Published DateWhen Senator Johnson asked Secretary of State Clinton about her department's time line reporting of the Benghazi attack, she responded with what can best be described as faux outrage, as she said (paraphrasing), what difference does it make if it was in response to the video or if it was some guys out for a walk who decided to attack the consulate and kill four Americans.
That outrageous and insensitive response was used to shield Ms. Clinton from providing an honest answer to the senatorial committee and the American people. An honest answer may have shown that information on the attack was withheld or manipulated to shield the president during an election period.
Secretary Clinton's callous response prompts other similar "What difference does it make?" questions. For example:
What difference does it make that, after almost four months, the current administration has still not provided Congress or the American people with an honest report on who crafted the words that Ambassador Rice said on five different Sunday morning talk shows?
What difference does it make that the administration told the world the attack was prompted by an obscure U-tube video that almost no one watched? And, what difference does it make that the person who produced that little video has been put in jail for exercising his free speech?
What difference does it make that the survivors of the Benghazi attack have not been identified and have, apparently, been hidden away so as not to give their report on what actually happened?
What difference does it make that an ambassador of the United States was repeatedly raped and his body dragged through the streets of Benghazi? (Note: the American press disputes reports by the French and Lebanese press of the rape.)
What difference does it make that during a presidential debate, a CNN reporter, in an effort to support the president, misrepresented what he had previously said?
What difference does it make that the D.C. Circuit Court has ruled the president has violated the Constitution with his unlawful "recess appointments"?
What difference does it make that the president has chosen not to comply with court rulings concerning the recess appointments and his arbitrary decisions during the gulf oil spill, choosing to continue operating illegally while appealing the court's rulings?
What difference does it make that the president continually works to by-pass the legislative process through use of departmental regulations and executive orders?
What difference does it make that the president's Justice Department has arbitrarily decided what duly enacted laws they choose not to enforce?
What difference does it make that the president has made two appointments to the Supreme Court, one of whom had no judicial experience and the other with some experience but a history of having her rulings overturned on appeal over 60 percent of the time?
What difference does it make that the president chose to bypass constitutional restrictions and opted to impose regulations on religious organizations that would require them violate their principles and their religious beliefs?
What difference does it make that the president uses the nationwide broadcast of his State of the Union message, to single out and try to humiliate the Supreme Court justices?
What difference does it make that the president's own party in the Senate has refused to meet its budgetary obligation for four years?
What difference does it make that college professors are actively trying to get the citizenry to ignore or scrap the Constitution?
What difference does it make that the regulations for the Affordable Care Act (a/k/a ObamaCare) already exceed thirteen thousand pages and it is estimated it will take up to 10 years to complete writing all the regulations that will be enforced?
What difference does it make that the Affordable Care Act includes sixteen thousand new Internal Revenue Service agents to ensure all taxes associated with the act are paid?
What difference does it make that businesses are changing workers hours simply because they can't afford the cost of full time employees under the Affordable Care Act?
What difference does it make that the middle east and Africa are virtually in flames and we simply watch as tens of thousands of people are getting slaughtered?
What difference does it make if our country continues to incur trillions of dollars of deficits?
What difference does it make that fewer people are in the workforce now than when President Obama took office?
What difference does it make that citizens have seen their home value plunge 30 or 40 percent?
What difference does it make if the fourth estate, the free press, has forgotten the "who, what, when, where, how, and why" of reporting, preferring to be sycophants rather than reporters?
What difference does it make if the president attacks and wishes to silence the non-sycophant elements of the press?
What difference does it make if the separation of powers is ignored and the Executive Branch assumes dictatorial powers?
There's more, but what difference does it make?
(Bob Meade is a Laconia resident.)