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Hillary Testifies

Well, the conspiracy theorists were wrong again. As predicted, Hillary Clinton did indeed testify to Congress yesterday. There was plenty of grand-standing on both sides and yet more irrelevant focus on what Susan Rice said after the incident. To me, the most important part was this:

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, asked Clinton this afternoon why her office had not responded to a notification from Stevens about potential dangers in Libya.

“Congressman, that cable did not come to my attention,” Clinton calmly told the House Foreign Affairs Committee hours after her Senate testimony this morning. “I’m not aware of anyone within my office, within the secretary’s office having seen that cable.”

She added that “1.43 million cables come to my office. They’re all addressed to me.”

No one expects Hillary to read all 1.43 million cables that come into her office. However, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect the State Department as a body to have a good read on the situation at our embassies. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect that the State Department would know when one of its ambassadors is warning of a decaying security situation and in not unreasonable fear for his life. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to determine, as Rand Paul pointed out, which of those cables is unimportant and which of them is critical.

You remember how, after 9/11, the Democrats went nuts about all the little memos that hinted at what was to come? At the time, I said that the problem was that our security infrastructure was being overwhelmed with information. They had so many memos and reports and analyses coming in, there was clearly no way to pick out the most important stuff from the noise. The recent report on Benghazi and Hillary’s testimony makes it clear that, eleven years later, we still don’t have a way to pick out the signal from the noise. We had an ambassador in a volatile country warning us that the security situation was bad. Surely, that should have been prioritized. Surely, of the 1.43 million cables Hillary received, someone could have narrowed it down to a few hundred of the most important and “we’re in danger” would be one of those?

There’s no way to escape this being a failure of management, a failure to see a danger that loomed large in one of the most important regions of the world. No amount of excuse making about cables is going to change that.


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  1. TxAg94 says:

    They can filter through every Americans’ email to find potentially harmful information but they can’t filter their own messages? I find that difficult to believe. Did no one think to use a sat phone?

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  2. Fangbeer says:

    What does it matter if there are 1.43 million cables?

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  3. TxAg94 says:

    Why the hell are we referring to them as “cables” anyway? Is our State Department still communicating via teletype and Morse code?

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  4. RonK says:

    you would think an ambassador would have more of a direct line to the secretary of state

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  5. Mississippi Yankee says:

    There’s no way to escape this being a failure of management, a failure to see a danger that loomed large in one of the most important regions of the world. No amount of excuse making about cables is going to change that.

    At the hearing Wednesday many democrat congress critters, it appears, disagree with your assessment.
    It was pretty much “What a lovely pants suit Mrs. Cleaver, I mean Mrs’ Clinton”
    [spoken in an Eddie Haskell voice]

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  6. Poosh says:

    The recent report on Benghazi and Hillary’s testimony makes it clear that, eleven years later, we still don’t have a way to pick out the signal from the noise.

    Um, an ambassador’s request is not on the same level as the understandable “noise” that was supposedly missed that led to 9/11. Especially since the Brits et al were REACTING prior and cleared the area. The notion that this was systemic is just implausible. America has done pretty damn well since 9/11, Obama gets elected and then suddenly things start to go wrong?

    ON 9/11 and the lead up, of all days ? THE ONE DAY IN THE CALENDAR you should have a big red circle around? Are we forgetting the clusterf*ck of trouble that happened during those days?

    Mistakes and errors are made in War, that is the nature. But Obama tells me we’re not at war, so he doesn’t get that pass.

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