Just keep talking, Sen. Rand Paul
The Kansas City Star
The response to Hillary Clinton’s testimony before Congressional committees on the Benghazi terrorist attack is a textbook illustration of the finely honed ability amongst our political factions to interpret the same event in completely different ways.
Democrats will tell you that Clinton dismantled GOP critics and ate the lunch of Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who pressed on the question of why the administration initially characterized the attack on the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city as a spontaneous mob outbreak sparked by an Internet movie.
“What difference, at this point, does it make?” Clinton asked angrily. “It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again.”
Republicans will tell you that Clinton was obviously trying to evade responsibility. Johnson went so far as to say that Clinton’s plan all along was to become emotional so she wouldn’t have to answer questions.
Obviously, we must make our diplomatic facilities more secure. Clinton says that is being done and there is no reason to doubt her. Beyond that, I think we will just have to disagree on the significance of the Benghazi attack in the grand scheme of global events and leave it at that.
Just one postscript, though. GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky made some news by telling Clinton that, had he been president, he would have fired her over Benghazi. He then proceeded to trot out a conservative conspiracy theory about the U.S. somehow being involved in moving weapons out of Libya into Turkey.
“It’s been in news reports…” Paul said. Which is only correct if you consider anonymously sourced rumors on Fox News and conservative web sites to be news reports.
Prediction: Rand Paul will never be in a position to fire a secretary of state. But if he wants to run for president, and word is that he does, Clinton and the Democratic National Party would love to see him muck up another Republican primary.