My how things change in the political whirlwind known as Washington, D.C. A short fifteen months ago, Hillary Clinton finally deigned to make an appearance before one of the several Senate and House committees investigating the armed assault on the Benghazi diplomatic compound of September 11, 2012. After several months of excuses relating to health issues, she was in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on January 23, 2013 to answer questions, though not required to give them under oath. It was during this hearing when she used her indignant tone to utter her now infamous, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” in a heated exchange with Senator Ron Johnson.
Senator John McCain is also a member of the committee, prior to the hearing he had been demanding a full accounting from the then Secretary of State – he wanted her explanation of the before, during, and after of the assault. He was not satisfied after the hearing was over, not that evening in a television interview with FOX’s Greta Van Sustern nor in subsequent appearances in the Senate Press Gallery or other various TV spots.
But lo and behold, all must have been made clear to the senator, for it seems he no longer requires Clinton to give a full and truthful explanation. This past weekend, he hosted an international forum at his McCain Institute in Sedona, Arizona to which he invited “his friend” to offer insight on of all things, the Crisis in The Middle East. His press release for the event lauds her as “a leader with … informed perspective on the many challenges facing America across the globe.” The event was closed to the press, attendees by invitation only so I may only offer my guess that the subject of the Benghazi assault was not broached last weekend.
So much for John McCain demanding answers from Hillary Clinton. So much for learning from her what the mission was that she tasked Ambassador Stevens with, which required his presence at the diplomatic compound instead of the more secure Embassy in Tripoli. So much for finding out why Stevens’ requests for increased security were denied, or why she and Barack Obama continued to foster for weeks the excuse of the video causing a spontaneous protest, though both knew that night, the president almost immediately, that the armed assault was a terrorist attack by those with ties to al-Qaeda. So much for making a dent into discovering what she and her employees at State did with the now missing and unaccounted for $6 billion.
But hey, what’s a bit of secrecy between friends, right?