She stands on the backs of dead Americans, and lies. Former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, murdered seven hours after the attacks began. Foreign Service Operator, and former USAF, Sean Smith, murdered. US Ambassador Chris Stevens, murdered. And amidst the horror, amidst the blatant White House cover up, former Secretary-of-State Hillary Clinton cries, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”
The bloodshed of Benghazi began just prior to 4pm Washington, D.C., time. Within minutes of the assault’s opening salvo, word had not only reached Washington, but Hillary Clinton herself had been informed. Within an hour, President Barack Obama was informed during a pre-scheduled meeting with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey. It was Obama’s job to give Cross-Border Authority, the only way our military forces could move onto foreign soil to offer assistance. And it was Hillary Clinton’s job to handle U.S. foreign affairs, serving as the president’s principal advisor on such matters. Furthermore, according to the U.S. Department of State’s own website, it is the job of the Secretary of State to: “Ensure[s] the protection of the U.S. Government to American citizens, property, and interests, in foreign countries.” And on September 11, 2012, Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, and Benghazi, Libya, is, indeed, a foreign country.
While terrorists flowed into the Benghazi compound heavily armed and filled with vehement hatred of all things American, Clinton was safely ensconced at the White House. Thanks to the graphene-strength cone of silence and cover ups this administration has erected, little is known about Clinton’s whereabouts over the eight-hour, two-pronged attacks, and even less is known about her fearless commander-in-chief’s location. Although she has claimed to have been constantly in meetings discussing the attacks, there is no evidence of a single useful action borne of these meetings. What is widely known and proven is their inaction during the course of events and their series of hat tricks after, made in a fairly successful attempt to deceive the American people. One almost cannot blame them for lying, really, if you think about it. Would you be excited to admit your faineance and outright negligence resulted in the horrific murders of four American citizens?
"Political language...is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind." George Orwell
Even so, it does not excuse Clinton’s behavior. Aside from the knowledge of her being informed of the attack within minutes of its unfolding, we know she spoke to Obama by phone around 10pm that night. We know because Jay Carney admitted it. 10pm Washington time, that is, which means, guess what, our two SEALs were not yet dead. And at 10:32pm, Hillary Clinton released the following statement through the State Department regarding the cause of the attacks: “as a result of the inflammatory material posted on the internet.” Of course, that was not enough, she had to make sure to wave her hands in the air and cry, “not me!”, adding: “The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation.” The bare, undeniable, and well-known fact the attacks were not caused as a result of a ridiculous, minutes-long anti-Islam Youtube movie trailer did not stop the White House from whipping it out as an excuse before the attacks on the ground had even ended. The day after the attacks, Obama’s statement denied it was a terrorist attack, and he made sure to include, “we reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.” And then, a bare two weeks after the hate-filled slaughter of four Americans, Obama addressed the U.N. General Assembly, saying: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” Hillary said she “hates Sunday talk shows,” and apparently that is her only excuse for her lack of public statements regarding Benghazi. The White House went to great lengths to lay the blame for the Benghazi attacks at the feet of a blurb on Youtube while proclaiming their own apparent love and defense of Islam. Thirty minutes after Hillary Clinton released the first of a series of bold-faced lies to the American public, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were wiped from the face of the earth by terrorists wielding RPG’s.
Just days after the Benghazi attacks, a secret meeting took place at the White House, and among those present were Hillary Clinton and Rep. Adam Kinzinger. According to Kinzinger, it was a classified briefing for the entirety of Congress, and during the course of the discussion, a member of Congress stated Benghazi was a terrorist attack. Hillary, Kinzinger said, exploded, yelling “It’s irresponsible to even suggest this is a terror attack. This is a Youtube video. We know that there are protests all over, and we need to be very careful how we’re saying this.” She continued to chide the Congressman who dared to assert reality into her deception-filled universe. Hillary is certainly known for angry outbursts, including the infamous statement made while she was being questioned about the events leading up to Benghazi: “What difference, at this point, does it make?” No one is allowed to question her authority or command decisions, not even a decorated General.
In January of 2014, newly declassified documents gave clear evidence both the military and the White House knew Benghazi was an act of terror – having nothing to do with a Youtube video – within minutes. General Carter Ham has proven his mettle in at least a few ways, having come out with his need for PTSD treatment following a deadly mess-hall suicide bombing in Iraq during his tour there and, as the head of AFRICOM during Benghazi, he was adamant in his desire to send troops to assist the embattled posts. This is a man with his Ranger tab and Combat Action Badge, as well as a slew of others, and he was clear Benghazi was terror right from the start. And who did he inform of what he phrased immediately as a “terrorist attack”? Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, minutes before they entered that pre-scheduled meeting with Barack Obama. The General went on the record with the Armed Services subcommittee, saying he knew and told Panetta and Dempsey it was not a demonstration gone wrong but an outright, pre-meditated terrorist attack. And in October 2012, one month after the Benghazi attacks he felt were so horrifically handled, the decorated General announced his years-early retirement.
