What Difference Does It Make?Secretary of State Hillary Clinton finally has answered some questions about what the Obama administration knew, and when, about the deadly attacks on the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
One question addressed an apparent attempt by the White House to mislead the American people about the nature of the attack. The White House said it was the spontaneous work of a mob, angry about an unflattering YouTube video about Islam. The truth, it turns out, was well known to the White House ...and something completely different. The truth was that it was a well organized attack by terrorists associated with al Qaeda.
And Mrs. Clinton's answer?
"With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk last night who decided to kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again."It makes a huge difference, of course. The Obama administration had claimed to have had al Qaeda on the run since Seal Team Six killed Osama bin Laden. An active al Qaeda, capable of planning and executing a devastating attack on a U.S. consulate, was significantly off message, Especially in an election year.
So the administration trotted out its Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, to pitch a story about an angry mob.
I don't know what's more insulting: The fact that our president thought we wouldn't find out about the lie, or that he didn't care. And today, when confronted with the lie, all Mrs. Clinton could offer was:
"What difference does it make?"
It makes a huge difference, Mrs. Clinton.
And it is embarrassing that the people whose job it is to hold our leaders accountable ...to ferret out the lies and the people who tell them ...have decided that it's not a story worth pursuing.