Hillary’s opening statement on Benghazi: “I take responsibility”

posted at 10:31 am on January 23, 2013 by Allahpundit

As was true the first time she issued a mea culpa over Benghazi, in no way will she accept actual responsibility for what happened replete with specifics about her own failings. That could damage her presidential prospects. A vacant buck-stops-here statement, by contrast, will enhance them because the American public likes when its politicians engage in pantomimes of leadership. She might not have taken any political risks to prevent the attack in Benghazi but, damn it, she’ll pretend to take one now by showily accepting the blame on television in full knowledge that there’s no political risk to her at all in doing so. That’s what real leaders do.

And thus was the box checked:

As I have said many times since September 11, I take responsibility. Nobody is more committed to getting this right. I am determined to leave the State Department and our country safer, stronger, and more secure.

Taking responsibility meant moving quickly in those first uncertain hours and days to respond to the immediate crisis and further protect our people and posts in high-threat areas across the region and the world. It meant launching an independent investigation to determine exactly what happened in Benghazi and to recommend steps for improvement. And it meant intensifying our efforts to combat terrorism and support emerging democracies in North Africa and beyond.

So you see, “taking responsibility” in this case is actually just a pretext to list all of the things she did right afterward, not to revisit her and her underlings’ shameful negligence (which, naturally, was without consequences) on Chris Stevens’s security despite many, many warnings from the embassy beforehand about how conditions were deteriorating in Benghazi. This isn’t unlike being asked during a job interview to name your biggest weakness and answering, “I try too hard.” And she won’t be called on this at today’s hearing; her old colleagues in the Senate are too chummy with her to press hard, which is why Susan Rice was bludgeoned for weeks while her boss endured nothing worse than some grumbling about her making sure to testify after she got out of the hospital. The only Republicans who might really challenge her are Rubio and Rand Paul, neither one of whom served with her and both of whom are no doubt eager to build goodwill among grassroots conservatives ahead of 2016 by taking on a Clinton for being weak on national security.

Anyway. She went on to say this, too: “Benghazi didn’t happen in a vacuum. The Arab revolutions have scrambled power dynamics and shattered security forces across the region. And instability in Mali has created an expanding safe haven for terrorists who look to extend their influence and plot further attacks of the kind we saw just last week in Algeria.” The NYT has an intriguing report this morning on just how expansive that new safe haven might be. Pay attention to it, because if America eventually gets dragged deeper into Mali — as the French hope — this may be one of the justifications The One eventually offers:

Several Egyptian members of the squad of militants that lay bloody siege to an Algerian gas complex last week also took part in the deadly attack on the United States Mission in Libya in September, a senior Algerian official said Tuesday.

The Egyptians involved in both attacks were killed by Algerian forces during the four-day ordeal that ended in the deaths of at least 38 hostages and 29 kidnappers, the official said. But three of the militants were captured alive, and one of them described the Egyptians’ role in both assaults under interrogation by the Algerian security services, the official said.

If confirmed, the link between two of the most brazen assaults in recent memory would reinforce the transborder character of the jihadist groups now striking across the Sahara…

But the Algerian official did not say why the captured kidnapper’s assertion — that some fighters had taken part in both the Benghazi and Algerian attacks — should be considered trustworthy. Nor did he say whether it was obtained under duress.

Smells fishy. The jihadis in custody have an incentive to claim responsibility for Benghazi — killing an American ambassador adds to their post-hostage-crisis “glory” — and the Algerians have an incentive to trumpet it because it buys them extra political cover in how they handled the crisis. But like I say, if the U.S. is drawn in further in north Africa, which may be happening as we speak, you’ll likely hear this floated as one reason why. And yes, that’s the height of irony given that the earlier U.S. intervention in Libya contributed to jihadis running loose with fresh new weapons across the region.

Exit question challenge: Name Hillary’s biggest achievement as Secretary of State. We’re going to hear a lot starting two years from now about how her diplomatic accomplishments are another big feather in her presidential cap. Which accomplishments, exactly? Per Michael Kinsley, flying lots and lots and lots of miles around the world doesn’t count.

Update: Perfection:

Update: Via the Daily Caller, here’s Hillary in “What difference does it make?” mode, just in case you were under the mistaken impression that this hearing was about getting to the bottom of what happened.

