Following a ridiculously long 11-hour day Thursday in which Hillary Clinton testified for over nine hours in front of the latest Republican-led Benghazi committee, the general consensus among most political experts (even many conservatives) is that she “won” the day. Despite Republicans doing just about everything they could to get some sort of “gotcha” moment from her, the former Secretary of State remained calm, cool and collected throughout the entire ordeal.
In fact, I argued that all Republicans did was spend 11 hours making Clinton look extremely presidential.
Either way, at the end of the day, I doubt anyone who thinks Clinton is a part of some massive coverup concerning Benghazi changed their mind about her. We’ve already known – for years – that there was no coverup. Again, for those of you who might not be aware, this current committee marks the eighth congressional investigation into Benghazi (and the ninth investigation total) – six of which have been led by Republicans.
Well, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly took exception to the media anointing Hillary Clinton the “winner” considering the “bombshell” report that she sent a private email to the prime minister of Egypt saying that the attack was carried out by an al Qaeda-like group, even though the talking points used immediately after the attack by the Obama administration suggested that a YouTube video might have played a part.
Yes, the “bombshell” to which Kelly is referring centers around the talking points used immediately after the attack. She literally went on some over-the-top rant about the “bombshell” concerning an email and how it relates to the talking points used by Clinton and the Obama administration.
I still can’t believe it’s three years later – three years – and we’re discussing what talking points were used by the Obama administration in the days following the attack on our embassy in Benghazi.
For the record, in the subsequent days following the attack, President Obama did refer to the attack as an “act of terror” and the suspect we arrested linked to the bombing admitted that the group used the video as a tool to recruit people for the attack. So to claim that the video played no part isn’t even accurate.
Then if you look at many of the comments said in the days immediately following the attack, it seemed fairly clear the president didn’t want to make any definitive statements until his administration knew more. Most of his comments were fairly vague, often reiterating that he didn’t want to make any specific statement about the attack until they knew more facts.
But even going beyond all of that, on September 21, 2012 Clinton specifically called the bombing a “terrorist attack.”
What all this boils down to is the Republican conspiracy that the Obama administration didn’t want the attack to be known as an act of terrorism so close to election day. Even though the attack happened nearly two months before the actual election and the president referred to it as an “act of terror” multiple times in the following days – and Hillary Clinton referred to it as a terrorist attack on September 21, 2012.
So, are we really arguing over the semantics concerning whether or not saying “an act of terror” equates to terrorism? Is that what we’ve spent three years and millions of dollars “investigating”?
It’s all ridiculous.
Like I said before, this isn’t the first investigation into Benghazi – it’s the ninth total. There’s no “smoking gun,” “cover-up” or “conspiracy” to be found. What this all really boils down to is an argument over the semantics of the talking points used in the days immediately following the attack. And Republicans really don’t even care about that. They’re just using that as an excuse to go after Clinton because they failed to exploit the attack to defeat President Obama in 2012.
So, Kelly can throw a hissy fit all she wants. She can try to play up the “bombshell” about an email all she wants. The bottom line is, Clinton owned Republicans on Thursday. At the end of the day, all Republicans ultimately did was prove that these investigations are nothing but a partisan witch hunt aimed at trying to take Hillary Clinton down – though all they ultimately did was make her look more presidential than she ever has before.
Watch the video below via Fox News: