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What Difference Does It Make?

What difference does it make now anyway?

That is how Hillary Clinton wants us to accept the relative unimportance of the 2012 Benghazi attacks that cost four Americans their lives.

The reason it is so important that we understand that she lied is because it speaks to character.  Some will try to deflect this issues and point to Donald Trump asking whether or not we should trust his character.  But to stay on point, this particular event speaks volumes about the character of a Secretary of State while under siege and how she reacts while under pressure.

Right after the attack, Secretary Clinton called Libyan President Mohammed al Magariaf and told him “Two of our officers were killed in Benghazi by an Al Quedalike group.”  The next day for public consumption she said the attack on Americans was “a response to inflammatory material posted on the internet.”

On September 12th Secretary Clinton told Egyptian Prime Minister Kandil, “We know that the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film.  It was a planned attack – not a protest.”

On September 13th Secretary announced in public, “I also want to take a moment to address the video circulating on the Internet that has let to these protests in a number of countries….there is no justification, none at all, for responding to this video with violence.”

On September 18th Deputy Director of the CIA Michael Morell sent a written statement to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence where he asserted “The critically important point is that the analysts considered this a terrorist attack from the very beginning.”

On September 19th Secretary Clinton sent a draft to all U.S. Embassies that read in part, “The proximate cause of the violence was the release by individuals in the United States of the video trailer for a film that many Muslims find offensive.”

The administration, including Secretary Clinton, knew from the beginning that Benghazi was a terrorist attack.  Yet, they led the public to believe the video and a protest were to blame.  Not one eye witness ever came forward to claim a protest had occurred.

The fact that she lied about this one event speaks volumes about her character.  How many other times did she deceive the American public?  Or what difference does it make now anyway?

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