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Monday, March 25, 2019

Anyone truly concerned about the safety of U.S. diplomatic personnel abroad – and that should include every American – has fresh reason for fury over last September’s disaster in Benghazi and its aftermath. But the target of public anger should not be Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose conduct has been exemplary ever since the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three of his brave colleagues lost their lives last September. Far more deserving of scorn are the likes of Rand Paul (R-KY), Ron Johnson (R-WI), and all the other grandstanding, conspiracy-mongering, ill-informed politicians who questioned her Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

Four months after the tragedy occurred, Republicans on both the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee still seem to be obsessed with the talking points provided to UN Ambassador Susan Rice before she appeared on television to discuss the incident. According to Republican folklore, unsupported by facts, the Obama White House engaged in a conspiracy to conceal the true nature of the terrorist attack by mischaracterizing it as a “demonstration.” The continuing focus on that trivial issue – long since explained by Rice herself, as well as retired General David Petraeus and others, under oath – understandably provoked an exasperated Clinton to scold Johnson, one of the dimmer idols of the Tea Party.

When the Wisconsin Republican began to harp on this topic yet again – interrupting her answer, after stupidly asserting that Clinton could have resolved any questions about the attack with “a very simple phone call” to the burned-out Benghazi compound – she responded sharply:

With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because there was a protest or was it because there were guys who went out for a walk one night who decided they would kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and to do everything we can to make sure it never happens again.

No doubt Clinton’s utterly sane retort will undergo dishonest editing, in the style of James O’Keefe, to make her sound cavalier or arrogant. But it is the Republicans in Congress whose attitude toward the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and his fallen comrades has seemed cynical and false, ever since they first sought to exploit the incident politically during the presidential campaign. Meanwhile, having historically supported reductions in federal spending on diplomatic security, they have done nothing useful so far to enhance the safety of Americans serving abroad. Worse still, their questions to Clinton indicate that very few of them, even at this late date, have bothered to learn the basic facts surrounding the Benghazi incident.

By contrast, Clinton has assumed responsibility in a meaningful way ever since September 11 – which is to say that she has taken action to ensure a serious response. As required by law, she empowered an independent investigation, which resulted in dozens of recommendations for improved security and held several high-ranking State Department officials to account for the lapses in Libya. It is worth noting that Thomas Pickering, the distinguished former diplomat who led the probe, fixed culpability for the security flaws at Benghazi at “the assistant secretary level,” rather than with Clinton herself. Nobody in Washington understands the workings of the U.S. foreign service better than Pickering, who served in top positions under both presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.  Certainly not Johnson or Paul, who rather comically asserted that “if [he] were president,” he would have fired Clinton. Always hard to imagine, a Paul presidency seemed even more remote when he quizzed her about obscure right-wing conspiracy theories involving Syria, Turkey, and Libya.

As Joan Walsh observed in Salon, those irate and ignorant inquisitors on Capitol Hill appeared small and peevish in their confrontation with Clinton, a woman whose serious, diligent, tireless approach to public service has armed her with an enduring popularity at least three times greater than her Republican adversaries in Congress.  Their feeble attempts to cut her down, echoed by the usual loudmouths on radio and cable television, only make her bigger.

If they persist, she probably will be president someday.

Photo credit: AP/J. Scott Applewhite

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270 responses to “Benghazi Hearings: Capitol Hill’s Angry Little Men Keep Making Hillary Bigger”

  1. sleeve says:

    If they persist, if they implode, if they stroke out, whatever….she will probably be president someday if she wants it. The old faded paper tigers of the GOP will never see one of their own as President again in their lifetimes. In fact, once the Feds quit chasing nickel bags, and start shutting down the meth labs throughout AZ, KY and TN, their current Senators don’t stand a chance of being re-elected, once the population completes rehab.

  2. avahome says:

    I thought Hillary did a thorough job of answering questions above and beyond answers to hearings in the past………I didn’t hear her say “I don’t recall”…not even once. What the underlying bits and pieces we have heard is regarding classified info….CIA. Is this CIA info
    what the Congress critters want to know and are too stupid to figure out why they are not
    being told?

  3. Hillary did a splendid job at explaining, what could be explained without compromising ongoing investigations. She lost her composure at one point, and became emotional once, but she managed to keep her cool through most of the grilling she was subjected to by Republican Inquisitors in the House and Senate. The most fascinating part of this political travesty, for me, was watching and hearing the feigned indignation of politicians who were conspicuous by their absence after 9/11/01 took place.
    It is truly fascinating to hear people who were in control of the White House and Congress when 9/11 occurred refer to the Benghazi tragedy as an unprecedented terrorist event, and something that cannot be accepted and deserved the dismal of the Secretary of State. If that rationale had been applied after 9/11, half of our elected officials would have been dismissed!
    It is also important to remember than some of the Inquisitors doing the questioning are members of the intelligence committee and have access to the same classified intelligence information provided to the President. They are well aware of what we have learned thus far, what is still unknown, and the need to keep our mouths shut if the goal is to identify and bring justice to those responsible for the Benghazi attack. Unfortunately, they are more interested in distorting President Obama’s foreign policy record, and derailing Hillary Clinton’s chances in 2016, than doing what most rational Americans should want.

    • old_blu says:

      I watched a lot of it (all i could) and I thought Secretary Clinton did a fantastic job standing up to those republican bullies, and that’s all some of them appeared to be, just bullies.

      • lana ward says:

        They’re bullies for asking questions that should have been answered 4 months ago?? Have you never seen what dems do to Rebublicans when asking questions?? It’s an interrogation!!!

        • WhutHeSaid says:

          Satan couldn’t have said it better himself.

        • National leaders should not make conclusive statements until all facts are available. We still don’t know who participated in the attack against our Consulate in Benghazi, how could anyone expect a definitive explanation regarding their motives?
          Concerning interrogations carried out by Democrats: The result of the Iran-Contra scandal was making a Lt. Colonel responsible for U.S. foreign policy. The Lebanon debacle, when over 200 U.S. Marines were slaughtered did not produce any witch hunts. The deceit used to justify the invasion of Iraq was satisfied by showing satellite pictures of warehouses and trucks, allegedly, used to store and carry WMDs and nuclear material. And the grand daddy of all, 9/11/01, transformed the ambivalent President that was in the White House at the time into a war hero, and the Congressional leadership did not even have to answer a question.
          This Holy Inquisition is being carried out to discredit President Obama’s foreign policy and send a warning to Hillary Clinton about what will happen if she runs for President in 2016.

        • WHA WHA WHA!!!! Maybe you have a reading difficulty, those questions have been answered and answered!!!! Did you miss General Petraeus on Nov 12th or were you just asleep??????? You repubs are just a bunch of cry babies, you cry when you don’t get your way, then you gerrymander the districts, so you can steal elections!!!!!

          • Debbie, all the Republicans know how to do is beat a dead horse to defer everyone’s attention from their real agenda; destroying the economy so their rich donors and buddies can stuff more taxpayer money in their pockets.

          • lana ward Has 33 Cats She Was To Busy Drinking Cat Pee!!

          • idamag says:

            Fern, if she has 33 cats, she is certifiable and abusive to animals. I have one cat and I averaged it out, it costs $17.00 a month for having that cat. Multiply that times 33 and there must be some neglected animals in that house and she probably feeds them cheap cat food that has a main ingredient of corn or corn meal. Unless she is scooping and changing constantly, her house probably smells bad.

          • lana ward says:

            The communists got away with murder. Had Stevens been muslim, he would have gotten the security he begged for. BTY- it’s going to be you crying, when you realize how duped you’ve been by omuslim. Fool!!

