Clinton: Mixed message on Benghazi due to “fog of war”

On Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a surprising move by accepting responsibility for lack of security at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and by extension the deaths of four Americans who killed in the terrorist attack last month. As explained yesterday, Clinton has essentially fallen on her sword for President Barack Obama by doing so.

But based on other comments she has made, Clinton isn’t accepting responsibility for the reason for the attack, which was the video, “Innocence of Muslims,” pushed by some White House and Obama Administration officials in its aftermath:

In an interview with Margaret Brennan on CBS, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton refused to say where U.N. ambassador Susan Rice got her talking points in response to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya.
“Who briefed Ambassador Rice that day? Did you sign off on that briefing and those speaking points?” asked Brennan.

“You would have to ask her,” Clinton replied, admitting that she did not speak to Rice before her media appearances.

“Everybody had the same information,” Clinton insisted. “I mean, I’m – I have to say I know there’s been a lot of attention paid to who said what when, but I think what happened is more important. We were attacked, and four brave Americans were killed.”

“I think it’s part of what the fog of war causes,” Clinton added.

Fog of war? Seriously? Ambassador Rice blamed the video on Meet the Press five days after the incident. Moreover, Rice still claimed at the time that the incident was “spontaneous,” emphatically denying that it was premeditated. In fact, Intelligence officials knew within 24 hours of the incident that what happened at the consulate was a terrorist attack.

This is much more than the “fog of war,” it was a smoke screen that the White House wanted to use to play down an event that they knew would be politically damaging weeks before an election. The White House and Obama Administration officials, including Vice President Joe Biden and Ambassador Rice, have blamed the intelligence community for linking the video. Again, intelligence officials knew within 24 hours that it was a terrorist attack, but that didn’t stop the Obama Administration from spreading misinformation.

Clinton may have accepted responsibility, but this still reeks of an attempted cover-up. They can play it down all they want, blame Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, or the so-called “fog of war,” but this still looks horrible for the White House.

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