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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before both houses of Congress Wednesday. I watched the entire show, and I use that term advisedly.

The subject was the terrorist attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. Four Americans, including the American ambassador, were slaughtered there on September 11.

Clinton's testimony was highly anticipated and useless. It provided absolutely no clarity or credibility to the massacre's response and was, at times, ludicrous. Of course, Clinton declared that she took full responsibility for the entire debacle, while at the same time washing her hands of the Obama administration's handling of the tripe fed to the American people.

She didn't interview the survivors to get their eye-witness account because she didn't want to "interfere" with the FBI investigation. She had no knowledge of the denials of Ambassador Christopher Stevens' anxious appeal for additional security. According to Clinton, she didn't read his request because the State Department receives a million and a half message cables every year, far too many for her to read personally ... not even one with a desperate plea from our premier ambassador to one of the most incendiary locations in the world?

Organizationally, Stevens worked directly for Clinton and personally represented President Obama, yet Stevens' cable was not important enough for her personal attention.

Oh yes, neither did she have anything to do with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice's appearances on the Sunday talk shows, and she had no input to the litany of deceptive talking points that Rice repeated on all five shows. When asked by a congressman why she herself didn't appear on the shows to explain the situation to the American people, Clinton responded, "There are other things I prefer to do on Sunday mornings." Well, there you go. No other explanation needed. Huzzah.

Indeed, Clinton is the best Secretary of State in American history. How do I know this, you might ask? I was so assured by boundless fawning accolades of every Democratic Senator and Representative on their respective committees, that's how. Many of them attributed their adoration to the astounding credential that she has traveled more than 1 million miles to more than 100 countries. That sold me.

My God. Four American citizens were murdered and this woman and her boss obfuscate for over four months. It's time that this emperor and his lady-in-waiting find some new clothes.

Calvin Pierce

Hampstead

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