What Difference Does Benghazi Make for Presidential Hopeful Hillary Clinton? None.

She’s making what may well be a successful bid for the presidency, and she’s doing it despite a record known to be so far below reproach as to be ludicrous. Worse, she stands on the backs of dead Americans, and she lies. It is high time to recall our dead, the dead of Benghazi: former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, murdered seven full hours after the opening salvo of the attacks. Foreign Service Operator and former USAF, Sean Smith, murdered. US Ambassador Chris Stevens, murdered. And as the presidential election heats up, former Secretary-of-State Hillary Clinton continues to cry, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

The Timeline of Death

The horrors of Benghazi launched immediately prior to 4pm Washington, D.C., time. Scant minutes passed after the first shots were fired before word reached Washington, and Hillary Clinton herself was informed. In less than one hour, President Obama was briefed during a pre-scheduled sit-down with then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey. Obama’s responsibilities included giving Cross-Border Authority (CBA); our military forces can’t move onto foreign soil to offer assistance without it. Hillary Clinton’s job? Handling U.S. foreign affairs and serving as Obama’s principal advisor on matters precisely like this. In addition, according to the U.S. Department of State’s own website, the job of the Secretary of State includes the following: “Ensure[s] the protection of the U.S. Government to American citizens, property, and interests, in foreign countries.” On September 11, 2012, Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State and Benghazi, Libya, is a foreign country.

In Benghazi, terrorists surged into the compound heavily armed and churning with loathing for all things American while Hillary was safely ensconced at the White House. Due to the graphene-strength cone of silence and complex cover-ups the Obama administration continues to maintain, little is known about Clinton’s whereabouts throughout the 8-hour, two-pronged attack. She claimed to have been in meetings discussing the attacks, but good luck finding proof. What is known and proven is the complete inaction of the White House during Benghazi, inaction followed by a series of hat tricks. You can almost understand their desire to lie; after all, would you be excited to admit that your negligence resulted in the horrific murders of American citizens?

“Political language…is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” George Orwell

Clinton ObamaEven so, nothing excuses Hillary’s behavior. She was informed of the attack within minutes of its unfolding, and she spoke to Obama by phone around 10pm local time. It was Jay Carney who first admitted it. 10pm Washington time, meaning our two SEALs were not yet dead. At 10:32pm, Hillary released a statement through the State Department, saying the attacks took place “as a result of the inflammatory material posted on the internet.” She also had to make sure to add an element of “not me!” by saying: “The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation.” The fact that the attacks were not caused as a result of a minutes-long anti-Islam Youtube movie trailer was already known in the White House, as was later admitted. Despite that knowledge, they didn’t hesitate to roll out the lie. The day following the attacks Obama’s own statement denied it was a terrorist attack. Barely two weeks after the hate-filled slaughter of four Americans Obama addressed the U.N. General Assembly, saying: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

Hillary informed the media she “hates Sunday talk shows,” which was her excuse for not making public statements herself regarding Benghazi. The White House itself went took pains to lay the blame for the attacks at the feet of the Youtube clip, all the while defending Islam. And 30 minutes after Hillary released the first of what would be a series of blatant lies to the American people, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were wiped from the face of the earth by RPG-wielding terrorists.

Days after the attacks, a secret meeting took place in D.C.. Hillary was there, of course, as was Rep. Adam Kinzinger. Kinzinger later said it was a classified briefing for the entirety of Congress, and during the discussion, a member of Congress boldly stated Benghazi was a known terrorist attack. Kinzinger reported that Hillary exploded, yelling “It’s irresponsible to even suggest this is a terror attack. This is a Youtube video. We know that there are protests all over, and we need to be very careful how we’re saying this.” Hillary has a reputation for angry outbursts; no one is allowed to question her authority, not even a decorated General.

When January of 2014 rolled around, freshly declassified documents exposed evidence the military and the White House both knew Benghazi was an act of terror and had nothing to do with the aforementioned YouTube video within minutes of the attack’s start. General Carter Ham, a man who has proven his mettle in many ways, was adamant in his desire to deploy troops to the embattled compound. Carter is a man with his Ranger tab and Combat Action Badge, among others, and he immediately recognized Benghazi for what it was: terrorism. Who did he inform of what he called a “terrorist attack”? Then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, right before they went into that pre-scheduled meeting with Obama. Carter went on record with the Armed Services subcommittee, saying he knew it was terrorism and told both Panetta and Dempsey the attack wasn’t a demonstration gone wrong but a pre-meditated terrorist attack. In October 2012, just one month after the Benghazi attacks the General believed were so horribly handled, he announced his years-early retirement.

