by Dick Morris | June 4, 2014 12:06 am
When Hillary Clinton sat down to pen “Hard Choices,” her memoir that comes out next week, she had a simple explanation for her repeated insistence that the Benghazi raid was motivated by a “hateful video” rather than a terrorist attack. All she had to say was that we relied on the best intelligence available at the time.
True, the CIA talking points did not mention a video and, true, Mike Morrell, the former deputy director of the CIA, told Congress that he was surprised to hear U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, while on the Sunday talk shows after the attack, blame the video. “That’s not something the [CIA] analysts have attributed the attack to,” Morrell told Congress, describing his reaction to seeing Rice.
But there was enough wiggle room in the talking points to permit Hillary to claim that she was misled by the intelligence.
Then, after the manuscript for “Hard Choices” was put to bed, the White House had to turn over to public view the memo that was really behind Rice’s deceptive comments: A Sept. 14, 2012 memorandum from White House staffer Ben Rhodes to Rice saying, explicitly that she should “underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy … ”
Rice did as ordered and so did Hillary.
Now, however, as the publication date of her memoir looms, Hillary is holding an empty bag. Her explanation of her reliance on the video as the cause of the Benghazi attack directly contradicts the explicit directions we now know that Rhodes gave Rice. No fudge factor here. Just a plain directive: Blame the video.
In her book, Hillary attempts to sell the narrative that there were several motivations at work in the Benghazi attack. “There were scores of attackers that night,” she writes, “almost certainly with differing motives.” It is inaccurate to state that every single one of them was influenced by this hateful video. It is equally inaccurate to state that none of them were. Both assertions defy not only the evidence but logic as well.”
The dual motivation theory holds no water. On Sept. 15, 2012, just hours after the CIA sent its talking points memo to Congress, the CIA Libyan station chief reported that there had been no ground demonstrations. Morrell reported this information to Denis McDonough, the president’s National Security Advisor.
Had the watchdog group Judicial Watch not sued and unearthed the Rhodes memo, there would be sufficient ambiguity to let Hillary’s dual-motivation theory hold water. Now her claim, exposed as a total fabrication, will be in print for all to see.
Hillary tries to besmirch the investigations into Benghazi with the paintbrush she and Bill used on Ken Starr in the Whitewater investigation. She dismisses them as politically motivated and clucks over how reprehensible it is to exploit those who have died by accurately explaining why.
But the latest Wall St. Journal/NBC poll shows that 58 percent of Americans believe President Obama is hiding information about Benghazi, and voters disapprove of Hillary’s handling of the crisis by 36-50.
So what should be a triumph — a new book and a tour — will turn into an ordeal by fire as the truth of that terrible day closes in on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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