The QUEEN is now on Twitter!!
3 days after Susan Rice went on the Sunday talk-shows:
SENATOR JOE LIEBERMAN: "Let me begin by asking you whether you would say that Ambassador Stevens and the three other Americans died as a result of a *terrorist attack*?
COUNTERTERRORISM DIRECTOR MATTHEW OLSEN: "Certainly on that particular question I would say, yes. They were killed in the course of a *terrorist attack* on our embassy.”
That has to be the shortest cover-up in history!
Hillary // Benghazi // Republican idiocy
-Over 60 people died from 13 embassy/consulate attacks under Bush. Where was the outrage over that?
-The nonpartisan Accountability Review Board did not find Hillary Clinton responsible for Benghazi. She did not receive the cables.
-The biggest security failure, 9/11/2001, happened under a Republican administration.
-Hillary’s comment, “what difference, at this point, does it make” was referring to the GOP’s obsession with what was said on the Sunday morning talk shows. It was not referring to the deaths of these 4 Americans.
-Republicans in Congress cut MILLIONS in embassy security.
-The Obama Administration did not lie to the American people, they simply told us what the intelligence community told them and Congress. The intelligence community was wrong. Now we know. At least we weren’t lied into another war based on false intelligence!
Benghazi is a case of fake outrage and a witch hunt against Hillary Clinton. Why weren’t the Republicans outraged over 9/11/2001? Why weren’t Republicans outraged over the deaths from the unnecessary Iraq War? Why weren’t Republicans outraged over the 13 embassies that were attacked (and 60 people that died) under George Bush?
The fact is, our embassies will never be 100% secure. We’ve had 20 Accountability Review Boards since 1988 because security overseas is never a perfect science. This is not the first embassy attack, nor will it be the last.
Hillary Rodham Clinton stands by her “What difference, at this point, does it make” comment // And she should.
Clinton: The majority of the panelists in both the House and the Senate, I thought, were very constructive, asked sensible questions that deserved answers, but when someone tries to put it into a partisan lens, when they focus, not on the fact that we had such a terrible event happening with four dead Americans but instead what did somebody say on a Sunday morning talk show, that to me is not in keeping with the seriousness of the issue and the obligation we all have as public servants.
McFadden: Do you regret "what difference at this point does it make?" It has been so analyzed in the moment since you said it.
Clinton: No, because I think asking questions about talking points for a Sunday morning talk show is really missing the point. The accountability review board, chaired by Ambassador [Thomas] Pickering and Admiral [Michael] Mullen didn’t pay any attention to that. They looked at what we could have done, what we have to do in order to prevent this in the future and remember, there have only been two of these accountability review boards for the time since 1988 ever made public. All the others have been made classified. I believe in transparency. I said, “let the chips fall where they may, put it all out there,” and I don’t want that to be politicized. I want it to serve as a framework for working together between the administration and the congress to keep our people safe.
McFadden: So you stand by what you said?
I certainly did not know of any reports that contradicted the IC [Intelligence Community] talking points at the time that Ambassador Rice went on the TV shows. And you know I just want to say that people have accused Ambassador Rice and the administration of misleading Americans. I can say trying to be in the middle of this and understanding what was going on, nothing could be further from the truth. Was information developing? Was the situation fluid? Would we reach conclusions later that weren’t reached initially? Of course.
Any clear-eyed examination of this matter must begin with this sobering fact: Since 1988, there have been 19 Accountability Review Boards investigating attacks on American diplomats and their facilities. Benghazi joins a long list of tragedies, for our Department and for other agencies: hostages taken in Tehran in 1979, our embassy and Marine barracks bombed in Beirut in 1983, Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia in 1996, our embassies in East Africa in 1998, consulate staff murdered in Jeddah in 2004, the Khost attack in 2009, and too many others. Of course, the list of attacks foiled, crises averted, and lives saved is even longer. We should never forget that our security professionals get it right 99 percent of the time, against difficult odds all over the world. That’s why, like my predecessors, I trust them with my life. Let’s also remember that administrations of both parties, in partnership with Congress, have made concerted and good faith efforts to learn from the tragedies that have occurred, to implement recommendations from the Review Boards, to seek necessary resources, and to better protect our people from constantly evolving threats. That’s what the men and women who serve our country deserve. And it’s what we are doing again now, with your help.
"What difference, AT THIS POINT, does it make?"
Republicans keep misquoting Hillary Clinton.
In addition, Hillary Clinton was referring to what difference does it make what Ambassador Rice said on the Sunday morning talk shows. Hillary was not talking about what difference does it make that these four Americans died. Anyone with half a brain should understand that.
And guess what? Hillary Clinton is absolutely correct. Why were Republicans focusing on what Ambassador Rice said on a Sunday morning talk show?
Ambassador Rice told the American people exactly what the intelligence communities talking points said. These were the same talking points Congress received. Obviously the intelligence community got it wrong, but that doesn’t mean the Obama Administration lied, it simply means the intelligence community got it wrong.
Hillary’s point was that at this point, what difference does it make what Ambassador Rice said on a Sunday morning talk show? We know now the intelligence community got it wrong, but the Administration did not lie. The Administration simply told the American people the same talking points Congress received from the intelligence community.
The reason Republicans are politicizing Benghazi is because that is the only thing they can use against Hillary Clinton. But let us remember:
1. More Americans died from Embassy attacks during Bush’s Administration
2. The non-partisan Accountability Review Board did NOT find Hillary responsible for what happened in Benghazi
3. We have had numerous Accountability Review Boards throughout our history because security overseas is never 100%
4. Hillary implemented all of the recommendations the Accountability Review Board set forth
5. The biggest security failure, 9/11, happened under a Republican Administration
6. Republicans cut millions in funding for “EMBASSY SECURITY”
The bottom line is: those who decide to pursue careers in diplomatic work know the risks. Obviously we try to do everything we can to make sure our Embassy’s are secure, but Embassy security is NEVER 100%.
Hillary Clinton was not found responsible for the Benghazi attacks according to the non-partasian Accountability Review Board, and she implemented all of their recommendations. This is not the first, nor the last, Embassy attack that will result in the death of American lives. Remember — we had more Americans die in Embassy attacks during Bush’s Administration.
It’s truly sickening that Republicans are playing politics with a tragedy like this. They must really be scared of Hillary in 2016.