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View Diary: Hillary Clinton on Capitol Hill today to testify on Benghazi attack (128 comments)

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  •  Perspective from domestic events? (8+ / 0-)

    One would think that after both Newtown and yesterday's Texas campus shootings, it would be clear to everyone that in the first 24 hours -- especially the first 6 hours -- after an unexpected violent event, it is impossible to get reliable facts, rumors and misinformation fly around the intertubes and twittersphere, and public safety people do not reveal everything they know both to allow time for notification of affected families, and to allow continued investigation without suspects realizing what law enforcement already knows. By Day 3, the facts begin to settle out -- and even then, only partially. (I note that 50 years on, we are still debating -- beyond the wingnut community -- whether there was a second gunman in the JFK assassination and whether law enforcement screwed up the investigation.)

    In another country/culture/language situation, all of that would be multiplied by 100. And what diplomats say over secure channels to the US State Dept. is NEVER the same as what anyone is saying publicly on live TV feed.

    IMO the repeated hearings on this are purely political attacks designed to impugn the Administration and especially the women in leadership, and have very little to do with "finding out what really happened and why everyone lied about it."

    •  Agreed, but conversely, this gives her a chance (1+ / 0-)
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      to showcase her ability to not only withstand their predictable attacks but to look presidential and lob some verbal grenades of her own.  

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      by judyms9 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 06:41:15 AM PST

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    •  On the contrary... (0+ / 0-)

      ...I think detailed public briefings and hearings should standard operating procedure popularly watched, far more common, not political or punitive in any way, but expositive and open. Actually they are pretty common on CSPAN although of course not casually including cabinet level testimony. The political theater can get gross - probably will as the morning goes by - but overlooking the egos and fools, this is a good thing. It's how the end-to-end facts that are extracted from the fog of activity are put into the record  for the public.  

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