America Rising counters Hillary’s ‘Failed Choices’ on Benghazi

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An exclusive first look at a new book from pro-GOP group America Rising counters central claims from 2016 Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton about the 2012 raid by Islamist militants on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya. Clinton’s new narrative, included in her campaign kickoff book “Hard Choices,” attacks Republican-led investigations, praises her own response, defends President Obama’s decisions and laments in a chronological account of the attack, the confusion that surrounded the incident. Not so, says America Rising.

Minute-by-minute - From the soon-to-be-released America Rising book, with full footnotes at the link: “On the night of the attack, as armed assailants overran the State Department’s Benghazi facility, those under assault were not only outmanned, they were left with a facility that ‘was also severely under-resourced with regard to weapons, ammunition, [non-lethal deterrents], and fire safety equipment, including escape masks.’ Both men who were killed at the State Department facility, Ambassador Stevens and Sean Smith, died of smoke inhalation, making the lack of basic security materials like escape masks even more unfortunate and disappointing in retrospect. A Libyan doctor who treated Ambassador Stevens reportedly said asphyxiation suffered from smoke inhalation was his only injury. Evacuating personnel fled to the CIA's Annex facility nearby. At 10:15 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, mortars began to hit the annex and heavy fighting began.  At 10:08 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Secretary Clinton put out a written statement on the attack. In it, she assigned a motivation for the attack: anger toward ‘inflammatory material posted on the Internet...’ Secretary Clinton had already provided a suggested motive for the assailants in a statement to the press before the second attack was even over, with two of the American victims from that night still defending themselves.”

Hillary knocks Taliban releases in new book - In excerpts of her forthcoming memoir “Hard Choices” provided to CBS News, Clinton writes that the chief concern of the Taliban was the fate of their fighters held at Guantanamo Bay but any negotiations with the terrorist group would not sit well with the American Public. “I acknowledged, as I had many times before, that opening the door to negotiations with the Taliban would be hard to swallow for many Americans after so many years of war,” Clinton states.

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