FOR nearly four years, it has been the same. Ask pretty much any Republican voter what they think of Hillary Clinton—whether at a political rally or emerging from a poll booth—and when they list the biggest reasons why they loathe and distrust her, the word “Benghazi” will come up. At its simplest, the name of that Libyan port city stands for a terrible night in September 2012, while Mrs Clinton was Secretary of State, when four Americans were killed in a terrorist attack on a diplomatic compound and a secret CIA annexe. Among them was the American ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens.
But the anger that the word generates speaks for something larger: a belief that Mrs Clinton lied about the attacks as she sought to escape responsibility for deaths on her watch. Specifically, the charge is that Mrs Clinton and other Obama administration officials tried to cover up the fact that the attacks in Benghazi were the work of an al-Qa’eda linked group, because with a presidential election just weeks away it was politically inconvenient to admit that the Islamic terrorist group was not “on the run” as Mr Obama liked to claim....Continue reading