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Hillary’s Benghazi Spin

Hillary Clinton was asked Monday about her biggest regret. She used the question, possibly planted, to tee up her campaign Benghazi response:

Oh, sure. I mean, you know, you make these choices based on imperfect information. And you make them to — as we say, the best of your ability. But that doesn’t mean that there’s not going to be unforeseen consequences, unpredictable twists and turns.

You know, my biggest, you know, regret is what happened in Benghazi. It was a terrible tragedy, losing four Americans, two diplomats and now it’s public, so I can say two CIA operatives, losing an ambassador like Chris Stevens, who was one of our very best and had served in Libya and across the Middle East and spoke Arabic.

Unforeseen consequences? Unpredictable twists and turns?

From the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report on Benghazi:

The attacks were preventable, based on extensive intelligence reporting on the terrorist activity in Libya — to include prior threats and attacks against Western targets — and given the known security shortfalls at the U.S. Mission.

Bolding mine.

Hillary knows full well she has to address Benghazi. Here’s what she’s doing with this statement.

First of all, the Clintons are veterans at dealing with scandals and PR catastrophes. They know the game. By airing the Benghazi issue and her response to it now,  she’s trying to ensure that it’s “old news” by the time the campaign gets seriously underway in around 18 months.

As in, Oh, Benghazi, as I’ve already said numerous times . . . . (weary, annoyed, and disappointed look on her face).

Clinton on September 12, 2012 with Obama as he signs the condolence book at the State Department in memory of Chris Stevens
Clinton on September 12, 2012 with Obama as he signs the condolence book at the State Department in memory of Chris Stevens

She needs to have this debated and focused on now so the public will have had enough of it by the time it matters.

Secondly, she’s trying to take a little bit of responsibility, since it would seem kind of crass not to, while also not seeming responsible for anything.

Note that she isn’t completely dissociating herself from Benghazi. She is describing the tragedy as a “regret.” So the public will kind of think she’s taking responsibility, even though she’s also saying that really this is nothing she could have anticipated or prevented.

That’s what’s called, to use a scientific term for the practice, TALKING  OUT OF BOTH SIDES OF YOUR MOUTH. This, as you know, is another commonly employed technique from the Clinton family bag of tricks.

Here’s the video of her comments. She also, as you may have read, said she doesn’t know if she’s running for president – which is true in the sense that she could be eaten by a crocodile between now and 2016 – and that she hasn’t driven herself anywhere since 1996.

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51 Responses to Hillary’s Benghazi Spin

  1. It’s getting to be almost as hard to listen to her as it is to Obummer! Thank goodness for the mute button. There is nothing she can say now or in the future that will EVER redeem herself in my thinking.

    • Absolutely.A.Most.Despicable.Woman.COLD.

      No mention of the “video” of the filmmaker who was falsely accused and jailed.

      Her demeanor and attitude appear to be all about her and not about “the four, dead Americans”.

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  2. so let me see if I understand this: Hillary speaks before a car dealers association for this faux mea culpa??? Why not write an op-ed in the NYT or ask Barbara Walters for an interview?

    The woman is awful and has no understanding of the crimes she committed against the men who died on account of her lack of skills.

    • Speaking of the NYT, just a few weeks ago the Grey Lady tried to revive the anti-Muslim video story. I’m sure that was inspired by Hillary and her team, and since that failed, she has now gone on to plan B.

  3. We didn’t lose those four men. They were MURDERED. Even in trying to make a half-assed admission of an eensy-beensy bit of responsibility, she can’t escape that euphemism.

  4. This only goes to prove that 2016 is the GOP’s to lose. Other than Hillary, the Dems have no one else on the bench, unless they pull an “Obama” and march out Cory Booker (who we haven’t heard a peep out of since he moved from the Newark Mayor’s office to the U.S. Senate).

    The GOP needs to find someone who inspires people to get off the couch and go vote. Like a Red Gov who put a Blue state in the Black :)

      • Exactly! Last time I looked, over 180 Congressmen were calling for a special select committee, and according to polling (my caveat), ‘most’ Americans think he should call one too. I hope it’s the end of Boehner before the Chamber of Commerce Republicans can force amnesty on us.

      • I agree. That file the skinny dictator has on the wino must be a real humdinger. I do believe if Hillary came out in favor of a select committee, it would have some influence on Bawling Boehner.

  5. Saying you have regrets is not the same as saying you are guilty or you take responsibility. She also likes to put Benghazi in the passive voice as in ‘mistakes were made’ with the implication ‘by someone else’.

    Since you are speaking of the Clintons plural, I like what Rand Paul called Bill Clinton the other day: a predator. Ruth Marcus of the WaPo blamed Monica Lewinsky as if she was a woman ‘asking for it’. Which party has a war on women?

    • Hilary’s use of passive verbs and the cold blooded term ‘regret’ for the MURDER of FOUR Americans ranked her right up there with Obama as a bad lawyer parsing words to defend pure guilt.

      Hilary and Obama are enemy agents. We have to get them OUT of OUR White House.

  6. The old hag’s biggest regret is that she was caught in her own cover-up and lies. When she accepted ‘full responsibility’ one month AFTER the Benghazi attack, her resignation should have been immediate.
    Rand Paul received lots of criticism for his remarks about Bill Clinton and MonicaGate yesterday, but think about it. Does America really want him back in the White House? Twenty years ago, this would have been unfathomable.

  7. “That’s what’s called, to use a scientific term for the practice, TALKING OUT OF BOTH SIDES OF YOUR MOUTH”
    AKA pulling something out of your a$$
    If she is saying it was unpredictable and unforseen, why then should she feel regret? When you use the word regret, it is in direct response to something YOU did or did not do and you regret your actions.
    This Demon Riddled Hag must never attain the Oval Office. She should forever be on the outside with her schnoze pressed against the glass.