        • They are idiots repeating the same old shit. When I first saw the news with Ms. Rice, I thought to myself, that looks like a terrorist attack, and assumed it was lack of information that needed to be released, but it wasn’t a big deal. The situation had already happened, would it have changed things, NO. The republicans are trying to make cancer out of a pimple, because they are cancer to our society. If it lines their pockets, it’s ok, if it doesn’t they are against it. It’s simple, they are greedy bastards who care about NOBODY, but themselves. Turncoats galore!

          • lana ward says:

            You have just described the dems perfectly. Thank you!!!

          • PatMerris says:

            Your name backwards describes repubs too!!! DRAW ANAL or PUCKERED A**HOLE.

          • idamag says:

            Pat, you made my day.

          • Reddiaperbaby says:

            Mine too….she deserves every bit of contempt we can heap on her.

          • Good One My Friend!!! LOL

          • lana ward says:

            Omuslim, Clinton, and all the WH are murderers

          • Bill says:

            I thought calling her Lana “Psycho” ard was good but this is even better. Good comment

          • idamag says:

            Maybe she is so puckered that it has backed clean up to her mouth and that is what she is spewing.

          • Say Lana, where were you when all the following happened under a GOP president’s watch:

            Bush Years: 2001 – World Trade Center, New York and Pentagon, DC; 3,000 Americans killed 2002 – US Consulate in Karachi Pakistan attacked, 12 killed; 51 injured. 2003 – International Compound, Saudi Arabia, 17 killed 2003 – US Consulate, Karachi, Pakistan, 2 killed
            2004 – US Embassy bombed in Uzbekistan, 2 killed 9 injured. 2004 – US Consulate Saudi Arabia, 8 killed 2006 – US Consulate, Karachi, Pakistan, 4 killed including US diplomat
            2006 – US Embassy, Syria, 1 killed and 13 wounded 2007 – Grenade launched into the US Embassy in Athens. 2008 – US Embassy, Serbia, attacked by thousands, no one killed 2008 – US Consulate, Turkey, 3 killed
            2008 – US Embassy in Yemen bombed, 13 killed.
            -Under George HW Bush, there were 12 Embassy attacks with 60 being killed -Under Reagan, there were 7 Embassies attacked with 31 being killed including 17 Americans. – Under Nixon, 3 Embassies were attacked with 3 killed.

          • Hollie says:

            Perhaps because of the above on their watch they are trying to make everyone more accountable..I am independent and sic of both parties all you both do is point fingers at each other like school yard children!

          • old_blu says:

            Hollie, stop pointing at me.

          • Sand_Cat says:

            You’re independent of what? Just the facts in this case, or of reality as a whole?

            I love you “independents” who try to equate gross negligence resulting in the loss of 3000 lives, plus lies and war crimes resulting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands, plus destruction of the economy, the surplus, and of the government’s revenue base with the admittedly not-always admirable or competent bumbling of Democrats.

          • Reddiaperbaby says:

            Does the expression “false equivalency” strike a chord? Is Independent just another word for dumb?

          • YES!!! Just Another Dumb Ass Troll Like lana ward!!

          • Hollie says:

            An independent is someone that isn’t a democrat or republican, I think your question was rhetorical but not sure. How did I equate gross negligence? I am saying go forward not backwards…learn from our mistakes…what happened in Bengazi who dropped the ball? That is what I wanted to hear?I want people to be accountable for what they do or don’t do. I like Hillary very intelligent the only mistake she ever made was not kicking Bills Ass every which way for his adultary in my opinion.

          • independent Of A Brain!!

          • lana ward says:

            The WH knew this attack was going to happen and they wouldn’t send Stevens more security. They are murderers!!

          • old_blu says:

            Mary awesome way of saying it, the tea party is the cancer in the Republican party, and it needs to be eradicated.

          • Good One My Friend!!! They Need To Opp For Surgery Or The Teatards Will Take The Rethugs Down With Them!!!

          • Lynda says:

            I would add that the cancer is upon the entire nation, not just the Republican Party.

          • old_blu says:

            You my friend are right about that, but at least I think we have slowed the spreading of this horrible cancer.

        • BlueJoubert says:

          They are bullies BECAUSE those questions were answered 4 months ago. The fact they don’t like the truth doesn’t alter the truth. They are on the intelligence committee and, as was more than obvious during the interrogation, had never once read any of the classified information. They got their info from Fox Noise, like the absurd question about weapons being shipped to TURKEY from Libya. What a bunch of clowns on the right side of the aisle.

          • Ed says:

            Well, you do have to admit that the question was so irrelevant to the hearing it took Hillary by surprise. Not easy to do that.You have to be waaaaaayyyyy out there.

          • BlueJoubert says:

            hahaha, exactly. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her with an obvious question mark above her head. Her vacant expression was priceless.

          • Reddiaperbaby says:

            “Intelligence Committee” ….. Is that an oxymoron, or what??

          • lana ward says:

            Stevens was running guns for omuslim. The communists (WH) got away with murder

          • BlueJoubert says:

            Have you ever taken the time to walk through your absurdity? Stevens was killed by the Muslims because he was running guns for the Muslims? Your White House comrades got away with murdering a person whom you say was working for them? Please sweetheart, choose a position and stick by it. Right now, you are arguing my point. The defense rests.

          • lana ward says:

            Omuslim ordered the muslims to kill Stevens, stupid

        • JSquercia says:

          You see Lana they WERE answered months ago but these guys are NOT interested in the TRUTH only on continuing to be outraged . This is the same crew that cut the State Department Budget for Security .

          The truth is irrelevant to these guys .All you have to do is listen to Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell with hiss robo calls telling about how the President is coming to take your gun away .

        • Ed says:

          Did you not read the sentence about them receiving intelligence reports. Personally I found it astonishing that a member of the senate Armed Services Commitee stated on live tv that she did not know how the armed servies were organised. That’s what you get when you appoint by ideology rather than talent.

        • highpckts says:

          And Rand Paul says this is worse than 9/11??? Really? In what world does he and his fellows live?? They are truly bullies with no clue as to what they are doing except to make the Dems look bad! Their only goal, not truth!!

        • puzzled21 says:

          Lana, wake up you are still operating in that nether world. As has already been stated, there were people on that panel questioning her who had the same access to the very information they were grilling her about. They know the real deal, they just keep using folks like you to camouflage their real agenda. In the end folk like you will be considered collateral damage and expendable.

        • old_blu says:

          Oh they answered them you and your tea party friends just didn’t like the answers so they keep asking the same question, hoping for a different answer.

          BTW that is a sure sign of mental illness doing the same thing over and over and thinking you’re going to get a different result. : ))

        • Sand_Cat says:

          Obviously you never have

      • neeceoooo says:

        Good morning friend, she did a great job. I was impressed how she held her own and stood up to the bullies. The only reason they came on to her like they did was because who she is and it has nothing to do with the actual incident.

        When Rand Paul said that she would be terminated if she had done that on his watch and it was pointed out on the morning show that she would not be in that position on his watch. He would have picked some moron like Paul Ryan. They are all such egotistical, bigheaded, arrogant bullies and I really hate name calling.

        • old_blu says:

          You’re are right I call that big head fred syndrome. And good morning to you.

        • dalnb says:

          Rand Pauls comments show why Hillary is in the job and he is not. By his standards he would fire a person before an inquiry was conducted and an official conclusion made.

          I do believe Paul would have taken the steps he suggested though as that seems to be where the Republican party has been heading for the past 12 years – get the best, the brightest and most qualified men and women out of politics so they can fill their ranks with strong followers ready to do and say anything their party leadership tells them to. The Republicans are looking for strong followers to build their party on rather than effective leaders who put America first!

