Nixon and “what difference does it make”
posted by Tom Patterson
at 30 January, 9:49 AM 0
“What difference does it make?”–Hillary Clinton in testimony before Congress
Was there ever a more mendacious, lame response to serious (and true) allegations of consequential misdeeds in high office?
It’s too bad that Richard Nixon didn’t know about the “what difference does it make” defense. In fact it should have worked a lot better in explaining a two-bit break-in into a campaign office than when we’re talking about four Americans dying from a giant avoidable screwup in providing them protection.
It does make a difference that people in highest office knowingly lied to the American people and kept lying after it was obvious to most of us that the obscure movie trailer had nothing to do with Muslim atrocities breaking out all over. It mattered that the lying was to try to justify the administration’s lack of resolve in imposing Islamic atrocities and to perpetuate the myth that killing bin Laden was the end of our troubles with “people walking down the street” as Hillary memorably described Islamist terrorists who kill Americans among others.
It mattered that the lying came during an election and successfully postponed any accountability for the failures to protect Americans abroad before it was too late.
Of course, Nixon had a conscientious, watchdog press that would have blown away “what difference does it make” on-sight. But not Hillary. The mainstream media generally concluded that she had been decisive, even masterful and that she ended her service at State on a high note. She’s getting by with it and that’s the real shame.
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