Benghazi committee report: Clinton’s damned lies
WASHINGTON, June 28, 2016 — It was September 2012, and President Obama was in a difficult re-election campaign, with polls showing Republican rival Mitt Romney close on his heels.
When the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked on Sept. 11 and U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others killed, President Obama’s U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice became the voice of the administration.
On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” moderator David Gregory asked Rice, “Can you say definitively that the attacks on our consulate in Libya that killed Ambassador Stevens and others there, security personnel, was spontaneous? Was it a planned attack? Was there a terrorist element to it?”
“What happened in Benghazi was in fact, initially, a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in Cairo [Egypt],” answered Rice. “Almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in Cairo, which were prompted, of course, by the [anti-Islamic] video. What we think then transpired in Benghazi is that opportunistic extremist elements came to the consulate as this was unfolding. They came with heavy weapons, which unfortunately are readily available in post-revolutionary Libya, and it escalated into a much more violent episode.”
When Hillary Clinton, then secretary of state, was at Andrews Air Force Base to receive the coffins of the Benghazi dead, she told the families of the fallen that a video, not an al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group, was responsible for the tragedy.
Charles Woods, father of slain Tyrone Woods, recalled to Fox News, “I gave Hillary a hug and shook her hand. And she said we are going to have the filmmaker arrested who was responsible for the death of my son.”
Last December, Clinton visited The Conway Daily Sun in New Hampshire ahead of the state’s Democratic primary. According to the newspaper:
Sun Columnist Tom McLaughlin said she [Hillary] told an Egyptian diplomat the Benghazi attack was planned and not a protest but that she told family members of the deceased that the attack was the result of a demonstration. He said she then told George Stephanopoulos that she didn’t tell the families the attack was a demonstration about a film.
“Somebody is lying,” said a skeptical McLaughlin to Clinton.
“Not me,” insisted Clinton, ‘that’s all I can tell you.”
Mark Twain once quipped, “There are lies and there are damned lies.” But the lies of Hillary Clinton, to the face of families whose sons died fighting Islamic terrorists in Benghazi, are in a class all their own.
Tuesday, the House Select Committee on Benghazi released its 800-page report on the attack. An emotional committee chairman, GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy, told reporters,
I hope my fellow citizens will read this report. Not for me, but for those … nameless, faceless Americans who uncontrovertibly saved other American lives that night. I hope you will read the report with them in mind. And I would hasten to add—you can read this report from pillar to post in less time than our fellow Americans were under attack in Benghazi. So what I’m asking you to do is a very small investment, given what others were willing to do on our behalf.
In 2013, Clinton attempted to sidestep pointed questions on the Obama administration’s lies about Benghazi to Sen. Ron Johnson of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “What difference, at this point, does it make?” she asked in frustration.
The answer to that question rests with you this November.