Victim Blaming: Ambassador Stevens knew the risks of Benghazi

Hillary Clinton pivoted to the left during her Benghazi Committee testimony, callously claiming that Ambassador Chris Stevens knew the risks and accepted them.


LOS ANGELES, Oct. 23, 2015 — During 11 hours of occasionally dull and frequently riveting testimony, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revealed her true self.

After all the bombast, protests and counter-charges, Benghazi Select Committee chairman Trey Gowdy successfully exposed the real Mrs. Clinton.

She did not have a meltdown. She got testy near the end of the hearing, but most of her remarks were tightly controlled rage. Her biggest slip-up of the day came when she again could not hide her indifference to the four Americans who died in Libya.

The last time she testified before Congress, she shouted, “What difference at this point does it make?”

This time in a calmer voice she pointed out that Ambassador Chris Stevens knew the risks of serving. On several occasions during her testimony, she repeated this stunningly callous comment.

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By placing the onus of the ambassador’s well-being on Stevens himself, Clinton invoked the Mike Tyson defense. In the retired boxer’s rape trial, his defense attorney implied that Tyson’s accuser should have known better than to go to his hotel room at night. Tyson was convicted.

The timing of Clinton’s comments was ironic; at about the same time, hundreds of women held a “slut-walk” concert in Los Angeles. Women banded together to point out that how she dresses or smiles or looks should not make a woman a rape victim.

Ambassador Stevens was raped before he was murdered. Hillary Clinton’s words before Congress are as inappropriate as any slut-shaming: Stevens knew what he was signing up for. He could have quit. When you end up in a dangerous neighborhood, you get raped.

Clinton appointed Stevens in May 2012 and never spoke with him again. In the four months between his appointment and his death, Clinton never reached out to him. Clinton’s response when this was pointed out was to say that he could have picked up a telephone if he needed anything.

There is no honest and effective company where Clinton’s management style would be effective. A good boss checks on her employees. There is a middle ground between micromanaging and total indifference.

We still need to know why four Americans were left to die in Benghazi?

Hillary Clinton wants to be the boss of the world’s largest, sprawling bureaucracy, the U.S. federal government. She wants to lead almost 320 million people. Whether she has committed criminal illegal acts is for law enforcement agencies to decide; it is clear that she did not adequately manage the one part of the bureaucracy entrusted to her.

Clinton put people in harm’s way and could not be bothered to concern herself with their safety until it was too late. She has yet to take responsibility for the breakdowns on her watch.

She publicly declared that Stevens was to blame for not reaching out to her. Blaming the victim is wrong. The champion of feminism knows this; she just does not care.

Her indifference is not illegal, but it shows why trusting Clinton with the White House would come with too high a price. Anyone with normal human compassion would pick up a telephone at least once to check on someone she put in harm’s way. That is too much to ask of Hillary the heartless.

To answer the question she asked ages ago, it makes all of the difference in the world.

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