Hillary Lied

And she’s still lying:

When asked about the claim that the attack was sparked by a protest over a video, she responded, “I did not say . . . that it was about the video for Libya.”

That’s simply untrue. When she stood by the caskets of the four Americans killed in Libya, she directly blamed an “awful Internet video that we had nothing to do with.” Afterward, she reportedly told the father of Tyrone Woods, the former Navy SEAL who was killed in the attack, “We will make sure the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted.” Why tell the man that if the video had nothing to do with it?

Moreover, Clinton was part of an administration that crafted an entire PR strategy to blame these attacks on “an awful Internet video.” White House press secretary Jay Carney was unequivocal: This was a “response to a video, a film we have judged to be reprehensible and disgusting.” In his address to the United Nations, President Obama mentioned the video six times but al-Qaeda once. When he appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, he blamed the video directly. U.N. ambassador Susan Rice went on five Sunday shows blaming the video. All of this happened when they already knew it was not true on the day of the attack, and even the president of Libya had publicly called the protest explanation ridiculous.

As I said, this is no surprise to anyone who’s been observing her throughout her career.

6 thoughts on “Hillary Lied

  1. Jim

    When she stood by the caskets of the four Americans killed in Libya, she directly blamed an “awful Internet video that we had nothing to do with.”

    No, she didn’t. Either Goldberg is lying, or he needs a lesson in English comprehension. Clinton blamed the video for “rage and violence directed at American embassies” (e.g. in Egypt), not for the Benghazi attack. The full quote:

    This has been a difficult week for the State Department and for our country. We’ve seen the heavy assault on our post in Benghazi that took the lives of those brave men. We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with.

    White House press secretary Jay Carney was unequivocal: This was a “response to a video, a film we have judged to be reprehensible and disgusting.”

    Again, Goldberg is (intentionally?) conflating Egypt and Libya. Here’s the whole quote:

    President Morsi again today as well as yesterday has spoken out against any violence and committed himself to protecting U.S. diplomatic facilities and personnel in Egypt.

    We also need to understand that this is a fairly volatile situation and it is in response not to United States policy, not to obviously the administration, not to the American people. It is in response to a video, a film that we have judged to be reprehensible and disgusting.

    If there’s a liar here, it’s Jonah Goldberg.

    1. wodun

      Four Americans are dead, why does it matter now?

      You don’t think making that speech in front of coffins from Libya is making a connection between the events?

      Why don’t you post some links to your quotes? Is it because every time you link something someone goes to your link and posts something that refutes your point? Its ok, I will use the provided quotes.

      “We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with.”

      That is plural, she is drawing a link to our embassy that was attacked in Libya.

      1. Jim

        You don’t think making that speech in front of coffins from Libya is making a connection between the events?

        Yes, and she explicitly made the connection: the events happened the same week. That doesn’t imply that she thinks they had the same cause.

        Why don’t you post some links to your quotes?

        I got tired of having posts rejected for having too many links. The quotes are long enough that you can find sources pasting them into Google.

        That is plural, she is drawing a link to our embassy that was attacked in Libya.

        Sigh. The target of the Benghazi attack was a consulate, not an embassy. She was referring to the anti-”Innocence of Muslims” protests that occurred that same week at U.S. embassies in Egypt and Tunisia.

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