Marco Rubio just made Hillary’s Benghazi problem worse

posted at 9:31 am on June 10, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Hillary Clinton has a Benghazi problem, and she knows it.

She knows that a majority of Americans, according to a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, support the formation of a congressional select committee to investigate the attacks. In spite of Team Hillary’s strategy of casting anyone who is concerned about the deaths of three American servicemen and a U.S. ambassador as a harebrained conspiracy theorist, only 42 percent said they believed the attack has been investigated enough. That same survey showed that only 38 percent of adults approve of how Clinton handled that incident and its aftermath.

Clinton’s Benghazi problem is part of what led her to prominently feature the September 14, 2012, casket ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base on her book’s back cover art. Clinton’s Benghazi problem is also what led her to make a series of flippant and dismissive statements to ABC’s Diane Sawyer about that attack. It’s all part of a critical effort to reclaim the narrative surrounding her response to that deadly attack.

When asked by Sawyer if the Benghazi probe would deter a White House bid, Clinton replied that it has made her even more inclined to run in order to prove a point. “Actually, it is more of a reason to run because I do not believe our great country should be playing minor league ball,” she insisted. “We ought to be in the majors. And I view this as really apart from, even a diversion from the hard work that the Congress should be doing about the problems facing our country and the world.”

When asked if there was anything she could have personally done to ensure that those over whom she had responsibility could have been offered better protection, she said that there was not. “I’m not equipped to sit and look at blueprints, to determine where the blast walls need to be or where the reinforcements need to be,” Clinton said. “That’s why we hire people who have that expertise.”

Asked to respond to those comments on Tuesday on CBS News’ This Morning, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) exploited the obvious opening that Clinton’s strategy has created. Coldly, soberly, dispassionately, Rubio charged Clinton with an insufficient concern about threats to American national security.

“The State Department had at its disposal a steady stream of reporting about how dangerous – how much danger that facility in Benghazi was in,” Rubio began. “It is a fact they did not take sufficient security measures, and it is a fact that perhaps it shouldn’t have even been there, and it is a fact it should not have been there and it is a fact they did not have an extraction plan in place that was sufficient.”

“If she thinks it’s something we shouldn’t focus on, then perhaps that gives insight as to why it happened in the first place,” Rubio added, delivering the coup de grâce.

He concluded by noting that “no one has been held responsible,” a factor possibly accounting for the fact that a majority of Americans believe the attack should be investigated further.

Clinton’s remarks on Benghazi were not the only comments she made on Monday which caused a stir. In what one must assume was an effort to recast herself in a populist mold, Clinton asserted that her and her ex-president husband were “dead broke” and “suffered” after leaving the White House. This comment prompted political reporters to assert that Clinton had committed the first gaffe of the 2016 cycle.

“Let me just clarify that I fully appreciate how hard life is for so many Americans today,” Clinton said on Tuesday on ABC’s Good Morning America. Asked if she understood why her comments raised so many eyebrows, she said she could but “everything in life has to be put into context.”

You’re not winning when you are explaining, and appealing to context is the modern equivalent of the scoundrel’s last refuge. Clinton’s comments about her finances required immediate damage control. As Rubio ably demonstrated on Tuesday, it will be Clinton’s comments about Benghazi that she will have to put into their proper “context” next.


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Sure, Hillary, your $8 million advance is kinda like that advance of $8 thousand I borrowed from a friend after I got laid off since I was too young for my millions coming from Social Security.

You feel my pain!

PattyJ on June 10, 2014 at 12:40 PM

She and New York deserved each other but there are about 40 states that wouldn’t elect her dogcatcher.

jangle12 on June 10, 2014 at 12:44 PM

She and New York deserved each other but there are about 40 states that wouldn’t elect her dogcatcher.

jangle12 on June 10, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Dogcatcher’s need to be competent.They have an important job.

Senators just need an off-shore bank account and a sociopathic personality disorder.

kcewa on June 10, 2014 at 12:49 PM

No man is left behind unless he is a Muslim colloborator. Old Thunder Thighs needs a good electoral horse whipping. It will make a difference. If she gets elected, America as we know it will be finally buried. We need to resist and avoid this lunacy!

Krupnikas on June 10, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Even beyond the issue of incompetence so deftly raised by Rubio however is the issue of how the bizarre naive foreign policy implemented by Hillary Clinton itself should be held to account. Let’s not forget that it was a policy of projecting American weakness that brought the attacks themselves to bear in the first place. Even before we get to the discussion of Hillary’s incompetence, and the fact that those who died on the ground in Benghazi were also victims of political expediency, every bit as much as they were victims of the terrorists hailing from a network that our President had been campaigning on having eradicated, we must tackle the core issue of whether or not the Kumbayah School of foreign policy should be continued, or a return to Reagan’s peace through strength program might be a better way to go.

