Hillary: What difference does it make if there were no protests in Benghazi?

posted at 12:01 pm on January 23, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Allahpundit included this in his earlier post as an update, but I have a few thoughts on why this line of questioning matters. Senator Ron Johnson pressed the outgoing Secretary of State for an answer as to how her department and the White House came to declare that the attack erupted spontaneously from a protest outside the consulate when State could see in real time that there wasn’t any such protest under way. A clearly exasperated Clinton shot back, “What difference does it make?”

Well, gosh, I can think of a few reasons why it matters. First, it mattered enough for the Obama administration to send Susan Rice to five different Sunday talk shows to insist that the sacking was a spontaneous demonstration of anger over a months-old YouTube video, while saying that there was “no evidence” that it was a terrorist attack. On one of those appearances, the president of Libya told US audiences the exact opposite — that it was the work of terrorists and that they had a pretty good idea of who they were. If it didn’t matter, what was Susan Rice doing when she tried pushing that meme, which the White House had to abandon within days as leaks within State and CIA made plain that there was no demonstration?

It also matters because Barack Obama at the time had been bragging about crippling al-Qaeda while on the campaign trail. That false narrative made it seem as though State and our intel community couldn’t have possibly known that the sacking would have occurred, and got blindsided by a grassroots reaction to the video. Instead, it turned out to be a planned terrorist action about which the US embassy in Libya had warned State for months, repeatedly requesting more security.

There’s also the matter of Barack Obama’s intervention in Libya and his undeclared war against Moammar Qaddafi. His actions, and that of NATO in following his initial lead, decapitated the ruthless regime that at least was keeping a lid on terrorist networks in eastern Libya. The rise of those networks in the Benghazi region should have been a predictable outcome from the power vacuum the US/NATO campaign left in the region, which resulted in the ability to conduct this attack. That also reflects on the decision to remove the military security at the consulate even with the deteriorating environment very clear to anyone paying attention. That also matters because of how the transfer of weapons to the militias in that US/NATO effort and the resultant power vacuum has destabilized Mali and potentially a wide swath of North Africa.

So it matters because of credibility. There doesn’t seem to be any at the White House or State on any of these issues, nor answers to questions of what exactly this administration did to prepare for the inevitable outcome of its own policies in Libya and the broader Arab Spring. It matters because those policies are going to get more people killed than just the four Americans in Benghazi last September, and already have.

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Hmmm…she is channeling her husband, I see. I’m sure we can go back in time and see a day when it was Hillary who was grilling Patraeus and doubting his report. What diff did it make, Hillary?

jediwebdude on January 23, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Unbelievable arrogance!

PatMac on January 23, 2013 at 12:02 PM

It matters because people lied to the American people for political cover. It matters because you cannot prevent the same thing from happening again if you don’t admit the source of the aggression. It matters because it reflects on the actual competence of people in office; especially you. And right now, you ain’t looking all that competent.

michaelo on January 23, 2013 at 12:05 PM

So it matters because of credibility.

lol…Ed Morrissey writing about “credibility”.

Hilarious.

Tim_CA on January 23, 2013 at 12:05 PM

It Matters Hillary because:

1. President Obama went before the UN, testifying that this spontaneous Attack was generated from a Youtube video. That demanded the world be more sensitive to Muslims. Then the US Government arrested the film maker.

2. Your ass covering is what is going to get you all in trouble.

portlandon on January 23, 2013 at 12:05 PM

In other words, who gives a sh-t? That’s basically what she was saying. And frankly it’s been the narrative from the Democrat/media complex since mid-September. Benghazi’s no big deal and no one cares about it anyway. I swear if I was a family member of one of the victim’s, I don’t know how I could make it through this with my sanity intact.

Doughboy on January 23, 2013 at 12:05 PM

If you can’t answer your own question, then get the hell out of the chair.

itsspideyman on January 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM

It makes no difference if she lies or tells the truth because dimocrats will follow and do what their beloved government tells them. Period. They are all traitors and should be treated as such.

