Skip to comments.Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi Dodge
Posted on 05/31/2014 10:57:58 AM PDT by jazusamo
Is Hillary Clinton a charlatan or just the crappiest lawyer in Washington? As the Obama Left likes to say, thats a false choice. Theres no reason she cant be both.
The question arises thanks to yet another excellent report on the Obama administrations Benghazi fraud by the Weekly Standards Steve Hayes. The Benghazi fraud is a prominent subject of my new book, Faithless Execution , which traces the debacle from the presidents unauthorized, unprovoked, and ultimately disastrous instigation of a war against the Qaddafi regime; through his (and Secretary Clintons) recklessly irresponsible failure to provide security for the American officials they mysteriously stationed in Benghazi (a jihadist hotbed that is one of the worlds most dangerous places for Americans); through the presidents shocking failure to attempt to rescue Americans under siege on the night of September 11, 2012; and finally through Mr. Obamas carefully orchestrated deception, in which the administration tried to hoodwink the country into blaming the murders of our ambassador and three other Americans on a video rather than on his calamitous policy of empowering Islamic supremacists.
Steves latest report homes in on Mrs. Clintons infamous What difference, at this point, does it make caterwaul, emitted during tense questioning by Senator Ron Johnson (R., WI) during a hearing on Benghazi.
Apparently, the former secretary of state struggles to rationalize this appalling testimony in her forthcoming memoir, Hard Choices. As notorious for taking no responsibility as for committing blunders over which accountability becomes an issue, Mrs. Clinton complains that her What difference yowl has been distorted. It was not, she insists, an exhibition of callous indifference; it was, in Steves description, an attempt to redirect the questioning from its focus on the hours before the attacks to preventing similar attacks in the future. Or, as Mrs. Clinton reportedly writes:
My point was simple: If someone breaks into your home and takes your family hostage, how much time are you going to spend focused on how the intruder spent his day as opposed to how best to rescue your loved ones and then prevent it from happening again?
As Steve quite rightly observes, this is nonsense. By the time of Mrs. Clintons testimony, the Benghazi Massacreand, indeed, even the Obama administrations fraudulent The Video Did It cover-up of the cause of the Benghazi Massacrewas several months old. We were long, long past the intruder-in-the-home phase. We were in the accountability phasethe phase of: lets now establish what actually happened and why, so we can then figure out how to prevent a recurrence.
Any competent lawyer knows that during the investigative and trial stages that follow a public debacleto say nothing of an act of war in which American officials were derelict in responding to a murderous terrorist attackthe obligation of the witnesses is not to redirect the questions. It is to answer the questions. Any competent trial judge would have sustained an objection to the secretary of states evasive answer, striking it from the record as non-responsive.
Mrs. Clinton is a crappy lawyer if she does not get that, since a first-year law student would. And she is a charlatan because the transparent two-step objective of her performance was, first, to dodge questions about her conduct and, then, to wail that the questions must cease because she has already answered them.
Would that the Senate had better cross-examiners. One suspects that former prosecutor Trey Gowdy, who will chair the House select committee on the Benghazi Massacre, would have known to ask the right follow-up question that eluded Senator Johnson. To wit, Secretary Clinton, how many times did you practice that little speech in front of the mirror before you came here today? Then, after the smoke pours out of her ears, you keep asking the accountability questions until you get real answersor, as in Mrs. Clintons case, until it becomes painfully obvious that the witness has no satisfactory answers.
Did Secretary Clinton really believe her job was to steer the Senates questions rather than answer them? Did she seriously believe her appearance as a witness was the occasion for moving on to the matter of preventing a recurrence ofrather than establishing accountability forthe derelictions of duty that resulted in the killings of four Americans? If so, that is the easy part. Clearly, we should make certain that she is never again in a position of responsibility for the formulation of American foreign policy and for the protection of Americans serving our country in perilous places.
In a way I agree with you. And in another, I think she has parlayed her no talent self into quite the player on the coat-tails of her husband.
In a statement, President Barack Obama said Bergdahl's recovery "is a reminder of America's unwavering commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield."
What Obama failed to mention that there is an exception to that commitment: When the battlefield is in Benghazi, Hillary Clinton is Secretary of State, and it is three a.m. in the morning. (If only they had been in uniform, right?)
At a ratio of 1 to 5, you have to wonder if the real Obama doctrine isn't an unwavering commitment to leaving no enemy combatant in Guantanamo.
She flunked the bar exam in Washington. Oh, if that had only been the end of her career.
Well said...The word vile is a perfect description, her entire purpose is to promote herself by any means and always has been.
In Washington State?
From day one in office his goal has been to close Gitmo and I’ve no doubt he’d release them all if he thought he could get away with it, I believe Hillary feels the same.
