Hillary Adds Insult to Injury By Publicly Shaming Benghazi Victim’s Families
As part of her ongoing effort to rewrite her public and political life in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton took aim at the families of the four victims who died in the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi in a New Hampshire interview.
In fact, Clinton, campaigning in the Granite State prior to its primary in the on February 9 has gone on the record implying that the victims’ families are liars.
The Daily Sun newspaper in Conway, New Hampshire held an editorial board meeting with Clinton during which columnist Tom McLaughlin reviewed statements from the Benghazi victims’ families that she had, contrary to her current position, blamed the lethal attack on the amateur anti-Muslim video.
When asked directly by McLaughlin, “Somebody is lying – who is it?” Clinton replied sharply, “Not me! That’s all I can tell you,” in effect shifting the blame to the families.
Clinton was Secretary of State in the Obama administration on September 11, 2012, the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, when Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, and two CIA operatives, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, both former Navy SEALs were killed at the consulate.
At the time and for the years following the attack, the first in which an American ambassador was murdered since Iranian revolutionaries seized the embassy in Tehran during the Carter administration in 1979, Clinton adamantly claimed that the actions were the result of a spontaneous protest against an “anti-Muslim” youtube video.
That position was maintained and promoted by the Obama administration through multiple appearances on Sunday news programs by then-United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, and by President Obama himself addressing the United Nations.
The parents and other family members of the four victims, however, have held steadfastly to starkly different statements the former Secretary of State made to them about the deaths of their loved ones.
Tyrone Woods' father made note of Clinton’s comments in his diary the day after he attended the official return of the remains of his son and the three other victims three days after the lethal attack.
“I gave Hillary a hug and shook her hand. And she said we are going to have the filmmaker arrested who was responsible for the death of my son.”
In comments made the day after the former Secretary of State testified before Congress claiming that it was “the fog of war” that prevented her, and the Obama administration, from assessing the event as a terror attack as it was unfolding, Woods told reporters, “She said “the filmmaker who was responsible for the death of your son.” She wasn't saying the failed foreign policy that I was responsible for. It wasn't her taking the blame for it.”
Emails obtained in the course of House committee investigations, however, contradict Clinton’s statements, identifying the perpetrators of the attack, “an al-Qaeda-like group” to her daughter, Chelsea.
Clinton also emailed Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil the same day acknowledging that the violence at the consulate was neither spontaneous, nor related to a protest about the video. “We know the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack, not a protest.”
Only a few days later, State Department aide, Jake Sullivan, emailed Clinton tersely, “State Department experts knew the truth, you knew the truth, but that’s not what the American people got,” in an uneasy exchange with his boss, the nation’s chief diplomat at the time.
Given the indisputable email proof, Clinton has been backed into a corner where she evidently is willing to throw the Benghazi families under the proverbial bus.