During the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries, Hillary Clinton ran what some believed to be an effective campaign ad, assuring voters that if a call came into the Oval Office at 3am, Hillary was the person America should want on the other end of the line. Here is the commercial:
So where was Hillary during that Benghazi phone call?
Soon after the subsequent slaughter of four Americans in Benghazi, Hillary suddenly experienced ongoing health related issues, causing her to delay testifying before Congress on the Benghazi issue. Perhaps Hillary isn’t quite as available to the American people as she previously claimed.
Jim Treacher of Daily Caller wrote that Mrs. Clinton “missed her first appointment with Congress due to a winetasting.” In all fairness, Australian’s Herald Sun reported that Clinton’s trip was related to meetings at AUSMIN (Australia-US Ministerial Meeting) with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and the Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith. However another headline in the Herald Sun read, “US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton poised to visit friends in Adelaide next week”.
So which was it–business or pleasure? Liberal rag Media Matters immediately jumped to Hillary’s defense, claiming “conservative news outlets” (all one of them…) were misrepresenting the trip as a “wine tasting in Australia to avoid questions about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.”
No one would discount the importance of meeting with allies; however, at a time of crisis, when two months had already passed on the attack in Benghazi, you would think meetings of this nature could have been postponed so the Secretary of State could answer questions before Congress.
All these delays in Mrs. Clinton’s testimony should raise questions as to whether she will actually attend the hearings on January 23 at all. As usual, everything is being perfectly orchestrated in typical D.C. fashion to limit damage to the administration.
The timing of the hearings is especially dubious. Clinton is first scheduled to go before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and then go before the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee—all in one day. Is this enough time to meet with two different Congressional Committees and answer all of their questions thoroughly? According to Reuters, Clinton has to be finished with the hearings so the next day Senator John Kerry can go before Congress for his confirmation hearings to replace her as Secretary of State. (Which story do you think the mainstream media will devote all their attention to?)
Will Secretary Clinton come prepared to the hearings in the manner she tried so diligently to sell the American voters in 2008? Back then she claimed she was “equipped and willing” to take on the difficult tasks of the presidency. Or are these hearings simply formalities, something that will enable the Obama administration to sweep the subject under the proverbial carpet and close the case forever? Again, the timing is suspect because of the changing of the guard at the State Department scheduled the next day.
Meanwhile (coincidently?), Benghazi attack suspects are being released in Tunisia for “lack of evidence”. This is in addition to a New York Times writer having found another attacker sipping a strawberry frappe in a Benghazi café soon after the attacks. So basically, suspects are walking free and the Obama administration is doing nothing. This is a sad commentary for the families of the four innocent victims in this attack, with seemingly no resolution in sight.
At this point, all we can hope for is that Secretary of State Clinton will step up and truthfully do her job.
America has suffered numerous attacks in the past few months, both at home and abroad. Unfortunately this administration is only reaching for low hanging fruit and creating major uprisings in the process to distract from issues our president and his associates simply can’t handle.
Benghazi was an attack which strangely never been occurred to anyone in Washington and if it had, apparently no one was ready at 3 a.m. or any other time of day to manage the consequences. It doesn’t matter how many world leaders you know–if you don’t know the needs of your own ambassadors around the world, you aren’t prepared.
Perhaps America will get the answers we deserve and expect from Secretary Clinton’s hearings—but more likely, the hoopla over Kerry’s appointment the next day will, once again, distract and overshadow the “real” story of the day…