The headline inside the A section of the morning paper says volumes — unintentionally.
“House Benghazi report finds no ‘smoking gun’: Partisan probe uncovers no Clinton wrongdoing,” reads the headline over the abbreviated AP story with a sidebar in which Hillary Clinton says it is time to move on.
The headline largely recapitulates the lede on the AP account, but both should actually state that no “new” smoking gun was revealed. The fact that Clinton lied through her teeth about a video prompting the impromptu attack instead of it being a planned terrorist assault has long been known, as is the fact she told the truth to her daughter and a foreign diplomat while blatantly lying to the public.
But the most telling word is “wrongdoing.” Actually, the report reveals that Clinton did nothing— wrong or otherwise — before during or after the Sept. 11, 2012, attack 56 days before the election, except lie. She was immobile, inanimate and did not pick up the phone or take any initiative to do anything.
Before the attack she did nothing to increase security. During the attack she was a non-entity, doing nothing, and certainly nothing that could be “wrongdoing.” Afterward, she lied repeatedly. To some that might be a “wrongdoing,” but an already well established wrongdoing.
The morning paper cut off the story before getting to this paragraph:
Reps. Mike Pompeo of Kansas and Jim Jordan of Ohio issued a separate report slamming Clinton and the Obama administration, with Pompeo telling reporters that the former first lady and senator was “morally reprehensible.” Clinton’s public comments casting the attack as a possible protest over the anti-Muslim video differed sharply from her private assessments to her daughter, Chelsea, and foreign diplomats, Jordan and Pompeo said.
After standing before a flag-draped coffin, the father of Tyrone Woods recorded in his diary: “I gave Hillary a hug and shook her hand, and she said we are going to have the filmmaker arrested who was responsible for the death of my son.” But no wrongdoing. The terrorists weren’t responsible. The filmmaker was.
Ambassador Chris Stevens was in Benghazi in an attempt to make the diplomatic post there a permanent one in preparation was a planned visit from Clinton.
“In his interview with Secretary Clinton prior to confirmation as ambassador to Libya, Secretary Clinton told Ambassador Stevens that she hoped that Benghazi would become a permanent post.” the Pompeo-Jordan summary states. “In late July 2012, Ambassador Stevens discussed the issue with his Deputy Chief of Mission Gregory Hicks. According to Mr. Hicks, during their discussion Ambassador Stevens said that Secretary Clinton might travel to Libya again, possibly in October, and that Stevens wanted to have a ‘deliverable’ for her trip. That ‘deliverable’ was to make the mission in Benghazi permanent.”
But in August Clinton had received a memo about the violence in the region that contained these specifics:
• “In response to five attacks since May, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) withdrew its personnel from Benghazi and Misrata in early August[.] The ICRC country director believes international organizations in Libya have underestimated the recent rise in violence out of a shared sense of optimism.”
• “The distance from the already weak central security services, feelings of marginalization from the central government, and a history of lslamist extremism in some eastern towns all seem to contribute to a permissive environment where disparate motivations for violence have found fertile ground in which to germinate. The national Supreme Security Council – a post-revolutionary coalition of militia elements cobbled into a single force and designed to provide interim security in Benghazi – has had limited success as a stabilizing force.”
• “The government seems largely unable to gather intelligence in advance of attacks and central security services appear intimidated by the local militias, in some cases tacitly ceding their authority. Some actors see the weak response from the government and feel they can act with increasing impunity. The sense of lawlessness encourages spoilers, predators, and other disruptive players to escalate their actions.”
• “Benghazi was once palpably safer than Tripoli [but] . . . lawlessness is increasing. … Despite the urgency, however, the government’s response is likely to continue to be hesitant and tentative[.]”
And Clinton did nothing.
Asked about the memo during a congressional hearing, Clinton said, “Well, I think that, again, there was no recommendation based on any of the assessments, not from our State Department experts, not from the intelligence community, that we should abandon either Benghazi or Tripoli.”
Just the facts, ma’am, just the facts. Don’t draw any conclusions, just wait till you are handed a recommendation.