Dismissing Benghazi as a topic of discussion allows Hillary off of the hook for more than just this one incompetent decision. It allows her entire foreign policy belief system to escape scrutiny, which will surely create more disastrous results in the days ahead should she be elected to our Nation’s highest office. To some extent, that discussion has already ceased, and to that extent, Hillary has already won a small victory of sorts.

Flyovercountry on June 10, 2014 at 12:55 PM

The Benghazi caskets are not on the Clinton back cover. Who peddles this crap? Only creates sympathy for her and diminishes credibility on the Right.

As to the Clintons being “dead broke,” anybody care to ask her if her husband would keep his zipper closed they might have a few extra bucks. Next question on cattle futures windfall.

matthew8787 on June 10, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Anyone, left or right, please name one single land/people who are free/freer, due to obama/Hillary, I triple dare you.

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2014 at 11:03 AM

No, I think I got it this time — Iran.

Alien on June 10, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Liberty, freedom…I didn’t say “free to piss on America”.

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2014 at 12:19 PM

We’re on the same page, Schad. Due to Obama/Hillary, Iran is freer to pursue their nuclear program – or to insert themselves into an unstable Iraq, as reported earlier.

Alien on June 10, 2014 at 1:10 PM

The Benghazi caskets are not on the Clinton back cover. Who peddles this crap? Only creates sympathy for her and diminishes credibility on the Right.

As to the Clintons being “dead broke,” anybody care to ask her if her husband would keep his zipper closed they might have a few extra bucks. Next question on cattle futures windfall.

matthew8787 on June 10, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Just the hearse…not the coffins.

kcewa on June 10, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Senator Rubio……YOU ARE IN CONGRESS.

You are of no importance to this Administration.

So…………why do we have a Congress exactly?

PappyD61 on June 10, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Next question on cattle futures windfall.

matthew8787 on June 10, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Should have stuck with James Blair, “Red” Bone and the cattle contract. As any Hunt family member knows, a successful gambit for a spot silver corner does not include the White House place settings.

Barnestormer on June 10, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Rubio began. “It is a fact they did not take sufficient security measures
…sort of like the southern border…huh Rube?

KOOLAID2 on June 10, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Rubio is snake. Cannot be trusted.

Anyway, new blogger Noah Rothman is apparently pro-illegal alien amnesty, so I wonder if he will be promoting Rubio on here whenever possible.

bluegill on June 10, 2014 at 1:55 PM

The Clintons are hillbillies. They think they can get away with their lies.

John the Libertarian on June 10, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Anyway, new blogger Noah Rothman is apparently pro-illegal alien amnesty

bluegill on June 10, 2014 at 1:55 PM

It’s Beatrice from the Progressive ads. You are the most irritating single-issue moron on this site.

John the Libertarian on June 10, 2014 at 2:16 PM

It’s Beatrice from the Progressive ads. You are the most irritating single-issue moron on this site.
John the Libertarian on June 10, 2014 at 2:16 PM

No issue is more important than the illegal alien amnesty issue. It affects everything else.

If illegal alien amnesty goes through, you can eventually forget about ever again electing a conservative president. It is the gift that keeps on giving to the Left for decades.

And I don’t care what name you call me. I will continue commenting on this issue.

bluegill on June 10, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Anyway, new blogger Noah Rothman is apparently pro-illegal alien amnesty, so I wonder if he will be promoting Rubio on here whenever possible.

bluegill on June 10, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Apparently?
How so?
“Apparently” you will be hating Rubio “on here whenever possible.”
Rubio is on our side most of the time.
This is not a thread about illegal immigration.

You are the most irritating single-issue moron on this site.

John the Libertarian on June 10, 2014 at 2:16 PM

itsnotaboutme on June 10, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Apparently?
How so?

First, see Noah Rothman’s comments starting after the 6:00 mark here:
http://youtu.be/91x7GBml9ik

Second, I didn’t bring up illegal alien amnesty here. KoolAid2 did.

It’s Beatrice from the Progressive ads. You are the most irritating single-issue moron on this site.
John the Libertarian on June 10, 2014 at 2:16 PM

John, you are a regular Rubio apologist who claims that Rubio was merely “naive” and didn’t intend to betray us on this issue. You belittle conservatives as “TruCons” and even shamefully suggest that those in favor of immigration law enforcement are comparable to the Mozilla bigots. Who’s the moron now?

