Well, we knew it would be a circus and Clinton wasn’t going to give us any answers, but there’s some notable statements.
Clinton, in what may be her final set of testimony as secretary, pointedly challenged Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson when he claimed the department could have “easily” determined what happened that night by interviewing staffers who were evacuated.
He was referring to the administration’s initial claim that the attack sprung out of a protest. It was later determined there was no protest on the ground in Benghazi. Diplomatic security agents said as much to the FBI during interviews on Sept. 14, despite administration claims to the contrary two days later.
“That was a piece of information that could have been easily — easily — ascertained, within hours if not days,” Johnson said.
“We were misled that there were supposedly protests and something sprang out of that. … The American people could have known that (there was no protest) within days, and they didn’t know that.”
At that point, Clinton began to raise her voice.
“With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans,” she said.
“I understand,” Johnson said.
Clinton continued to speak, raising her voice and gesturing: “Was it because of a protest or is it because of guys out for a walk one night and they decide they go kill some Americans?
“What difference, at this point, does it make?”
So, let me get this straight. The Administration/State/Intelligence didn’t interview the evacuated staff of Benghazi? And that’s why they didn’t know there was no protest?
Clinton, lowering her voice, then said it is the administration’s job to “figure out what happened” and prevent it from happening again.
If what Clinton is asserting is true, then they can’t possibly figure out what happened. The administration is too stupid and incompetent to ask someone who was actually there.
Later in the testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Clinton acknowledged the administration did not have a “clear picture” of what happened in the immediate aftermath. She said perhaps officials didn’t do a good enough job explaining that they “didn’t have a clear picture.”
Well, no, you wouldn’t have a clear picture, because you’re too stupid and incompetent to ask the people who were there.
Then, in probably what is was her most callous display of her lack of ethics and her demonstrable indifference to the events said this….
“As I have said many times, I take responsibility, and nobody is more committed to getting this right,” Clinton said, later choking up when describing how she greeted the families of the victims when the caskets were returned.
But, a bit later said this…..
Clinton appeared to agree that the terrorist threat is far from diminished, but said that she never saw the requests from the Libya team for more security.
“I didn’t see those requests, they didn’t come to me,” Clinton said.
Beautiful. She takes responsibility, but notes that it wasn’t her fault.
This is an incredible defense of the failures of this administration. You see, it wasn’t their fault that they lied to the American people, they were simply too stupid and incompetent to get the right information.
But, no one seriously believes this. And then she told us some more egregious lies.
“I directed our response from the State Department and stayed in close contact with officials from across our government and the Libyan government,” she said. “No delays in decision-making. No denials of support from Washington or from our military.”
We know that’s a lie. Because Ramstein Is Less Then 5 Hours Away — There Was No Time
The fact is, no personnel, from outside Libya ever set foot or flew over Benghazi during the attacks, even though air support and personnel were close enough to get to Benghazi before the people in Tripoli had arrived.
Fox points out, among other things…..
Further, there are questions about the perceived delays CIA officials — stationed in Benghazi — encountered that night and their frustration that air support was not sent from nearby Sigonella air base. In recent weeks, Fox News has learned that the rescue unit that left Tripoli was told that air support would be above when they landed in Benghazi. It wasn’t.
Read more: here.
Hillary, it makes a difference. The people of this nation send our loved ones into the service of this nation. We, the people, have to believe our government is operating in the interests of the people. Nothing in this entire sordid episode, in neither actions nor words, can lead us to believe you people were doing so.
We want to know why those people were left to die!