Flange on January 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM

it’s fact vs. fiction. Esh

CoffeeLover on January 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Hillary looks like someone dragged her in from detox.

ddrintn on January 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM

If a Bush Administration official had uttered these same sentiments during congressional testimony, the media would be in a complete feeding frenzy, and demanding that official resign.

portlandon on January 23, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Typical Clinton response: national security threat or lying to cover your ass?

“What’s the difference?”

SAMinVA on January 23, 2013 at 12:07 PM

jediwebdude on January 23, 2013 at 12:02 PM

This.

AH_C on January 23, 2013 at 12:07 PM

On Sep 14th, three days after the event, she’s pushing the video meme, now she says she had nothing to do with the talking points. I hope the House members are ready this afternoon. She’s taking the aggressive stance, hoping if she pushes back hard, they’ll back off.

PatMac on January 23, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Disgusting beyond belief. And beyond hope. It’s too late. We’re through the Looking Glass so completely, so lost to the distortions of power and the elitist class, we’re beyond hope, beyond the recovery and uses of outrage. The media won. The Left won. The culture is lost. Now it’s just wait for the ruin, the end result of total social and moral degeneration.

rrpjr on January 23, 2013 at 12:08 PM

About 100 ways to respond this, but the one I would like to hear is that she works for a president that has spent the majority of his administration blaming Bush for the economy…what difference does it make, we have 8 million fewer people in the labor force and about 20 million who still dont have jobs.

Clinton, like her boss, is a bad person and a liar and it takes a lot for me to say that about anyone

georgealbert on January 23, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Msdnc defending on this quote big time

Dam% those gop for attacking her

cmsinaz on January 23, 2013 at 12:09 PM

“What difference does it make?”

This is a position a loser takes when covering.

Bmore on January 23, 2013 at 12:10 PM

You know, watching this video, I have at least one little glimmer of hope for our country. And that’s because, in spite of everything, there is someone who is as much a part of the elite ruling class as anyone in our country has ever been, and yet she is sitting in front of the elected members of our Congress being given a tough grilling and being forced to give answers to the American people. That is still something pretty damn unique in the history of the world. And something we can still be proud of.

Shump on January 23, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Ding ding ding portlandon

24/7 outrage

cmsinaz on January 23, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Nah. If any Republicans try to bring up “credibility”, the Dems will just start chanting “Iraqi WMDs” over and over.

JimLennon on January 23, 2013 at 12:12 PM

There’s also a filmmaker in jail that would contend it makes a big difference.

Abby Adams on January 23, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Disgusting beyond belief. And beyond hope. It’s too late. We’re through the Looking Glass so completely, so lost to the distortions of power and the elitist class, we’re beyond hope, beyond the recovery and uses of outrage. The media won. The Left won. The culture is lost. Now it’s just wait for the ruin, the end result of total social and moral degeneration.

rrpjr on January 23, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Something tells me we won’t have quite the smooth transition to atrophied welfare-statism that Europe had post WWII. It’ll be a lot uglier here.

SAMinVA on January 23, 2013 at 12:12 PM

“What difference does it make?; that question will be decided in ’16 when she runs for president.

Tater Salad on January 23, 2013 at 12:12 PM

“A clearly exasperated Clinton shot back”
BS: This is just another stage and Hillary is all a show. Her demonstrated emotions are false.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 23, 2013 at 12:12 PM

The response to this attack on our ambassador was run by the Obama for President campaign, with media marketing that said it was just a protest got out of hand, you know they rightly hate Americans over there, and complete with Mrs. Clinton recording messages telling foreign countries we have freedom of speech in the US, and the US did not film the video in question. Romney jumped the gun. Romney had a bad week. Romney sees terrorists where there are none. Romney isn’t as good at foreign policy than the president. The media pronounced Mitt Romney unqualified on foreign policy, and unable to run a good campaign…by vilifying OUR opinion that is was a terrorist attack.