          • neeceoooo says:

            You are so right

          • dalnb says:

            Without a doubt he has aims at the White House. He has a lot to learn though before he attempts such a move. He is following the Republican approach of creating distrust and confusion in order to keep the public off balance. As we used to say in the military – those who can do – those who can’t create confusion with BS – so defines Rand Paul.

          • neeceoooo says:

            Have you ever noticed that Rand Paul looks like Lady Elaine from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.

          • BDC_57 says:

            Yeah he ugly isn’t he.

          • jiggymama says:

            Looks like somebody beat it with an ugly stick.

          • JSquercia says:

            Here’s a memo to Rand Paul : You will NEVER be President . Fortunately the rest of America is far different from Kentucky .

          • dalnb says:

            Kentucky is a marvelous state known for a number of wonderful things including their horses. I have to think that the elected representatives coming out of Kentucky must be far short of being a true representation of the people of Kentucky though. When they open their mouth both Baby Paul and Mitch McConnell sound more like the south end of a north bound mule!

          • july860 says:

            I’m sure Kentucky is beautiful and has many strong assets, but why in the h@#$ do they elect fools like these?

          • dalnb says:

            I retired as a mid-manager in federal civil service. One of my branch chiefs told me one day that the way the Federal Employees evaluation system allowed him to just kill time until the month preceding his evaluation at which time he busted his but to meet performance standards. I think that is how Mitch McConnell has been able to retain his job as long as he has and how Baby Paul will also survive.

            Voters have very short memories and are easily swayed by last minute high priced campaign efforts. By the time the voters get around to voting they will have forgotten the years Mitch McConnell did everything he could to keep us from doing anything that would have helped achieve national recovery. His “Mission of Failure” intended to see the Democrats failed in the Obama Administration stood in the way and blocked every attempt to fix our problems.

            McConnell will now try in the last months of his term in office to convince the voters of Kentucky that he has been America’s salvation. Watch him change his stripes in the months ahead. We can all hope the voters of Kentucky can match the quality of their state and see that McConnell becomes something in their past; he has hurt our great nation enough!

          • Maybe this explains the disparity in Kentucky’s horse population and why there are more Horses asses than horses. McConnell and Ron Paul complete the answer the disparity

        • docb says:

          She has the poise she did not have 10 years ago… She has always been steely but here she suffered the fools with a gracious smiling knowledge…

          President Obama made her ‘Hillary..with Portfolio’ longer just Mrs. Clinton!

        • The GOP is already in attack mode and getting ready for 2016. They know the Democratic nominee will be either Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden, and they will do everything they can to discredit both between now and election day. That’s what politicians do when they have nothing positive to offer.

        • BDC_57 says:

          Hillary did a dam good job. They are just bunch of bullies.

        • rustacus21 says:

          … truth-telling is far & away above name calling, so by all means, carry on…

      • Plznnn says:

        Oh yes old_blu, those darn bullies doing their job from a “known” coverup? Would you have it any other way. The Government that ignores OUR Laws can also someday ignore your rights as well, when it is by another Party. Think!

        • Lynda says:

          If they were trying to cover up the event why does the entire world, including Americans, know that the attack was an act of terrorism? What difference does it make that for a few days confusion reigned supreme? That confusion did not change the reality of the events and the outcome in the slightest. The reality of the event certainly would become clear given the nature of media and communication in the modern era. There is no way that our government could have kept the lid on the truth…certainly not long enough to effect the election nearly two months later. BTW, when did you first notice that government sometimes ignores your rights and our laws? Maybe back when Reagan lied about Iran-Contra..or the build up to the Iraq War and the fictional WMF..or the so-called Patriot Act? Need I go on?

        • old_blu says:

          Do you really think they are dragging this on for the good of America? Because if you do you are no brighter than they are.

        • Sand_Cat says:

          “Known” only by delusional morons such as you.

    • frida says:

      I have only one question for my republicans friends: “WHAT NEXT?”

    • Yes She Did My Friend!! They Just Make Themselves Look Stupid With All This Witch Hunting And Nick Picking Crap!! Boehner Knows That’s Why He Held A Meeting The Other Day Telling The Rest Of His Thugs Ass Party Supporters That We The Smart People Of American Is Coming For Their Jobs In 2014 And He Right!!!

    • Recoloniser says:

      When McCain was sounding off about how he’d heard through his own channels that security in Benghazi was a bit iffy, several times, as he claimed: what, if anything, has *he* done with that information? As his colleague Johnson pointed out, a simple phone from him could have made sure that this knowledge was shared with the State Department.

      If nothing else has come out of this investigation, then at least we now all know that Senator McCain had some prior warning and did nothing.

  4. jnsgraphic says:

    Paul, McCain, Johnson, the GOTP et al don’t give a rats tail about Benghazi, or humianity… they are turning this into an accusatory smear campaign, knowing that if Hillary runs in 2016 they will be crushed. Party first. People last. Period. No chance for any of you in 2016.

    • JSquercia says:

      What I really loved was Johnson questioning Kerry about the incident and talking about “questions” he had . Kerry said he believed all the questions were answered in recent meeting and then asked Johnson had he attended that meeting . Johnson had to admit he had NOT . I think the same thing happened McCain but HIS reason for missing the briefing was HE was on TV complaining about the lack of information

  5. frida says:

    Not only senators looked foolish, but also looked childish and not understanding why they were there. I expected the hearing to be about understanding more what happened, instead it was about criticising and judging.

  6. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    Brow beating Hillary makes asses of the GOP. If you watched objectively the proceeding, it was clear these lunatic hicks had no intentions of stopping until they forced Hillary into a lie. Who the hell are these hicks anyway? Is this who represents the people of these states? Bloated egos on steroids?

    These angry, white males are so full of themselves, it you stuck a pin in them, the explosion would be heard in Benghazi.

  7. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    I seem to recall no investigation into the WMD lies Bush and Cheney concocted to get their Halliburton inspired war in Iraq. There was so much slime in the prior administration and now because they “got away with it all,” they hide their own slime by attacking everything and anything they can.

  8. AlfredSonny says:

    Republicans proved Hilary should be our next competent and capable president.

  9. lana ward says:

    They blamed the attack on a video, which was a lie-and the guy who made the video is still in jail!! Amb. Stevens begged for more security, he was denied more. Drones overhead captured the attack, the WH watched what was happening, in real time. She’s as big a liar as she ever was!! Can you imagine if this had happened under Bush!!

    • WhutHeSaid says:

      You are the liar here. The Republican House has cut and continues to try to cut the very services that they squeal about being ‘inadequate’. When will you people learn that if you must lie continuously it means that there is something seriously wrong with what you are trying to do?

      • idamag says:

        During the session before last, they turned down funding for security again. Most ot these mouths that are blabbing about Hiliary could care less about what happened. It is only important as a rock to throw at her and her party.

    • Jim Myers says:

      Replying to lana ward –

      If the WMD fiasco created under George the Second and his trusty sidekick Dick are any indication, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WOULD HAVE HAPPENED!!

  10. montanabill says:

    Mock outrage, crocodile tears, are you kidding? She takes responsibility. For what? For not reading warnings and requests for help from Ambassador Stevens, for not knowing that one her people, Susan Rice, was asked by some unknown person to spout a known phoney story during an election, for not knowing even, who gave Ms. Rice the phoney story, for pulling the oldest gag in Washington: “I can’t say anything about an on-going investigation.” An investigation that has been going on for four months without arriving at what is already known, for thinking that finding out why warnings went unheeded, available help was not sent and her office used to mislead the American people doesn’t make a difference, or for not holding any of her staff accountable if she truly was oblivious to the obvious.

    Defend her all you want, Joe. It is indefensible. If this was a Republican administration, you would be apoplectic.

