What Does Hillary Know — and What Is She Telling Us?

 

Of all the outrages that have happened since the murder of our ambassador in Benghazi, the worst has been the lack of candor from the Administration. Thus far attention has focused on Susan Rice, Ambassador to the U.N., and Jay Carney, the president’s press secretary. In the face of the obvious, these two people depicted the attack on our diplomatic post as a random drive-by that was the result of some video no one in Libya has ever seen.

At a closed-door briefing for Senators on Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked about what went down. Republicans emerged from that hearing saying she told them nothing; their irritation was only exacerbated when they opened up up the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to find timelines that seemed to have more detail than they did.

“I was very disappointed in the briefing yesterday, too. The bottom line is, we asked questions like, ‘How many people were at the Benghazi consulate?’ You pick up The New York Times and you get a blow-by-blow description of what supposedly went on,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee

It also strikes me that not a single reporter in this country seems to have coverred the funeral for Ty Woods, one of the two ex-Navy SEALS who fought back and were killed. If they did, they didn’t report on what was said there. At the website Blackfive, someone who attended reports that the fallen SEAL’s widow, Dorothy, said this: “To all the Operators here today I give you this charge: Rid the world of those savages.  I’ll say it again, RID THE WORLD OF THOSE SAVAGES!” Certainly seems newsworthy to me. 

It’s likely we will not know basic facts about what happened until after the election, because an administration that for days denied it was a terrorist attack is not inclined to give us those details. When I spoke with Larry Kudlow this morning on his radio show, he rightly wondered why no one is calling for Susan Rice’s resignation for her false and misleading remarks. Why indeed. 

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    @VanceRichards

    “It’s likely we will not know basic facts about what happened until after the election, because an administration that for days denied it was a terrorist attack is not inclined to give us those details.”

    What are they hiding? That they were given warning, as Libyan officials have stated, and didn’t do anything about it? The idea that Al-Qaeda would attack us is not unexpected, so why lie?

    I guess after three and a half years “Blame it on Bush” is growing old. But “Blame it on YouTube” isn’t really a better excuse.

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    @BillMcGurn

    We don’t know what, if anything, they are hiding. They tell the Senators they can’t speak because of an ongoing investigation. Apparently they speak to reporters. And the ongoing investigation didn’t stop Ms. Rice and Mr. Carney from coming out with their ridiculous this-wasn’t-an-attack-on-the-US claim right away. 

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    @PaulARahe

    What they are desperately trying to hide is an incompetence that, if fully revealed, would hurt The One in the polls.

    It is a disgrace, but it is of a piece with what they have hidden regarding the Fast and Furious scandal and regarding what they did to the employees of Delphi.

    When it comes to hiding things, this is the most ruthless administration in American history. And when it comes to helping the politicians hide things, our journalists are the most shameless flacks in American history.

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    @flownover

    Susan Rice’s resignation ? She has nothing to do with it. It is all in the SecState purview. She can’t take the fall now, Bill is the only way to bump the numbers.

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    @Yeahok

    Hillary knows about most of Bill’s skeletons. Bill knows Hillary will spill her guts the minute Hillary realizes she’ll never be president.

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    @KCMulville

    The press is in a double bind here. Even if some leftists were to admit that Obama was a failure, they always had the consoling line of retreat that Hillary was a great secretary of state. 

    So, here’s real-life, factual evidence that both of their heroes are failures. They can’t possibly admit that.

    So they dodge. According to Joe Scarborough, the press can’t fully investigate until Mitt Romney stops speaking. 

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    @SouthernPessimist

    Somewhere on the net this week, I saw something that was making the point that pictures matter more than pundits think and that the images from the fiascos of 9/11/12 will resonate within the psyche of the unengaged voter more than anything the pundits can pundefecate. We shall see.

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    @Lavaux

    Why is no one calling for Susan Rice’s resignation? Because it’s them against us, and the country can go hang. Welcome to the Divided States of America.

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    @DocJay

    I have a few former CIA friends.  One thing is for sure is that there is far more behind this than just covering up for Barack and Hilldog’s ineptitude.   Weapon systems and their location are critical and the country has had plenty of US spooks crawling around doing their spooky stuff.  What intel was present and how much of it was compromised?   I will actually advance the idea that we will not know the truth for decades if ever.

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    @GiveMeLiberty

    “RID THE WORLD OF THOSE SAVAGES!”