Foreign policy played back seat to Obama’s campaign ambitions, one of which was to say that Osama is dead, GM is alive. (AlQueada is run off.)

They botched the job in order to hide it from the public, in order to make Romney the problem, and the media dutifully chirped after them. Remember, not even the NYT had headlines that Benghazi was a terrorist attack until well after they had Petreus out in front with a Scandal.

Fleuries on January 23, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Here’s why it matters:

Forty years ago she was a staffer on the joint House-Senate Watergate Committee.

It matters because she began your career in “public service” under the banner of ensuring that the government should not lie to the American people.

Now she sits at the opposite table of similar investigative hearings, and…lies.

ironbill on January 23, 2013 at 12:13 PM

lol…Ed Morrissey writing about “credibility”.
Hilarious.
Tim_CA on January 23, 2013 at 12:05 PM

I don’t get the hilarious joke. Please explain.

KS Rex on January 23, 2013 at 12:13 PM

and yet she is sitting in front of the elected members of our Congress being given a tough grilling

Shump on January 23, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Admittedly, I’m only tuning in occasionally, but so far I’ve missed all the tough grilling. I’ve seen a lot of praise and mention of supposedly good things Hillary has done that have nothing to do with Benghazi, though.

The Rogue Tomato on January 23, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Solid post, Ed. spot on as usual

ted c on January 23, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Goebbels orgasms in his grave and can hardly take it any more.

“Damn, Obama and Hillary are superseding all my wildest dreams” — Joseph G.

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Come on Senators This is Little League Hearings.

Ask her who’s decision it was to recall the Military Protection Team? Why was it done?

Was she aware of the deteriorating situation in Benghazi? The Attacks on Westerners? The Attack on The British Ambassador? If not why not?

This is your one and only shot

Natebo on January 23, 2013 at 12:14 PM

wonder if that filmmaker sitting in jail on a BS parole violation thinks it matters?

chasdal on January 23, 2013 at 12:14 PM

She is a pathological liar who believes the universe centers around herself. She is delusional to the point that she is a danger to the nation. She simply cannot understand she is incompetent.

pat on January 23, 2013 at 12:15 PM

The only times she got snippy and loud and arrogant was on this question.

Shrillary will get hers.

She doesn’t think it was important, what a cow.

And yet she had the audacity to get a tremble in her voice and sound oh so emotional when she spoke of the 4 dead americans.

She could, as well as 0, have stopped it!

They knew what was happening and yet sent no aid!

Those men especially Amb. Stevens SUFFERED greatly at the hands of these animals… I am sure the others didn’t fair any better.

I want to hear from the 28-30 who escaped…

They have been silent, I wonder why?

Scrumpy on January 23, 2013 at 12:15 PM

The truth ALWAYS matters.
The lies were to cover-up the failed plan to have Stevens “kidnapped” so he could be traded for the Blind Sheik.

MA0bama is VERY anxious to re-patriate the first World Trade Center bomber to his Muslim brothers.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/oct/28/lyonsobama-needs-come-clean-what-happened-benghazi/?page=all

HammerNH on January 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM

GaltBlvnAtty on January 23, 2013 at 12:12 PM

your exactly right. she’s trying to pull an 0bama rise above the fray by acting as if she’s more concerned w/ the dead and trying to trivialize the questions.

chasdal on January 23, 2013 at 12:17 PM

And why was so much energy and treasure invested in the “YouTube Video” fiasco? After all, an apology ad was produced and aired; a man in California has lost his freedom and will have a price on his head for the rest of his life…. That might matter just a little….

Then there’s the fact that without the spinning and damage control, Benghazi could have influenced the election to a greater degree.

2nd Ammendment Mother on January 23, 2013 at 12:17 PM

You know, watching this video, I have at least one little glimmer of hope for our country. And that’s because, in spite of everything, there is someone who is as much a part of the elite ruling class as anyone in our country has ever been, and yet she is sitting in front of the elected members of our Congress being given a tough grilling and being forced to give answers to the American people. That is still something pretty damn unique in the history of the world. And something we can still be proud of.

