Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shrieked that now-infamous question during her “testimony” earlier this year about the 9/11 Benghazi terror attack that left four Americans dead, including a man directly in her charge, the U.S. Ambassador. She slammed the table and demanded to know what difference it made, whether it was a premeditated terror attack or the spontaneous reaction of a mob. The problem for her—and this president’s administration—is that they all knew within hours of the start of the attack that it was, in fact, premeditated terror, and that she and other top officials fanned out to lie to the American people and to the world about it for weeks. Hillary even lied to the faces of the family members of the four men killed in action—whom she and others abandoned while they were under fire.
What difference does it make? It makes a difference to those families. It makes a difference to the rest of us. It makes a difference when there is a massive cover-up that goes all the way to the top. It makes a difference when your president and Secretary of State and others are liars.
Now comes word that Rodham’s successor, John Kerry, is clearing the four State Department folks who were served up as sacrificial lambs as a way to deflect attention from her—and Obama’s and Susan Rice’s—lies.
From The Daily Beast today:
“Secretary of State John Kerry has determined that the four State Department officials placed on administrative leave by Hillary Clinton after the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi do not deserve any formal disciplinary action and has asked them to come back to work at the State Department starting Tuesday.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
“Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pounds on her table while testifying on the September attack on U.S. diplomatic sites in Benghazi, Libya during a hearing held by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on January 23, 2013. (Jason Reed/Reuters, via Landov)
“Last December, Clinton’s staff told four mid-level officials to clean out their desks and hand in their badges after the release of the report of its own internal investigation into the Benghazi attack, compiled by the Administrative Review Board led by former State Department official Tom Pickering and former Joint Chiefs Chairman Ret. Adm. Mike Mullen. Those four officials have been in legal and professional limbo, not fired but unable to return to their jobs, for eight months… until today.
“Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Raymond Maxwell, the only official from the State Department’s Near Eastern Affairs bureau to lose his job over the Benghazi attack, told The Daily Beast Monday he received a memo from the State Department’s human resources department informing him his administrative leave status has been lifted and he should report for duty Tuesday morning.
So he will go in to work tomorrow, and the cover-up continues. As do the lies.
“What difference, at this point, does it make?” It makes a difference that we have a true and thorough investigation—which is why Rodham and Obama and Kerry keep telling us one wouldn’t make a difference.
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