    I thought this was the resolve of the Bush administration, but after initial successes in Afghanistan and Iraq he acquiesced to the radicals in the anti-war movement, including Obama and his ilk.    We only began to gain ground after Gen. Petraeus and his surge.

    Now we have a leader that sees us as the savages not the be-headers in radical Islamic groups, they are victims.

    Who will rid the world of these savages?  I know the SEALs will but are there any leaders that will support this mission?

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    @HVTs
    Paul A. Rahe: What they are desperately trying to hide is an incompetence that, if fully revealed, would hurt The One in the polls.

    It is a disgrace, but it is of a piece with what they have hidden regarding the Fast and Furious scandal and regarding what they did to the employees of Delphi.

    When it comes to hiding things, this is the most ruthless administration in American history. And when it comes to helping the politicians hide things, our journalists are the most shameless flacks in American history.

    So why is it that Team Romney can’t seem to make the case for Obama’s incompetence, let alone make it stick?  Why isn’t Romney at least trying to make it hard for the media to stop ignoring the real story here?  He picked up on the ludicrous “can’t change Washington’s tone” whine from Obama … that’s good.  But that’s certainly less poignant than a dead Ambassador.  What is the problem with Romney’s team that they can’t seem to get the focus onto Obama’s most significant vulnerabilities?  They ought to be knocking Obama back on his heels every day.

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    @DocJay
    Southern Pessimist

    M1919A4: 

    One of the faults, perhaps the greatest, that I see with the Obama administration’s foreign policy is that it seems to be conducted in a dream world constructed around the idea that our current worst enemies have been charmed into quiescence, sort of like the fellow with the flute charms the cobra.  Unfortunately, President Obama, our snake charmer, seems not to know the correct notes; or, he doesn’t know his snakes very well. · 3 minutes ago

    Yep, that is a pretty good analogy. Obama is the snake charmer who doesn’t know what note to play and doesn’t know anything about the snakes he is trying to charm. · 54 minutes aghim 

    He expects cobras to love him for his awesomeness.   I love that post M1919A4

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    @Babci

    It appears that everything State, the WH and Susan Rice said was not true.  What are they covering up?  I still want to know why the Ambassador was in Bengazi, six hundred miles from Tripoli where he lived, on September 11th.   If I were 30 years younger, you couldn’t keep me out of Bengazi at this point.  I’d love to be in hot pursuit of the truth on this story.

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    @VanceRichards
    Paul A. Rahe: What they are desperately trying to hide is an incompetence that, if fully revealed, would hurt The One in the polls.

    It is a disgrace, but it is of a piece with what they have hidden regarding the Fast and Furious scandal and regarding what they did to the employees of Delphi.

    When it comes to hiding things, this is the most ruthless administration in American history. And when it comes to helping the politicians hide things, our journalists are the most shameless flacks in American history. · 6 hours ago

    Our embassies are under attack, unemployment is still extremely high, our soldiers are still being killed in Afghanistan, more Americans are on government assistance than ever before, and the top story on the news tonight? “It was a tough week for the Romney campaign . . .”

    Yes, “shameless flacks” does seem to be a good description of our current crop of journalists.

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    @ChrisCampion

    The whole “hands-off” approach to covering the Barry administration, by both the press and the Romney campaign, is really something to behold.  I’m still not quite sure what either group is afraid of.  The first group is likely afraid of no longer being pals with The Unicorn (it’s so rough being kicked to the curb in a one-sided relationship, isn’t it?  Sort of a “used-up” feeling, right?); the second group seems completely afraid to attack a completely vulnerable President on his policies, his statements, his scandals.

    Why?  In some respects, it does not matter what Romney says, because he’ll be vilified in the press no matter what he does (witness all of his statements, recently).  So if you’re going to suffer the slings and arrows, at least make an attack and score some points on President Milquetoast, and maybe, just maybe, the Waffle Dudes in the middle of the political spectrum will finally wake up to the mistake they made, and elect the grown-up in November.

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    @CharlesMark

    Among all the relevant issues that are not being aired properly is the fact that the maker of the video is a Coptic Christian (not an Israeli Jew as was gleefully reported by many in the immediate aftermath of the horrific events). I have seen no serious analysis of the plight of Copts, in Egypt for instance. Is it worse to have your Prophet maligned or your churches burned and your people slaughtered? Has the President of the United States ever made adverts to be published in so-called “Muslim lands” calling for fair treatment of non-Islamic religions? At some point the execrable indulgence of Islamist bullying has to end.

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    @Devereaux
    Give Me Liberty: “RID THE WORLD OF THOSE SAVAGES!”

