The Benghazi terrorist attack on September 11, 2012, have been a hot topic. Who is to blame for the attack? Was there some sort of cover-up?
On Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before Congress on her role in the handling of the attack and the timeline of the events. Hillary Clinton skillfully and artfully evaded accountability as seen in the video of her testimony.
The basic timeline of the Benghazi attack is as follows: On the night of September 11 the Benghazi consulate came under a coordinated attack by militants. Four Americans died in this attack: Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty.
The truth about what happened after the attack remains unclear. Clinton declared the day after the attack that the incident was due to "a response to inflammatory material posted on the internet." The idea that a video was the precursor to this attack was propagated by the Obama administration for weeks after the attack. During this week's congressional testimony, Clinton had the nerve to ask "what difference at this point does it make?"
It makes all the difference in the world. Americans were led to believe that this was a spontaneous attack, not a terrorist attack. The implications of it being a terrorist attack would damage the Obama administration's foreign policy view that when Osama bin Laden died, so did any groups associated with him ... including those Al-Qaeda-associated groups in North Africa.
Secretary Clinton does acknowledge moderate failures on her part. And her emotional display was timed to add a measure of sincerity. What she did do at the beginning of her testimony was smart, outlinning that since 1988, there have been 19 accountability boards for such diplomatic disasters. The Benghazi board is not the first such board. With this quotes, Hillary can skillfully take the heat off of herself.
But what Clinton didn't do was explain why the Benghazi consulate did not have adequate security in the months leading up to the attack. The British ambassador had survived an assassination attempt in June, three months before the U.S. consulate attack. The Obama administration knew the Benghazi consulate was a risk, and they did nothing to protect it. Again, Secretary Clinton did not address this point.
Clinton pledged to adopt the recommendations by the review board, but that's it. What she did was rehash the same talking points that had been propagated for months. And since she is the secretary of state, one would expect her to be held accountable for number of the mishaps. But accountability will not come, nor will anyone else be held accountable for this attack.
We will never know exactly what the administration knew and when they knew it. That said, we may also never see justice for this terror attack.