Update: Read Tom Joscelyn on why there may be something to the Times report about Benghazi jihadis being involved in the Algerian hostage crisis. There’s no reason to believe that the Algerian attack was “local”; as acknowledged by Hillary herself, one very hard reality of post-Qadaffi north Africa is that borders aren’t much of an impediment to jihadis.


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Which means, for you idiot liberals, NOTHING. She is a confirmed LIAR. She should be hanged for treason.

Flange on January 23, 2013 at 10:33 AM

The U.S. should never have been there to begin with, but the CIA has to fight its little shadow wars.

Dante on January 23, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Allahpundit on Hillary: “Smells fishy.” lol!

Blake on January 23, 2013 at 10:34 AM

HUCK FILLARY and BUCK FARACK.

Nutstuyu on January 23, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Exit question challenge: Name Hillary’s biggest achievement as Secretary of State.

Easy: She served under the first black president (after losing to him).

nobar on January 23, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Easy: She served under the first black president (after losing to him).

nobar on January 23, 2013 at 10:34 AM

And at the same time she served under the 44th white president. Whoop-dee-do.

Nutstuyu on January 23, 2013 at 10:36 AM

This is all very strange, because Obama got Osama. Islamic terrorism is no longer a threat in the world.

Very confusing.

Good Lt on January 23, 2013 at 10:36 AM

“what difference does it make”?

d1carter on January 23, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Her smiling looks very oddly out of place.

Little Boomer on January 23, 2013 at 10:37 AM

If you are following twitter, she also offered up this gem:

“What difference does it make?” (if the administration lied to the American people)……

May that BURY any thought of a 2016 campaign…play that comment along with Bill Jeff’s “I did not have sexual relations” side by side on campaign commercials…LYING RUNS DEEP WITH THE CLINTONS…

hillsoftx on January 23, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Hillary says that the administration was not sure what happened in Benghazi…so why was the video such an integral part of the government’s statement?

d1carter on January 23, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Covering Obama’s hindquarters.

kingsjester on January 23, 2013 at 10:39 AM

“What difference does it make?”

“So, I decided I had to go to the store for a henway…”

“What’s a henway?”

“Oh about two or three pounds. Why do you ask?”

Um, Hillary, Four Dead in Benghazi.

Fallon on January 23, 2013 at 10:39 AM

The Prog media yawns…”what difference does it make”?

d1carter on January 23, 2013 at 10:39 AM

So now Hillary’s being pinned down by Congressional fire??

ToddPA on January 23, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Okay, fine. If Traitor Hillary wants to take responsibility, then she must be arrested immediately, and be charged with treason.

Pork-Chop on January 23, 2013 at 10:40 AM

This is infuriating. I expect the Dems to suck up to her. But only 2 Republicans thus far have made a concerted effort to get any real answers out of her(and even those have been centered way too much around Susan Rice).

What p-sses me off more than anything is that Sen. Johnson showed how easy it is to rattle Hillary and get her to lose control, but most of the Republicans are acting intimidated and playing it safe with their questions. As a primary voter, I’m gonna remember how weak Rubio was today.

Doughboy on January 23, 2013 at 10:41 AM

That she didn’t immediately dismiss a couple tiers of security and advisory personnel with predjudice, and then resign and forfeit her pension shows just how unserious she is about this ‘responsibility’ thing of hers.

She’s not taking responsibility: she uses that word, but I don’t think it means what she thinks it means. (h/t I. Montoya)

ss396 on January 23, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Well I tried for a few minutes to think of an accomplishment by the current secretary of state…

She is female and that seems to be her major accomplishment to her many fans…that and staying married to her husband.

I suppose she’s a loyal employee to her criminal boss…there’s that?

workingclass artist on January 23, 2013 at 10:41 AM

My uncle is really scared of her running in 2016. It might be because he works in NYC, where she is loved but I dont know. I think Rubio can beat her.

Flapjackmaka on January 23, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Any GOP who is afraid to ask Hillary the hard questions should be removed from office…

d1carter on January 23, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Easy: She served under the first black president (after losing to him).

nobar on January 23, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Confirmed: Bill “BJ” Clinton was the first black President, and Hillary did serve under him, at least for a while.

Archivarix on January 23, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Sloppy

Electrongod on January 23, 2013 at 10:43 AM

This is infuriating. I expect the Dems to suck up to her. But only 2 Republicans thus far have made a concerted effort to get any real answers out of her(and even those have been centered way too much around Susan Rice).

