Hillary Clinton stands by her “What difference does it make” comment
In a recent interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton doubled down on a lightning-rod moment during a Congressional hearing on the Benghazi attacks last year. During a round of questioning with Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin over whether the attacks were spurred by a video protest and anti-American radicals, Clinton now famously asked, “What difference does it make?”
It was the question heard ‘round the world, for good reason. Clinton’s comment signaled an ingrained mentality of denial and detachment. Still, Clinton says she has no regrets over her choice of phrase.
In the recent interview, Sawyer asked Clinton, “Doesn’t it make a difference?”
Clinton’s response: “In the moment, it did not. What we had to be focused on was saving American lives,” she went on to say.
When Sawyer pressed the issue and asked Clinton if she wanted to “change” or revise her now infamous question, Clinton simply said “No, no…No I don’t.”
The former Secretary of State thinks her critics need to look at the context. According to Clinton, at the hearing, her top concern was preventing future American deaths; that stopping future matted more than investigating the motive for the attack on the American consulate.
Yet even Clinton’s version of “context” begs some serious questions. We know that in the immediate aftermath of the Benghazi attack, White House officials did at least two things. They pressured Youtube to take down an offensive video, and they circulated talking points blaming the attack on the video protests.
The Obama Administration clearly thought it did “make a difference” why the assailants launched their attack. It couldn’t be a terrorist attack; it HAD to be simply a protest gone wrong.
What’s more, it’s worth asking how the U.S. can even begin to prevent future attacks without understanding why the first one took place.
Clinton’s “what difference does it make” comment, and her latest firm decision to stand by her words, are nothing more than two examples of Clinton trying to distance herself from the Obama Administration. Where Obama waivers, Clinton stands resolved (or at least tries).
But Clinton should know it won’t work. From day one, the administration hid the facts on the Benghazi attacks. Clinton has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and refused to take responsibility. Americans deserve public leaders who can handle criticism and will tell the truth at all costs.