Thursday, January 24, 2013

What difference does it make?

Reason summarizes nicely:

From a CBS News account of a confrontation between Secretary Clinton and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.):
“We were misled that there were supposedly protests and an assault spraying out of that and it was easily obtained that it was not the fact the American people could have known that within days and they didn’t know that,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said.
“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 and decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?” Clinton responded.
Clinton's statement may set a new standard for politically motivated evasions of basic truth and decency. Seriously: What difference does it make? Just for low-stakes starters, there's a guy in California who was put in jail basically because the Obama administration said his stupid, irrelevant video trailer for "The Innocence of Muslims" was to blame for anti-Americanism in Libya and beyond. President Obama went to the United Nations andbitch-slapped free expression in front of a global audience on the premise that "Innocence" was the cause of the attack on Benghazi. Our own U.N. ambassador, Susan Rice, took to the talk shows to peddle a line that was either wilfully misleading or simply totally wrong (Rice was the admin's point person in early appearances about Benghazi partly because, as Clinton explained yesterday, she doesn't like doing Sunday morning shows!).


Lauran said...

Although Obama claimed to know the attacks were not motivated by the video, he approached Google twice to remove the video from YouTube--Google refused on both occasions.

Was Hilary not responsible for the safety of the Ambassador and his staff? What difference does it make why the embassy was attacked?

John Kasaian said...

The government should not lie to it's people.
That ought to be in the Constitution, but the founding fathers probably just presumed that the ones who followed had as noble intentions as themselves.
President Obama took the Oath " protect and defend the Constitution..from all enemies foriegn and domestic..."
I don't believe him.

Craig Bernthal said...

Hillariy's was one of the most cynical performances I've ever seen by a public servant. It not only makes a difference that there was a cover up, but whether the four deaths in Benghazi are due to a resurgent Al Qaeda--and especially if that resurgence is due to our fanciful foreign policy. Hillary didn't even put the Al Qaeda alternative out there: her choice was between a bunch of guys wandering around in the street as the assassins or an angry crowd. Good grief!

And what has happened to the poor guy who did the video? Still in the jug? Do we have a first amendment or is there an exception for Islamist radicals?

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