Doughboy on January 23, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Why would you expect anything differently? It’s the Republican’s foreign policy as well.

Wait, you don’t think there’s a difference between Repubs and Dems, do you?

Dante on January 23, 2013 at 10:43 AM

What p-sses me off more than anything is that Sen. Johnson showed how easy it is to rattle Hillary and get her to lose control, but most of the Republicans are acting intimidated and playing it safe with their questions. As a primary voter, I’m gonna remember how weak Rubio was today.

Doughboy on January 23, 2013 at 10:41 AM

I wasn’t watching. What did Johnson ask?

WisRich on January 23, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Her smiling looks very oddly out of place.

Little Boomer on January 23, 2013 at 10:37 AM

…the blood clot is causing that?

KOOLAID2 on January 23, 2013 at 10:43 AM

We have a pool on the number of times Nakoula will be mentioned, but all the money is on zero….

apostic on January 23, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Wow, she looks like crap. She never was that attractive, and the years haven’t been kind to her.

Ward Cleaver on January 23, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Her outburst to the senator questioning her about how the video explanation came out and became the meme of the month was unacceptable.

She said “What difference does that make?”

It makes a heck of a lot of difference if the country was deliberately lied to in order to protect the pos’s election ambitions.

I want to know the truth.
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This is outrageous. She is still covering for Rice, the pos, the video explanation saying there was no clear picture when she herself blamed the events on the video and in fact taped a Pakistanis PSA apologizing for it.

BS BS BS BS BS,

I am disappointed.
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Brilliantly Machiavellian move to delay testimony until after the election, after the inauguration and just before stepping down from the POS position.

Half of each questioner’s time is taken up with a lovefest over her tenure at state and the rest of the questioning about Benghazzi lacks focus or passion.

What a slap in the face to those who were slaughtered and to the country.

wyntre on January 23, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Umm.. who got Hillary Clinton to mention that precious little quote.. What difference does that make?

Illinidiva on January 23, 2013 at 10:47 AM

John McCain is nailing her on her responses…not acceptable.

d1carter on January 23, 2013 at 10:47 AM

What p-sses me off more than anything is that Sen. Johnson showed how easy it is to rattle Hillary and get her to lose control, but most of the Republicans are acting intimidated and playing it safe with their questions. As a primary voter, I’m gonna remember how weak Rubio was today.

Doughboy on January 23, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Feminists Womyn and Minorities are excused serious scrutiny because well it’s their time to shine….and white male privilege….or something like that.

workingclass artist on January 23, 2013 at 10:48 AM

The saddest thing about all this is that we didn’t expect much to be different about how this is going. I think Hillary is holding back her urge to laugh more than she’s holding back the truth.

Liam on January 23, 2013 at 10:50 AM

John McCain is giving Hillary a headache…

d1carter on January 23, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Spell it right. Hil-liar-y.

Tc0061 on January 23, 2013 at 10:51 AM

I wasn’t watching. What did Johnson ask?

WisRich on January 23, 2013 at 10:43 AM

He went after her on Susan Rice contradicting what was known at the time that this was a terrorist attack and had nothing to do with a YouTube video. He also pressed her on why she never asked the Benghazi survivors what they saw that night outside the compound so they could confirm whether or not there was even a protest taking place.

That’s when Hillary insisted that she didn’t want to interfere with an ongoing investigation(which is absurd) and then said the soon to be infamous “what difference does it make” comment. Honestly, Johnson was totally calm and reserved in his questioning and was able to get Hillary to nearly lose it. If the Republicans wanted to, they could seriously cripple her 2016 chances today. Too bad that too many of them are p-ssies who don’t have the stones to take her on.

Doughboy on January 23, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Wow, she looks like crap. She never was that attractive, and the years haven’t been kind to her.

Ward Cleaver on January 23, 2013 at 10:43 AM

…I could almost hold BJ blamless for his behavior over the years!

KOOLAID2 on January 23, 2013 at 10:52 AM

So the video lie is going unanswered?

cmsinaz on January 23, 2013 at 10:52 AM

She went on to say this, too: “Benghazi didn’t happen in a vacuum. The Arab revolutions have scrambled power dynamics and shattered security forces across the region. And instability in Mali has created an expanding safe haven for terrorists who look to extend their influence and plot further attacks of the kind we saw just last week in Algeria.”

Shorter Shrillary: I suck at foreign relations, you should see my passport though, and during my watch as SecState the North Africa region has completely degenerated into secular chaos.

