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Hillary lied, that’s what she does

TOM BURGUM
Staff Columnist
burgum@lbknews.com

Hillary Clinton knew her appearance before the House Select Committee on Benghazi was a high reward – risk venture. The Republicans weren’t her problem. Her campaign seemed in trouble with Joe Biden waiting in the wings and Bernie Sanders still yapping at her heals. She had to do well enough to put potential contributors at ease.

She did well. She was clear eyed, confident and self assured and once in a while showed just a hint of contempt for her Republican tormentors.

The New York Times, long an essential cog in the Clinton machine, thought “Mrs. Clinton sought to project an image of composure and authority, challenging the committee in her opening statement to reach for statesmanship.”

That is real special. Ms. Clinton came prepared to parry any questions with evasions, misstatements and lies, when necessary, and she still had the chutzpah to challenge the committee to reach for statesmanship.

No one should be surprised that a neutered press declared Hillary bested the Republicans. It wasn’t a fair fight because congress rarely, if ever, emerges from an investigative hearing looking good. For one thing, the optics favor the witness. Usually, one lone figure sits at a table facing twelve to sixteen stern looking individuals seated on a raised platform. This makes it difficult for the average viewer to avoid sympathy for the lone figure regardless of merit.

Ms. Clinton also benefited from the press being overly impressed with demeanor and under impressed with content. E.J. Dionne of the Washing Post thought Hillary was wonderful. “She emerged,” he wrote, “stronger than she started by staying calm, cool and confident in the face of repeated provocations.” Dionne must have thought the committees habit of correcting Hillary’s recollections of events with earlier conflicting statements was provocative.

The Benghazi scandal has never been mysterious or complicated. Most people, if they are honest with themselves, figured it out some time ago.

The White House and the State Department were caught off guard on September 11, 2014 when an organized, professionally planned assault hit the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi and ended with the deaths of four Americans, including our ambassador. The event defied President Obama’s narrative that had al-Qaeda in retreat and the Mideast quieting down. That was not to be allowed just six weeks before a presidential election.

Hillary Clinton accuses the Republicans and the Benghazi Select Committee of politicizing the death of four Americans. Of course the hearings have a political aspect. Everything is Washington is political. But, forget all that, Hillary and the administration politicized the whole event within hours after the attack commenced.

The committee revealed that Ms. Clinton had sent an email to Chelsea just a bit after 11 P.M. on September 11, telling her that ‘two of our officers were killed in Benghazi by an al-Qaeda type group. In a conversation the same night with Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil, Ms. Clinton put any worries about a video to rest: “We know the attack had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack, not a protest.” Then she added, “Based on the information we saw today, we believe that the group that claimed responsibility for this was affiliated with al-Qaeda.”

The very next day, the administration started the drum beat about the video that had enraged the Muslim world, Ms. Clinton stated “Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the internet.” Actually, no terrorist group had mentioned the video in an attempt to justify the attack in Benghazi but the rule is when you are politicizing an event; don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.

All of this transpired just two days before Ms. Clinton and the president stood over the coffins of the Benghazi dead and she told the Tyrone Woods’ family that we’re going to get that guy that made the video, and we are going to arrest him and have him prosecuted.

The upshot of all this is that Ms. Clinton can tell the truth to the government of Egypt. She can tell the truth to the government of Libya and to her own family but she faced the families of the dead Americans and lied to them. She and the administration lied to the American people when Susan Rice was told a week later to go out on all the Sunday shows and blame it on the video.

When all this came up during the hearings Dionne’s calm, cool, confident Ms. Clinton pleaded fog of war while claiming no one was quite sure what had caused the attack. I guess she was only sure when talking to her family and foreign governments.

One other aspect of the hearings should have caught our attention. Ambassador Stevens had made over 600 requests for additional security. Not one reached the desk of Clinton when she was Secretary of State. Sid Blumenthal wrote approximately 150 emails to Clinton and she received and responded to each one. So here was our ambassador, supposedly the smartest guy around on Libyan affairs and he can’t reach the Secretary of State. On the other hand, Sid Blumenthal, weasel without portfolio, can get through anytime. In case you are wondering just who is this Sid Blumenthal, if this were a Dracula movie, Blumenthal would be the guy being fed live rats in Dracula’s basement.

The hearings proved beyond argument that Hillary Clinton lied on September 12 and for several weeks thereafter. You can argue about whether the lie was important, you can even contend it no longer matters, but there no longer is any doubt, the lady lied because that is what she does.

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3 Responses for “Hillary lied, that’s what she does”

  1. Tom Burgum says:

    ghostrider, perhaps you might produce some backup for your story. I have some doubt about your version. Running arms to the Syrian resistance would require a bit more involvement than this administration seems willing to engage in. Just a thought.

  2. ghostrider says:

    It was pure LeCarre. She had no choice but to engage in a “sin of omission.” We ran arms to the Syrian resistance through the embassy. That constituted a clear violation. The embassy was targeted as a result. End of story.
    Perhaps the administration ran it as a separate cell. Casey did the same years before with the Contras.. It’s hard to believe no one else was briefed on this “small” matter.

  3. Cheryl Lycans says:

    What a WONDERFUL piece – tells it like it IS!!! Even her name is Hil-LIAR-y……..

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