"...two of our officers were killed in Benghazi by an al-Qaeda-like group.”
Hillary Clinton email to her daughter the night of the Benghazi attack
“We know that the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack—not a protest.”
Clinton speaking to Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil, September 12, 2012 the day after the Benghazi attack
“We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful Internet video that we had nothing to do with.”
Clinton at the ceremony receiving the flag draped coffins of the Benghazi victims, September 14, 2012
Steve Hayes (The Weekly Standard) --
Charles Woods has been waiting a long time for the truth. He met his son’s body at Joint Base Andrews, three days after the attacks, at a solemn ceremony in just outside Washington, D.C. He first met Clinton at that brief memorial service. He remembers it well, in part, he says, because he took notes immediately after he spoke with her.
When I asked him about that day as we waited for the hearing to begin, he pulled a small leather black datebook from his pocket – maybe the size of a calculator, with 2012 engraved in gold on the front – as he recalled her words. He began reading from the entry that started on September 14, the day of the ceremony, and continued into the space for the following day. It ran just five or six lines, written in pencil.
He recorded Clinton’s exact words. “We are going to have the filmmaker arrested who was responsible for the death of your son,” he read. Then he looked up. “I remember those words: ‘who was responsible for the death of your son.’ She was blaming him and blaming the movie.”
Spreading the lie --
Jim Jordan (R, Ohio) --
You can live with a protest about a video. That won’t hurt you. But a terrorist attack will. So you can’t be square with the American people. You tell your family it’s a terrorist attack, but not the American people. You can tell the president of Libya it’s a terrorist attack, but not the American people. And you can tell the Egyptian prime minister it’s a terrorist attack, but you can’t tell your own people the truth.
Jim Geraghty writing at NRO --
...Byron York thinks this is already “priced in” in the public’s mind: “The documents were still more evidence that the blame-it-on-the-video story was lies and spin. But the public has known for a while that it was lies and spin. It seems unlikely to strike many Americans as very big news.”
Added 10/24 --
Jonah Goldberg tears into Hillary and the press. A very good analysis of the specifics of her mendacity (and Obama's) and of the general aversion of the mainstream media to honestly report events that favor Republicans. Goldberg (as usual) expresses the frustration and outrage well. There's too much to excerpt. Please read --
Andrew McCarthy is equally effective in focusing on the brazenness and disgrace of Hillary's lies --
These are two forceful columns. I would recommend that liberals and progressives (there - I used your preferred terminology without scare quotes) read both just to get an idea of the exasperation that the prospect of a President Hillary Clinton generates among conservatives.