Benghazi Victim’s Mother on Hillary: “She Has Her Child, I Don’t Have Mine Because of Her”

Published on May 12, 2013

“I want to wish Hillary a Happy Mother’s Day. She has her child. I don’t have mine because of her.”

If this scandal had occurred under a Republican president, Pat Smith would be a household name, a la Cindy Sheehan, with “absolute moral authority” to slam the White House.  The difference, of course, is that Sheehan’s son volunteered to take up arms and fight, and the Bush administration never misled anyone about the circumstances of his death.  Smith’s bitterness and lasting pain is difficult to watch.  Her frustration over being lied to by numerous administration officials — “nose-to-nose,” as she put it in another interview — is palpable.  Like the rest of the American people, Smith still lacks satisfactory answers.  Indeed, during his mendacious Friday press briefing, White House spokesman Jay Carney stretched, strained and violated the truth on numerous occasions:

In response to a question about why he and others at the White House repeatedly pointed to a YouTube video as the cause of the attacks in Benghazi, Carney claimed that he was working from the same talking points as U.N. ambassador Susan Rice. But the video was not mentioned in any of the dozen drafts of talking points. Carney also claimed that Rice devoted some of her time on five Sunday shows September 16 talking “about the possibility that al Qaeda might be involved or other al Qaeda affiliates might be involved or non-al Qaeda Libyan extremists.” But as BuzzFeed notes, that’s not really true. “Outside of a brief mention on CBS’s Face the Nation, Rice mostly did not discuss the involvement of al Qaeda or al Qaeda affiliates.” Carney claimed that there was no hard evidence before Susan Rice’s television appearances on September 16 that terrorists linked to al Qaeda were involved in the attacks. That’s simply not true.

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