It’s time to be honest about the “what difference does it make?” comment H Clinton made to the Senate Committee investigating Benghazi on Jan 23, 2013. This comment has been taken out of context at every opportunity. It’s one sentence in the middle of a 7 sentence response to a question from Republican Senator Ron Johnson who asked her whether the attack on our embassy was due to protest or a video. Her response was:
With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator. Now, honestly, I will do my best to answer your questions about this, but the fact is that people were trying in real time to get to the best information. The IC has a process, I understand, going with the other committees to explain how these talking points came out. But you know, to be clear, it is, from my perspective, less important today looking backwards as to why these militants decided they did it than to find them and bring them to justice, and then maybe we’ll figure out what was going on in the meantime.
I’m sure some people won’t want to believe this quote – which comes from the official transcript of the Senate Committee – so why not watch the actual video of her specific answer to this question: