|"I am not going under the bus |
because of Benghazi, Barack!"
To recap: At Thursday evening's debate with Rep. Paul Ryan, Vice President Joe Biden said of the attack in Benghazi, Libya, that took the lives of four Americans, including our ambassador, on Sept. 11:
MS. RADDATZ: What were you first told about the attack? Why were people talking about protests? When people in the consulate first saw armed men attacking with guns, there were no protesters. Why did that go on for weeks?This doesn't exactly throw Hillary under the bus, but it sure opens the door while the bus is moving. The State Department has a large intelligence bureau that focuses closely on security of US displomats, staff and properties overseas. So what Biden basically said was, "Hillary? She never told us nuthin'! If only she had!"
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: Because that's exactly what we were told —
MS. RADDATZ: By who?
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: — by the intelligence community. The intelligence community told us that. As they learned more facts about exactly what happened, they changed their assessment. That's why there's also an investigation headed by Tom Pickering, a leading diplomat in the — from the Reagan years, who is doing an investigation as to whether or not there were any lapses, what the lapses were, so that they will never happen again. But —
MS. RADDATZ: And they wanted more security there.
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN: Well, we weren't told they wanted more security again. We did not know they wanted more security again. And by the way, at the time we were told exactly — we said exactly what the intelligence community told us that they knew. That was the assessment. And as the intelligence community changed their view, we made it clear they changed their view. That's why I said, we will get to the bottom of this.
If President Obama is wondering why the grounds are shifting beneath his feet, he can first read the polls and then take a look at the rug he's standing on - because Hillary and husband Bill are starting to yank it out.
Prediction: If the White House doesn't relent (and I don't think it will), H. Clinton will appear before Rep. Darrell Issa's House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, officially at Committee request (or even subpoena) but unofficially by her own, back channel request. There, with the convenience of being under oath and thus having no choice, she will effectively go destructo on her putative boss, Barack Obama.
If her legacy-clearing testimony costs Obama the election, so be it. Hillary Clinton absolutely will not take the fall for Obama on this matter.