Apparently worried that Hillary Clinton may run for president in 2016 and whip the GOP's ass, in a hearing before Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Republican senators went out of their way to try to bloody Hillary Clinton. In the process, however, these disingenuous GOP senators displayed shocking levels of amnesia in terms of GOP lies and dropped balls under the watch of Chimperator George W. Bush and Emperor Palpatine Cheney. For those who need to be reminded of GOP misdeeds, let us not forget (i) Bush/Cheney's failure to stop the 9-11 attacks even though intelligence reports existed that warned of the attacks and (ii) the deliberate lies that Bush/Cheney used to drag America into the fiasco known as the Iraq War, a war that took over 4,000 American lives and help create the nations burgeoning budget deficit. And if the security of American embassies and consulates is really an issue as GOP senators pretended, lets not forget the $300+ million cut from the State Department budget by the GOP controlled House of Representatives. The Daily Beast looks at Hillary's counter attack on lame and disingenuous GOP senators. Here are some highlights:
Throughout the hearing Wednesday, Clinton was often poised, marshaling the complex facts of the government assessment and investigation of the incident with flair. In her opening statement, she got a little choked up, recalling the events that killed Ambassador Stevens.
In a back and forth with Sen. Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, Clinton’s voice rose slightly when asked why the American people were not told what the diplomatic security officers knew at the time of the attack—that it wasn’t a spontaneous protest tied to an anti-Islam film.
Clinton responded, “With all due respect, the fact is, we had four dead Americans. Was it because there was a protest or was it because there were guys who went out for a walk one night who decided they would kill some Americans?” she asked. “What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and to do everything we can to make sure it never happens again.”
In her testimony, Clinton made the point that her top priority in those first days after the attacks was to figure out how to keep U.S. diplomats safe. She said the State Department didn’t want to interfere with the FBI investigation or question diplomatic-security officers who were witnesses to a crime scene. She explained that on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 she was dealing with protests at U.S. embassies throughout the Muslim world.
But she was adamant that there was no cover-up. The closest Clinton came to voicing contrition for the public statements about Benghazi after the attack was when she faulted the administration for not explaining how unclear the picture was on the evening of the attack. “I understand trying to figure out what was going on and why were we told this, that, and the other,” she told Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona. “I can only assure you, as the information came to light, we tried to share it, but that took some time.”
Clinton also responded to questions about last week’s hostage crisis in Algeria, including reports suggesting that some of the Benghazi attackers may have participated. Clinton said she could not confirm those reports. “It’s coming from the Algerian government related to some of the terrorists who they took alive. We don’t have anything to confirm it yet,” she said.
What the GOP senators sought to do today goes hand in hand with the repeated lie that Barack Obama is a big spender when in fact, the most explosive increases in spending over the last 15 years occurred under Bush/Cheney, not the Obama administration. Like their Christofascist masters, the GOP senators seem incapable of telling the truth.