Clinton CampaignHillary’s aides have actually spoken up on their own as well, not to back Hillary but to voice their disbelief that the attacks were a “spontaneous” reaction to an “inflammatory” video. In fact, on October 9, 2012, a journalist questioned two of Hillary’s top aides regarding the events leading up to and during the Benghazi attacks, asking what that led officials to believe it was caused by what is now a rather infamous Youtube clip. The senior aide maintained a straight face, answering, “That is a question you would have to ask others,” and then, he paused before adding, “That was not our conclusion.” Unfortunately there was no name given for this outspoken aide, and although we don’t know his fate, it’s easy to assume the political worst.

“Political chaos is connected with the decay of language…one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end.” George Orwell

Answers have been demanded, and apparently Hillary thinks the answers desired should be lies. Hillary write a book titled Hard Choices – or, more likely, she hired a ghost writer to pen her memoirs, wielding harpy-levels of control all the while. In an obvious attempt to deflect the accusations she failed at her job, an entire chapter focuses on Benghazi. Somehow, scanning the lines of text, it’s almost inconceivable to imagine Hillary wasn’t chortling with amusement at her own lies during the creation of what can only be described as a travesty. The opening lines of the Benghazi chapter proclaim there has been a “regrettable amount of misinformation, speculation, and flat-out deceit by some in politics and the media.” Even more ludicrous is her rather brazen claim she “will not be part of a political slugfest on the backs of dead Americans.” Really, Madame former-Secretary? You seem quite willing use them as the platform from which to blatantly lie.

Hillary does hold a massive portion of the blame for failure to send help to our men in Benghazi. While it’s true Obama is the one who must authorize CBA, Hillary, as Secretary of State, remains undeniably culpable in the deaths. There is a small ray of hope, although it has dimmed over the months: John Boehner’s select committee. It includes a cast of Republican truth-seekers: West-Point graduate Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), two-time NCAA wrestling champion Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), the staunch conservative Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL), known military supporter Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), Tea Party and Ten Commandments believer Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) (the man who rather famously referred to the Obamas as “uppity”), and Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), the man who put his personal time and finances into retrieving dog tags of American Vietnam War soldiers from the streets of Vietnam and returning those tags to the families of the deceased. Then there’s the man heading the committee: Rep. Trey Gowdy. Gowdy has a lengthy list of credentials that includes time spent as a successful criminal prosecutor and a history of firmly defending American rights and liberties.

Trey GowdyDespite his stellar history, it wasn’t until October 2013, during his second term, that Gowdy stormed the podium during a news conference, making the leap from respected conservative politician to dedicated fighter for truth. On that day, in just three minutes, Gowdy ripped apart the White House’s Benghazi cover-up. Actually, he said it in three sentences: “No one has been arrested, no one has been prosecuted, no one has been brought to justice,” he began. “I am not surprised the president of the United States called this a phony scandal, I’m not surprised Clinton asked ‘what difference does it make?’ I’m just surprised a lot of people bought it.” There we have what may well be the crux of the problem: the overwhelmingly foolish blind trust of the American people. The majority of Americans did, after all, put Obama in office not once, but twice. And now it seems Hillary may be placed in the Oval Office as well, which shows a horrific lack of judgment and common sense.

It is the Democrats who hold the keys to the Benghazi timeline kingdom. And although a focused, hard-working team of Republicans is leading the select committee, there are also five Democrats, appointed by Pelosi, who are nothing but a group of antagonizers and road-blocks. The Democrats continue to paint Republicans as nothing but frenzied, witch-hunting schoolyard bullies looking for an opportunity to hassle them – looking to halt what the Democrats portray as progress, the progress of a woman President of the United States of American. It isn’t what it seems, they say, pay no attention to the liars behind the curtain. The fact remains that Hillary is guilty of abandoning Americans in their dire hour of need. For that, she should pay.

It would be nice to think the karma behind Hillary’s lies will return to her tenfold. However, it seems more than a bit unlikely. Although there’s no way to know just how successful the committee will be in the long run, despite Gowdy’s reputation and hard-hitting style, all appearances point to abject failure. It would be fantastic if Hillary’s 2016 presidential race hopes could be reduced to nothing but dusty rubble and ash, but the exact opposite appears to be coming true right before our despairing eyes. The destruction of her political aspirations would at least give a bit of satisfaction, if not victory. Vengeance may be the Lord’s, but justice belongs to the dead of Benghazi. And that, Madame former-Secretary, is the difference the truth makes. If only the American people cared what the truth was. If only truth was seen as a desirable quality rather than a disposable commodity. If only…

The 2016 presidential race is upon us. What difference will Benghazi make for Hillary Clinton? Sadly, it appears the difference will be quite literally none.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Katherine Ainsworth

Katherine is a military and political journalist with a reputation for hard-hitting, no-holds-barred articles. Her career as a writer has immersed her in the military lifestyle and given her unique insights into the various branches of service. She is a firearms aficionado and has years of experience as a K9 SAR handler, and has volunteered with multiple support-our-troops charities for more than a decade. Katherine is passionate about military issues and feels supporting service members should be the top priority for all Americans. Her areas of expertise include the military, politics, history, firearms and canine issues.
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