Shump on January 23, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Yep, she looked like she was really sweating bullets with all the heated interrogation she received—with a few exceptions.

arnold ziffel on January 23, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Natebo on January 23, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Not gonna be asked.

Scrumpy on January 23, 2013 at 12:18 PM

It’s the difference between an unexpected spontaneous attack and willful negligence in the face a foreseeable threat. She’s a lawyer and knows plenty of ambulance chasers who’ve made a fortune from that difference.

RadClown on January 23, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Also, there are questions about the inexperienced, no bullets security contract that Clinton personally signed.

2nd Ammendment Mother on January 23, 2013 at 12:18 PM

It also matters to the guy who’s now sitting in jail. For a bad video no one saw.

rbj on January 23, 2013 at 12:19 PM

What a pathetic, disgraceful performance. She should’ve just started shouting, “OUT, DAMNED SPOT!” a la Lady MacBeth. Same difference.

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 12:19 PM

What difference does it make? Ask the dead.

JellyToast on January 23, 2013 at 12:19 PM

This is your one and only shot

Natebo on January 23, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Forget it. This was over before it started.

rrpjr on January 23, 2013 at 12:19 PM

lol…Ed Morrissey writing about “credibility”.

Hilarious.

Tim_CA on January 23, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Do you have examples of Ed lying?

If I were to criticize Ed it would be for being too fair to vicious demagogues who don’t extend the same courtesy to anybody else, but I guess he’s just a nicer guy than me.

forest on January 23, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Mrs Clintons husband has as much money as Mitt Romney, do you think she might ask Sarah Palin which shops have the good looking glasses? or is this “newlook” to get pity?

Fleuries on January 23, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Come on Senators This is Little League Hearings.

Ask her who’s decision it was to recall the Military Protection Team? Why was it done?

Was she aware of the deteriorating situation in Benghazi? The Attacks on Westerners? The Attack on The British Ambassador? If not why not?

This is your one and only shot

Natebo on January 23, 2013 at 12:14 PM

+100 — those are the keys — Hill & the Dems will continue to stress the little nit-picks like she’s doing, with the goal of deflecting attention from the points you mention, Natebo. And you’re right, there won’t be many more chances to drag this out of her.

KS Rex on January 23, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Has she NO shame? All the strong women in the world s/b ashamed of Hillary.

Chokes up? What a cow. All the women’s progress went into the toilet.

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Rush ripping the elite political class a new one. As he should.

Mr. Arrogant on January 23, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Maybe she was listening to The Band last night.

platypus on January 23, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Quit picking on her, you Rethuglican bullies! She has a concussion!
Love, the MSM.

KS Rex on January 23, 2013 at 12:22 PM

JimLennon@ 12;12PM

Don’t forget their new hero Colin Powell went on TV and declared there were WMD.
As far as Hillary…two words Piano Wire.

teacherman on January 23, 2013 at 12:22 PM

What difference does it make if she’s an accessory to murder. She’s at the peak of her populality with the libs and drones.

RedInMD on January 23, 2013 at 12:22 PM

“What difference does it make?”; that question will be decided in ’16 when she runs for president.

Tater Salad on January 23, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Naah. Too old and too white. I don’t expect we will see old white people nominated on the dem ticket ever again. That bridge has been crossed and burned.

The hispanic community is everything to the proggies. White liberals are not reproducing, -and thank God for that. The democratic party will have to up their pandering to hispanics continually, because if a hispanic-nationalist party evert starts up, it means the end of the democratic party.

slickwillie2001 on January 23, 2013 at 12:23 PM

“What difference does it make?”

.
All the difference in the world with respect to being behind the curve regarding the intentions of Al Qaeda in North Africa which now has France, the United States and England on the run.

“What difference does it make?”

.
It demonstrates unmistakably your “Smart Power” diplomacy is the single greatest failure since Neville Chamberlain’s ‘appeasement’ of Adolf Hitler.