    I thought this was the resolve of the Bush administration, but after initial successes in Afghanistan and Iraq he acquiesced to the radicals in the anti-war movement, including Obama and his ilk.    We only began to gain ground after Gen. Petraeus and his surge.

    Now we have a leader that sees us as the savages not the be-headers in radical Islamic groups, they are victims.

    Who will rid the world of these savages?  I know the SEALs will but are there any leaders that will support this mission? · 3 hours ago

    The short answer is NO. ?Who do you see with the courage to stand up to the bullying of these mideast nations. ?Who do you see who believes in our colours. ?Who do you see understands that government IS the problem!

    ?Is it not time for US to tell the POLS what and how they will act.

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    @RetailLawyer

    Glen Greenwald has the best theory I’ve heard so far regarding why the administration is so secretive with the facts and lying in such a manner that the lies and incompetence are revealed to any who are so interested.  My paraphrase:  It is politically advantageous.  Many people don’t care, many people stick with the first narrative they hear.  Many care, but our types won’t be voting for Obama anyway.  The model is the clown car, spiking the football after the Bin Laden raid.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/sep/20/obama-officials-spin-benghazi-attack

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    @Sisyphus
    KC Mulville: …

    So they dodge. According to Joe Scarborough, the press can’t fully investigate until Mitt Romney stops speaking.

    Wasn’t that a fabulous dodge? Goebbels would have been so proud!

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    @MelFoil

    I think early on, the news from people in Benghazi was: “Demonstration? What demonstration? Organized attack, yes. Demonstration, no.” It sure looks like our State Department just flat-out lied.

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    @M1919A4

    I think that it the consistent practice of the Department of State to lie to the American people.  A careful review of history during the past century would, I believe, prove that beyond a doubt.  

    More even than most government bureaucrats, functionaries of that department appear persuaded of their superior knowledge and abilities and seem confident that they have to spoon feed us information about the rest of the world to ensure that their version supports their visions.

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    @M1919A4

    Thinking a little further about this, I marvel at why a “safe” house filled apparently with sensitive information and personnel would be so insufficiently protected.  

    If ignorance of its existence were the protection, making it the refuge for consulate personnel seems unwise; attackers would only have to follow their retreat to learn of it.  And I don’t see how those charged with the protection of the safe house thought that consulate personnel could retreat without being followed.

    Apparently, nobody in authority ever contemplated a first class attack upon the consulate and safe house (which well may have been identified beforehand and always figured in the attackers’ plans).

    One of the faults, perhaps the greatest, that I see with the Obama administration’s foreign policy is that it seems to be conducted in a dream world constructed around the idea that our current worst enemies have been charmed into quiescence, sort of like the fellow with the flute charms the cobra.  Unfortunately, President Obama, our snake charmer, seems not to know the correct notes; or, he doesn’t know his snakes very well.

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    @SouthernPessimist
    M1919A4: 

    One of the faults, perhaps the greatest, that I see with the Obama administration’s foreign policy is that it seems to be conducted in a dream world constructed around the idea that our current worst enemies have been charmed into quiescence, sort of like the fellow with the flute charms the cobra.  Unfortunately, President Obama, our snake charmer, seems not to know the correct notes; or, he doesn’t know his snakes very well. · 3 minutes ago

    Yep, that is a pretty good analogy. Obama is the snake charmer who doesn’t know what note to play and doesn’t know anything about the snakes he is trying to charm.

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    @OldBuckeye

    I think there is something even more insidious than we’re supposing  in the whole episode. And nobody’s mentioning the other guy either–the master RPG player–who was killed (see, I don’t even know his name). No respect is shown for these citizens who were sacrificed for some political reason.

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    @M1919A4

    The “can’t tell you because there is an ‘ongoing’ investigation” device is the bureaucrat’s last refuge/

    It is nonsense.  There can be instances when it makes some sense, as when a jury pool might be affected by publicity or when potential witnesses might be alerted before they have been discovered and subpoenaed or interviewed.  But it makes no sense in an intelligence war as opposed to a domestic criminal investigation.  

    Here, the event has received widrespread coverage and the whole world knows that the FBI is investigating (and why they and not the intelligence services is another curiosity and revelation).  The FBI’s first thought and goal is a criminal prosecution; yet I think that arrests and a trial civilian court ought to be the last means that the administration is considering for appropriate retaliation.

    The use of the excuse and its implications are another damning instance of this administration’s confusion and cowardice in our foreign relations.  This is another clear contempt of Congress.

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