Among the thousands of emails released to the public that were sent from some of Hillary Clinton’s secret email accounts, one directed her staff to “pls print” an October, 2012 Wall Street Journal article slamming Obama for seriously botching his response to the terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya that year.
Maybe Hillary was amused that the article didn’t once mention her by name, or perhaps she was taken by the fact that the Bret Stephens article was entitled “Benghazi Was Obama’s 3 a.m. Call.”
After all, during her 2008 race for president, Hillary had created a campaign ad that touted her as the one who should be in the White House to “answer the phone at 3AM” when a world crisis hits.
In any case, the article slammed Obama’s failed response to Benghazi. Obama, the WSJ article said back in 2012, answered that 3AM call and botched it. By October of 2012, Hillary was asking her staff to please print out the article.
In his piece, Bret Stephens was unequivocal about how badly Obama botched the reaction to Benghazi.
The U.S. ignores warnings of a parlous security situation in Benghazi. Nothing happens because nobody is really paying attention, especially in an election year, and because Libya is supposed to be a foreign-policy success. When something does happen, the administration’s concerns for the safety of Americans are subordinated to considerations of Libyan “sovereignty” and the need for “permission.” After the attack the administration blames a video, perhaps because it would be politically inconvenient to note that al Qaeda is far from defeated, and that we are no more popular under Mr. Obama than we were under George W. Bush. Denouncing the video also appeals to the administration’s reflexive habits of blaming America first. Once that story falls apart, it’s time to blame the intel munchkins and move on.
It was five in the afternoon when Mr. Obama took his 3 a.m. call. He still flubbed it.
We don’t know for sure why Hillary wanted her staffers to “pls print” Stephens’ article. But we know it piqued her interest in some way or another.
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