Sunday, August 4, 2013

Benghazi - Hillary Clinton's Disgraceful Comments

When the US facility at Benghazi was attacked on Sept. 11, 2012 the Obama administration claimed that the attack was in reaction to a vile anti-Islamic video. Those who committed the violence, it was claimed, were outraged by that video. On Sept. 15, 2012, this U-Tube video was posted: "Hillary Clinton blames Anti-Islam Film for violence in Mid East" In that video, Ms. Clinton never once placed blame on those committing the acts of violence. Instead, she disparagingly refers to how repulsive this video is. What's wrong?

Well, Ms. Clinton at the time was US Secretary of State. In the US we supposedly have the right to freedom of expression, even if it repulsive. As US Secretary of State Ms. Clinton should have been outraged over those committing the violence and defended the right to freedom of expression by those who created the video (Nakoula Basseley Nakoula). Essentially, Ms. Clinton - as US Secretary of State - was disgracefully undermining the US and giving tacit approval to those committing the violence. Or to phrase this a bit differently, Ms. Clinton was essentially blaming the victim of a rape (for his/her freedom of expression) and not the rapist (who committed the act of violence).

In doing the background search for this post, Ms. Clinton - in another - U-Tube video did lay appropriate blame on those who committed the violence. "Obama and Hillary Blame Youtube Video for Benghazi Terrorist Attack as Coffins Arrive". However, words for politicians are incredibly "cheap". Did Ms. Clinton actually mean what she said or was her statement simply a polished "evolution" of empty talking points as a half-hearted attempt to address criticism of her prior unrealized misstatements?

Furthermore, Ms. Clinton spoke of getting to the bottom of this issue. But is the administration doing that? Fox News, on January 23, 2013, reported Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) as saying: "The only people I know who are in jail right now is the filmmaker. Isn't that disconcerting?".  Obama recently referred to the growing list of scandals as being "phony".

Moreover, Wikipedia writes: "On November 28, 2012, an Egyptian court sentenced him [Nakoula Basseley Nakoula], along with several other Coptic Christians and anti-Islam preacher Terry Jones, to death in absentia for defaming Islam." So Ms. Clinton expresses, in a public forum, extreme outrage against an anti-Islamic video claiming that it is repulsive. Yet when it came to this inappropriate "death sentence" imposed by the Islamic culture, Ms. Clinton is apparently conveniently silent. Clearly Ms. Clinton, when she was Secretary of State, failed to defend freedom of speech ands was indirectly undermining the US by inappropriately "accepting blame" instead of pointing out that persons who are Muslim do not have a right to commit violence based on some perceived "offense".

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