Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has stoically weathered a ceaseless storm of slander swirling around her, victim of a Republican witch-hunt aimed solely at derailing her chances of winning the American presidency. But she may finally have some vindication, as this morning, a House of Representatives report from the Select Benghazi Committee was published definitely exonerating Clinton from the absurd charges that she bears the blame for American deaths in the 2011 terrorist attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi by the radical militant group Ansar al-Sharia, and declares that it “is long past time for the Select Committee to conclude its work.”
The report provides conclusive evidence that the Clinton State Department granted the many requests for extra security made by the embassy embodied, debunking the false narrative circulated by right-wing conspiracy theorist radio hosts and most recently by presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, who claims that “Ambassador Stevens and his staff in Libya made hundreds and hundreds of requests for security. They were desperate. They needed help. Hillary Clinton’s State Department refused them all.”
The truth is that House Republicans cut the funding for embassy security by $128 million in fiscal 2011 and $331 million in fiscal year 2012, placing the blame for the attack’s success on their own shoulders. In 2011, a year before the attack, Clinton herself had warned that the embassy budget cuts were “detrimental to America’s national security” – and House Republicans ignored her warnings.
The report goes further and details twenty six unique points slamming their own committee on Benghazi for “squander[ing] millions of dollars in a partisan effort to attack a presidential candidate.” The Committee has been conducting its “business” without a set budget, without a set plan operation, of purposefully withholding information in order to implicate Secretary Clinton, of fabricating false allegations against Secretary Clinton and then cherry-picking evidence with obvious bias in order to make those allegations appear valid, and of using political threats in order to bully other Departments into complicity.
Their final conclusion was that “the Defense Department could not have done anything differently on the night of the attacks that would have saved the lives of the four brave Americans killed in Benghazi, and although the military’s global posture prevented it from responding more quickly that night, improvements were made years ago. ”
Clinton has held her head high despite absurd allegations of everything from her refusing to secure the embassy in Benghazi to ridiculous implications that she was in league with terrorists. The double standard being applied to former Secretary Clinton is simply outrageous – Republicans love to forget, for instance, that their hero Ronald Reagan turned a blind eye to an Iraqi jet firing two missiles into the USS Stark in 1987, which killed 37 US sailors but was swept under the rug in order to not damage relations with Saddam Hussein. That was a true scandal worthy of a lengthy investigation, but modern Republicans know no bounds when it comes to their hypocrisy – and their laserlike focus on derailing the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.