You can’t get much more political than lying to the faces of grieving family members, and the American people, in order to preserve the campaign lie that Obama had Al Qaeda on the run.
She told the Prime Minister of Egypt on the night of the attack:
“We know the attack had nothing to do with the film,” she says. “It was a planned attack, not a protest . . . Based on the information we saw today, we believe that the group that claimed responsibility for this was affiliated with al-Qaeda.”
Here’s Hillary’s email to Chelsea, code-named Diane Reynolds.
…We now know that when Secretary Clinton met the plane carrying the bodies of the four Americans who died at Benghazi that the Obama administration had initially lied about what happened.
She stood over the flag-draped coffins of four dead Americans knowing that the first narrative blamed their deaths on an Internet video, which caused a demonstration outside the consulate to turn into a deadly attack, when she already knew the truth.
She looked into the eyes of the families of the fallen heroes knowing all about that.
She always knew they died from a planned terrorist attack from an Al Qaeda-like group. That’s what she told her family and foreign leaders according to newly released emails.
So why support the false narrative at the start? Because the Obama administration had an election to win eight weeks later, and a terrorist attack that killed four Americans didn’t fit into that plan.
President Obama asked voters to reelect him because he had killed Usama bin Laden. Al Qaeda was on the ropes. Qaddafi was dead and the Libyan war a success. The wave of war was a receding. President George W. Bush’s War on Terror was over because Obama and Clinton had won it.
A terrorist attack that killed Americans at Benghazi did not fit into that campaign narrative, so it had to be retold and spun into a different story. It wasn’t radical Islamist terrorists, but a spontaneous demonstration that got out of control in reaction to an obscure Internet video.
In the end, the Benghazi hearings probably didn’t change many minds.
Secretary Clinton’s supporters will say it was a waste of time, a politically motivated witchhunt.
Secretary Clinton’s detractors will say she never answered the questions.
But for me it wasn’t the questions or the answers that mattered.
It wasn’t about negligence or criminality or incompetence.
Instead it was — and still is — about character. And Secretary Clinton has been found wanting.
The even greater tragedy is Secretary Clinton doesn’t think she did anything wrong. In today’s Washington integrity and truth telling — even to mourning families — take a backseat to the relentless pursuit of power.
No wonder the rest of the country wants to throw all the bums out.