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Benghazi hearings showed Hillary Clinton's colors

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Date published: 2/6/2013

It was Valentine's Day for Democrats on Capitol Hill recently as they blew love kisses to Hillary for her "exemplary" service as secretary of state. It was Clinton playing Pilate, as she tried to wash her hands clean of the Benghazi tragedy. It was a stage show for Republicans with Hillary as Pinocchio and a nose that grew longer with each answer.

Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C: "You've said you take responsibility. You're still in your job. You let the consulate become a death trap, and that's national malpractice."

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.: "I think that's outrageous" that Clinton was not interviewed by the Accountability Review Board, which said the security failure was due to a leadership failure below Clinton's level.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.: "Had I been president at the time, and I found that you did not read the cables from Ambassador Stevens, I would have relieved you of your post."

Joe Wilson, R-S.C.: When asked why she did not appear in UN Ambassador Susan Rice's place on five TV programs to explain the reasons for the attack, Clinton responded she had priority things to do on Sunday mornings.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc.: "[A] very simple phone call [to the U. S. diplomatic staff evacuated after the attack] could have ascertained immediately that there was no protest prior to this ."

Then Clinton went ballistic and said, "Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they'd go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?"

But it does make a difference. It's a matter of trust placed in our public servants. For many, Hillary's conduct and denials at the hearings have shown her to be washed up--not cleaned up. Not fit to be secretary of state--let alone president.

Roman J. Marciniak Jr.