If you’re a Secretary of State, and you know your answers will not play well… with anyone. You can always blame Congress.
The line from Secretary Clinton is that Congress killed Ambassador Stephens and the men trying to come to his aid by denying “funds” for State Dept. expenditures.
While this is a “too clever by half” approach to handling a Congressional Inquiry… it’s the other missing half that matters.
Did Congress embargo the truth? In other words, was it Congress that was responsible for the State Department making up inane reasons for the “spontaneous attack” that occurred in Benghazi and then feeding it to the American People?
Was it Congress that hung our Ambassador out to be killed? In other words, if the excuse now being offered is that Congress was not giving enough taxpayer dollars to the State Department to defend our Diplomats… then why was the State Department putting them in harm’s way? If the State Department doesn’t have enough money to defend our diplomats why are you sending them there? Could Ambassador Stephens been loaned your security detail Madame Secretary? Could we have sent one of the myriad Armed Defense Department Drones actively flying five minutes away to aid in the defense against this ultimately successful 9/11 assassination attempt? Is it not an indictment of the Secretary of State that she was sending our “best and brightest” into places where she could not guarantee their safety?
“I never saw security requests for Benghazi.” – Secretary Clinton. Then Congressional funding is not relevant.
So which is it?
The attempt to blame Congress for this is juvenile. Nothing about the Benghazi attack was unprecedented, nor unexpected. The complex had been repeatedly attacked over recent months leading up to the September 11th debacle.
If there is nothing to fear here, and the lack of security was not by design to show how “nice” we are… then release the e-mail exchanges surrounding this matter in their entirety without redaction.
Bad people do bad things. I’m willing to focus my ire upon the Terrorist A-holes that committed the act, but I will not ignore the apparent fact we put people in harm’s way and left them there to die.
We left them there to die.
As I sit here and watch this live, is there really any part of this… any version of events, yours or anyone else’s, that merits laughter? Even a smirk… the smirk you are currently wearing? Is there something funny about this that we are missing?
You left them there to die.