Last Thursday’s marathon hearing on Benghazi did indeed uncover a “smoking gun” when it was revealed that Hillary Clinton in an email to Chelsea Clinton during the height of the attack said that it was an Al Qaeda-type attack. The following day it was revealed that the day after the murder of four Americans, Hillary contacted the Prime Minister of Egypt and told him the event had nothing to do with the film (video).
Most reports in the drive-by media after the hearing claimed that there was no “smoking gun” and said that it was likely that the hearing would enhance Hillary’s badly tarnished image. In fact, what the hearing did was to reinforce the primary thing that voters have said is her greatest weakness, which is that she is a liar.
The most obvious thing that the hearing revealed is the acrimonious political divide that exists in Washington today. It was most evident in the heated exchanges between the committee chairman, Republican Trey Gowdy, and Democrat Elijah Cummings. At one point, since they were seated next to one another, it looked as if they might come to blows.
As with most Washington Committee hearings, the inquisitors took the majority of their time to bloviate. Of the five Democratic members on the panel, the smarmiest was the fellow who sympathized with Hillary for having to undergo such a painful interrogation. He reiterated what all of the other Demos claimed, which was that the hearing was politically motivated to bring Hillary’s presidential aspirations down. It was repeatedly noted by many of the Repubs that this individual had only attended one hour of one meeting since the committee was first formed. Two of the lady Democrats came to Hillary’s aid in asking her how the State Department could be better organized in the future to prevent a Ben Ghazi-like attack from ever happening again. It was clear that they were attempting to shore up Hillary’s chances of becoming the next president. The most important thing that might come as a result of the hearing is the large amount of new facts that were presented, which may help the efforts of the FBI in its investigation of Hillary’s emails.
To her credit, Mrs. Clinton must have been soundly coached in what her demeanor should be in front of the questioners. She managed to keep herself under control and not rail against her questioners like she did in her previous appearance when she uttered the famous, “At this point what does it matter?” in a shrill and arm-waving event. Again, it was mystifying why the promulgation of the video “lie,” which has been attributed to presidential advisor Ben Rhodes, was not more actively pursued by the panel. As a result of that lie, Susan Rice lost her chance to succeed Hillary as secretary of state, but was quickly elevated to NSA director by the prevaricating president. For the first time, the most shocking revelation was that her slain ambassador had requested increased security no less than 600 times.