    Just a little more fuel for this morning’s fire. Our President is sending F-16’s, the most up-to-date model we have, and a couple of hundred Abrams tanks to Egypt. Free.
    For them to do what? Do they need to protect themselves from Saudi Arabia, Libya, Sudan, Iran, Syria, Tunisia? Or is it more likely that a militant Islamist leader will use them against Israel?
    It was a deal made in 2010, but that was with a different Egyptian leader. Does it sound like an incredibly stupid and costly decision to you? Or is someone still under the impression that if you are nice to militant Islamists, you will be their infidel friend?

    • lana ward says:

      That whole “clump” of communists are America haters. They are doing all they can to destroy America sooner rather than later.

      • JUDITH says:

        Do you even know the definition of communism? It is apparent you do not. Destroy America? Thank God Obama won. The destruction of America is in the hands of these GOP fools who can’t seem to leave the 1950’s behind. A bunch of old, narrow-minded white rich men who show their true colors every time they open their mouths. Most of you have no idea what is going on, you simply choose the news that shows their hatred for our President and run with it. Why don’t you look up the definition of critical thinking?

        • idamag says:

          Judith, it won’t do you any good to try and reason with lana. She isn’t very smart. She dropped out of high school when she was pregnant and went on welfare. Since you can’t be on welfare forever, the state trained her to be a nurse aid.

        • lana ward says:

          Omuslim is a communist. All in the WH are communists. They are all working to destroy America. They are playing by the rules of Saul Alinsky and Cloward&Piven

    • idamag says:

      Montana, would you ever find anything good about a Democrat, Independent or apolitical like I am?

      • neeceoooo says:

        I don’t think so.

      • montanabill says:

        I don’t think Benghazi or weapons to Egypt should be about politics, even though the bogus story about the movie was obviously used for political gain during an election. I would be asking the same questions of a Republican administration over these incidents and I would be aghast at any administration giving hi-tech weapons to Morsi.

    • metrognome3830 says:

      I don’t think the outrage was mock, Bill. If it were me, I would have punched the SOB right in the mouth. Who the hell ever heard of Ron Johnson outside the state of Wisconsin. The whole thing was more political opportunism. A chance to get their names in the news so they can parlay that into a run for re-election or, in Paul and McCain’s case, a run for the presidency. Just like any other “investigation” by the Senate be it by the Republicans OR the Democrats. It’s all for show, Bill. Nothing to see here. Move along.

      • montanabill says:

        The outrage was mock and Clinton is an old hand at it. So I gather you are okay with not knowing anything about Benghazi. Is that because it happened under Barack Obama? If these were Republicans stonewalling about the deaths of an Ambassador and three other Americans, you would be just as ‘move along’?
        The answers to questions over why mail from Ambassador Stevens was not acted on and who made that decision. Why Obama supposedly ordered support, but someone else was telling the Marines to stand-down and why there was deliberate attempts at lying to the American people, these don’t concern you.

        There is no doubt that Senators love to showboat, but the questions still needed answered. If this President can get a pass to every bad move his administration makes, then we simply need to send the Congress and Supreme Court home and let el Presidente rule by decree. Unfortunately, you’d be okay with that too.

        • metrognome3830 says:

          Bill, the Senators already have all the information that’s available. At least all the information the CIA and FBI is willing to divulge at this time. The incident has been investigated and an investigation is still ongoing. Clinton accepted blame. Now what more do you want from her? I’m sure more details will be forthcoming. Men died, and that’s a tragedy that most likely didn’t have to happen. I sincerely hope that the persons who did it are caught and punished to the full extent of the law. But there is blame enough to spread around liberally. I’m sorry, Bill, but I can’t be as negative about this situation as you and others are. I certainly don’t give any credence to the likes of Rand Paul, who is definitely gearing up for a run for president. I expect you were at least equally outraged about the attack on 9/11, when it was found that the FBI overlooked reports from their own agent that there were men taking flying lessons who were only interested in steering the plane but not at all interested in learning to land the plane. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in what was mostly likely a highly preventable attack. I think the only person fired or demoted for that little slip-up was the agent who made the report. The fact is, Rand Paul and John McCain have accomplished just what they set out to do. Try to downgrade Hillary Clinton and get publicity for themselves. I’m not okay with people being murdered, Bill – in Benghazi or New York City.

          • montanabill says:

            No, Clinton accepted responsibility. She did not accept blame. She did not answer the simple basic questions. I don’t want to seem negative, but I do want answers. So far, we’ve all been stonewalled. If she really wants to be responsible, she will tell us who stopped those emails from Stevens from reaching her. She will tell us who decided to downgrade security at Benghazi after they had been sent. She will tell us who told rescue troops to stand-down. The President has said he authorized immediate support. Either he really didn’t give that order or someone over-rode his command. Who? Then she will tell us who sent one of her people out to the TV shows with a bogus story and why the President was still telling it a week later. It has been verified that they knew almost immediately it was not a ‘movie demonstration’. The claim is that someone ‘modified’ the talking points. Okay, who was it?
            The investigation is into which people were responsible for the raid, not who did all of the above. Somebody needs to come clean. This is really not a Democrat vs Republican dust-up. Four people, one an ambassador, were killed. For Obama to bush it off a ‘not optimal’ and for Hilary to say, ‘what difference does it make’, without telling all of us the full and true story, is to my mind, simply unacceptable.

    • metrognome3830 says:

      Good news, Bill. You now have Lana Ward as a fan.

  11. douglas says:

    Ron Johnson & Rand Paul succeeded yesterday with their remarks at convincing us just
    how little they know about running the government. Perhaps the Benghazi tragedy would
    not have happened if they had not reduced the funding for diplomatic protection in foreign
    countries. So, Republicans you are partially to blame for the deaths of 4 Americans.

  12. isthereanytruth says:

    I love the twisted logic of Hillary saying “What difference at this point does it make what happened .. as long as we find out what happened and… ”

    Is anyone really listening to her ?

    What DID really happen is that the USA thru the CIA is funding, arming, and training bad guys
    that we call rebels when they are fighting fights that we want and call them Al Quada at other times.

    Benghazi after the dust settles is about arms trading by the CIA

  13. Fever says:

    Its very clear to the US Citizens that the Show that our so called Leaders put on yesterday was a LOW POINT in politics, they tried to belittle Hillary but found out that she does not bend to the Political Games they seem so destin to play in Washington. I know I can not vote these political monkies out of office but I do know I could Vote Hillary in for President and I hope this childish show thanks to the production of our Washington Leaders convince Hillary to seek the post of the President of the United States. She has a remarkable record of Public Service , more so that I can say for the Jokers sitting on Capital Hill. We have some want to be and wish I had out there who are angry because their run for President proved no existing due to the wise decision of the Public Eye and for some on going reason they can not get over the fact they Lost and they keep harping on the same things over and over leaving the much need business of our country unattended. Hillary ( Mrs Clinton) please consider the run for President for the sake of our Country and the Women of our Country to prove that the Glass Ceiling can and will be broken

    James Fontenot
    Sunset, Louisiana

  14. HITproservices says:

    It’s no surprise that HRC knows her business, frontwards and backwards. Out here in the real world, this level of professionalism and knowledge about what occurs under your purview is expected. So, as was the case here, President Obama selected an expert to carry out the duties of the State Department. Smart leaders hire experts in their field, assign them appropriately, and then LISTEN to them when they offer expertise!

    The GOP Congresspersons are befuddled by this concept. Why? Likely because they haven’t developed any expertise. You don’t become an expert in your field just by being a part of a good ole’ boy club that promotes you because of your club membership, and not because of years of hard work and experience.

