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Crossroads video: “Benghazi”

posted at 12:11 pm on May 10, 2013 by

The voiceover and visual effects may be a tad melodramatic, but this video gets to the heart of the Hicks/Clinton element of the Benghazi scandal:

I tend to agree with Byron York, who argues that while the cover-up and thoroughly white-washed talking points are important, the real story is what happened as the Benghazi raid unfolded:

There are three issues in the Benghazi matter.  The first is whether the administration reacted properly to the growing threat to American diplomats in Libya in the months leading up to September 11.  The second is whether the administration reacted properly during the attack itself.  And the third is whether the administration covered up its actions in the days, weeks, and months after the attack. Many Republicans have been fixated on the cover-up, mostly because of the obvious falsehood of UN Ambassador Susan Rice’s statements in the days after the attack.  But by far the most consequential issue in the Benghazi matter is what the administration did during the attack itself.  In those hours, American lives were at risk, and there are real questions about whether the U.S. military did everything it could to save them.

Then again, a strong case can be made that the lead-up to the attack is just as damning and confounding.  We now know that Amb. Stevens was in Benghazi (a) at the behest of Sec. Clinton, (b) on a hugely symbolic day, (c) in an exceedingly dangerous city, (d) at a compound that had twice been attacked previously, and (e) in a country to which high-level administration officials had repeatedly denied requested security upgrades.  Stage two of this outrage — the attack itself — likely never would have transpired if any one of those factors had been different.

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No mention of the security reductions Clinton approved?

steebo77 on May 10, 2013 at 12:14 PM

The video should point out that the Obama Administration wanted US to believe in an election season that Al Qaeda was weak & that terror was on the way out.

itsnotaboutme on May 10, 2013 at 12:18 PM

The cover up is important because once you prove there was a cover-up, it leads to the question, WHY did they cover it up? And that is neatly answered in Victoria Nuland’s email — because the State Dept would have been caught not doing their job, which is why these four people died.

The Rogue Tomato on May 10, 2013 at 12:30 PM

The video should point out that the Obama Administration wanted US to believe in an election season that Al Qaeda was weak & that terror was on the way out.

itsnotaboutme on May 10, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Obama is safely re-elected and has been relegated to lame duck status. Hillary is the Democrats 2016 frontrunner by a mile. There is no clear tie to Obama aside from him playing politics with this, which politicians tend to do. There are clear ties to Hillary and actual wrongdoing.

Between the two, Hillary is by far the most clearly involved, and has a political career that is more worth destroying at this point. Keep the focus on her.

LukeinNE on May 10, 2013 at 12:47 PM

But by far the most consequential issue in the Benghazi matter is what the administration did during the attack itself. In those hours, American lives were at risk, and there are real questions about whether the U.S. military did everything it could to save them. anything whatsoever to help.

More accurate.

iurockhead on May 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM