Some congressmen have sought to accuse former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her 2012 State Department today of beginning the false video narrative to the American people at the same time two of the four Americans eventually killed were still on top of an outpost rooftop dodging mortar fire in Benghazi and fighting for their lives.
Ohio Representative Jim Jordan seemed quite upset as he reacted to Clinton’s remarks regarding protests erupting in Cairo and Benghazi. Jordan quoted from various State Department spokespersons, who made their remarks following the September 11, 2012 attack. In these statements to the American people, Jordan said, these officials claimed that the event in Benghazi was a reaction to “an offensive online video,” according to an article over at mediaite written by Andrew Husband.
‘False narrative’ charged
“Where’d the false narrative start?” Jordan asked this of the former State Secretary. He answered it himself then. “It started with you, Madame Secretary.” Rep. Jordan then gave his timeline and said that “[a]t 10:08, when Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty are still on the roof of the annex fighting for their lives, the official statement of the State Department blames a video. Why?”
In her opening statement, the former State Secretary and current candidate for the 2016 Presidential race, Clinton thanked the members of the inquiry panel. “The terrorist attacks at our diplomatic compound and later, at the CIA post in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 took the lives of four brave Americans: Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods,” according to the transcript from FoxNews. “I am here to honor the service of those four men, the courage of the Diplomatic Security agency and the CIA officers who risked their lives that night, and the work their colleagues do every single day all over the world.”
Clinton also stated it “was deeply painful” for her personally. “Losing any one of them, as we did in Iraq, Afghanistan, Mexico, Haiti, and Libya during my tenure, was deeply painful for our entire State Department and USAID family, and for me personally. I was the one who asked Chris to go to Libya as our envoy. I was the one who recommended him to be our Ambassador to to the President.”
Clinton knew Ambassador Chris Stevens, she told the panel, but she did not know the other men: Sean Smith, who previously served in The Hague, Pretoria, Bagdad, and Montreal; Tyrone Woods or Glen Doherty, both who worked for the Central Intelligence Agency. “They were killed by mortar fire at the CIA’s outpost in Benghazi, a short distance from the diplomatic compound,” said Clinton. “They [Woods and Doherty] were both former Navy SEALs and trained paramedics with distinguished records of service, including in Iraq and Afghanistan. As Secretary of State, I had the honor to lead and the responsibility to support nearly 70,000 diplomats and development experts across the globe.”