Oh, what ridiculous pearl-clutching! Via Politico:
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) didn’t like Sen. Rand Paul’s comments about firing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at all.
“When I heard him say those words, I walked out of the hearing room and listened to him from behind the stage because I was so infuriated at what that man said,” Boxer told Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC’s Politics Nation on Wednesday. Boxer sits on the the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which was hosting one of Clinton’s hearings on the Hill. “To suggest that she’s retiring from this post after traveling a million miles and being one of the greatest Secretaries of State because of Benghazi is unbelievable.”
The Kentucky Republican called Clinton’s lack of reading State Department cables “inexcusable.”
“Had I been president at the time, and I found that you did not read the cables from Benghazi, you did not read the cables from Ambassador Stevens, I would have relieved you of your post,” Paul said at the Senate hearing.
Senator Paul is exactly right. The State Department incompetency on this issue is staggering, and four American citizens are dead, in part, because they either ignored or denied requests for more security – some of them pleas from Ambassador Stevens himself. If this had happened while Hillary Clinton was a Senator and Bush was President, she’d be the first in line demanding heads roll, and we all know it.
The Secretary of State repeatedly lied her way through the both hearings yesterday in the House and in the Senate by avoiding direct answers and evading questions every chance she got. And when she wasn’t doing that, she was feigning indignancy over pointed, necessary questions asked about why Benghazi happened in the first place – which is a central focus of the hearings to begin with. Was it an “offensive anti-Islam video” or was it a planned, coordinated terrorist attack specifically designed to take place on the anniversary of 9-11? We know the real answers, but Hillary Clinton – and no one else in her department – is interested in being straight up with the American people on clearing the air regarding not only the run up to the Benghazi attack and the attack itself, but the aftermath, in which numerous administration officials, including the President himself, deliberately bungled the response so as to create a false sense of competency.
And I don’t need to remind everyone how this administration willingly and knowingly subjected an American citizen to a lifetime sentence of being on the run and in hiding by way of making him a scapegoat in this whole sad and sorry mess. Is the video maker model American citizen? Doesn’t sound like it. But does that make it ok for them to do what they did to him? Hell NO.
As to Senator Babs Boxer’s being “infuriated” over Paul suggesting he’d have fired Clinton, someone pass her some smelling salts, please, and tell her to get a clue and to can the phony “outrage.” Her outrage should be over why we still don’t have answers yet as to why four American citizens – including a US Ambassador – were brutally murdered by terrorist thugs, and why this administration deliberately misled the American people in the aftermath. Oh, and shall we remind Ms. Boxer than when it comes to “offensive” attacks on public officials, it doesn’t get much worse than her 2007 nasty swipe at then-Secretary of State Condi Rice, where Boxer attacked her on the basis of the fact that she had no children and thus no “personal price” (aka a son or daughter in the military) to pay when it came to Iraq policy?
Perhaps Boxer having no “personal price” to pay related to Benghazi because her family members were and are safely elsewhere is why the deaths of the four American citizens on the anniversary of the horrific 9-11 attacks here apparently mean nothing to her. But the families of those killed in Benghazi deserve honest answers, whether she and her longtime pal Hillary Clinton think so or not. And the Senate nor the House should rest until they have them.