In the press room this week, there is much discussion about the Bergdahl prisoner swap and the flood of Central American children sweeping over our Southern border – so much noise is swirling around these stories that many may have missed the much touted, no-holds-barred interview of Hillary Clinton this week by ABC News’ Dianne Sawyer. In the interview, Clinton revealed a side of herself that conservatives suspected all along, prompting a nationwide reaction; “I told you so!”
When directly asked about her regrets over the Benghazi massacre that left four Americans, including the US Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens dead, Clinton made excuses for her own inaction, predicating every admission of responsibility with the word…”but…”
“Well I certainly would give anything on earth if this had not happened,” the former first lady and Secretary of State said, “but I also am clear in my own mind that we had a system, and that system of course ended with me… I take responsibility, but I was not making security decisions.”Clinton said it was not she, but the State Department staff who underestimated the threat from militant groups and, once again, claimed to be unaware of diplomatic cables asking for enhanced security measures in light of mounting militant activity.
In her new book, “Hard Choices,” released last week, Clinton spends an entire chapter on Benghazi and, essentially, doubles down on her previous commentary on the subject including her now infamous testimony before Congress in which she exclaimed angrily “What difference, at this point, does it make?”
The Benghazi chapter of the book was leaked to the media last week in order to get the initial feeding frenzy out of the way and to make it very clear that she has no intention to participate in further investigations on the subject, saying;
“Those who exploit this tragedy over and over as a political tool minimize the sacrifice of those who served our country. Those who insist on politicizing the tragedy will have to do so without me,” wrote Clinton, “I will not be a part of a political slugfest on the backs of dead Americans.”
Of course, the House Select Committee on Benghazi, chaired by former Federal Prosecutor Trey Gowdy has subpoena power and can compel the former Secretary of State to appear before the committee. However, as IRS honchette and Targeting Scandal lynchpin Lois Lerner has taught this nation, that doesn’t mean she will answer questions or participate in the process of clearing up the carnage. As a matter of fact, Clinton told Diane Saywer, she is disappointed that America is still caught up in what she refers to as “small ball.”
When asked if the Benghazi scandal will deter her from her 2016 Presidential bid, Clinton said this;
“It’s more of a reason to run, because I do not believe our great country should be playing minor league ball. We ought to be in the majors. I view this as really apart from even a diversion from the hard work that the Congress should be doing about the problems facing our country and the world.”
In spite of Clinton’s characterization of the Benghazi massacre as ‘small ball’, a distinction, by the way, that is disavowed by the loved ones of the slain and caring Americans everywhere, the investigation will go on at the behest of the people. People still want answers about Benghazi. In recent polling, 50 percent of Americans disapprove of Clinton’s performance relative to Benghazi – a percentage that is bound to bode badly in the 2016 race.