Angry, fighting words from Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, this morning in response to a question from Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) when he questioned her about the Administration’s often repeated response blaming the Benghazi attack on a YouTube video.
Madame Secretary then follows her arrogant-sounding comment with, to paraphrase, it’s less important to find out why these militants did this, than to find them and bring them to justice. Yes, and here we are four months later, still looking for the perpetrators. Now we also learn that some of the militants involved in the latest attack on the BP plant in Algeria were also present in Libya:
The New York Times quoted an Algerian official saying that three of the militants captured alive told their interrogators that Egyptian members of their team had also been involved in last September’s attack in Benghazi against the American diplomatic mission in Libya.
So, “what difference, at this point, does it make?” The difference it makes is knowingly supporting and perpetuating the YouTube video farce, of which the Secretary was an all too willing participant (remember her filming an advertisement that played over the airwaves in Pakistan) vs. recognizing the transnationalization of Al Qaeda jihadists and the intent behind their actions; that North Africa is fast becoming the new Afghanistan and the Administration’s probable failure to realize this; which has resulted in the needless deaths of four Americans.
When Secretary Clinton admited she did not read the cables from her ambassador requesting more security, in an area that undoubtedly ranked as one of the world’s “hotspots”, her culpability, responsibility and failure of leadership became all the more incongruous and unforgivable. The arrogance displayed today should come as no surprise to followers of Mrs. Clinton through her political career. And when all else fails, obfuscate, bloviate, shift the blame — in this case, to Congress and lack of authorized funds for security.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) got it right (h/t Daily Caller):
“Had I been president at the time and I had found that you had not read the cables from Benghazi, you had not read the cables from Ambassador Stevens,” he went on, “I would have relieved you of your post.”
Hopefully, the American people will relieve her of her dreams of the Presidency.