Hillary Clinton heckled over Benghazi-gate

politics | Oct 24, 2013 | By Martin Barillas

Appearing at the University of Buffalo, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sought to stand down relentless heckling on the evening of October 23 in New York State. Invited to campus as part of the university’s Distinguished Speakers Series, Clinton was subjected to shouts by a man who screamed “Benghazi, Benghazi – you let them die.” He continued to scream about the attack as Clinton tried to continue.
 
On September 11, 2012, an attack by terrorists linked to Al-Qaeda left three Americans dead at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, a Libyan port city. It was there that U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and two other Americans were killed in the attack, and the consulate burned. No U.S. forces were called to assist the ambassador and colleagues despite pleas for help. In January 2013, Clinton was called to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, brushing aside responsibility for official inaction. Famously, the former top diplomat pounded her fists on the table at the hearing and shouted “What difference does it make?” in reference to a lack of a response that might have saved American lives.
 
At her appearance in Buffalo, Clinton appeared to acknowledge the man screaming in the audience. “We have to be willing to come together as citizens to focus on the kind of future we want, which doesn’t include yelling. It includes sitting down and talking to one another,” said Clinton. The crowd largely applauded the feminist icon, former First Lady and U.S. Senator.
Pat Smith, the mother of State Department Information Officer Sean Smith, who was one of the four Americans who was killed at the hands of Muslim terrorists in Benghazi, is another critics who wonders just what difference President Barack Obama and Secretary Clinton might have made for her son. Speaking in an interview earlier this year with CNN News correspondent Jake Tapper, Smith appeared to blame Clinton for her son’s death, which came on the on the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York City, Pennsylvania and Northern Virginia. “You blame Secretary of State Clinton?” Tapper asked Smith? “Yes,” she replied.
“Why was there no security for him?” Smith asked. “'When they were supposed to have security and the security that they did have was called back. It just - things do not add up and I'm just told lies.”
 
“Why did it happen? And she is in charge. Why couldn't she do something about it? I blame her.”
 
“That's her department,” said Smith through tears. “She is supposed to be on top of it. Yet she claims she knows nothing. ‘It wasn't told to her.’ Well, who is running the place?”
 
Smith said the State Department has refused to give her details about how her son died, even insisting that she's not entitled to information because she's “not part of the immediate family.”  Smith contends, “I still remember the labor pains.”
 
Smith and others continue to dispute the Obama administration’s version of events. 


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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