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Note to Hillary: It does matter

At long last, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared before lawmakers at a Congressional hearing last week to answer questions regarding the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya which occurred on September 11, 2012. Yes, it took Clinton over four months to answer serious questions regarding the assault in which Libyan ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed. It has been widely reported that Stevens repeatedly asked for increased security at the mission that Clinton’s underlings denied. Reporters found his diary after the attack and entries clearly noted his concern regarding terrorists in the area and his diminutive security detail. Immediately after the attack, though it occurred on the anniversary of the worst ever terrorist attack on American soil, Clinton, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and President Barack Obama all insisted the assault was a street uprising prompted by an anti-Muslim online video – a video that virtually no one had seen until the administration blamed it. The videographer remains the only person arrested in connection with the Benghazi attack. The video story was poppycock – to avoid harsher terms – from the beginning. The assault was staged by the Muslim hate group al-Qaeda and the Obama administration knew that from the beginning. The video was hoisted purely as a diversion in order to deflect public scrutiny during the Obama reelection campaign. When Clinton finally appeared before Congress, she stated emphatically that it did not matter who attacked the embassy and killed Stevens and his personnel. CNN, an organization unabashedly supportive of Clinton, reported: ‘Shouting and gesturing with her arms in frustration, Clinton shot back: ‘˜With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night decided they’d go kill some Americans?’ Her fists shaking, she continued: ‘˜What difference, at this point, does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, senator.” Does it make a difference? Of course it does. Clinton and Obama would like you to think that al-Qaeda is on the run and that their drone attacks have devastated them. In fact, they have not. Al-Qaeda is gathering strength throughout the Middle East and North Africa and, make no mistake about it, every single member wants you dead. Americans here and abroad, whether they be diplomats or not, are in the crosshairs. Clinton and Obama best wake up to that fact and wake up soon. Walter Geiger is editor and publisher of the Herald Gazette.

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