Rubio will never be forgiven by the right because many of them are Christians.
John the Libertarian on April 18, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Rubio has always been a border-secure first guy. He let Schumer roll him with trickery, and he’s just now getting wise. So his failure here is naivete.
John the Libertarian on June 5, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Well, then, Tru Cons, enjoy the status quo… You have no alternative, you just b!tch and moan and call everyone RINOs.
Useless putzes.
John the Libertarian on January 31, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Could it be, immigration-opposers and Rubio haters, that you are just as intolerant as the folks at Mozilla?
John the Libertarian on April 8, 2014 at 2:45 PM

bluegill on June 10, 2014 at 2:47 PM

As with obama, every word she utters is a lie. And it’s just as obvious.

paul1149 on June 10, 2014 at 3:08 PM

That same survey showed that only 38 percent of adults approve of how Clinton handled that incident and its aftermath.

W…W..wh..Wha…What???? So 38% think she did well in this episode? I guess the only way she could get a negative from this 38% is if she shot the ambassador herself.

Christian Conservative on June 10, 2014 at 3:12 PM

I know here at Hot Air I’m supposed to hate Rubio, but he handled that interview pretty damn well.

WarEagle01 on June 10, 2014 at 3:21 PM

I know here at Hot Air I’m supposed to hate Rubio, but he handled that interview pretty damn well.

WarEagle01 on June 10, 2014 at 3:21 PM

He’s getting better. Impressive on Foreign Affairs.

kcewa on June 10, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Her Grand-child will require every moment of her life to the exclusion of minor concerns such as the state of the country.

Another Drew on June 10, 2014 at 3:44 PM

I guess the only way she could get a negative from this 38% is if she shot the ambassador herself.

We can photo-shop that.

Another Drew on June 10, 2014 at 3:45 PM

I guess the only way she could get a negative from this 38% is if she shot the ambassador herself.

We can photo-shop that.

Another Drew on June 10, 2014 at 3:45 PM

They would call it an obvious suicide.

slickwillie2001 on June 10, 2014 at 3:55 PM

“You’re not winning when you are explaining, and appealing to context is the modern equivalent of the scoundrel’s last refuge.”

That needs to be carved in granite…

Seven Percent Solution on June 10, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Hillary Clinton has a Benghazi problem, and she knows it.

Hillary has a Benghazi problem the way Obama has a birth certificate problem.

How’d that work out for you?

Tlaloc on June 10, 2014 at 4:36 PM

I guess the only way she could get a negative from this 38% is if she shot the ambassador herself.

We can photo-shop that.

Another Drew on June 10, 2014 at 3:45 PM

You’re qualified to be the new director for Fox!

Tlaloc on June 10, 2014 at 4:37 PM

bluegill on June 10, 2014 at 2:47 PM

I apologize for endorsing the quote that called you a moron.
I knew better than to post that, but I did it anyway.
For a moment, I was the true moron.
Please forgive me.

itsnotaboutme on June 10, 2014 at 4:38 PM

“Actually, it is more of a reason to run because I do not believe our great country should be playing minor league ball,” she insisted. “We ought to be in the majors.

What does this even mean?

monalisa on June 10, 2014 at 5:52 PM

I saw the Name Marco Rubio and I stopped reading right there.

Mr. Arrogant on June 10, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Are you happy with that sentence, Noah?

“…Clinton asserted that her and her ex-president husband…”
“…she and her ex-president” etc, not her.

Would you say, “Clinton asserted that her was ‘dead broke’”?

Also, cut down on the adjectives.

Akzed on June 10, 2014 at 10:11 AM
……………………………………………………..

THANK YOU.

francesca on June 10, 2014 at 6:54 PM

I saw the Name Marco Rubio and I stopped reading right there.

Mr. Arrogant on June 10, 2014 at 6:02 PM

But you took the time to comment. LOL!

terryannonline on June 10, 2014 at 7:11 PM

I saw the Name Marco Rubio and I stopped reading right there.

Mr. Arrogant on June 10, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Rubio is on our side most of the time.

This is not a thread about illegal immigration.

Rubio was excellent in the clip.
So good, they obviously felt compelled to cut the interview short.

itsnotaboutme on June 10, 2014 at 8:03 PM

After the fall of Mosul we now add Iraq to the growing list of team-Hillary’s disastrous tenure at State.

virgo on June 11, 2014 at 2:31 AM

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