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Published: Thursday, Jan. 16 2014 12:23 p.m. MST

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patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

Hillary already said "what difference does it make" so according to her finding out who was responsible and why isn't important...obviously because it would incriminate her. I wonder if Tricky Dick had said "what difference does it make" concerning Watergate if the congress would have just dropped it...like Benghazi has been dropped? Oh that's right , Nixon was a Republican.

the political environment in this country is a disgrace to our history.

esodije
ALBUQUERQUE, NM

Move along, nothing to see here....

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Only among people who weren't going to vote democrat anyway, so essentially no.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Wow... an article on the recent new info on Bengazi and a Democrat Presidential hopeful's scandal today... Wonder where they found this?

I thought all that mattered today was the traffic jam in New Jersey and if Gov Christie was involved. I guess I was wrong.

JoeCapitalist2
Orem, UT

Patriot:. 'I wonder if Tricky Dick had said "what difference does it make" concerning Watergate if the congress would have just dropped it...like Benghazi has been dropped?'

All I know is that given the current environment if Nixon was a Democrat today and Watergate happened last year, the press would have ignored the whole story and labeled it a "phony scandal". No one at the Washington Post or the NY Times would have touched it and we would all be saying "WHO?" when someone mentioned the name of Woodward or Bernstein.

Investigative reporting into scandals these days only applies to people with an R after their names.

Vanceone
Provo, UT

Well, people who actually care about our foreign policy and whether our government is competent would want to hear about Hillary's gross failures and total inability to run an executive department.

So yeah, Hutterite--Democrats couldn't care less about this, could they?

Schnee
Salt Lake City, UT

I think a lot of you don't know the difference between a scandal (wrongdoing, like Nixon, Blagoyevich, etc) and making a mistake...

@JoeCapitalist2
Actually the New York Times does investigate it, even recently with articles like "A Deadly Mix in Benghazi".

@Vanceone
Democrats do care, it's just that our priority is figuring out what went wrong and how it can be prevented in the future whereas the Republican priority is "how do we turn this into a political win for us".

Steve Cottrell
Centerville, UT

Her response was NOT "what difference does it make?" Her response was "what difference does it make now?"

Just an observation that when she was being interviewed and this famous quote was provided, the action at Benghazi was past and it was then too late to take action. It may well be appropriate to criticize her for not having acted sooner, but at the time of this investigation, it was far to late to change what had already past.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

Did the author actually read the report? I am guessing no.

The report put blame a lot of places, including...

The intelegence agencies for not seeing or predicting the level or risk

"Intelligence analysts inaccurately referred to the presence of a protest at the U.S. mission facility before the attack based on open source information and limited intelligence, but without sufficient intelligence or eyewitness statements to corroborate that assertion"

The ambassador himself for twice turning down enhanced security from the Marine Corp

"Gen. Carter Ham, then the head of the military's Africa Command, twice asked Stevens to employ the team, and twice Stevens declined"

And as to the reason why justice has not come through yet, the report states

"the findings also noted what the FBI had told the panel -- that 15 people cooperating with its investigation had been killed in Benghazi, undercutting the investigation. It was not clear if the killings were related to the probe"

I am not a Hillary fan. I hope she doesn't run. But just perhaps Erik should actually read the report, and report on it, rather than relying on MSNBC for his sources. Do real journalistic work - not the Cliff Notes version.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

re:Patriot
'Hillary already said "what difference does it make" so according to her finding out who was responsible and why isn't important"

quote in context:
Clinton:
"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 (intell community)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."

mark
Salt Lake City, UT

"Hillary already said "what difference does it make" so according to her finding out who was responsible and why isn't important...obviously because it would incriminate her."

Wow. Just wow. You think you can take that a little bit more out of context?

"like Benghazi has been dropped?"

Benghazi has been dropped? Do conservatives even listen to themselves?

You are commenting on a story about a Senate Intelligence Comittee report that is highly critical of the state department and others. This story is being extensively covered by ALL the news media. There is no question this will have serious ramifications on a presidential run by Clinton, and this guy says it's been dropped. Unbelievable.

UtahBlueDevil, thanks for providing more context from the report. Do you really think some people here will incorporate that into their thinking?

For those comparing Benghazi to the bridge scandal, schnee is absolutely correct, "I think a lot of you don't know the difference between a scandal. . . and making a mistake..."

Also, Benghazi has been in the media nonstop and extensively for over a year. I imagine very little will be heard of the Bridge scandal in even a few weeks.

Coach Biff
Lehi, UT

I would actually like to know, like Susan Collins says in some of the comments on the findings, why did the administration try and blame the events on demonstrations gone wrong? Why was Candy Crowley allowed to defend the President Obama in the debate when Romney brought up the subject? If you can't see political leanings in the press on this issue, you never will.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The answer to the question, "Will Benghazi make a difference for Hillary Clinton"... is "NO".

The people who will vote for Hillary Clinton will vote for her no matter what she does. It seriously doesn't matter one bit to them. They will vote for her regardless.

She could to anything. And I mean anything... and they would still vote for her.

MapleDon
Springville, UT

The media buried this story, as they conveniently do any controversy surrounding a Democrat. It's how the Party controls public opinion. Of course Hillary will win in '16, unless Obama uses his magic pen to give himself another 4+ years.

born in37
ST GEORGE, UT

The Democrats have already announced part of their platform: Raising the minimum wage. Need we say more? Done deal. More money for the lower class, less money for the taxpaying "others". Done deal.
Hillary could even commit adultery, lie about it and .......wait that's been done. Face it, it doesn't matter what she does. It's a done deal. Hillary: From First Lady to President. Done deal. Get used to it.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

And?, this changes what - exactly?...

FoxNews listeners weren't going to vote Democrat anyway...

Kind of like when we bring up Bush/Cheney,
"what difference does it make now?"

Wonder
Provo, UT

@2 bits -- And the people who won't vote for her, won't vote for her no matter what she does. She could do anything, and I mean anything, and they still wouldn't vote for her.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

Thank you Truthseeks.

My My, when you put it in context it is a completely reasonable statement that virtually anyone can agree with.

Thanks for posting.

2 bits - "The people who will vote for Hillary Clinton will vote for her no matter what she does. It seriously doesn't matter one bit to them. They will vote for her regardless."

Yes, and the people who hate her will vote against her no matter what. It doesnt matter one bit to them either.

Works both ways. You are describing pure partisan politics. Are you suggesting that it is only played by those on the left?

Now, if the far right doesn't to make Chris Christie go looney, like they did Romney, I would seriously consider voting for him.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

Coach Bill - read the report. If you really want to know, go to the source.

In an age where there are literally thousands of sources for this kind of information, why do people sit back and wait for others to feed them information - which will obviously be translated into what ever that persons agenda is.

In the mean time, most will just rely on others.... and get politically filtered "facts"

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

re:Truthseeker

the reason the congressional panel was grilling Hillary in the first place was to determine WHY the US embassy was left unprotected and WHY she did nothing to beef up security when requests were made and WHY no military aid was sent during the attack and WHY she lied about the cause of the attack for weeks even though she knew it was a terrorist attack on day one. So why is this important? So incompetent and dishonest politicians like Hillary don't repeat this sort of thing ever again where more brave men will die. By the way, Hillary and Barack did everything they could to STALL the investigation and that stall continues to this day. Hillary is a hardened politician who will do ANYTHING to protect her political hide. Learning the TRUTH about her incompetence and lies with Benghazi would sink her presidential bid. So "what difference does it make now"? PLENTY!!!

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