Friday, January 17, 2014

IBD Editorial — “Senate Benghazi Report Damns Both Obama And Clinton”

On the other side  —  Democrats’ “BIG LIE OF 2012 CAMPAIGN” needs MSM and ALL DEMOCRATS to keep lying about Benghazi through 2013...2014... and it looks like that will go on into 2016

A recent Investor’s Business Daily editorial focuses at and near the top of the Obama Administration; it pulls no punches starting off with this: “Terrorism: The bipartisan Senate report on the Benghazi attack is damning to both President Obama and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She may be sorry she asked, ‘What difference does it make?’ ***  The terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi killing our Libyan ambassador, Chris Stevens, and three others was bad political timing for President Obama, coming less than two months before Election Day in 2012. ***  For a while afterward, Obama peddled the ludicrous story it wasn't planned terrorism but a spontaneous demonstration against an anti-Muhammad YouTube video. In the second presidential debate, when exposed on misrepresenting the attack, Obama pointed to his generic statement on ‘acts of terror’ the day after Benghazi, which CNN moderator Candy Crowley said supported Obama's new false claim. ***  A new Senate report settles this, pointing out that FBI and CIA review of closed-circuit video at the mission a week after the Sept. 11, 2012, assaults ‘showed there were no protests prior to the attacks.’” ( See “Senate Benghazi Report Damns Both Obama And Clinton” by IBD Editorial Board, 1/15/14, Investors Business Daily []).

In the IBD’s own words, the editorial continues like this: “But the long-overdue report goes much further: ....” and almost seems like a Bill of Particulars against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The Democrats and their allies in the Main Steam Media have generally been lockstep in their defensiveness about both the President and his former Secretary of State. Clinton’s defenders have dismissed the criticism as being politically motivated.  The typical line of their defense runs like this: “Clinton has born the brunt of the criticism from Republicans about the response to the attack at the Consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, that killed four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens....” but even though sh was Secretary of State, she in fact was hardly even involved ( See “Dianne Feinstein defends Hillary Clinton on Benghazi” by Ginger Gibson, 1/16/14, Politico []). After the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee Benghazi Report, a verbally precise, but in all other ways  mendacious, Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, had to quickly backfill like this:“I want the record to be clear: I condemn any effort to use this report for political purposes.... Statements on the Senate floor this morning and some media reports about the Senate Intelligence Committee’s bipartisan report on the attack against our diplomatic mission and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, intimate that the report assigns culpability to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the tragedy....  The report approved on a bipartisan basis says no such thing. As a matter of fact, Secretary Clinton is not mentioned a single time in the 58-page bipartisan section of our Benghazi report.”

It’s been lots of little lies in 2013 to prop up the “Big Lie” of 2012. Now that a little more about the events of 9/11/12 and related matters has made it into the public record, it will require more and bigger “little lies” not have the “Big Lie” hangover into the 2016 cycle and hurt Hillary in ways that it didn’t do to Obama in 2012.

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