Clinton on Benghazi: “What Difference Would It Make?”

Ms. Clinton seems to be losing her cool before Congress on Benghazi.

Key word — seems. Remember the campaign trail tears?

Testifying before a Senate committee this morning, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responded to Senator Ron Johnson’s inquiry about the cause of the attack on Benghazi with an adamnant and passionate, “What difference would it make?”

Johnson had been asking her about the Administration’s blaming the attack on a You Tube video that allegedly sparked a protest that got out of hand. The Administration stuck to that story for up to two weeks after the event, with President Obama himself citing the video before the United Nations. Evidence came to light in October that the Administration had good reason to know all along that there was no evidence that the attack had anything to do with a You Tube video.

“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 decided to go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?” ~ Hillary Clinton Jan. 23, 2013

My post back then accused the President of intentionally misleading the American people for political gain. Nothing has come to light since that would cause me to alter that view. The fact that Ms. Clinton is upset about it, and even emotional about those lost, doesn’t change the facts.

She even pulled an Obama, mimicking his offended posture by acting indignant at the suggestion of misleading. She played his same emotional card to show her great concern for the families of those killed, admirable but irrelevant tothe question at hand. She trotted out his refuted but memorable Rose Garden “act of terror” fiction that was instantly blessed by Candy Crowley in the Second Presidential Debate.

Under questioning from Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Clinton said she had no  say in the decision to send Rice to the Sunday shows to deliver the  administration’s take on the situation in Libya.

“I personally was not focused on talking points,” Clinton said. “I  was focused on keeping our people safe.” ~ Via The Hill

Ummm….. OK.

Ms. Clinton, I am glad to see you are back in good health. Truly I am. But the truth still matters to some of us. The fact that you seem to not know what difference it makes is, in fact, part of the problem.

Did the President, the man we just re-inaugurated for another four years, intentionally mislead the American people about the cause of the attack? If he really didn’t understand the “complicated” situation, why did he speak so adamantly about it to shift blame away from terrorists and on to a US citizen exercising his right to free — if somewhat stupid — speech?

What did he know and when did he know it? What specific military orders were given as the 7-hour attack unfolded on the big screen at the White House? Why did brave Americans get left behind while frantically calling for help that never came?

Maybe you’re right, Ms. Clinton. Maybe it doesn’t matter anymore. Not because four people are dead either way, as you stipulated. But because we just re-elected the guy who snookered us on it all last September.

Maybe that’s what you meant. Somehow, I doubt it.

About Bill Blankschaen

Bill Blankschaen is a writer, author, and speaker who empowers people to live an authentic life with abundant faith. A former pastor, Christian school leader, and master teacher, he is the founder of FaithWalkers ( where he equips Christians to live an authentic life and a blogger on faith and cultural issues at Patheos and He is the author of several books including A Story Worth Telling: Your Field Guide to Living an Authentic Life, What God Wants You to Do Next, The Secret to Explosive Personal Growth, and multiple collaborative books including his latest with co-author Erick Erickson — You Will Be Made to Care: The War on Faith, Family, and Your Freedom to Believe (Regnery, February 22, 2016).
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  • Rebecca Trotter

    Once again, you are not dealing honestly or in good faith. This interaction came after Secretary Clinton had been asked the same exact question by 6 different people, each intent on ignoring her actual answer. The people who were questioning her repeatedly used quotes taken without relevant qualifiers to paint an innaccurate picture of what was said by people in the administration – just as you are here. Further, it has since come to light that the CIA had specifically asked the administration to hold off on releasing further details regarding the attack. They had operations going on covertly and needed time to make sure the people involved were secure. But of course you haven’t seen anything which would change your mind. There are none so blind as those who refuse to see. But the rest of the world sees you just fine, Bill. They see you bearing false witness here and it does not speak well for the work of Christ in your life.