“What difference does it make?”

.
It will be the difference between life and death for other people who will lose their lives in future Al Qaeda attacks around the world and, mark my words, in the United States.

PolAgnostic on January 23, 2013 at 12:23 PM

I don’t get the hilarious joke. Please explain.

KS Rex on January 23, 2013 at 12:13 PM

I missed it too …

VibrioCocci on January 23, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Old and Busted: WWJD
New Hotness: WDDIM (What Difference Does It Make?)

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Lemme see! You lied, stalled, and otherwise delayed speaking about this subject for 4 months, feigning illness, a concussion and, God only knows, what else. It matters, OK? You lied! You lied to the victims, their parents, their organizations, and the American people. And now, you have the audacity to feign anger and disdain for the Senators & Congressmen questioning you! Somehow, this probably will get spun as a victory for you & the president, but I don’t see it that way. By the way, I’ll support Joe Biden (gag) for president long before I would you, you witch!

Boats48 on January 23, 2013 at 12:27 PM

His [Barky] actions, and that of NATO in following his initial lead, decapitated the ruthless regime that at least was keeping a lid on terrorist networks in eastern Libya. The rise of those networks in the Benghazi region should have been a predictable outcome from the power vacuum the US/NATO campaign left in the region, which resulted in the ability to conduct this attack. That also reflects on the decision to remove the military security at the consulate even with the deteriorating environment very clear to anyone paying attention.

I’m convinced none of this was merely incompetence. Barky and Hillfarce’s deliberate withdrawal of security and inattention to the rising terrorist threat smacks of something more sinister to me than just incompetence. It smacks of an evil disregard for our Republic and the need to protect Liberal principles and ideals above all else no matter the collateral damage.

Slainte on January 23, 2013 at 12:27 PM

This is amazing, but typical of libs. They just don’t care if they lie and get caught lying. “What difference does it make” if we lie through our teeth to protect our meme that terrorism is on the run. To them it’s just another day at office where you lie and cheat to get what you want. Pretty pathetic.

Ta111 on January 23, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Er, since the Democrats won’t, and the ‘pubbies almost certainly won’t, do anything about whatever happened, it probably doesn’t matter.

PersonFromPorlock on January 23, 2013 at 12:29 PM

She should take her shoe off and pound it on the table.

JellyToast on January 23, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Hillary Clinton came prepared.

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WashJeff on January 23, 2013 at 12:30 PM

They have been silent, I wonder why?

Scrumpy on January 23, 2013 at 12:15 PM

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They are all CIA field personnel. Government policy for decades has been that CIA field operatives will not be identified publicly, much less called to testify publicly.

You don’t have to like it. It has its flaws … but we do not want to go back to the Church Hearings (an uber-liberal wet dream of the ’70′s) and the massive damage they did to the American intelligence community.

PolAgnostic on January 23, 2013 at 12:31 PM

“What difference does it make?”

Ambassador Christopher Stevens unavailable to answer what difference it makes… Because those terrorists in question killed him. That is what matters Hillary.

SWalker on January 23, 2013 at 12:31 PM

When does Hillary appear before the House committee..?

d1carter on January 23, 2013 at 12:32 PM

I think it kindof does matter. What happens “if” you ever find the perpetrators? How will you know if you are supposed to punish them or apologize to them (again)?

TexAz on January 23, 2013 at 12:34 PM

CoffeeLover on January 23, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Just waiting til my Dr appt…

I can but hope to be in the near future!!

Thank you :-)…

Scrumpy on January 23, 2013 at 12:34 PM

PolAgnostic on January 23, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Thank you!! I somehow missed that they were all CIA operatives… my bad…

Somthing else for me to learn about :-)

Scrumpy on January 23, 2013 at 12:35 PM

How dare these men question me about my competence and our Team playing politics over the deaths of a few employees that I pretend to care about while I have to waste valuable time pretending to care about this hearing or whatever anybody else thinks about me….excuse me I’m going to cry a little…ok…now appear strong for the camera…. – Behind that smirk on Hillary Clinton’s face at today’s hearing

workingclass artist on January 23, 2013 at 12:35 PM

PRESIDENT HILLARY CLINTON.

don think it could happen?

