Now, we are told by the august editorialists at The New York Times, asking questions about why security in Benghazi was so paper thin that four Americans were killed and the administration found it necessary to lie about what happened for at least two weeks is tantamount to beating a dead horse.
Under the headline “Republican Myopia,” the Times dismissed Hillary Clinton’s bluster before a Senate committee as clearly excusable.
Clinton angrily retorted under questioning:
“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 that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator.”
But the Times editorial quoted her only up to the “what difference” part and omitted her talking about it being “our job to figure out what happened …” and shrugged the whole thing off by writing, “She said, rightly, that in the days after the attack, officials were struggling in real time, under crisis conditions, to get the best information they could.”
Of course you could expect a different point of view from the editorial writers at The Wall Street Journal who said of Clinton’s outburst: “Sorry, Ma’am. At this point, or at any point, it matters when Administrations mislead Americans.”
Over at Investor’s Business Daily the reaction to her flustered rejoinder was: “The answer is that it makes all the difference in the world for the future of this country. An incumbent president covered up the truth about the murder of a U.S. ambassador and three other American personnel during the climax of his re-election campaign, even puppeteered his United Nations ambassador to echo the lie on five TV shows, all to cover up the incompetence of the Obama administration’s counter-terrorism policies.”
The Heritage Foundation’s blog, The Foundry, concluded with this: “Rife with inconsistencies, inaccuracies, and bluster, Clinton’s performance yesterday left a great deal to be desired. Not only that, but the American public is no closer to knowing what the Obama Administration is doing to bring to justice the killers of the four brave Americans who lost their lives in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.”
All three are a far more reasoned responses to the Clinton evasion and theatrics than the Times’ dismissive flip of the wrist.
Speaking of beating a dead horse, the Times editorial writers couldn’t resist throwing in a parting word for gun control, taking umbrage with Sen. Rand Paul calling the Benghazi murders the “worst tragedy” since Sept. 11. The editorial said this was insulting to the soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan and the “many hundreds of Americans killed in senseless gun violence each year.”