BobMbx on January 23, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Hillary!’s accomplishments? Er…ah….ummmm. Oh, yeah, lots of “frequent flyer” miles.

And a neat ‘re-set’ button……that didn’t work.

GarandFan on January 23, 2013 at 10:54 AM

she’s running out the clock….and lying

Farce

workingclass artist on January 23, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Hillary: We did not have a clear picture about Benghazi…so we decided to blame it on the obscure video to get our Dear Leader re elected…it worked.

d1carter on January 23, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Boy are the dems covering for her

cmsinaz on January 23, 2013 at 10:55 AM

“What difference does it make?”

The difference, you old hag, is that in one case you go after Islamic Fascism, while in the other case this administration goes after the 1st amendment and harasses the citizens of this country. Good grief!

Weight of Glory on January 23, 2013 at 10:55 AM

I like the crabby bitter old man version of John McCain better than the Maverick.

Illinidiva on January 23, 2013 at 10:55 AM

The U.S. should never have been there to begin with, but the CIA has to fight its little shadow wars.

Dante on January 23, 2013 at 10:33 AM

That flaming bag of poo left on your doorstep last Halloween had nothing to do with the CIA.

CurtZHP on January 23, 2013 at 10:56 AM

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Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 10:56 AM

So the video lie is going unanswered?

cmsinaz on January 23, 2013 at 10:52 AM

It’s the same runaround we’ve been hearing for 4 months. That they supposedly didn’t know yet what really happened at Benghazi when Rice went on those Sunday morning talk shows and she was given the best information that was available at the time. We know that’s BS but she’s sticking to that story.

Doughboy on January 23, 2013 at 10:56 AM

The Republicans act as if they’ve been nuetered.

What is the matter with these people?

4 Americans died. Find out who ordered it and why.

kingsjester on January 23, 2013 at 10:56 AM

John McCain is nailing her on her responses…not acceptable.

d1carter on January 23, 2013 at 10:47 AM

John McCain filibustered for 8 minutes and thanked her for her service after she gave her 30 second respone. This is BS.

DanMan on January 23, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Turban Durbin still wants to know where the WMD are..?

d1carter on January 23, 2013 at 10:57 AM

“What difference does it make”

…well most intelligent people know that you can’t solve the problem until you establish exactly what the problem is.
The fact Hillary repeatedly stated the attack was due to a video..even going so far as to have an apology video played throughout Pakistan when her own intelligence was stating it was a terrorist attack makes a big difference when taking in the competency of the leadership of the State Department.

With all due respect Hillary….your departments incompetence cost American lives….that makes a “big difference” to many Americans…especially the families of the victims and the men and women serving now.

Baxter Greene on January 23, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Watching the kabuki theater. Lying is in her DNA. BSing is in the DNA of some of the questioners.

And now it’s the Iraq weapons of mass destruction that justify her.

Wow. Folks, our country is just about gone.

platypus on January 23, 2013 at 10:57 AM

hillary just blew mccain off. agreeing to disagree.

roobio was more concerned about hillary’s health than getting to the bottom of benghazi.

renalin on January 23, 2013 at 10:57 AM

You fools, she is quite accomplished, under the Washington definition she lies and gets away with it, just like her current boss and her husband.

1) Rose Law firm billing records

2) Cattle futures

An on and on from there…

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 23, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Wonder if “what difference would it make?” will become the new “Hillary Defense” courtroom/hearing tactic for our other patricians.

Jeddite on January 23, 2013 at 10:57 AM

McCain went on too long and never challenge Clinton enough.

Mrs. Clinton is trying to blame Congress for not providing Libya- aid?

What does that have to do with providing security for our diplomats? The State Department has a budget and the ultimate responsibility. Clinton’s despicable decision to deny Ambassador Stevens and his colleagues the protection they need have nothing to do with Congress.

By the way, Mrs Clinton is “taking responsibility”? Really? Is it Congresses fault or yours Mrs Clinton?

I have never seen such a degree of disingenuous tripe.

My countrymen cry out for justice and you patronize their families with a disgusting degree of political mendacity.

Marcus Traianus on January 23, 2013 at 10:57 AM

“What difference does it make” ….

Ahh yes, the old…if we wait long enough and obfuscate, the truth really DOESN’T MATTER.