    This hearing was another in-your-face example for the American people to see just how far we have ventured off the path of reality. Indeed, daily, the GOP provide the American people with blatant examples of their disconnection between their reality and REALITY.

    The question for the American people is…..Do we believe what we see in their actions, or what we hear in their rhetoric? I can only hope that the American people will believe their own eyes and act accordingly during the next election cycle.

    • latebloomingrandma says:

      Sec Clinton proved beyond doubt that she is the consummate professional, and does not suffer fools. It almost looked as though she could barely contain a smile over Rand Paul’s posturing as some kind of an expert on executive management. But John McCain is the one who gets me. The guy who put Sarah Palin a potential heartbeat away from the Presidency . The contrast between Mrs. Clinton and Mrs. Palin could not be more stark as yesterday’s testimony, after listening to 4 years of Palin word salad nonsense.

      • idamag says:

        late, the irony of it all, is that Hiliary was a popular potential candidate and had the women’s vote. I think John McCain thought a woman on his team would be an answer to Hiliary Clinton. He had to pick one of the dumbest females on the planet. If lana ward is pretty, she might have a chance of being picked if McCain decides to run again.

    • RobGinChicago says:

      One of their favorite themes is that govenment doesn’t work, government doesn’t solve problems, it creates problems. What better way to prove your hypothesis than to fill positions with lightweights and wackos (heck of a nice job, Brownie), and then say, “See, I told you so.” If you want good and effective government, you just simply can’t vote for Republicans, because good and effective government goes against their interests.

  15. grandbaby1 says:

    Type your comment here.I watched several repubs. Based shows yesterday who tried to twist what she said like what does it matter how or why they were killed what matters is preventing it from happening again. I heard several on the five on fox try to insinuate she meant what difference does it make that their dead and no matter how many times you replay it she never meant that and it is obvious.

  16. Hillary was great, those idiots just keep making her look better and better!!!!!

  17. frankblvdr says:

    The GOP house cut secuity funds, restrict firing of poor administers by not updating laws, and not not reading the information given them. Hillary told them facts, and explain what needs to be done and what steps she has taken, now it is up to the house to do something other then blaming every one else.

  18. grandbaby1 says:

    Wolf Blitzer but rand Paul in his place. He brought up bushes tobacco on Iraq faulty intelligence that led to a 11 yr war and 4500 Americans dead and Paul never stood up and protested that. Paul stuttered and stammered

  19. roguerunners says:

    I am thoroughly in awe of this brilliant woman. Great job Hillary!

  20. We should have people like your self Mr.Vila in Washington,God knows it would be a turn for the better.People that have no price tag is what Washington is in dire need off,it is too bad there are such very few in existence.

    • Jim Myers says:

      Replying to Joe Plompen –

      I doubt that Mr. Vila would want to be dumped into that cesspool, however, if he could stand the smell, he would make a GREAT counterbalance to the TURD PARTY.

  21. jellis says:

    Boy Joe, you’ve got that right! Some of those congressmen/women nearly drowned in their own drool as they heaped praise on Sec. Clinton for doing such a wonderful job. It was embarassing.

    Oh, wait, you were probably ridiculing the GOP for actually asking what the hell happened in Benghazi on Sept. 11 instead of just going along with “What difference does it make…” My bad.

    • idamag says:

      jellis, I watched the hearings and didn’t have a hard time understanding what she meant. bully johnson was asking questions, answering them, himself and badgering her about who did the killing. She was saying it didn’t make a difference whether it was a grudge killing for a movie or some guys who said, “Let’s kill some Americans.” Four people are dead and they are still trying to get to the bottom of it so it never happens again. Yanking stuff out of context is lying, but, then that seems to be a Republican trait – lying, oh, and bullying.

  22. Lilly says:

    Don’t worry, Rand Paul (named after Ayn Rand, ugh), you will never be president. I gagged when I heard him say, “If I were president…..”.

  23. rpg1408 says:

    “Angry Little Men”. They are “little” in every sense of the word- ignorant, mean- spirited, still unwilling to accept that President Obama won the last election and determined to undercut him and his policies in any way they can. They call themselves patriots while using any means, including the tragedy of Benghazi, to advance their agenda. They are all beneath contempt.

  24. elw says:

    Watching Hillary was like watching a parent who was trying to explain something to a subborn teenage boy who was refusing to listen and wanted what he wanted. So many boys in mens bodies.

  25. idamag says:

    I watched the hearings. Those men were bullies of the first water.

  26. She did a great job keeping her composure and held her own. She even seemed very presidential. Hint Hint .. Run Hillary Run!

  27. Guru Das says:

    The comment by Hillary: “What difference does it make….” indicates her stubbornness since how such incidents will be prevented in future, which she like everyone else wants, depends precisely on this difference.

  28. clarenceswinney says:

    NO WAY
    Some are projecting it.
    A wise thinker said” From abundance to selfishness is one factor.
    Our wise creators spread power to prevent it.
    Our military is civilian controlled.
    Our one power president is controlled by Congress.
    We have record inequality of wealth which is power in a few million.
    It cannot occur in America.

    • daniel bostdorf says:

      Our military is hardly controlled by civilians! JESSH.
      The military industrial complex control our politicians totally.

      President Eisenhower warned us…and we failed to heed the warning.

      From his farewell address on January 17, 1961:

      “A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction…
      This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.
      We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

  29. highpckts says:

    Lana isn’t interested in the truth or facts! She lives to hate the Dems or anyone that disagrees with her far out thinking! Everyone is wasting their breath rebutting anything she has to say!! She is a hate monger!!

  30. bchrista says:

    Hey guys Lana Ward is like a stuck Toilet that won’t stop flushing, the more you show her/he ignorance the longer it keeps flushing, only a Plumber can stop her/he from spouting their shit, because it’s endless and never tells the truth.

  31. dalnb says:

    Mustering their best the Republicans again fell flat on their face in their assault on Hillary Clinton . The childish, unprofessional and thoughtless questions thrown at Ms. Clinton showed most of the Republicans were there not to ask questions as an inquiry board does but to make accusations. It is no wonder we get no where in Washington; the time was taken to make inquiries to determine the truth but rather than seek information to gain closure to the Embassy attacks Rand Paul was making accusations. Until accusations stop and thoughtful truthful and sincere inquiries can be conducted we will continue wasting time and money on childish floor shows with the likes of Rand Paul wasting our time!

  32. one_veteran says:

    It was interesting yesterday many Republicans made the comment that anyone that dosen’t do their job should be fired. It appears reasonable to conclude that ALL Republuicans should be FIRED WITHOUT BENIFITS or severance pay!

  33. one_veteran says:

    Please tell me, what Republican has put our country first since Eisenhower????

  34. Rand Paul believed in fairy tales when he was a child…. still does.

  35. dslocum says:

    Not one of the three, McCain, Johnson, or Paul have done anything to fund the needed security ( blocked by the GOP) in the four months that have passed since the tragedy. I was very disappointed in all three, especially since some of the best military minds in the country have provided explanations for the circumstances and the aftermath. While Johnson and Paul are obviously dimwitted, we had every right to expect better from McCain!!!!!!

    Good job, Hillary Clinton ! You stood up well under more than 5 hours of grilling. Thank you for excellent service to our country. The world’s a better place because of you.

    • ChristineIam says:


      To borrow from dslocum:

      “Good job, Hillary Clinton ! You stood up well under more than 5 hours of grilling. Thank you for excellent service to our country. The world’s a better place because of you.”

  36. Fred says:

    I commend Hillary for her excellent job while facing the politics in Washington. She showed her committment to this country and her caring side while talking about those so brutally murdered in Benghazi.
    Today, John B. the leader of the house is accusing the Democrats of attempting to destroy the Republican party. I say, the Democrats don’t have to attempt to destroy the Republican party the Republican party is doing a fine job in destroying their party.