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLLLOL

She is a senior member of the Ruling class that we let Lord over us.

PappyD61 on January 23, 2013 at 12:36 PM

d1carter on January 23, 2013 at 12:32 PM

At 2.30 EST! I believe…

Scrumpy on January 23, 2013 at 12:36 PM

John Kerry’s confirmation for SecState begins tomorrow. I would love it if one of the Republicans at the hearings asked him if the mismanagment of the department leading up to and including the attack at Benghazi makes a difference. In short, I want this one comment to be an issue.

Not that Kerry will be grilled. He’s a member of the club. This is a pro forma confirmation process.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Hillary:

What difference does it make if there were no protests in Benghazi?

Yeah! come on you chuckleheads. I’m a DEMOCRAT, I LIE!!

Get over it!!

ToddPA on January 23, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Every conservative group needs to produce TV spots re: Hillary’s testimony and run them
for 4 years…..

And also every Biden gaff needs to be saved and start rolling spots out
against Sheriff Joe starting next year…..

If this is all the democrats have left – well then…..

Unless Obama can get that pesky Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution repealed.

redguy on January 23, 2013 at 12:37 PM

What difference does it make?

mmm Hillary maybe if you spent time going after those who actually led the attack in Benghazi instead of going after a youtube video maker…those 37 workers in Algeria might still be alive.

HumpBot Salvation on January 23, 2013 at 12:38 PM

PRESIDENT HILLARY CLINTON.

don think it could happen?

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLLLOL

She is a senior member of the Ruling class that we let Lord over us.

PappyD61 on January 23, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Well her health will be an issue….
Of course she will blame her testimony on her concussion….

redguy on January 23, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Hips-a-lot, Her Royal Thighness: What difference does it make if there were no protests in Benghazi?

It DOES make a difference and it does matter why the administration falsely blamed a video when it had nothing to do with either Cairo or Benghazi.

Hey, Alice, What Does A Timeline Look Like At The Bottom Of A Rabbithole?

M2RB: Jefferson Airplane

And, yes, it DOES matter that the Obama administration lied to the American public for WEEKS.

And, yes, it DOES matter that Nakoula Basseley Nakoula was arrested in the middle of the night by 10 Federal agents, perp-walked, and thrown in solitary confinement in a Federal detention centre on an alleged probation violation and sentenced to one year in prison on a misdemeanor charge that YOU WOULD NOT be incarcerated for.

And, yes, it DOES matter that the only justice that has been delivered involves an anti-Muslim filmmaker expressing his First Amendment-protected speech.

And, yes, it DOES matter that none of the real killers have not been brought to justice.

And, yes, it most certainly DOES matter that an administration is incapable of identifying the enemy. You cannot win a war, if you do not know who your enemy is.

What difference does it make?

Ask the families and friends of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone S. Woods. They’ll tell you.

What doesn’t make a difference is the amount the House appropriated for Embassy Security. State had $2.3 billion in reserves. The American Embassy in Barbados had more security than the Consulate in Benghazi. 4 days after State denied Stevens’ request for additional security, it approved new Volts and a charging station for the American Embassy in Vienna.

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Geez this was such an easy response to counter. All someone had to say is it matters because it has an affect on the security of embassies. After all knowing the cause of anything helps to prevent the problem in the future. I realize that isn’t why she stalled but it would be the one response she couldn’t slough off.

And yes she was coached by Bill, it’s obvious.

Deanna on January 23, 2013 at 12:39 PM

What is the government doing to “find the perpetrators of the attack on Benghazi and bring them to justice”..?

d1carter on January 23, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Were there weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq? What difference does it make.

JellyToast on January 23, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Scrumpy hoping to hear you were done at the Drs. and on the road to feeling better.

