Hillary Clinton's Benghazi Chapter Doesn't Really Explain Anything
Nine days after terrorists killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya -- and nine days after Clinton herself blamed the attack on a YouTube video -- Hillary Clinton wants you to know that she appointed a board to investigate the attack. That, she writes, ought to count for something. Politico's Maggie Haberman seems to agree. Haberman got the exclusive first look at Hillary's Benghazi chapter, access that raises questions of its own.
The chapter is a mostly chronological retrospective of the attack interspersed with Clinton’s views. She points out that she ordered an investigation into what happened nine days after the attacks, and that she agreed with and implemented all 29 of the recommendations made by a review board.
Clinton hand-picked that board, which never even interviewed Clinton about Benghazi. Some review. And nine days is quite a long time for the scene of a crime/terrorist attack to get picked over and see evidence carried away or destroyed. With the 2012 presidential election just weeks after the attack, nine days was quite a long time, clearly enough time to keep the disaster from swamping the Obama campaign. Clinton had to appoint the Accountability Review Board, she had no choice. She appointed it only after she and the president and Ambassador Susan Rice had spent a fortnight blaming the attack on a video.
In addition to patting herself on the back for constructing a review that was designed not to touch her, Clinton speculates on the motives of the attackers, none of whom have been arrested yet.
“There were scores of attackers that night, almost certainly with differing motives,” she writes. “It is inaccurate to state that every single one of them was influenced by this hateful video. It is equally inaccurate to state that none of them were. Both assertions defy not only the evidence but logic as well.”
Clinton also does what a Clinton does -- lies, as you'll see on the next page.