WASHINGTON, DC – It’s been four months since Islamist terrorists attacked the U.S. special mission in Benghazi, Libya, a September 11 assault that killed four Americans, including ambassador Chris Stevens.
Finally, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton answered public, pointed and sometimes partisan questions about the attack.
Clinton started her Capitol-Hill grill with two-and-a-half hours of testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a visit she postponed because of illness, a concussion, and a blood clot.
But it appears she showed up in fighting form, ready to defend her self-admitted indefensible position, at times with tears as she spoke of meeting the caskets at Andrews Air Force base ‘I put my arms around the mothers and fathers, the sisters and brothers, the sons and daughters and the wives left alone to raise their children.), and with anger when pressed about why it took the administration so long to call the attack an act of terror (‘ . . . the fact is that we had four dead Americans, was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night and decided they’d kill some Americans; what difference at this point does it make?’
Secretary Clinton faced similar questions later in the day in the House.
These may be her final trips to Congress as Secretary of state, because she’s already said she’s outta here.
And maybe just in time, too, because reports are now coming out of Algeria that some of the Islamist terrorists who took hostages at the In Amenas gas facility last week also attacked the U.S. special mission in Benghazi.
It seems the Arab Spring has given new life to al-Qaeda and to the Islamist who hate the West.