Ben Cardin (D) wholeheartedly endorsing Hillary’s testimony in the Senate hearing. She’s wonderful.

All you have to do is SAY I take responsibility…don’t really have to be accountable.

We are in such deep poop.

CoffeeLover on January 23, 2013 at 12:40 PM

lol…Ed Morrissey   Hotair   Salem Communications writing about “credibility”.

Hilarious.

Tim_CA on January 23, 2013 at 12:05 PM

FTFY.

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SD Tom on January 23, 2013 at 12:40 PM

She’s “right”: there actually shouldn’t have been a difference if there were protests or not. People got killed and the damn feelings of the terrorist-murderers don’t matter one iota.

thebrokenrattle on January 23, 2013 at 12:41 PM

At 2.30 EST! I believe…

Scrumpy on January 23, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Thank you.

d1carter on January 23, 2013 at 12:41 PM

At 2.30 EST! I believe…

Scrumpy on January 23, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Thank you.

d1carter on January 23, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Check at 2pm.

CoffeeLover on January 23, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Once again you gather the evidence and post it for all the world to see!!

The TRUTH shall see the bright light of disinfectant, especially when you are on the ball!!

Fantastic article!!

Scrumpy on January 23, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Out of context. The quote needs to be contextualized: Republicans are sexist. There ya go.

ConservativeLA on January 23, 2013 at 12:48 PM

If this was a real hearing with experienced counsel asking the questions rather than a pretend “hearing” (most of which turn into mere opportunities for opposing “statements” from the committee and the witness), the SOS might have received a response along these lines:

I have a suggestion, Madame Secretary. Why don’t you answer the questions and leave it to others to decide if the answers matter or not. If both were left to you, there would be no need for a hearing in the first place, but it doesn’t work that way.

A farce within a charade.

IndieDogg on January 23, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Hillary, in diplomatic language, screwed the pooch in Libya.

Then Obama ate it.

/

Christien on January 23, 2013 at 12:52 PM

So it matters because of credibility.

As George Schultz said, in Washington DC “Trust is the coin of the realm”. If people can’t trust you to tell the truth, then you can’t be believed, and nothing you say matters. Hillary got teary recalling talking with the families of those killed, as the caskets were nearby. As I recall, that’s the same venue Obama talked about that “YouTube video”.

Obama and Hillary both lied to shield themselves from the consequences of the truth. That’s the important takeaway from this whole fiasco. The truths matters.

Paul-Cincy on January 23, 2013 at 12:52 PM

#WhatDifferenceDoesItMake That Brian Terry and 100′s died in #FastandFurious

#WhatDifferenceDoesItMake if an innocent man sits in solitary confinement taking for making a bad movie.

#WhatDifferenceDoesItMake that your husband didn’t do much to stop Al Qaeda In (wherever) when he had a chance to do so.

#WhatDifferenceDoesItMake if my hillbilly husband bangs an intern virtually our daughter’s age. I’m getting me a Senate seat out of it!

#WhatDifferenceDoesItMake If the Muslim Brotherhood infiltrates our Govt

#WhatDifferenceDoesItMake If 50M are on food stamps

#WhatDifferenceDoesItMake If Iran gets a nuke

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 12:58 PM

The truths matters.

Paul-Cincy on January 23, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Apparently it does not, at least not any more.

SWalker on January 23, 2013 at 12:58 PM

“What difference does it make?”

People died. In fact, people were murdered.

It’s not like some people who would do dumb things like have affairs with interns and later say it depends on how you define “is”.

This time, blood was shed.

That, Clinton, is the difference.

pilamaye on January 23, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Perfect.

Tim_CA on January 23, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Scrumpy on January 23, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Thank you. I don’t even work in intelligence or the government, but I KNEW about the planned protest at the embassy in Cairo and the real reason it was staged long before our pathetic ruling elite did.

I’m reminded of something someone said many years ago, “The CIA learned about the falling of the Berlin Wall from watching it on CNN.”

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 1:00 PM

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