A number of questions remain for Hillary Clinton: Does she dispute the claim that she said she would “make sure that the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted”? How did she know on September 14 that the American who made the film was going to be arrested? And does Clinton see any difference between the blasphemous Charlie Hebdocartoons and the blasphemous anti-Islam YouTube video?
“I’d refer you to what she wrote in her book,” Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill told me in an email. When I replied that the book does not address the questions I was asking, Merrill wrote: “She addresses the attack fully and comprehensively in Hard Choices, I don’t have anything to add to that.”
Despite her spokesman’s stonewalling, we do know that Clinton did not dispute in her book the claim that she vowed that the American filmmaker would be arrested and prosecuted, and her spokesman is not disputing it now. We also know, of course, that the terrorist attack on Benghazi was not the result of a spontaneous protest in response to the offensive video, but the filmmaker became a convenient scapegoat for an administration arguing that al Qaeda was on the run.