    • ChristineIam says:

      Fred: I heard yesterday, regarding who is destroying the GOP
      (Wish I could properly give credit):

      Obama to #boner: “John, you got this!”

  37. BillW says:

    This whole incident is being use by the republican party to try and stir the ignorant followers in their party as usual. Did you ever think people in charge who ever it may be was downplaying the incident to ease public fears of americans to protect our economy? It is really sickening these senators and congressmen/women are resorting to use this incident for their conservative war loving party. Maybe the question should be why congress would not approve an additional $500 million in spending to increase security for embassies abroad.

  38. People are out of work, the infrasructure needs work,the world is at war,and all they can think of is trying to discredit and attack the Obama administration.They lied and said the would create jobs. All they have done is attack Unions and womens health. WE need to be rid of these traitorus bullies so we can get on with fixing America!!

  39. They all drink the same Kool Aid, Sen. Johnson walks lock step with the Republican mantra. He can’t think for himself. Everytime I write him about a bill or anything I get the same Republican B.S. He can’t give an orignal answer because he’s not that smart.

  40. The fact that all these guys have been anxiously awaiting their opportunity to “grill” Mrs. Clinton shows their lack of historical prespective. The idea that they thought that they could lay a glove on her, even knock her out is laugh out loud funny. She survived White Water hearings , hearings on healthcare, and she went thru impeachment with Bill. They totally under estimated her and it showed.

    Roses to Mrs. Clinton for a job well done.

  41. docb says:

    ‘Peevish’ is a kind word for the petulant pigeon chest beating of Mccain, johnson, and wee paul in the senate and hunter et al in the House!

    There are questions that could be asked and answered but repubs were unable to get past their ego-maniacal selves to do the job and the Dems pandered too much!

    • RobGinChicago says:

      Thank you, docb. You are the first I’ve seen here to say that the Democratic Congressmen and Senators at these hearings could have done a better job on the issues at hand (instead of talking about Hillary’s laudable program of providing cooking stoves). They could have placed on the record factual comments, questions and answers about our status of forces agreements with the new Libyan government, what type of security or outside help we were allowed to provide, whether a Marine guard force would have even been allowed at that temporary facility, or even recalling the earlier testimony of CIA personnel and General Petraeus to the effect that it was the CIA who directed the talking points of our UN Ambassador for the Sunday talk shows. They could have included a more detailed line of questioning to reveal the budget cuts, and their effect on consular post security. They certainly could have been more strategically helpful, and it would have made the Republican questioning appear even more venal and petty.

      • docb says:

        Hear, Hear, Rob! Yes, many questions that would help Americans understand the challenges that face the US brave men and women IN COUNTRY! In the most frightening parts of the World.

        Well said.

  42. Bob Shipp says:

    To Sen. Paul:
    Dream On! That chair in the Senate is as close as you’ll ever get to leading this country. Your very utterances demonstrate why.

  43. charleo1 says:

    This was not about what happened at Benghazi. It really wasn’t. It was an excellent opportunity
    for some Republican Presidential hopefuls to get some quality face time on National T.V.
    President Rand Paul, anyone? I’m sorry, that was thoughtless of me. Some readers may be
    eating. So, what did we learn that we didn’t know before? Ah, we learned the T-Bags in the
    House had another opportunity to fund embassy protection, as they passed a hurricane relief
    bill for the hard hit Northeast. And we know the T-Bags took out the funding in reconciliation
    before handing it back to the Senate. Which took it out. So, we learned Republicans have more
    hot air, than any real concerns about the safety of State Department personnel.

    • neeceoooo says:

      I cannot image anyone of these guys as president, wouldn’t we be in trouble.

      • charleo1 says:

        You know how after a wreck, or house fire, where everyone miraculously survives,
        someone always points out that, well, it could have been worse? One of these guys
        becoming President would not be one of those times!

  44. mrssandy says:

    GOOOOO Hilary!!!! Republicans are watching THEIR pockets and not what is important to the nation. Again GOOOOOOO Hilary!!!

  45. Andrew says:

    The best picture I saw on Facebook yesterday was a photoshopped pic of the back of Secretary Clinton talking to four crying babies and she says, “No, Senator, I will not change your diaper”…I joked that the four babies were GOP senators Ron Johnson, Marco Rubio, John McCain and Rand Paul LMAO
    All kidding aside, the GOP’s pathetic attempt to “wound” Secretary Clinton’s chances at winning a possible Presidential bid in 2016 was laughable.
    Just yesterday, I posted on Facebook that I’m changing the 8 Cornerstones of the GOP to The 9 Tenets of the Republican Party…to the eight, bigotry, hypocrisy, elitism, fascism, greed, corruption, incompetence and arrogance, I added insanity. The insanity tenet is mostly reserved for the Tea Party Militia (Bagger) and Libertarian (Bad Lib) wings of the GOP. The Baggers and the Bad Libs do a great job of proving me correct about the tenets. Remember that of the four GOP Senators I mentioned above, two (Johnson and Rubio) are Baggers, one is a “Con” (Conservative; McCain) and the other is a Bad Lib (Paul).
    The GOP in the House and Senate yesterday proved several of the tenets correct about them, mainly, incompetence. I have a good feeling that, when Secretary Clinton asked Johnson, “what difference does it make that it was a spontaneous demonstration or a coordinated attack?!? Four Americans are dead and it’s our job to make sure this doesn’t happen again!”, there was a collective sigh among the millions watching and they thought, “ya know, she’s right…what does it matter??? Finally, someone who ‘gets’ it”.
    The article is correct when it says that the GOP’s attempt at making her look smaller ended up being counterproductive, again proving the GOP’s incompetence. And, while the GOP claims that they need to send a better message to women, minorities, gays and lesbians, young people, etc., the message they sent yesterday is, “we actually don’t care about you unless you’re an old white man”. Also, definitions are important here…
    For instance, NJ Gov. Chris Christie claimed that the President’s Inauguration speech didn’t “bring people together”, it was meant to be divisive, an “it’s my way or the highway” attitude. But, when you understand what Christie really means by bringing people together, aka, “do it our way or hit the highway”, you realize that it’s “projection”, where you take a weakness of yours and fob it off on your opponent. The GOP tried to do this yesterday with Mrs. Clinton and failed spectacularly.

    • ChristineIam says:


      I love, and would like to steal:

      “9 Tenets of the Republican Party…Bigotry, hypocrisy, elitism, fascism, greed, corruption, incompetence and arrogance, insanity. …Andrew”

      Do you mind? @ChristineIAm

  46. JOE says:

    the whining republicans seem to be ill- informed all the time

  47. fidel says:

    Mrs.Hillary at Front of this Boys from the GOP,She was Great,Give a Lesson ,how confront at Senate Interrogation.She Look a Teacher. They Want More?

  48. adriancrutch says:

    The Hearing was like a Pee Wee Herman and Paulie Shore Comedy Show!

  49. Plznnn says:

    Why do Liberals make this serious issue about how (well Hillary did)? How is that good for “our” Country ? Wouldn’t you like to know why 4 good Americans were murdered by the incompitence & coverup of this administration? The cause was never from a youtube video which they claimed. It was stalling until after the election, and the embassy asked for help from terrorist activity many times and was ignored. Hillary had months to come up with a story and she acts as if this “terrible tragedy” doesn’t warrant investigation, or like she said, “what difference does it make what the cause was.” Come on, really, what difference? They got caught.

