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Face The Nation: Hillary Defends Emails and Benghazi

Face The Nation: Hillary Defends Emails and Benghazi

“I and others said that we were attacked. There was no doubt about that.”

Hillary Clinton appeared on Face the Nation today and responded to questions from host John Dickerson on a wide range of issues, notably the Benghazi attack and her controversial email server.

On Benghazi, Clinton claimed that she felt no political pressure to blame the attack on a video.

On her email, she continued to insist everything was above board.

Here’s a partial transcript via CBS News:

DICKERSON: Benghazi.


DICKERSON: Was that your 3:00 a.m. phone call? And how well did you handle that crisis, by the standard you raised in that ad?

CLINTON: Well, of course it was a crisis. And we lost four brave Americans, including the person that I asked the president to send as ambassador, Chris Stevens.

But we live in a dangerous world. And even our diplomats are at threat. And that goes all the way back to, for goodness’ sake, taking over our embassy in Tehran or the bombings of our embassy in Beirut, when President Reagan was in charge.

This is a dangerous world. And I think what we had to do during that period of time, in trying to protect our people after the attack on the consulate, getting them evacuated, not only working on what was going on in Libya, because, remember, we had embassies that were under attack or threatened to attack by terrorist groups across North Africa, indeed, across a much larger swathe of the world.

So, I think it was terribly tragic, what happened. I immediately asked for an independent review, just like former secretaries of state did. And I made that public. And the only other person who did that was Secretary Albright after our embassies were bombed in Africa.

So, my view on this is, we have to learn things. And we are always learning. We learned after Beirut. We learned after Tanzania and Kenya. We have learned after Benghazi, but we’re not going to be able to represent the United States working out of hermetically sealed tanks. We are going to have to be out in the world.

DICKERSON: One more question on Benghazi. The charge is, in this campaign, that after it happened, there was a report inside the State Department and inside the government that this was a terrorist attack.

But in what we heard from the government at the time and from you was an emphasis on this video, that that had created the attack. And so the charge is that there was a political pressure to make the case more about the video than to talk about terrorism.

CLINTON: Well, I just don’t think that’s fair. And I’m going to testify about this at the end of October before the committee looking into this. I think it’s the eighth investigation that the Congress has conducted.

There were two things going on simultaneously. I and others said that we were attacked. There was no doubt about that. That video, which was still spinning through the world, was being mentioned on social media. We had people climbing the walls at our embassy in Cairo even before the attack in Benghazi.

And we had a lot of other attacks. I had to call the president of one of our neighboring countries, Tunis, to try to get — in Tunis — to get them to help protect our embassy. So, I was worried about everything that was going on and how people were responding to that from North Africa to Pakistan, all the way to Indonesia.

You can watch the video below:

The interview also contained a few fluff moments like Clinton laughing when asked to describe herself in three words. Via the Washington Free Beacon:

Of course, there was one segment of the interview that Hillary wanted people to remember:

Featured image via YouTube.


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Thanks for all those formidable, close by USA military resources sent directly to Libya to immediately help Stevens….

……. oh ….. wait

David R. Graham | September 20, 2015 at 5:46 pm

Beirut embassy bombing?

That lying hag voted…and ARGUED…for the Iraq war.

Piece of lying shit!

Put here in prison, where she won’t destroy the lives of any MORE men…or ESPECIALLY MORE WOMEN!

Lies, lies, and more lies. Could you imagine having a President that lies so effortlessly?

Oh, wait….

All those words by Dickerson and Clinton to say…nothing.

Hmmm, something funny going on here … this isn’t the old Hillary we’ve all learned to hate. That Hillary would, first, have denied everything, and second, would insist that anyway it was all someone else’s fault.

This Hillary isn’t even doing that. In response to the accusation, the charge is that there was a political pressure to make the case more about the video than to talk about terrorism, all she can manage is a feeble I just don’t think that’s fair. No rote denial, no blame-game antics.

Maybe the old lie-bot is finally running out of steam.

She is doing the same thing that she has always done. Blame everyone but herself and to hell with everyone else. No telling how many lives she and her cronies have ruined in her rise to the top. Then if she ever gets there, I wonder how many of those people she will abandon or destroy to keep her power?

Did more than a handful of people even watch it?

I know that our fast fliers can’t engage urban skirmishes, but I don’t think the attackers are aware of that in the middle of high speed fly bys at danger close altitudes popping half the ear drums in the city.

    ConradCA in reply to Andy. | September 20, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Our planes could have dropped bombs and strafe those attacking our consulate. The CIA former SEALs had laser designators that could have marked targets.

    The fact is that we had forces that could easily have been sent to Benghazi. Someone violated Obama’s order to do everything possible to save our people in Benghazi.

    Hillary’s failure was rejecting Ambassador Steven’s desperate pleas for some security in lawless Libya. There was no effective security at our Benghazi consulate and that was her fault.

Curious that her handlers are still choosing orange.

Eastwood Ravine | September 21, 2015 at 12:11 am

HRC’s candidacy is turning into something unseemly. It’s uncomfortable to watch her. You know it’s bad when you can’t enjoy the schadenfreude.

Clinton in front of the caskets and the families of the dead men:

This has been a difficult week for the State Department and our country. We’ve seen the heavy assault on our post in Benghazi that took the lives of those brave men. We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with.

The woman lies about everything. It’s what she does, it’s who she is.

VetHusbandFather | September 21, 2015 at 1:38 am

“I cannot imagine anyone being more of an outsider than the first woman president.”

Ha ha, Ho ho, you are just to much Hillary. I can’t imagine anyone that is MORE of an insider than you.

Comparing Benghazi to Beirut? Trying to compare herself to Reagan?? What will this scumbag woman stop at? That whole first video consisted entirely of lies and deflection. It’s hard to decide whether she would be the third, second, or first least honorable occupant of the White House, ever. I hope we never find out.

“Oh my! I think this is the EIGHTH investigation by Congress!”

Well, you lying c*nt, if you hadn’t lied, obstructed and covered up the investigations would have concluded by now. AND you wouldn’t be in the world of shit that you’re in with your emails.

“So, my view on this is, we have to learn things.”…

Video scapegoating: “Well, I just don’t think that’s fair.”

Multitasking was part of her job description: “There were two things going on simultaneously. I and others said that we were attacked. There was no doubt about that. That video…” (see video as scapegoat above)

Here is a fair statement: What WE have learned so far Hillary is that you are an incompetent and insouciant political wannabe who consistently lies by speaking powdered power to truth.

Uh, didn’t the Tehran embassy takeover occur under Carter?

And the day Reagan was sworn in they were released?

She can’t even lie about history correctly.