I agree. Secondarily, she promotes the Marxist Leftist ideology on a global basis. And she is too stupid to grasp that she is also an accomplice in the Islamification of America, and what the ramifications of that are.
In truth, I may be way to generous on that last point, because she and her ilk operate from the belief that whatever destroys American, furthers the Marxist agenda.
International Socialism is her god, after herself of course.
“We came, we saw, he died cackle cackle.” To the low information crowd: Qaddafi was sodomized with a bayonet and died a hideous, agonizing death at the hands of a bunch of pervert rabble we supported. Source: The Guardian. Makes me cringe she would think something like that is funny.
More details please!
“As the Obama Left likes to say, thats a false choice.”
Hah. The false choice fallacy is one of the cornerstones of Leftist thought and a feature of every Obama speech. “You don’t want to expand government 5% every year forever? We’ll all die!”
I hear you, that’s really sick.
No, she flunked the Washington, D.C. bar exam back in the early 70s. She fled to Arkansas to pass it.
Hitlery should, can and will be “SwiftBoated”.
Excerpts from her book seem drawn right from “Animal House” wherein Eric Stratton exhorts his fellow underachievers: “We’re not going to sit here while you badmouth the United States of America!”
“Hard Choices”, what a joke.
I thought the same thing reading Obama’s statement, leave no one behind except those at Benghazi....
“My point was simple: If someone breaks into your home and takes your family hostage, how much time are you going to spend focused on how the intruder spent his day as opposed to how best to rescue your loved ones and then prevent it from happening again?”
So, how did Hillary do by her own criteria:
1) Does Hillary claim that she spent ANY time trying to rescue “her loved ones”, aka US personnel in Benghazi? Any evidence that she took effective measures? Any measures? If so, it’s a well-kept secret.
2) Hillary made major, very public, efforts to focus on the anti-Islamic video, including promulgating an “apology to Muslims” on Pakistani and Middle-eastern TV. Wasn’t this false narrative all about “how the intruder spent his day”?
3) Can you “prevent it from happening again” without honest assessment of the attackers’ motives, why US security measures were no woefully inadequate, why the US Ambassador was at an unsecured facility, why help was unavailable or not dispatched, and who was responsible?
Hillary fails on every point.
Hillary herseff would have been the first to trumpet any positive, honest efforts to rescue those "loved ones" with which she was even the most tangentially involved, just as she quickly trumpeted that Islamists took Stevens to a hospital to be revived (see (extremely graphic) picture to judge for yourself Mrs. Clinton's definition of "humanitarian").
If suggesting how the focus should have been on how to prevent the "family" from being attacked again, wasting $75,000 of taxpayer dollars and Pawkeestawnee TV air time--not to mention Barry and Her time making such a farce--would have never come to the fore, as it was such a stinking turd of a lie. She never operated on that basis.
Not long ago, all US citizens were advised "out of the blue" (no events leading up to the decision) to leave Libya, which doesn't begin to suggest that in the intervening year and a half that the State Department has spent time or resources beefing up security for our citizens and employees there. So much for preventing any future attacks, eh, HDRC?
She should have been stood in front of a concrete wall with a blindfold and cigarette a long time ago.
Man oh man, Hillary was furious....not b/c her hubby got a lube job, but b/c a bimbo under her husband's desk meant HER political ambitions were in deep doo-doo.
So Hilly went on TV---all decked out in virginal pearls---
and blamed Billy's B/J on the "VRWC."
For sure CBS will give Hill ample airtime so that she emerges pure and virginal for 2016. CBS will suckup and give her 2-3 segments to explain away whatever damaging info comes out of the Benghazi committee.....
Mmmmmm...the word "Republicans" is already forming on those ambitious lips.
Who can forget Obama and Hillary's love fest on CBS' 60 Minutes?
Obomba hustled Hillary on 60 Minutes to gaze in adoration,
after Hill's arrogant dismissal of the Benghazi massacre before
Congress. I thought sure Obama was gonna give 'er a B/J on
broadcast tv....he was THAT grateful.
Yoo hoo, Hillary--time for you, Bill, and Chelsea to join hands and sing "Kumbaya."
LAUGH BREAK Hillary's been advised her mega-wealth is a problem when she campaigns on "equality crap," .......running as a phony populist. Campaign strategists warned Hillary her "tone" is important.....(so she can better dupe the voters).
A news clip of her on Megyn has Hilly mentioning "the cancer of inequality" in a sap-happy, chirpy voice, wearing a h-u-g-e phony grin.
Reminded me of the classic Willam Castle horror movie, "Mr Sardonicus," (whose face becomes frozen in a horrifying grin while robbing the coffin of his father's grave).
Hillary's perpetual 2016 game face.
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