What Difference Does It Make?: Hillary Clinton’s Bid for the Presidency, Benghazi, and Classified Emails

“They came in the dark of night. Nothing more than killers hiding behind their own warped veil of religion, they were – are – butchers committing heinous acts for love of terror. On September 11, 2012, they stormed the United States diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.” (Excerpt from “Benghazi Then: Remembering Our Dead” )

“…I’m going to ask you some questions, and if you can’t answer these questions, then I’ll leave you to draw whatever conclusions you want to draw about whether or not the media has provided sufficient oversight.” Trey Gowdy, in a speech to the media, October 30, 2013

This upcoming fall marks the third anniversary of the deaths of former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, and FSO Sean Smith. In the years since the day terrorists carried out an all-too-successful attack on that diplomatic post, accusations have been flung about regarding who is culpable, who is responsible for failing to send help when it was repeatedly requested by now-dead men and who should be taken to task for four dead Americans. Although those responsible practically have ten-foot-tall neon arrows hanging over their heads, there has been no forward progress whatsoever in taking steps towards justice for our men in Benghazi.

Although resurrecting this topic may seem pointless or hopelessly redundant, it is not. Our nation is ramping up for the 2016 Presidential Election, and the Democratic frontrunner is, of course, Hillary Clinton. Hillary has been in the news as of late regarding her use of an open, unsecured email account during her time as Secretary of State; a fact that was uncovered in the early days of the Benghazi investigation. Our own Captain Tom Burrell recently discussed this issue in the article “Top Secret: It’s Not Just a Suggestion!” in which he referred to the scandal as “the gift that keeps on giving.” In many ways, it is; more than 50,000 emails worth of evidence pointing to Hillary’s complete disdain for national security should be the tidal wave necessary to take down her campaign – right?

ClintonIt would be a relief to more than a few citizens of this nation if it was possible to cripple Hillary’s bid for office, once and for all. However, the Clintons have been at this for decades, and they’re no strangers to scandals. Whitewater, Monica Lewinsky, Vince Foster – these are just a few of the scandals they’ve escaped from basically unscathed, and those do not even begin to touch those Hillary herself has been heavily implicated or proven to be involved in. Her own list includes, but is certainly not limited to – aside from the bloody weight of Benghazi – Boko Haram, Uranium One, Huma Abedin, countless campaign contributions so murky they’re almost tar black, and let’s not forget that not one but at least five members of her security detail apparently solicited prostitutes in numerous countries while on official trips (a complaint was filed with the inspector general). No, the Clintons aren’t strangers to scandal, and they’re rather impressively adept at slip-sliding their ways out of them, as has been proven time and again.

Many believed Benghazi would be the controversy that finally did it, finally felled the mighty Clintons. After all, Hillary’s claims to have been deeply entrenched in meetings during the attacks seemed just this side of outrageous. If she was in meetings for hours on end, why was there no evidence of these meetings, let alone any results? Is she saying she simply sat and talked during the eight hours spanning the two pronged attacks? It’s a ludicrous claim to make, but it’s one carefully protected by the graphene-strength information barricade this administration has spent seven years constantly enlarging and reinforcing. And if little is known as to Hillary’s whereabouts during the attacks, even less is known of Obama’s, but that’s another topic altogether, for another day.

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

Here is what we do know regarding Hillary’s culpability in the outcome of the Benghazi attacks: she was, indeed, informed of the attacks within minutes of the first strike; she spoke to our commander-in-chief by phone at 10 P.M. local time and informed him of the same; at 10:32 P.M. local time she released the following statement about what caused the ongoing attacks: they were caused, she said, “as a result of the inflammatory material posted on the internet.” But she didn’t stop there, she took the time to add her own version of this administration’s political correctness, 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.” At 10 P.M. Washington, D.C., time, our men were still alive, and it would later come out that Hillary – and Obama – were well aware the attacks did not stem from the “inflammatory material” posted online but was a blatant act of terrorism. Blaming the short video clip was a handy attempt at skirting the issue of ongoing terror attacks against Americans abroad, the kind of attempt that has continued to this day.

