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Benghazi Returns


The Benghazi story is back—and it could mean bad news for Hilary Clinton’s political future. 60 Minutes recently ran an episode on the Benghazi affair that summed up the findings from a year’s worth of reporting and investigation. One of its key sources was Dylan Davis, who worked perimeter security at the compound. His words, under one view, confirm a lot of the theories advanced by the GOP during the time of the 2012 election. WaPo lists the facts his new testimony allegedly corroborates: 

That al-Qaeda-linked forces were known to be rampant in Benghazi and the administration ignored warnings that the compound was not secure; that the White House and the State Department lied in their initial accounts of the incident; and that the administration has actively impeded congressional investigation of the security lapse.

The left is, of course, pushing back against this report, but the political reality is that Benghazi is still attracting plenty of media attention—and it could haunt Hilary throughout the rest of her career, especially if she chooses to run in 2016. Since she left office, her approval rating has dropped by ten points. Some are puzzled by this, given that she hasn’t done anything controversial lately. Perhaps the lingering Benghazi story, given new life by a widely-watched news channel, has something to do with it. It looks like we were right: the story has legs, and we can expect an ongoing scandal.

[Image of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton honoring the victims of the Benghazi attack Andrews Air Force Base on September 14, 2012 courtesy of Wikimedia Commons]

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  • Bruce

    If the Republicans play hardball politics, they can beat Clinton in 2016 if she is the nominee. All they have to do is play the “At this point, what difference does it make?” video over and over and over in commercials. There is no hiding from that and it’s electoral death. She can’t recover from gaffes the way her husband can and this was a horrible gaffe (that I’m glad she made). She doesn’t have the personal presence to be able to pull it off.

  • Kavanna

    They just need to hammer home the truth about both Hillary and the administration she served in. They can’t “spin” it, assuming that the media will provide the bare facts. The media will do whatever it can to hide the bare facts.

    • Bruce

      But political ads can overcome the media advocacy for Dems. We can’t count on an unbiased media because we don’t have one.

  • charlesrwilliams

    There is Benghazi and then there is also Hilary Clinton’s sleazy activities in Arkansas and in Bill’s White House. She has never given an accounting of this stuff, starting with her stellar career as a speculator in cattle futures. The truth is that HRC is a lightweight and a mediocrity who road her husband’s coattails to fame.

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