The thing that most bothers me about Hillary Clinton's comments about Benghazi is that she doesn't seem to understand why people are concerned about her mishandling of the Benghazi situation. She doesn't seem to understand that her mishandling of the situation allowed al Qaeda to win a major victory at Benghazi by killing the top U.S. official in Libya. Clinton doesn't seem to understand why her use of a private email server threatened national security.
The Obama administration had been claiming a victory every time it
killed an al Qaeda leader including killing Osama bin Laden
. An intelligent Secretary of State would have wanted to
prevent the enemy from being able to kill any American
ambassador. Clinton foolishly decided to make it as easy
as possible for al Qaeda to kill Ambassador Chris
Stevens. Her handling of the situation would have made more
sense if she had wanted him to die.
Clinton's attempt to make a diplomatic facility at Benghazi
permanent was the biggest American battlefield mistake since the Battle
of Hamburger Hill in the Vietnam War. The war on terror
has made much of the world a potential battle field. The
enemy can attack any where, at any time even in San
In May, 1969, the commanding general of the 101st Airborne made a
foolish decision to try to take a well defended but worthless piece
of real estate that became known as Hamburger Hill. The
Americans suffered heavy casualties and failed to take the hill
which the enemy then abandoned.
Clinton had ample warning that the ambassador would be in eminent
danger in Benghazi. The consulate had already suffered two
minor attacks. There had been attacks on the Tunisian
consulate and the U.N. Special Envoy's convoy. The
International Red Cross closed its office after it was
attacked. The British government withdrew its
diplomats from Benghazi after an attack on its ambassador's
Clinton's critics have focused on the inadequate security at the
Benghazi consulate and ignored the fact that the facility shouldn't
have been defended in the first place. A competent
Secretary of State would have followed the example of the
International Red Cross and the British government and abandoned
a building that wasn't worth the loss of American lives.
Clinton's use of a less secure private email server may have made it
possible for al Qaeda leaders to learn the United States wouldn't
defend the consulate
The advice of the old gambler in the Kenny Rogers song "The
Gambler" applies to war as well as poker
"You've got to know when to hold 'em
Know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away
And know when to run."
The United States should have walked away from
Benghazi. There is no shame in walking a way from
a battle that cannot be won. In the early years of World War
II the British army walked away from France and the United
States army walked away from the Philippines because the locations
couldn't be defended at that time.