Speaking before the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) conference on Monday, Hillary Clinton said that her biggest regret as Secretary of State was the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi.
In what appeared to be a setup question before an adoring crowd (it cheered when the questioner asked about her intentions in 2016), Clinton appeared eager to admit Benghazi was a regret – albeit with a caveat or two thrown in.
QUESTION: “Any do-overs that you would — relative to Secretary of State?”
HILLARY: “My biggest, you know, regret is what happened in Benghazi. It was a terrible tragedy, losing four Americans, two diplomats and now it’s public, so I can say two CIA operatives, losing an ambassador like Chris Stevens, who was one of our very best and had served in Libya and across the Middle East and spoke Arabic.”
But the former Secretary of State couched her answer:
“You make these choices based on imperfect information. And you make them to — as we say, the best of your ability. But that doesn’t mean that there’s not going to be unforeseen consequences, unpredictable twists and turns.”
What exactly was “imperfect information” about repeated requests for additional security in Benghazi – including at least one cable from Ambassador Stevens himself? Or what Trey Gowdy called a “12-month prologue of violence” in Libya before the attack? Earlier this month, a bipartisan Senate report found that Hillary Clinton’s State Department was negligent in its denial of those requests.
While Clinton said she “regretted” Benghazi, and earlier claimed “responsibility” for the security failure, the question still remains as to why she failed to convene the Counter-terrorism Security Group responsible for handling diplomatic emergencies. Instead, she continues to play the familiar role of innocent bystander, saying that, “Nobody wants to get answers more than I do.”
Another major question is why Hillary Clinton lied repeatedly to the American people and to the families of the Benghazi victims about a “video” having caused a “spontaneous protest” – during a government memorial service, no less.
We now know that Benghazi was reported to the Obama administration from the very beginning as a terrorist attack – a politically inconvenient narrative during an election season. Not to mention for an ex-Secretary of State with her eyes on the 2016 Democrat presidential nomination.