SAN DIEGO, Jan. 14, 2016 — According to the families of the Benghazi victims who perished on 9-11-12, Hillary Clinton insisted that their loved ones were dead as a result of an anti-Muslim video and that the director of the video would be punished.
There’s a small problem with those “comforting words which promised justice.” If indeed Hillary uttered such drivel, she has proven herself to be a downright liar.
The problem is that during the last House Benghazi hearings, emails were mentioned that completely contradict this interpretation of events. Within hours of the Benghazi attack, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had admitted by emails to her daughter, to the president of Egypt and to the head of Libya that she already knew it was a terror attack by an al-Qaida type organization.
George Stephanopoulos asked the former secretary about this on his ABC program “This Week.”
In an uncharacteristically hard question for a woman whom he used to pitch soft balls to, Stephanopoulos said, “Some GOP rivals and family members of the Benghazi victims are saying you lied to them in the hearing. They point to emails that you sent the night of Benghazi attack, one to your daughter, Chelsea Clinton, saying… ‘Two of our officers were killed in Benghazi by an al-Qaida-like group.'” He then mentioned her call to the Egyptian prime minister in which she said, “We know that the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film.”
It was no big surprise when Clinton denied saying any such thing to the grieving relatives:
“No. … I understand the continuing grief at the loss that parents experienced with the loss of these four brave Americans. And I did testify, as you know, for 11 hours. And I answered all of these questions. Now, I can’t — I can’t help it that people think there has to be something else there.”
Mrs. Clinton got even more specific when asked about this same contradiction by Sun Columnist Tom McLaughlin
“Somebody is lying,” McLaughlin said. ”Who is it?
Clinton answered, “Not me, that’s all I can tell you.”
Compare her words to the words of the families:
Tyrone Woods’ father actually read back notes that he took in the meeting: “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…’ She said ‘the filmmaker who was responsible for the death of your son’…”
Sean Smith’s mother: “She’s absolutely lying. She told me something entirely different at the casket ceremony. She said it was because of the video.”
Sean Smith’s uncle said, “Mrs. Clinton really has a problem embracing the truth.”
Glen Doherty’s sister: “When I think back now to that day and what she knew, it shows me a lot about her character that she would choose in that moment to basically perpetuate what she knew was untrue.”
And so we are left with three testimonies versus one. While the majority does not necessarily equal truth, it is difficult to imagine why grieving family members would lie and all recite the exact same lie. What would be the benefit?
On the other hand, the concept of a lying politician is not nearly so much of a stretch for the imagination, especially when we consider that 2012 was an election year in which the Obama administration was telling us how Al-Qaeda was on the run.
But all speculation ends when we remember that the family members alone did not repeat the narrative of the video. It was floated by Ambassador Susan Rice in a Sunday morning talk show tour literally days after the attack.
Here were her words on “Fox News” Sunday, just one of several programs she visited that morning:
“Well, first of all, Chris, we are obviously investigating this very closely. The FBI has a lead in this investigation. The information, the best information and the best assessment we have today is that in fact this was not a preplanned, premeditated attack. That what happened initially was that it was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in Cairo as a consequence of the video. ”
And so, Susan Rice’s words match the same narrative that the Benghazi victim’s relatives say they heard from Hillary Clinton.
Where did Rice’s explanation of events come from?
Earlier versions of the talking points identified the Benghazi attackers as al Qaeda affiliates, along with CIA warnings about a terrorist threat.
This was edited out, according to emails released by the White House. State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland requested that the terrorist references be removed.
If a lie was told before about a video and this lie was public, why should we have trouble believing that the exact same story was given to the families?
Without doubt, if this question came up in a game show entitled Name that Liar, the contestant would do well to say, “I’ll take Hillary for $2,000, Johnny.”
This is Bob Siegel, making the obvious, obvious.
Bob Siegel is a weekend radio talk show host on KCBQ and a columnist. Details of his show can be found at www.bobsiegel.net
ABC News, Fox News, CNS News and Red State contributed to the hard news portions of this article.