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Hillary Clinton needs no absolution. She inherited a department whose chief practice was obsolescence―in terms of snail-paced embassy security protocols, misappraisals of turbulent foreign venues, indecisive middle management, and dwindling funds for all material updates including defensive ones―despite the murders of four American ambassadors (under past administrations) in countries famous for their disregard for American life. The catalogue by the Accountability Review Board, of inadequacies in the State Department’s program of response to threat, did not list any failure of its personnel to do his or her job regarding Benghazi.

Mrs. Clinton’s often misquoted phrase following her prospectus on future diplomatic security, to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, has just as often been delivered out of context. Senator Johnson’s badgering, which focused on the issue of the now mythical documentary which was initially mistaken as the sole impetus for the Benghazi attack, rattled her into uttering words that would not be as damning were they not being modified as fuel for political haymaking by her opposition, just as the act of provoking them was. It’s an injustice to interpret her remarks as coldblooded indifference toward the victims at Benghazi. With the exception of their families, no one has lamented―without observable insincerity―those losses more. It should be the wisdom beyond conventional of any human being, that it is human in times of high emotionality, to be just that: human.

Politics isn’t real war, so the truth shouldn’t be its first casualty, although it takes a drubbing from the sideline solons whose self-validated authority consists of hatred for the other side.

— Noe Serna, Lima

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