As I write this Hillary Clinton is still testifying before Congress. There’s been a lot of talk about “clear eyes,” which is a line she may have lifted from Mitt Romney’s campaign. Or maybe it has something to do with her new Mr. Magoo glasses. Anyway, her opening statement was missing a few key facts, and she has shed more than a few tears. But the biggest moment of the day was her outburst when asked by Senator Ron Johnson why the administration continued to push the lie that the Benghazi attack was a spontaneous response to a months old video.
“What difference at this point does it make?” That was her answer. Now lefties are outraged that people are quoting her, saying she was taken out of context. Seriously. Here’s the video, in context. Is this not quote worthy?
Well, gosh, I can think of a few reasons why it matters. First, it mattered enough for the Obama administration to send Susan Rice to five different Sunday talk shows to insist that the sacking was a spontaneous demonstration of anger over a months-old YouTube video, while saying that there was “no evidence” that it was a terrorist attack. On one of those appearances, the president of Libya told US audiences the exact opposite — that it was the work of terrorists and that they had a pretty good idea of who they were. If it didn’t matter, what was Susan Rice doing when she tried pushing that meme, which the White House had to abandon within days as leaks within State and CIA made plain that there was no demonstration?
It also matters because Barack Obama at the time had been bragging about crippling al-Qaeda while on the campaign trail. That false narrative made it seem as though State and our intel community couldn’t have possibly known that the sacking would have occurred, and got blindsided by a grassroots reaction to the video. Instead, it turned out to be a planned terrorist action about which the US embassy in Libya had warned State for months, repeatedly requesting more security.
Read the whole thing. Later she was asked again why she didn’t appear on the Sunday shows instead of Susan Rice and she said that she has other things she likes to do on Sunday mornings, and it’s not her favorite thing to do. Heaven forbid she should be asked to do anything if it’s not her favorite thing to do.
Oh, and just as an aside, she just mentioned the prior US fight against communism without any hint of irony. Go figure.