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A Shameless Secretary, a Spineless Senate

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A Shameless Secretary, a Spineless Senate

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What difference does it make?” Hillary Clinton shouted, her words echoing off the walls of the hearing room, outraged that a Senator would dare to ask why she spread the lie that a video provoked the terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. At that point, the presiding chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), should have rapped the gavel sharply: “Madam Secretary, you are out of order.”

Perhaps that is too much to expect of a Democrat. The majority party’s members fell all over themselves to heap praise on the outgoing Secretary of State and likely contender for their party’s presidential nomination in 2016. Few showed any interest at all in what happened in Benghazi, why the State Department failed to provide adequate security, why the White House failed to send help, and why the President ordered a cover-up.

So the ranking member, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), ought to have interrupted. But he did not. The Senator who posed the question, Ron Johnson (R-WI), seemed chastised by Clinton’s outburst. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) asked a few pointed questions that went unanswered. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Clinton that her negligence had been a firing offense. But even he went out of his way to say he did not suspect her of bad motives.

That is preposterous. Everyone knows what her reasons were, and she even knows that we know. President Obama did not want to admit the attack was a terror attack, even though he later pretended--with help from CNN’s Candy Crowley and CBS News’ 60 Minutes--that he had, in fact, done so. He could not even admit that the Ft. Hood attack in 2009 was a terror attack--why would he admit this attack, with an election at stake?

When even the toughest inquisitor bends over backwards to offer the Secretary of State a way out, it is a sign that our constitutional system of checks and balances is broken. It is the Senate’s job to hold the Secretary of State accountable, not the other way around. Yet she went on the attack, implying that Congress was to blame for Benghazi because of its failure to fund more diplomatic security--a claim her own department has denied.

Democrats echoed that message in both chambers of Congress on Wednesday, and offered paeans to her performance over the past four years. But it is impossible to find even one major accomplishment by Clinton, and the list of failures is long: the failed “reset” with Russia; the pointless 45-minute tirade against the Israeli prime minister; the attempts to defend Arab dictators before dumping them; and, among others, Benghazi.

Clinton deserves credit for a nearly flawless performance. She was crisp in her replies, when she could be; evasive, when she needed to be; and she turned on the tears when it counted, as she did to great effect in New Hampshire in 2008. Was she so moved by the plight of the victims’ families that it prevented her from lying through her teeth about a video while the flag-draped coffins of the fallen rested behind her? Of course not.

But the committee’s Republicans--all of them--should be rebuked for failing to defend the dignity and independence of the Senate. If Clinton’s testimony is any indication, not only will John Kerry walk to confirmation, but there is little hope for a serious challenge to Chuck Hagel when he comes before the Armed Services Committee next week. If the opposition will not do its duty, then perhaps Clinton is right: it makes no difference at all.

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pvtjokerus
by Gold Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 5:00 PM
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Amen!

29again
by Gold Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 5:32 PM
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Neither Clinton has any shame.  NONE.  The evading, the deflecting, and the blaming everyone else was no surprise.  And Congress.  I don't even know what to say about them, except that if they are going to pick their battles, they damn-sure better be ready for the ones they do pick!  And they better win!

Raintree
by Gold Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 6:27 PM

lol.. you're really mad about this, aren't you OP?

SandyLaxner
by Bronze Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 9:45 PM
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I think of the poor families of those who perished.  "What difference does it make?"  Unbelievable.  We should all be mad about this. 


Quoting Raintree:

lol.. you're really mad about this, aren't you OP?


 

29again
by Gold Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Exactly. We need to focus on not allowing this to ever happen again, she says.  So, how we gonna do that if we don't know why it happened in the first place?  Is it not gonna happen simply because she said so?  Arrogant entitled elite b!&*$.

Quoting SandyLaxner:

I think of the poor families of those who perished.  "What difference does it make?"  Unbelievable.  We should all be mad about this. 


Quoting Raintree:

lol.. you're really mad about this, aren't you OP?




Clairwil
by Platinum Member on Jan. 27, 2013 at 4:50 AM
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Quoting pvtjokerus:

What difference does it make?” Hillary Clinton shouted, her words echoing off the walls of the hearing room, outraged that a Senator would dare to ask why she spread the lie that a video provoked the terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

I'd be a lot more impressed if the article had quoted the exact wording and context of the exchange.

As it is, the impression it leaves is that someone is attempting to add their own spin upon things.

MrsBridges19
by Member on Jan. 27, 2013 at 10:07 AM

I do believe the whole quote was something along the lings of 'what difference does it make WHY it happened?  We need to make it right" or something possitive like that.  Did you, like the rest of people who are mad about this, stop listening after "What difference does it make?"  Improve your listening skills.  Please, for me.

Quoting SandyLaxner:

I think of the poor families of those who perished.  "What difference does it make?"  Unbelievable.  We should all be mad about this. 


Quoting Raintree:

lol.. you're really mad about this, aren't you OP?




SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Jan. 27, 2013 at 10:16 AM
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The reason the Presiding Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee didn't stop Hillary, is because the FBI is investigating him for sex with underage Dominican prostitutes.

See, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) was a bit distracted from an outrageous pattern of reckless behavior resulting in the assissinations of four Americans, because of his own outrageous pattern of reckless behavior

mikiemom
by Gold Member on Jan. 27, 2013 at 12:24 PM

I want to know why ya'll ONLY care about the 4 people who lost their lives in Benghazi, why do you not care about the people who died in embassy bombings and attacks before this or the thousands that have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. Oh that's right, ya'll (THOUGHT) incorrectly that this would turn the election to mittens and you are still so angry that it didn't that not a damn one of you can see straight.

Farmlady09
by Silver Member on Jan. 27, 2013 at 2:53 PM
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 You obviously think it's ok ~ I think the next ambassador sent there should be Chelsea. Think that would make a difference??


Quoting Raintree:

lol.. you're really mad about this, aren't you OP?


 

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