Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Clinton on Benghazi

So the Secretary of State testified before a Senate panel today. I didn't see the testimony but read her explanations and about the points where she became combative. In response to Republican Senator Ron Johnson she said,

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 one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make” Clinton scolded Johnson, raising her voice. “It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator.”

That pretty much sums up what I think about Benghazi. The Republicans want to try to pin blame and argue that the President and the Secretary of State willfully did something wrong. The fact is that bad stuff happens and processes sometimes need improvement. I have no issue with having hearings, but the political grandstanding is annoying. Until I see something to say that there was willful negligence, I don't think it serves any purpose to just whine and complain as Republicans have been doing.

In the end, the American people won't care, just as they didn't really care about Iran-Contra - and that was a far more substantive and sinister story of government intrigue and over-reach.

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