On the night of Sept. 11, 2012, a group of nearly 150 gunmen attacked the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, killing U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and another diplomat, as well as two security personnel who were former Navy SEALs. There have been some claims that neither warnings of the attack nor requests for more security were heeded.
Furthermore, the Obama administration’s statements regarding this attack have often brought the credibility and honesty of many government officials into question.
At the time of the attack, the official narrative of the White House was this: the Benghazi attack was the culmination of a protest of an inflammatory video about Islam.
New declassified transcripts concerning the attack, however, indicate top defense officials were being briefed with the information that it was a terrorist attack within minutes of its start. But many officials, including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, repeatedly told the public that there was absolutely no evidence the killings were the result of a premeditated terrorist attack.
“Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night and decided they’d go kill some Americans?” Clinton said during a Foreign Relations Committee hearing. “What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?”
The short answer is that it makes a big difference. If Clinton knew about the true nature of the attack, then she, along with many government officials, lied to the American population to cover up the administration’s mishandling of the situation.
This is not the first time that Clinton’s honesty has been called into question. During the Watergate investigation, Jerry Zeifman fired then-Hillary Rodham from the House Judiciary Committee staff and refused to give her a letter of recommendation.
“Because she was a liar,” Zeifman said. “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.”
This is a frightening resume for any aspiring politician, particularly a presidential candidate. Clinton says she has not yet decided to run in 2016, but if she does, she is sure to be a favorite for the Democratic nomination. On twitter, the hashtags “ReadyForHillary” and “Hillary2016” have flirted with the ‘trending’ lists.
The presidential race is just around the corner, but as the story continues to unfold, Clinton’s track record could spell trouble for her campaign.