Hillary’s own aides have spoken out against the portrayal of the attacks as a “spontaneous” reaction to “inflammatory” video. On October 9, 2012, a reporter asked two of Hillary’s top aides what it was in the events leading up to and during the Benghazi attacks that led officials to believe it was caused by the now-infamous Youtube video. Somehow maintaining a poker face, the senior aide replied, “That is a question you would have to ask others,” and he paused. “That was not our conclusion.” Without the name of this bravely outspoken aide, it is impossible to know his fate, but one can only assume the political worst.
And, of course, Hillary has tried extensively to argue the Republicans are simply trying to stir up controversy and pain by demanding a true, in-depth Benghazi investigation. Her crony, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, countered John Boehner’s announcement of the forming of a select committee by claiming family members of the victims have called her, saying, “Please don’t take us down this path again.” And yet, no names of the supposedly pleading family members have ever been given, and none have come forward with such requests. Family members of the two slain SEALs have, however, come forward, and they demand justice. They want answers, and they want them now.
"Political chaos is connected with the decay of language...one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end." George Orwell
Apparently believing the answers demanded are lies, Hillary has written a book, titled Hard Choices. Or, more accurately, she most likely hired a talented ghost writer to pen her memoirs while wielding harpy-levels of control. In a clear attempt to deflect accusations that she failed entirely at her job, an entire chapter is dedicated to Benghazi. And yet, somehow, scanning the pre-released lines, it is almost inconceivable to imagine Hillary was not chortling with amusement at her own lies during the creation of this travesty. In the opening lines of the chapter, Hillary’s book ironically proclaims that there has been a “regrettable amount of misinformation, speculation, and flat-out deceit by some in politics and the media.” Perhaps even more ludicrous is her brazen claim that she “will not be part of a political slugfest on the backs of dead Americans.” Really, Madame former-Secretary? But you will use them as the platform from which to blatantly lie?
The reality is that Hillary does hold a large portion of the blame for the failure to send help to Benghazi. Although Obama is the only person who can authorize Cross Border Authority, Hillary, as Secretary of State, is absolutely, undeniably culpable in all four deaths. There is, at least, a ray of hope. John Boehner’s Republican-led select committee has been formed, and includes a stellar cast of Republican truth-seekers: West-Point graduate Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), two-time NCAA wrestling champion Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), staunchly conservative Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL), military supporter Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), Tea Party and Ten Commandments advocate Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) (also the man who famously referred to the Obamas as “uppity”), and Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), the man who put his own time and money into retrieving dog tags of American Vietnam War soldiers from the streets of Vietnam and returning them to families. And then, of course, we have the man heading the committee: Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC). Gowdy has a long list of credentials, including years as a highly successful criminal prosecutor and a history of vehement defense of American rights and liberties. But it wasn’t until he rushed the podium in October 2013, during his second term, that he made the leap from respected conservative politician to a truly fearless fighter for truth. It only took three minutes for Gowdy to rip apart the White House’s cover up of Benghazi, although, really, he said it in three sentences: “No one has been arrested, no one has been prosecuted, no one has been brought to justice,” he began. “I am not surprised the president of the United States called this a phony scandal, I’m not surprised Clinton asked ‘what difference does it make?’ I’m just surprised a lot of people bought it.” And there is what may very well be the crux of the problem: the ignorance and blind trust of the American people. The majority did, after all, put Obama in office not once, but twice, and have kept Hillary going as well, which shows a serious lack of judgment and common sense.
There have also been five Democrats recently appointed to the committee by Nancy Pelosi despite her claim that the committee’s existence is “not necessary.” However, Democrat participation was deemed necessary by none other than Hillary Clinton. According to multiple sources, Hillary went out of her way to inform House Democrats she would like them to participate in the proceedings rather than leaving her open to what she called “enemy fire.” A Democrat close to Clinton labeled the committee’s goals a “political witch hunt.” And so, Intelligence Committee member and gun-control advocate Adam Schiff (D-CA), gun-control advocate Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA), carefully-placed Iraq War veteran Rep. Tammy Duckworth (who supports gun control and women in combat and says she entered the military looking for “an equal opportunity”), Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) who this writer did not vote for due to his history of allowing small gun-rights concessions while pushing for serious bans and controls and supporting military cuts, and top Democrat member Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who said “Republicans will attack Hillary Clinton by any means necessary.” It has been made crystal clear the entire purpose of the Democrat’s presence on the committee is not to help but to hinder.
We are left with a bit of a conundrum. Because, you see, it is the Democrats who truly hold the keys to the Benghazi timeline kingdom. And although we have a talented team of Republicans leading the select committee, the five Democrats appointed by Pelosi are nothing more than a bunch of antagonizers and road-blocks. By attempting to paint the Republicans as nothing more than frenzied, witch-hunting schoolyard bullies just looking for a chance to hassle them, Democrats are setting the stage for American doubt. This is not what it appears, they will say, pay no attention to the liars behind the curtain. Hillary Clinton is absolutely guilty of abandoning Americans in their most dire hour of need, and for that, she should pay. The karma behind her lies should return to her tenfold. And yet, there are no guarantees. There is no way to know how successful the committee can truly be, despite Gowdy’s impressive reputation and hard-hitting style. Perhaps, at the very least, her 2016 presidential race political aspirations can be reduced to nothing but dusty rubble and ash. That, at least, would give some sense of satisfaction. Vengeance may be the Lord’s, but justice belongs to the dead of Benghazi. And that, Madame former-Secretary, is the difference the truth makes.
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