Published DateTo the editor,
Hillary Clinton's testimony to the Senate regarding the Benghazi terrorist attack on Sept 11, 2013, has been the subject of a number of apologist letters in this paper, most recently last Thursday. The verbatim quote: "With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. If it was because of a protest or if it was because guys out for a walk decided to go kill some Americans. What difference at this point does it make?"
The follow-on "... and do everything we can to prevent it ever happening again" line is only used when one is eager to downplay the past facts or is looking for a large jury award.
The facts are that four Americans are dead. Maybe two can be ascribed to Clinton's and the administration's summer refusal to bolster security as personally requested by the late ambassador and the regional security officer. The other two — Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods — died as a direct result of the president's refusal to authorize a military response as the attack continued, in particular a guided bomb/missile onto the mortar crew target as laser designated by former SEAL Doherty. All of this and their resultant deaths moments later as captured by real-time overhead camera footage, so don't believe the "nobody told me" myths either.
This cowardly action by our pathetic leaders was because of the overriding fear of losing the impending election — a terrorist assault on the anniversary of the World Trade Center attack, clearly exposing the failure of the "Arab Spring" policies and the utter collapse of Obama's "Al Qaida is done, I got Bin Laden" façade. Hoping for the best and relying upon the video riot meme to obscure the failures does not lend itself to using the overt military force. Most unfortunate. And aided and abetted by our leftist east coast–west coast media and our sleazy local party apologists, they pulled it off. Political advantage has always been the guiding policy principal in this group.
So when Hillary says "What difference at this point does it make? " she seems to be alluding to the unrestrained Democrat executive power for the next four years. Can't stop us now.
Many thought that Hillary's ducking of the Senate hearing for the 2-3 months that she did (stress illnesses aside) might have had to do with a quaint conflict about bald faced lying regarding an event in which four honest Americans were hung out to dry by her boss and his political team. Guess not.
Stephen J. Conkling