We can scream about 4 dead bodies and intimidate our questioners into submission and get back on track of lying our way through.

katy on January 23, 2013 at 10:58 AM

John McCain is giving Hillary a headache…

d1carter on January 23, 2013 at 10:50 AM

McCain was great – unfortunately, she sidestepped his points completely, and with this stupid format, he was not allowed to followup.

Anti-Control on January 23, 2013 at 10:58 AM

John McCain filibustered for 8 minutes and thanked her for her service after she gave her 30 second respone. This is BS.

DanMan on January 23, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Yeah, McCain wound up disappointing. Ranting for 4 minutes and then leaving yourself no time to follow up after Hillary predictably stonewalls and lies yet again is no way to conduct yourself in this hearing. Johnson did it right. Ask short, simple questions and then nail her when she fails to provide an answer.

Doughboy on January 23, 2013 at 10:59 AM

There’s no reason to ask her questions…she is going to lie. Make your points about the lies and let her respond or not.

d1carter on January 23, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Hillary Clinton takes responsibility. This is the kind of responsibility politicians like to take. Responsibility with no consequences. e.g. The infamous Janet Reno.

Dasher on January 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM

The Reno is strong in this one…

mojo on January 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM

All she has to do is appear agitated and the panel will back off fearing she has a stroke.

katy on January 23, 2013 at 11:01 AM

I’d rather hear the GOP rant for five minutes instead of Hillary’s canned BS response.

d1carter on January 23, 2013 at 11:01 AM

I like the crabby bitter old man version of John McCain better than the Maverick.

Illinidiva on January 23, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Me too – sadly, he deserves a “D” at best for time management, however.

Anti-Control on January 23, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Thanks doughboy

So she didn’t have the best information at the time where was she the night it actually occurred?

Cmon gop

cmsinaz on January 23, 2013 at 11:02 AM

So the video lie is going unanswered?

cmsinaz on January 23, 2013 at 10:52 AM

“What difference does it make ? ”

That in itself sums up Clinton’s and this Administration’s attitude about Benghazi.
Sad, but true.

Jabberwock on January 23, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Turban Durbin still wants to know where the WMD are..?

d1carter on January 23, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Saddam’s? He should ask his Vice-President or wait a while…they’ll show up in Syria or Libya or Mali or Algeria or Uganda or what other backwater country Obama bumbles our way into by “leading from behind.”

“The weapons inspectors said he had them. He catalogued—they catalogued them. This was not some, some Cheney, you know, pipe dream. This was, in fact, catalogued. They looked at them and catalogued. What he did with them, who knows? The real mystery is, if he, if he didn’t have any of them left, why didn’t he say so? Well, a lot of people say if he had said that, he would’ve, you know, emboldened Iran and so on and so forth.”

- Senator Joe Biden, Meet The Press, 29 April 2007

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 11:02 AM

He should have asked Hillary…she was one of the most adamant about the Saddam’s WMD…heh.

d1carter on January 23, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Me too – sadly, he deserves a “D” at best for time management, however.

Anti-Control on January 23, 2013 at 11:01 AM

With McCain’s years in the Senate, I’m sure he knows what he’s doing. What better way to run out the clock than ask a long-winded question so you can’t do a follow up?

I’m skeptical the Pubs really want to know the truth in the first place. If they truly got it, then they’d have to fight Obama on something else. I don’t think they want that.

Liam on January 23, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Hillary said she did not want to interfere by interviewing any of the survivors of the Benghazi attack..? WTH?

d1carter on January 23, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 11:02 AM

You are a Hot Gas treasure. They should be sending you a monthly stipend, at the least. Just saying.

platypus on January 23, 2013 at 11:06 AM

So she didn’t have the best information at the time where was she the night it actually occurred?

Cmon gop

cmsinaz on January 23, 2013 at 11:02 AM

She is not looking good, but the dumb GOPers are not capitalizing as they could have – how difficult would it have been for them to coordinate their questions ahead of time?

Anti-Control on January 23, 2013 at 11:06 AM

McCain was great – unfortunately, she sidestepped his points completely, and with this stupid format, he was not allowed to followup.

Anti-Control on January 23, 2013 at 10:58 AM

mccain was just acting. can you imagine schumer grilling condi? he’d bring in gun control, abortion, poverty, open borders ANYTHING and everything.

rubio looked like he wanted to go up and stroke her forehead.

renalin on January 23, 2013 at 11:07 AM

And the squish gop are letting her slide jabber

Cripe what’s the point of the gop?

cmsinaz on January 23, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Grab and revoke her passport before she leaves.

