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'What difference does it make?'

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January 24, 2013

“What difference, at this
point, does it make?”

During her Senate testimony yesterday, when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton angrily blurted out, “What difference, at this point, does it make,” she told us a great deal about how this administration views the Benghazi disaster.

Sen. Ron Johnson repeatedly pressed Clinton for an answer as to why those evacuated from Benghazi weren’t immediately questioned by the administration as to what actually happened.

This was a fair question to ask, and it needed to be asked. Why indeed didn’t this happen?

Just as repeatedly, Clinton dodged answering, until she delivered this stunner:

But, but, you know, with all due respect, the fact is, we have four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night, who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?

To quote Secretary Clinton, “with all due respect,” it makes a HUGE difference, for many reasons—not the least of which is the families of the victims deserve to know what happened and why.
If the administration doesn’t care why this tragedy occurred, and what allowed it to occur, how will it fix any problems to ensure it doesn’t happen again?

Or does the administration even recognize that there are problems to be fixed?

Does it even entertain the possibility that its “soft footprint” approach to an area like Benghazi was a failure?

Does it even entertain the possibility that its stubborn refusal to acknowledge “jihad” as a prime motivation for Islamic terrorism may have contributed to this disaster?

That its refusal to acknowledge “jihad,” for reasons such as its apparent fear that doing so will offend the Muslim Brotherhood, may be why decisions were made to ignore Ambassador Stevens’ repeated concerns about security at the Benghazi consulate?

There is a maxim of war that’s pretty ironclad: If you can’t, or won’t, accurately define your enemy, it will be harder to defeat that enemy.

So long as this administration persists in looking at the world through the lens of “see no jihad” it will inaccurately define our enemy.

And it will learn very little from Benghazi.

Or Cairo.

Or why militant Muslims around the world protested and rioted in response to the administration’s repeated claims that a video caused what happened at Benghazi.

Or why the more the administration apologized for the video, the more militant Muslims took to the streets.

That’s what Secretary Clinton in effect told us: “Why” it happened doesn’t matter.

Or if it does, this administration has made up its mind that its approach to radical Islamic terror wasn’t in any way to blame, and it doesn’t want to be confused by facts that contradict that view.


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