Memo to Hillary: Facts of embassy killings do matter
At her Senate hearing on the Libyan embassy killings, outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked about the conflict between the original administration story that it was a spontaneous attack prompted by a You Tube anti-Muslim video and the reality – an organized terrorist killing.
She interrupted the Wisconsin senator asking if she recognized the obvious shakiness of the administration’s original story to go on a rant. She told him four Americans are dead and, at this point, “it doesn’t matter” how it happened. Really? It doesn’t matter?
For this performance, Clinton was lauded on the big media’s national newscasts in the evening and in most of the major print media, two arms of mass communications that have largely turned in their journalism cards during the Obama administration.
Four nights later, Clinton and President Obama had a national television lovefest on CBS’ 60 Minutes in an interview more focused on their cozy political partnership than the Libyan tragedy that happened on their watch.
Well, “it doesn’t matter” to us how many of these stage pieces are thrown in front of the American people. The facts can be avoided, but they can’t be changed.
Our secretary of state and president told us an American ambassador and three other dedicated Americans were killed in a spontaneous outburst prompted by an anti-Muslim video. They did nothing during a seven-hour attack on the embassy. They were warned several times over a year’s time that the embassy was not adequately secured. And they knew based on Obama’s remarks shortly after the attack that it was terrorism.
They chose to tell another story to further their storyline that “al-Qaida is dead” in the weeks prior to the election. And they got away with it – even being rescued during debate formats – due to a largely complicate mainstream media.
If you think these opinions are based on any sour grapes, consider what would have happened in a similar scenario five or six years ago. Ask yourself if President Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell would have been able to appear on a 60 Minutes interview without being asked about conflicting administration stories.
And that’s as it should be. We are the public’s representatives. We are supposed to ask questions and look for the answers they would seek. Furthering agendas is what the opinion space is for. It’s not supposed to blatantly color supposedly objective interviews.
And, by the way, should Hillary Clinton seek the presidency in a couple years, we would hope someone would ask her to elaborate on how the facts of four Americans dead in an embassy attack don’t matter once they are in the past.