on 01/25/2013 6:55:24 PM PST by garjog (Heroes Died. Obama Lied.)
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To: garjog
How could our nation be taken over by a bunch of corrupt, lying dolts?,/i>

They did not take over our Nation. It was given to them by traitors and useful idiot parasites.

27 posted on 01/25/2013 6:59:55 PM PST by sport
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To: smoothsailing
REMEMBER 9-11-12


28 posted on 01/27/2013 12:09:56 PM PST by timestax (AMERICAN MEDIA= DOMESTIC ENEMY)
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29 posted on 01/27/2013 12:39:53 PM PST by timestax (AMERICAN MEDIA= DOMESTIC ENEMY)
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30 posted on 01/27/2013 12:40:06 PM PST by timestax (AMERICAN MEDIA= DOMESTIC ENEMY)
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To: timestax

bttt


31 posted on 01/27/2013 2:50:57 PM PST by timestax (AMERICAN MEDIA= DOMESTIC ENEMY)
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32 posted on 01/28/2013 12:15:21 PM PST by timestax (AMERICAN MEDIA= DOMESTIC ENEMY)
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