Hillary: Hey, don't you think it's time to move on from Benghazi?

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Published by: Dan Calabrese on Wednesday June 29th, 2016


She's tired of talking about it, you clods.

She's tired of answering questions, being criticized and having her answers scrutinized. Who do you think she is? The president?

The Benghazi Committee let her have it, and rightfully so, for her actions both before and after the attacks of September 11, 2012 - as well as for the many lies she told about what caused the attack and what was done, and could have been done, to protect the people who lost their lives there. Her performance concerning all things Benghazi represented about the biggest collective crap sandwich the world has ever seen.

And she doesn't want to talk about it anymore!

Hillary Clinton on Tuesday responded to a question about the morning release of the House GOP's Benghazi report, saying "no one has thought more about" the 2012 attacks than she has, but that "it's time to move on."

“I have said from the very beginning, nothing is more important than the safety and security of our diplomats and development officials who go into dangerous places around the world pursuing American values, interests and our security," Clinton said during an event in Denver. "And I said this when I testified for 11 hours that no one has thought more about or lost more sleep over the lives that we lost, the four Americans, which was devastating."

I think I've learned a few things about the way people talk, especially completely insincere people. One thing is that you don't express with cold words feelings that come naturally to you. It's sort of like when someone tries to make a joke on social media and people respond by saying, "Humorous!" If it was really humorous, you wouldn't need to say it. It would just be obvious.

And it's obvious that the deaths of these four Americans was devastating. If you felt it too - such that you were losing sleep over it - your devastation would be clear in your tone and in your actions. When you're only trying to act devastated is when you say things like " . . . the lives that we lost, the four Americans, which was devastating."

It may have been devastating to Hillary in the sense that it caused her some real political problems, since she was the one who denied them the extra security Chris Stevens requested - and of course, she's the one who got caught lying to their families about why they died.

Lost sleep over their lives? More like: Lost sleep trying to figure out how to explain away her own culpability without hurting her political fortunes. That's the Hillary we know.

But here's a question: Why is this particular mark on her record something we need to move on from? She's running for president right now, and she tells us the reason we should elect her is that she was First Lady, a U.S. senator and Secretary of State. Benghazi is part of her record as Secretary of State. If ever there was a time we should be talking about it - as well as everything else she did or didn't do in that position - it's now, when she's asking us to trust her with the power of the presidency.

This is especially true when you consider that her latest appeal is that we need her "firm and steady leadership" given the events going on in the world. She wants us to believe that because she has proven her self such a firm and steady leader, electing her is the safe move as opposed to the wildly risky choice of Donald Trump.

OK. Then let's scrutinize that claim. Is she really a firm and steady leader as she insists? What does her track record say about that? Benghazi is part of that track record, and it's certainly not a point in support of her present assertion about why we should elect her. Moving on from that question is the last thing we should be doing right now. And the fact that she'd rather move on from it than talk about it suggests that she knows that as well as anyone.

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