  8. The only “regret” that MrsClinton is feeling now is the regret that the MSM couldn’t bury this travesty once and for all.
    She can regret a lot of things, but this isn’t going away and she’ll have to “regret” the massacre in Benghazi all the way to the November election, assuming she gets that far.

    It seems she has the same clueless affliction that the Obamas seem to have; she doesn’t realize the hypocrisy or the takeaway of things she says or does. She admits she hasn’t driven a car for 20 years as if it was a cute aside, when all it reveals to the public that she is pampered, rich woman who doesn’t live like most of America.

  9. Q- So, Hillary, what made you feel it was ok to LIE the the public about this over and over again? What do you say to critics who argue that you lied to the public in order to provide cover to Obama’s campaign refrain that he had terrorists on the run and that his diplomacy was working? And, basically, that he lied in order to win an election?

    Is is ever OK to lie to the public for political purposes?

  10. You guys are still following a false scent. It was not an Embassy or Consulate that was attacked. The attack took place on a CIA location and its annex. What really needs to be asked first is why Ambassador Stevens was there and what going on there that required his presence. Second, why is Hilary willing to take any blame instead of the person who was actually responsible for the site and its activities. THAT’S the bigger story.

    And that person would be Gen David Petraus, the CIA Director who was forced out 30 days afterwards.

    • We all know that Stevens was involved in some CIA activity. Supposedly he was trying to get weapons back from the Libyan insurgents to sell to the Syrian insurgents. However, no one sees Petraeus willingly taking a spear for Hillary Clinton.

    • @Frederick, that’s a good point, but it doesn’t explain or excuse the President or MrsClinton’s words and actions after the massacre and that’s what the coverup is all about. Whatever our forces or people were doing there isn’t the issue, we know it was about weaponry, and the CIA had something going on there.

      The issue that involves MrsClinton is the coverup, the lies, the refusal to accept responsibility for what happened to protect MrObama’s reelection prospects. We still don’t know what, if anything, MrObama’s actions were that night, or even if he was on site in the White House.
      The cavalier attitude that Obama and Clinton used to show their phony concern about the deaths of those in Benghazi towards the families of the deceased was outrageous and deceitful. They owe the families and the public the truth.

      • I think an even bigger issue is what happened to the 20 – 30 people who got out that have dissapeared? Why did the administration leave ALL of those people to die? Why did the administration fail to secure the compound after the attacks?

        There must of been some really bad shit going down if the administration was content to let the entire operation be destroyed, ransacked and looted and all of the operatives killled.

  11. She is a hag without a soul. Hillary sold herself long ago. She and Bill always ramp up the fake remorse and regret over their victims and their borderline actions before their next money and power grab.

  12. One last word from me on Hillary. Someone should tell her that Prince William drove his wife and baby home from the hospital, and that old lady, the Queen of England, drives a Land Rover on her estates.

  13. “imperfect information!”

    Hillary’s State Department Operations received an email identifying Ansar al-Sharia as the attackers at 6:07 PM (DC time) — 3 hours and 25 minutes after the attack began. That’s “perfect information,” since more than a year later, the “official report” identified Ansar al-Sharia as the attackers.

    At 10:30 PM., less than eight hours after the attack began, Hillary Clinton publicly blames “inflammatory material posted on the Internet” for violence after her 10 P. M. telephone conversation with Barack Obama.

    http://www.theobamafile.com/_image5/BenghaziEmail.jpg

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/wh-obama-called-hillary-night-benghazi-attack-more-six-hours-after-it-started

  14. Can you imagine the conversation she had when her husband wanted to suggest that she should not have Yelled What difference does it make. I bet that he walked out an watched TV in a different room after she responded.
    I am fed up with both of them. They both acted like children/teenagers.
    I have tried to search for the place that she went that week, and was dancing. She belonged behind a desk prior to and after Benghazi. Just like O. If they cared so much they would both come out and explain themselves.

  15. Hillary Clinton will always be the Butcher of Benghazi. She will never escape the stain of her callous disregard for the lives of the four Americans who died there. Let us not also forget that she blatantly lied to the grieving parents of these murdered Americans. How cold is that!

  16. Hillary is a disgusting anti-American liar and abettor, much like Obama (and her husband).
    If you avoid the truth often enough, eventually the lie(s) will become the reality.
    God help us.

  17. I don’t care how she wraps it up, it stinks and will come back to her. She has to be exposed as a liar, a snake and an incompetent person, who is where she is thanks to her husband.

  18. Out of desperation and delusions of grandeur, Obama thought he could copy Reagan’s much admired (Post election) hostage release by developing a scheme to fake a kidnapping of his gay bath house friend, Stevens, then trade him for the Blind Sheik which would appease his Muslim brothers and become a great October Surprise to sweep him into the White House. As a side effect and incentive for his cooperation, Stevens would take Hilary’s position unopposed since no one could oppose an American hero saved only by the great diplomacy of the great one.
    Bear in mind, the same people who attacked the embassy tried to save Stevens by taking him to the hospital where he was declared dead, not from gunfire or explosives, but from “Smoke inhalation.”
    Another Obama the boob operation gone awry. Out of desperation the cyber czar found the 10 min. youtube video and Obama used it to stall, but it too was another Obama boob operation. If his brain wasn’t so fried on drugs, he would know real Americans are smarter than he will ever be.
    By helping with the cover up Hilary as well as the mainstream media are accessories to murder.