Hillary Rodham Clinton is to be defending her response to the Benghazi tragedy which occurred on Sept. 11, 2012, in her new book, according to a Yahoo! News report on Friday. The defense will be an entire chapter in her upcoming book entitled “Hard Choices” which is to be released on June 10. While critics may be unmoved by the attempt, the former secretary of state and former senator from New York asserts that she will not be part of “a political slugfest” on the backs of dead Americans.
Of the ongoing scandal over the Benghazi, Libya attacks which left four Americans dead including United States Ambassador Chris Stevens, Mrs. Clinton reportedly tries very hard to deflect the ongoing and growing criticisms of what she did not do as the nation’s secretary of state to assist those attacked in Benghazi - prior to the terrorist attack and the alleged cover-up of the faulty moves that followed. Clinton wrote in her new book that those who exploit this tragedy in Benghazi over and over as a political tool minimize the sacrifice of those who served our country. Nick Merrill who is a spokesman for Clinton says that until the book is released next month, there is nothing to say. He insists that once the book is released, it will speak for itself.
Politico reports that Clinton goes on to discuss the Benghazi attacks by saying that there were scores of attackers that night, almost certainly with different motives. She claims that it is inaccurate to state that every single one of them was influenced by this hateful video and that it is equally inaccurate to state that none of them were. According to Clinton, now in writing, both assertions defy not only the evidence but logic as well. She attempts to defend President Barack Obama, as one would assume, by claiming that the president gave the order to do whatever was necessary to support our people in Libya.
Clinton finally takes responsibility for the loss of life in the terrorist attack, according to the report. However, she claims there has been a regrettable amount of misinformation, speculation and flat-out deceit by some persons in political circles and in the media. She writes that she will not be a part of a political slugfest on the backs of dead Americans, saying that it is just plain wrong and unworthy of our great country. She writes, “Those who insist on politicizing the tragedy will have to do so without me.”
Clinton also goes as far as to trying to defend Susan Rice, then-Ambassador to the United Nations. She defends Rice for appearing on television, repeatedly, after the attack. Rice is accused of following White House and Obama administration talking points which were allegedly designed to make Americans believe that the attack was about the video and not the obvious terrorist attack it was because a terrorist attack occurring less than two months before the presidential election would be devastating to Obama’s reelection efforts. Clinton claims that Rice was only relying on existing intelligence in the matter.
Clinton has been highly criticized and negatively publicized for the comments she made at the United States Oversight Committee hearing on May 8, 2013. The committee’s panel investigated Clinton’s handling of the bombing at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. At the hearing, Clinton and the Obama administration were accused of misinforming Americans by asserting that the Benghazi attack, even though it occurred on the Sept. 11 anniversary of the New York City al-Qaeda attack, was over some YouTube video which offended some Middle Eastern people. At the hearing, Clinton said:
The fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?
That response to U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson on the panel has been considered, by many, to be a destroyer for Clinton’s political future. Clinton is said to be the front-runner for president in 2016 for the Democratic party. She has had a tremendously difficult time of defending that nonchalant attitude about the murders in Benghazi of which she could have had a hands-on effect.