The Obama administration did its level best to prevent you from hearing it. But those listening closely Wednesday nonetheless heard the unmistakable thud of American self-governance hitting a new low.
This administration lied through its teeth last fall about what caused the attack on our embassy in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including our ambassador to Libya. Officials initially blamed an anti-Islam Internet video – and, in fact, the American filmmaker is the only person incarcerated as a result of the attack.
Ultimately, after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice went on a handful of Sunday talk shows to spin the fantasy that the Internet video caused a public protest outside our embassy that went bad, the administration had to admit there was never any protest at all – and that the attack was a premeditated al-Qaida-style assault.
The administration also has been caught red-handed with cables from the Benghazi embassy pleading for better security prior to the attack – which caught officials napping on Sept. 11, of all days.
Then the administration managed to delay the day of reckoning on Capitol Hill far past the November election – until this Wednesday, when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton finally fielded the questions of Congress in an oddly truncated one-day session.
There, she managed to take things to an entirely new low. Exhibiting gratuitous and unjustified indignation, Clinton flailed her arms and angrily wailed about the cause of the attack, “What difference ... does it make?”
Well, four dead Americans makes a huge difference to some of us, Madame Secretary.
We have never seen so many well-educated, high-paid, high-office adults acting so much like teenagers who didn’t do their homework and are trying to shift both blame and attention. Except that, in this case, four people lie dead and terrorists around the world have seen that America can be attacked with impunity.
Mrs. Clinton’s Biden-esque theatrics are shameful enough. But her unprecedented claim that the cause of last fall’s deadly attack doesn’t matter is beyond shameful. It’s disgusting and reprehensible. A country that was lied to and stonewalled – to this day – is now being told not to care.
Just remember her insult to the nation when the frothy sycophantic media beg her to run for president in 2016.
Moreover, get a load of what she says about the cause of the attack in these two sentences – and how wholly and completely inconsistent and contradictory they are:
“What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and to do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator.”
Read that again: “What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened...” Hello? If it’s her job to figure out what happened in the attack, how can the cause of it possibly be irrelevant? It’s just nonsensical.
But that’s what happens when you try to gin up undue indignation in an effort to somehow look heroic instead of culpable. It’s what happens when you think that combativeness is a defense.
Meanwhile, notice what else made the news Wednesday: The Department of Defense suddenly decided to drop the bombshell that it will allow women in combat. Could that have been a diversionary tactic to make the Clinton story less conspicuous? If so, it worked: It led several nightly newscasts and may have been responsible for knocking the Clinton story off of front pages.
America today appears to be that easily manipulated, that successfully lied to and filibustered. And so many Americans don’t seem to notice or care.
Regrettably, in the end, Mrs. Clinton may be right. It may not matter after all.