    • ChristineIam says:

      Hillary had an independent investigation started.
      Hillary has accepted ALL recommendations by that investigation.
      The FBI is still investigating.
      She has not ducked nor ran.
      …..(Minus the #FauxNews #BangaziFlu , faked concussion conspiracies)

      She came armed with #Facts and knocked the GOP/TeaBagger/#FauxNews talking point boys down.

      She did good.
      She made us proud.
      Hence, the applause and adulations.

  50. Her comment about “what difference does it make now” reminded me of how in the days of her husbands impeachment, bad news about Bill used to come out on Friday afternoon and by Monday when asked about it, the comment was – that is old news – lets move on. She is doing the same thing now (except in this case it truly is unexplained old news.) The reason it still matters is that there clearly was a cover up because revealing that the US had been attacked by al Kaida on 9-11 again on this administrations watch – without any action on the part of the current administration, may have affected the outcome of the election. Obama could not accept this possibility, so he put up a complete smoke screen. Now he is still hiding behind that smoke screen- and Hillary is the one under the bus.

  51. faxt42 says:

    We citizens should have thr right to question these GOP bullies of what job for the better economics and american security they have done , take their salaries, retirement and health care benefits out be like every americans.

    • ChristineIam says:

      faxt42: We do have that right. EVERY 2 years.

      NOT just every 4! Vote VERY election-Bring a Friend.

      The mid-term elections are as EQUALLY important as POTUS elections.
      Look what happened in 2010

  52. peteserb says:

    Only liberal warped minds could defend the bungling of Hilary Clinton. She has obfuscated and outright lied about her role in the debacle of Bengazi. Then the liberals attempt to vilify the republicans for thier ineptitude. What chutzpah!

    • highpckts says:

      We didn’t need to “attempt” to villify the GOP! They did that all by themselves!! What ill mannered children! The minds that are warped are yours for believing that GOP cares about anything other than their billfolds!! Yes the Dems have have chutzpah!! We have to have it to be in your face with these obstructionist!!

    • billy says:

      oops, dont justify a reply, Sorry

    • ChristineIam says:

      #FauxNews Much? Its shows 😉

  53. billy says:

    All I have to say Madam Secretary, You have one vote for sure if you decide to run for the Top Office. Good job you did as Secretary of State, Thank you.

  54. ivory69690 says:

    little men are you kidding ? thy are sour little crying children . thy lose and thy cry and do more bull crap . thy realy need to grow up the whole GOP ding-dong party . and what else needs to be done is the people of the country have to wake up open their eyes and see just how much the GOP party is not doing for the country and its people . wake up America and get thes children GOP’S out of office so the country can move forward with these white hooded dress wearing hater we will get no place . try this what dose the country have to lose ? get them out of office . thy are not doing anything anyways . get them out and see what happen’s . if the country dose not do better then put them back in . give the country that the DIRTY BUSH had . 8 years . and see how we do with out the party of no. if you want some records of what can happen . check the CLINTON ERA . 8 yrs with him in the house the country made 23 million jobs even the rich got richer . the country did not owe nobody nothing and we had money in the bank . then the DIRTY BUSH came in empty out all the money that was in the bank gave it to the greedy bastard 2 % rich . (who did not need it ) and he started 2 wars on a credit card with fake info. .and yes its bad what happen to those 4 in BENGARZE but what about the 1000″s that lost there life in irak

  55. jstsyn says:

    One would think republicans would get tired of being laughed at. America could use a laugh though, just not from congressional republicans where the countries business is conducted. There must be a job of low standards somewhere out there where these guys could work and live up to their potential.

    • ChristineIam says:

      jstsyn: “live up to their potential.

      Unfortunately, with the #Teabagger mentality, they found it. The GOP is doing exactly what the #Teabaggers put them there to do.

      They are the only ones that are totally unaware of how insane and laughable they appear to the rest of the world.

  56. ObozoMustGo says:

    Looks like Hillary’s primary responsibility in life is lying to cover up for powerful DemonRAT men….. Slick Willie and now Obozo. Maybe she should have stayed barefoot in the kitchen baking cookies. She may not have been so demeaned and used like a political prostitute.

    Have a nice day!

    “Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason.” ― Mark Twain

    • daniel bostdorf says:

      I think you qualify as an internet troll

      A troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages for persoanl engrandizement in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[ or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

      go away.

      • ChristineIam says:

        daniel bostdorf:

        ObozoMustGo is not a troll.

        He’s a #Teabagger & #FauxNews clown.

        He is also the reason why this whole post/conversation exits.

    • ChristineIam says:

      Your mentality, name calling and lack of #Facts, is the reason the GOP had their asses handed to them in 2012. Thank you.

      I’ll now thank you, in advance, for 2016. Thank you! 😉

  57. herman says:

    Its clear that the republicans goal here was to make Mrs Clinton look as bad as possible knowing that she will probably run for president in 2016. However she is much to smart for these dummies. They made her look like their superior.

  58. Forrest says:

    Hillary for Pres. ’16

  59. Rex H says:

    Few men of our times could have taken that kind of grilling and come out on top.
    I can’t say she was in the past my favorite person, but she was awesome yesterday, and YES, I would now vote for her if she ran for the presidency in 2016.

  60. prounz5 says:

    I use to like McCain, that was back in 2000 when he was a patriot. I never liked Rubio: he is a good looking smart ass wet behind the ears and has twenty years to grow up and be taken seriously. The Wisconsin Republican, like L. Graham, is a love myself headline grabber. Many other R’s are ass kissers and not to be taken seriously. H. Clinton is one of the best Sec of State ever and will make a great President.

  61. bchrista says:

    idamag if your remark wasn’t meant to wish me no harm then I owe you an apology and I mean that sincerely, I misunderstood your intention, but I get testy when people put me down because of my condition. I had to retire because of my sleep apnea, I kept falling asleep on the job and had no idea why it was two years later during a physical that I found I had it, if not I probably would still be working. But there’s no one that I know of that will pay anyone to sleep on the job no matter how you perform while your awake, it’s bad for business. again please accept my sincereist apology.

    • neeceoooo says:

      I am sure it was just a misunderstanding, idamag has always been on the same page as the majority of the people in here.

    • idamag says:

      Bc, omigosh, what did I say that offended you? I don’t try to put most people down. There are a few nuts that come on this board that I do mean stuff to, but you certainly aren’t one of them.

      BTW, I retired at 68 because I was falling asleep on the job.

  62. ChristoD says:

    The ever devious and vitriolic Republcans see a cover up under every rock. They will NEVER get over WaterGate and they will all go to their graves trying to get even.

  63. Hillary is to the GOP…as a fly swatter is to a fly
    Hillary is the ” boogeyman ” to the GOP..

  64. The GOP vs Hillary…
    Is like a fly.. taunting a fly swatter…
    Hillary is to the GOP…as RAID is to insects

  65. ayayaboy says:

    Really? Republicans reject disables but embrace gun dealers?

  66. BDC_57 says:

    You got that right.

  67. BDC_57 says:

    Mccain is loony tune.

  68. BDC_57 says:

    You got that right.

  69. BDC_57 says:

    He didn’t get the memo lol.

  70. Gilbert says:

    Bullies? These guys are punks! If they had grown up in my neighborhood they would have been victimized everyday on their way to, or coming home from school… And… They wouldn’t have done a damn thing about it. Now they want to pretend to be tough guys… Give me a break!

  71. daniel bostdorf says:

    Rand Paul…’Mr. Teaparty.”

    He is a demagogue. A rabble rouser .

    Paul is a right wing extreme propagandist in a democracy. He appeals to the emotions, prejudices, and ignorance of the poorer and less-educated classes in order to gain power.

