Thursday, January 24, 2013

Hillary Clinton Goes Multiple Choice on Benghazi

Who killed Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012?
(A) A protest.
(B) Guys out for a walk one night who decided to go kill some Americans.
(C) What difference at this point does it make?
(D) Terrorist attacks that were part of a broader strategic challenge to the United States and our partners in North Africa.
The correct answer is (D) and you probably already knew that before Secretary of State Hillary Clinton turned up for the Congressional oversight hearing this week. That's the answer she gave in her official statement. Why she found it necessary to add (A), (B), and (C) as part of her testimony is beyond me.

Still, the hearings were not especially illuminating as to what actually happened that night in Benghazi. We'll probably have to wait for the Hollywood movie. Meryl Streep will play Hillary, I predict.

If you want accountability, four State Department officials have been relieved of duty, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has been denied promotion, CIA Director David Petraeus has been cashiered, albeit ostensibly for other reasons, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is stepping down as is Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. There are probably several intelligence analysts who require reprimand for stopping at (A) instead of going directly to (D). That's enough accountability for me.

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