Hillary Clinton insists that if anyone is lying about the aftermath of the 2012 Benghazi Islamic terror attacks that left four Americans dead, it’s ‘not me, that’s all I can tell you,’ Clinton replied, casting blame on the families and attributing any confusion to the ‘fog of war.’
UK Daily Mail More than three years after the fires inside a U.S. diplomatic compound in the Libyan port city died down, the political heat is intensifying again – with Clinton facing tough questions along her road to the White House.
The Daily Sun, a newspaper in rural Conway, New Hampshire, hosted an editorial board meeting with Clinton on Wednesday. Columnist Tom McLaughlin recounted for her the claims of victims’ family members who said she had told them a crude Internet video that mocked the Islamic faith was responsible for inciting the attackers who killed their loved ones.
Clinton has denied making any such statement, despite the accounts of four people. One, the father of a slain CIA security contractor, took written notes of her words. ‘Somebody is lying,’ McLaughlin told her Wednesday. ‘Who is it?’ ‘Not me, that’s all I can tell you,’ Clinton replied, casting blame on the families.
Clinton made several public statements referring to the video, titled ‘Innocence of Muslims,’ suggesting that it sparked unrest in Benghazi the way it had in Cairo and elsewhere in the Arab world.
On September 14, 2012, she and President Obama attended a ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, where the bodies of the dead Americans, including Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, were returned to their families.
On that same day, a State Department official in Tripoli, Libya, wrote to Washington to say that ‘it is becoming increasingly clear that the series of events in Benghazi was much more terrorist attack than a protest which escalated into violence.’
And while the inflammatory video had made waves outside of Libya, the writer added, ‘we want to distinguish, not conflate, the events in other countries with this well-planned attack by militant extremists.’
But Clinton, still secretary of state, told four different relatives of the fallen that the filmmaker would be held responsible, according to their public statements. Another week would pass before she publicly referred to Benghazi as a terrorist event.
Charles Woods, whose son Ty Woods was a Benghazi casualty, told The Weekly Standard in October that he had written down Clinton’s words, verbatim, in his notebook, as she spoke. Reading from it, he recalled what Clinton had told him: ‘We are going to have the filmmaker arrested who was responsible for the death of your son.’
Responding more directly to the family members’ recollections, she suggested their grief may have clouded their memories. ‘I can’t recite for you everything that was in a conversation where people were sobbing, where people were distraught, the president and the vice president, we were all making the rounds talking to people, listening to people,’ she explained.
‘I was in a very difficult position because [as of that moment] we have not yet said two of the four dead were CIA … This was a part of the fog of war.’