    Rand usually opposes deliberation and advocate immediate, violent action to address a national crisis; he accuse moderate and thoughtful opponents of weakness. He exploits a fundamental weakness in democracy: because ultimate power is held by the people, nothing stops the people from giving that power to someone who appeals to the lowest common denominator of a large segment of the population.

    As a propagandist, he keeps repeating lies in order to make you believe that he is being factual. Propaganda is particular way of presenting a message, usually false to be blatantly biased in favor of his lies.

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”—-nazis joseph gobbles

    • ChristineIam says:

      daniel bostdorf: Excellent post. I do, however, have to disagree with just ONE part of it:

      “He appeals to the emotions, prejudices, and ignorance of the POORER AND LESS-EDUCATED CLASSES IN ORDER TO GAIN POWER.”

      There are wealthy people, large corporations, college “educated” folks that buy into this BS, as much as any. The willfully ignorant, religious extreme, #Teabaggers, etc. all eat this up, as it gives fuel to their anger. No facts, education or wealth can put that back in its bottle. They will eventually die off, and then we will only have a few #WingNuts, not an entire party filled with them.

  72. slug21 says:

    They reminded me of the three stooges – McCain is clearly Moe, Paul is Larry and just like congress if there are only three they want 4 – Johnson and the other guy wanted in but Johnson makes a really poor Curley.

  73. Phil Schelin says:

    McCain has lost his credibility as a senior Senator and knew from the start he had access to the same information as Hillary. Voters should understand McCain’s scholarly background and womanizing behavior throughout his career . His Father saved his military career many times . The people of Arizona deserve better..
    The best way to appreciate Rand Paul is to describe him using the first 4 letters of the word Twitter .
    This was pure political theater and the current cast of Republicans continue to insult women and with this attack ,the Office of the U.S. Secretary of State.

  74. onedonewong says:

    Public anger shouldn’t be directed at Hilary OK then it must be W’s fault since we know nothing is ever Obama’s fault. The fact that she didn’t read the cables from the ambassador requesting added security is nothing less than a total dereliction of duty. rather then flitting all over the globe her time would have been better served doing her job.
    She claimed to have cried about the bodies but she has only Talked with 1 survivor since the attack, she isn’t interest in what went wrong and how to fix it.
    Maybe Hil if you had spent your budget on security rather than rebuilding mosques this wouldn’t have happened. Libya wasn’t a threat to the US after W had put the pants on them in 2003 and yet you and barak were jumping for glee over the toppling of Gaddafi…WHY

  75. Signalman says:

    “If they persis, she probably will be President some day”…..from this page to Gods ears…Hillary Clinton for President 2016!!!!!!

  76. Blaming Hillary for this is the same thing as blaming Candy Rice for the 9/11 bombings.After all she was the chief of the NSA at that time.

  77. Republicans are obsessed with Benghazi. They tried to get rid of President Obama through an election. That strategy didn’t work. They cling to Benghazi in the hope that it will mushroom into an enormous scandal and lead to the impeachment and removal of President Obama. Also, they hope it will derail Hillary Clinton’s possible plans for running for the presidency in 2016. Republicans know that if she ran, they would surely lose. They are already stockpiling their political ammunition that they hope to use against her if she should run. Republicans are making the same stupid choices. They want to maintain their same failed policies and only change the tone thereby alienating a majority of Americans. The demographics of America have changed;however, I don’t think Republicans will ever change and accept that reality.

  78. Vince S says:

    she’ll be president but only if she wants to. Do you all realize that if she runs again in 2016 she’ll be 68?? I’m not saying she “won’t” run; I just wonder how much energy you have. I know people that age who have told me one of the 1st things to go is your stamina.
    You know what made me feel good, Hillary did such a good, articulate job with the Senate and House members that when I played the hearings from a website, my 14 yr. old son started paying attention. Believe it or not, he actually but down his controller to the Xbox game he was playing and listened to her. It was music to my ears when he was asking ?s about her and her testimony.
    No doubt, Hillary is a credit to the USA. Even Republicans were thanking her for “years of service”. That’s how they began their petty posturing and then, soon after, they would “launch into her”. Her coolness, intellect and professional answers matched their pettiness and more.

  79. iamhe says:

    Paul just committed political suicide… another unconscionable GOP jerk!

    GOP is history.. people hate them…

  80. Scott says:

    Go Hillary! Let them know you are here! Hillary Clinton: All American Woman… Be our heroine again.

  81. robert says:

    If she decides to run, Hillary Clinton will be the next president of these United States in 2016, and America will do her best to see to it. HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT 2016!

  82. jimmy w says:

    she should have got up, walked up and smacked the stupid right out of his head

  83. norman says:

    Distortions, and half-truths. That is all Americans expect, from the Republican Party.

    And here is just another example, of such distortions:

    The CLAIM that Un-Used tax-cuts, for multi-billionairres have/will create millions of jobs, for the working class.

    If this were true, then I ask “Where ARE the new Caterpillar, and Keystone, plants?”

    • ChristineIam says:

      Norman, It’s a lie that they have used, and gotten away with, for decades.

      There are now enough facts & voices shouting down the lies, and calling out the GOP for what they are: Corporate Supporters, Federal Welfare Collectors and the Party of Big Business, not people.

      Vote 2014-Vote Always-Bring a Friend-NEVER Miss an Election!

  84. Hillary Clinton is sooo much smarter than these idiots, and she “spanked” them for their ridiculous assertions and accusations. I say send Paul and Johnson (who is he?) to Benghazi and have them protect the people they’re so concerned about.

    • ChristineIam says:

      Dave Kerwin: Your suggestion, for Paul/Johnson, would require planning, logical thinking and intelligence; attributes that the majority of the GOP, and none of the #Teabaggers, have.

      He just announced, on LIVE TV, that he gets his info from @FauxNews (Turkey??).

      That, in addition to his idiot conspiracy theories, leaves the bunch of them incapable of anything other than what we witnessed at this “hearing”.

      Good thought tho, otherwise 😉

  85. Recoloniser says:

    “If they persist, she probably will be president someday.”

    From your keyboard to God’s ears.

  86. jiggymama says:

    Hillary clinton has more cajones than all those eunikie republicants.

    KILL THE GOP! They serve no purpose for this country, all they do is line their pockets with taxpayers money. Enough!!!

  87. Well rand paul is just a redneck politician from shitstain,kentucky and that’s all he will ever be, just like his loser father

  88. onetop66 says:

    I never saw such a “tap dance” but what can you expect from a career politician. The “President” and her made one recorded statement for the Islamic areas but have yet clearly explain their actions on September 11, 2012. Why do we not yet know why the ambassador had so little protection and they had no reaction to help rescue him and the other three.

  89. Thank you Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for you service to our Country.

  90. rustacus21 says:

    A splendid a@$ whipping!!! I was embarrassed for those small minded conservatives as they stepped up, 1 after another, thinking they were going to beat up on a still recuperating former Secretary of State & all she did was show the fighting spirit/ability of a woman who, her entire life, refused to be marginalized!!! U’d think conservatives would know this by now, but not so! Madam Secretary kicked butt from 1 end of the chamber to the other & left those Republican bullies licking their wounds as they limped out of the room!!! Obviously, they didn’t read the report, as their total & crazed ignorance showed…

  91. MIKE says:

    Secretary Clinton is outstanding and one of America’s best in government and politics. No gang up by Republicans or any group can change that reality. She’d do America proud as President come 2016. Let’s continue to pray for her.

  92. christopher garnett says:

    Hello Joe,

    Sorry for being off topic, but I found no other way to contact you directly. I’m a history student in NYC and I’m writing a final paper on Jewish Anarchists in America, and I saw you in the documentary The Free Voice of Labor. I was hoping I could ask you some questions about your grandfather and his involvement with the movement. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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