This past week Hillary Clinton was speaking to auto dealers in New Orleans. During the conference she was questioned regarding her time as Secretary of State. The former first lady was asked specifically about her biggest regret.
Not unsurprisingly, Ms. Clinton cited Benghazi. Said she, “My biggest, you know, regret is what happened in Benghazi.” She continued, “I mean, you know, you make these choices based on imperfect information. And you make them to, as we say, the best of your ability. But that doesn’t mean that there’s not going to be unforeseen consequences, unpredictable twists and turns. It was a terrible tragedy, losing those four Americans, two diplomats, and….two CIA operatives.”
How very, very Hillary. Yeah, she’s sorry but it’s not really her fault. There was “imperfect information…..unforeseen consequences, unpredictable twists and turns.” Actually a bi-partisan Senate Intelligence Committee found the murders were quite avoidable. In other words there was enough info available to have averted the “unforeseen” murders of our ambassador and three other heroic Americans. The committee declared, “The attacks were preventable, based on extensive intelligence reporting on the terrorist activity in Libya-to include prior threats and attacks against Western targets-and given the known security shortfalls at the U.S. mission.”
So while the Senate statement was clear, citing “extensive intelligence”, 12 days later Ms. Clinton calmly, carefully used language designed to deflect blame for this deadly catastrophe. It should be noted that Clinton’s recent serene response in New Orleans stands in stark contrast to her agitated, January 23, 2013, “What difference at this point does it make?”, reaction in D.C. No doubt, over the last year, Hillary’s handlers have pointed out her screeching testimony has not polled well.
For the first time in over 35 years a United States Ambassador was murdered. Three other courageous countrymen died with him. Their killers remain free. Witnesses to the firefight haven’t testified before Congress. No one was fired. Hillary’s specific timeline and actions during the attack remain murky.
Given the freshly exposed, damning evidence, and her overall history, what better way for Ms. Clinton to kick off her not so stealthy presidential campaign, than by avoiding responsibility for a throughly “preventable” deadly assault that took place under her watch? And thus the presidential hopeful attempts to rewrite the history of her troubling tenure as Shirk-retary of State.