No, Hillary Did NOT 'Triumph' At Benghazi Hearing
Clinton did appear to be composed and well prepared for everything the Republicans on the panel threw at her, but there were a couple of extremely weird moments in which she laughed inappropriately during serious questioning. Those moments could come back to haunt her.
And there was serious damage done to her credibility on a number of fronts.
One of the more astonishing revelations to come out of the hearing is the fact that approximately 600 pleas for more security by State Department personnel in Benghazi went unheeded as the security situation there deteriorated. Not five, not ten, but 600 pleas for help ignored! That is unexcusable and a disgrace.
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Clinton showed a stunning degree of insensitivity when she laughed and joked about Ambassador Stevens’ desperate attempt to buy security equipment for the compound from the British less than a year before his murder at the hands of terrorists.
It was established beyond a shadow of a doubt that Hillary Clinton knew on the night of September 11, 2012, that the attack in Benghazi was a preplanned terrorist attack that had nothing to do with a protest over a YouTube video. She told a different story to people in her inner circle than to the American people, whom she now expects to entrust her with the presidency.
As Moe Lane writes, “The point of this hearing was for her to talk, and talk, and talk some more, and get it all down in the transcript. Once that’s done, we will go through the testimony, look at her other testimony, note discrepancies, note peculiarities; and then eventually somebody will get charged with perjury. Because that’s how you get people: perjury. It’s how they got Scooter Libby and Martha Stewart, after all.”
But until – and if — that ever happens (see also: Lerner, Lois), what difference does it really make (to coin a phrase) when the narrative that low information voters received from the MSM was entirely pre-scripted?
Or to put it another way, “Meh.”