Mr. Arrogant on January 23, 2013 at 11:09 AM

What an idea anti control

*shaking the head*
Worthless gop

cmsinaz on January 23, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Maybe the House hearing will be a little more fun..?

d1carter on January 23, 2013 at 11:10 AM

I take full responsibility, just as long as there are no consequences.

The Rogue Tomato on January 23, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Hillary said she did not want to interfere by interviewing any of the survivors of the Benghazi attack..? WTH?

d1carter on January 23, 2013 at 11:06 AM

It’s a ridiculous response. A logical person would conclude that the investigation would be greatly enhanced by interviewing those survivors. What better intel is there than from people who were actually at the compound that night? If Hillary didn’t want to ask the questions herself, fair enough. But to intentionally avoid having anyone ask those questions tells me they don’t want what those people know to ever go public.

Doughboy on January 23, 2013 at 11:10 AM

He should have asked Hillary…she was one of the most adamant about the Saddam’s WMD…heh.

d1carter on January 23, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Yep!

Hypocrisy Alert! Clinton, Kerry, Gore & Other Democrats Talk About Saddam’s WMD BEFORE AND AFTER Bush Is President and Call for War Against Iraq

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 11:10 AM

With McCain’s years in the Senate, I’m sure he knows what he’s doing. What better way to run out the clock than ask a long-winded question so you can’t do a follow up?

I’m skeptical the Pubs really want to know the truth in the first place. If they truly got it, then they’d have to fight Obama on something else. I don’t think they want that.

Liam on January 23, 2013 at 11:05 AM

I disagree with your take – I think McCain is p!ssed and made good points, but because he didn’t plan how to channel his anger effectively, he ended up wasting his time basically.

Anti-Control on January 23, 2013 at 11:11 AM

These guys are an embarrassment – and that includes pretty-boy Rubio.

DRayRaven on January 23, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Spell it right. Hil-liar-y.

Tc0061 on January 23, 2013 at 10:51 AM

I always thought it was Hit-lery.

UltimateBob on January 23, 2013 at 11:11 AM

I guess fat-old-drunken-traitor Hillary has found her 2016 campaign slogan …

WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?

This horrid cow needs to be arrested immediately!

Pork-Chop on January 23, 2013 at 11:12 AM

You are a Hot Gas treasure. They should be sending you a monthly stipend, at the least. Just saying.

platypus on January 23, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Thx. It is my pleasure.

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Let’s go Rand Paul

Do something

cmsinaz on January 23, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Spell it right. Hil-liar-y.

Tc0061 on January 23, 2013 at 10:51 AM

I thought that it was “Hips-a-lot, Her Royal Thighness.”

Resist We Much on January 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Paul’s up. Hopefully he hits her hard. No fluff from him at the start either, which is nice.

Catoclysmos on January 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM

“What difference does it make…” – Hillary Clinton

Revealing.

workingclass artist on January 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Rand Paul 2016!

Accept no substitutes.

Mr. Arrogant on January 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Holy crap! Rand Paul has my vote in 2016. Just dispense with the primary already.

Doughboy on January 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Rand Paul is making Hillary rub her head…she’s getting dizzy.

d1carter on January 23, 2013 at 11:14 AM

What a hideous photo.

Where did she get those glasses? From Mark Mothersbbaugh of DEVO?

UltimateBob on January 23, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Exit challenge: Name Hillary’s biggest achievement as Secretary of State.

Here’s my entry: Gaddhafi is dead, and Libya, a former state sponsor of terrorism, has a pro-US government.

If it hadn’t been for her efforts to organize an international air support campaign to save the rebels, Gaddhafi would have crushed the uprising. All of this happened without a significant cost to the United States.

It is, of course, ironic, that the only four American lives lost in this war were lost because of her negligence. But still, in a cold-hearted cost-benefit analysis, the Libya campaign compares favorably to the crowning foreign policy achievement of the previous administration (which is: Saddam Hussein is dead, and Iraq, a former state sponsor of terrorism, has a pro-US government).

Time Lord on January 23, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Second look at Paul, baby!

Little Boomer on January 23, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Rand Paul is asking questions about the weapons transfer to Turkey and other countries…Hillary does not know and refers him to CIA, who ran the annex.

d1carter on January 23, 2013 at 11:16 AM

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