“’We will not waiver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act in Benghazi. And make no mistake, justice will be done.’ That was the President of the United States over a year ago. ‘We’re investigating exactly what happened, but my biggest priority now is bringing those folks to justice.’ That was the President of the United States over a year ago. No one has been arrested. No one has been prosecuted. No one has been ‘brought to justice,’ we don’t even have access to the witnesses.” Trey Gowdy in a speech to the media, October 30, 2013

Trey Gowdy
Trey Gowdy

When it became clear there would be nothing in the way of responsibility being taken for the events of September 11, 2012, and nothing in the way of even the slightest shred of honesty from the administration, it was finally decided a panel would be formed with the hope of some form of accountability. The Benghazi Committee is headed by congressman Trey Gowdy, a man who quickly became known for his burning desire to get to the dirty bottom of matters when he took to the podium back on October 30, 2013, giving a three-minute speech that has become unofficially known as the Moment Trey Gowdy Threw Down the Benghazi Gauntlet. Among the questions he fired at the media were the following:

“Do you know why requests for additional security were denied? Do you know why an ambassador asking for more security, days and weeks before he was murdered, and those requests went unheeded?

Do you know why no assets were deployed during the siege? And I’ve heard the explanation, which defies logic, frankly, that we could not have gotten there in time. But you know they didn’t know when it was going to end, so how can you possibly cite that as an excuse?”

Do you know why Susan Rice was picked [as the one who appeared on 5 Sunday talk shows following the attacks]? The Secretary of State [Hillary Clinton] did not go. She says she doesn’t like Sunday talk shows. That’s the only media venue she does not like, if that’s true. Why was Susan Rice on five Sunday talk shows?

Do you know the origin of this mythology, that it was spawned as a spontaneous reaction to a video? Do you know where that started? Do you know where we got from no evidence on that, to that being the official position of the administration?”

Not only have these questions continued to go unanswered, but it seems the more information that comes to light, the more questions are raised. Hillary Clinton is currently slated to go before the Benghazi Committee on October 22, 2015, a date that took Gowdy by surprise when Clinton’s presidential campaign made the announcement at the end of July of 2015. It remains to be seen whether the appearance will take place, and even if it does, it seems somewhat unlikely Hillary will answer the committee’s questions at all, let alone in an honest, forthright manner.

ClassifiedTo make matters more interesting, the inspector general (IG) of the intelligence community in charge of investigating Hillary’s 50,000-plus emails sent on that unprotected server has announced via a signed memo that “potentially hundreds of classified emails” have been discovered thus far. In fact, when Charles McCullough III, the IG for a group of executive branch agencies tasked with intelligence work, took a random sampling of just 40 emails, he found 4 containing classified information.

On July 28, 2015, the State Department said they would turn over 5,000 pages of documents to the Benghazi Committee, prompting Gowdy to agree to delay a hearing with Secretary of State John Kerry’s chief of staff, Jon Finer, in return. However, those 5,000 pages will apparently not include anything regarding the content of Hillary’s emails.

Whether or not progress will ever be made on Benghazi remains to be seen, but at this juncture it does seem unlikely, which is a serious travesty of justice. Although it comes as no surprise that neither Hillary nor anyone in the administration is in a rush to admit their outright negligence, it is disappointing to see Trey Gowdy’s tenacious attempts to bring light to the matter endlessly stonewalled. As we draw nearer to the 2016 Presidential Election the importance of the Benghazi Committee has grown exponentially, for without them, Hillary will simply saunter away, untouched as always by scandal, even a scandal involving the murders of four Americans.

Every American should know the names of those lost in Benghazi: former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, and FSO Sean Smith. Those four names should be emblazoned in the minds of each and every American citizen, a rallying cry as to the injustices that have been done, time and again, by both Clintons. Hillary Clinton has been building her presidential platform brick by brick not for just a few short years but for decades, and she’s almost done. When she reaches the apex of years of work, will anyone be there to stop her? Or will she take her place in the Oval Office, doing untold damage to a nation already crumbling after 7 years of concerted destructive efforts by both Obamas?

Ours is a nation at risk, a nation on the cusp of cataclysmic events that have not been seen within our borders in generations. Essayist and philosopher George Santayana once said “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” and it is a sad truth forgotten or simply ignored by the masses. History repeats itself, and we as a nation seem to be rushing towards the inevitable, heedless of what may come. It’s past time to wake up, America. A great deal hinges on the coming presidential election, and it’s up to us to create the change necessary to halt the coming repetition of history.

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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