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Answering anti-Hillary guest editorial

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 Marc Thiessen's scathing editorial of September 21, "Hillary Clinton tells dreadful lies," needs to be answered. Here in brief are some facts supported by online articles primarily from the Washington Post.

Benghazi--Hillary made a statement early on that "some" had said the attack was related to inflammatory material on the Internet. She did not give her own opinion at that time. She later labeled the attack terrorism. She did not mention the video at Andrews Air Force Base (

Sniper Fire--According to both a speechwriter and former ambassador Christopher Hill, who were both on board, they landed in a C-17, capable of making steep descents into war zones. Before landing, those aboard were asked to wear flak jackets because of possible sniper fire in the area. Hillary and Chelsea were moved to the armored cockpit for the landing as an extra precaution. These were all safety measures, some of which Hill thought were excessive. There in fact was no sniper fire and the greeting ceremony on the tarmac took place as planned. Asked to wear a flak jacket and cautioned about sniper fire, who wouldn't have thought there was danger? Hillary did not have to run for cover, but she remembered the greetings as brief and her departure from the runway as speedy.

Grandparents--One of Hillary's grandparents, Hugh Rodham, was born in England. The other three were born in the U.S., but seven of eight of her great grandparents were born overseas to working class families and her grandparents passed on to Hillary their impressions of the immigrant experience they had heard about their whole lives.

First Lady Days--Senate hearings that concluded in 1996 found "no clear evidence of illegal conduct" in Hillary's dealings with Whitewater or the related Madison S & L scandal. Independent Counsel Robert Ray's final report on Travelgate stated that there was insufficient evidence that Hillary's statements were knowingly false. (Wikipedia).

Regarding Hillary's success with commodities trading, Hillary was allowed to make purchases without the required funds in her account. Her friend and influential investor James Blair said this was perhaps because he was advising her and often ordered her trades himself. Principals in the firm that did the trades were later charged with rule violations, but not related to Hillary's trades.

Emails--FBI Director Comey said: "Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information."

In this election, does any of this amount to more than a hill of beans? I guess it depends on your perspective.

Lenore Hirsch


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