Hillary and the Suspension of Disbelief

Recent news reports daily detail how former Secretary of State Clinton’s private emails—contrary to her early serial assurances—contained far more than just ordinary classified material. She sent communications of such a sensitive nature that they now cannot even be read by most government officials.

Mrs. Clinton, however, has demanded that these classified documents be released to the public. That gambit, she believes, will prove that she did not send anything top secret at all!

That con too requires a suspension of disbelief. Mrs. Clinton knows full well that it would be illegal for any official to release a highly classified document to the public. She is merely angling for a cheap talking point along the lines of, “I wanted to show the American people how innocent my emails were, but 'they' wouldn’t let me and covered them up.”

During the Benghazi scandal, Mrs. Clinton all but called the families of the four dead Americans liars. They had recalled that at the arrival of the bodies of their loved ones, she blamed the violence not on al Qaeda but on an obscure video maker. That myth conveniently fit the 2012 Obama reelection narrative that al Qaeda was “on the run” and not on the loose in Benghazi.

If we did not suspend disbelief about most of Mrs. Clinton’s claims, we would trust that all her grandparents were immigrants, that she was named after the explorer Edmund Hillary, that she braved gunfire in Serbia, and that after reading the Wall Street Journal she learned how to invest $1,000 in cattle futures and quickly earn $100,000 in profits.

To believe anything Hillary Clinton asserts requires a willing suspension of disbelief.