Hillary Clinton says she suffered from a concussion caused by a fall that was in turn caused weakness from a stomach virus and that this prevented her from testifying before the House on the Benghazi scandal. I raised questions about this in the StoneZone on December 18th. Now comes this report from the UK DAILYMAIL that Mrs. Clinton ducked the Sunday TV shows a week before her "fall" in order to dodge responsibility for the US response to the Benghazi attacks and the failed policies which has seen radical ant-US elements take power in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Turkey, Mali and Iran. From the UK Daily Mail:
"Discussing her decision to withdraw herself from contention as Secretary of State, Susan Rice said pointedly that she only spoke publicly about Benghazi because her boss Hillary Clinton had 'declined' to do so. Rice's comments on five Sunday talk shows on September 16th eventually scuppered her hopes of becoming America's top diplomat after she was panned for stating that the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya were caused by an anti-Islam film made in California. Talking to NBC's Brian Williams about the sequence of events, Rice, who served as a senior State Department official during President Bill Clinton's administration, made clear that she had not wanted to talk about Benghazi that Sunday. Rice pulled out of the Secretary of State stakes on Thursday amid fierce Republican attacks on her, principally over her Benghazi comments, and apparently waning enthusiasm from President Barack Obama for a tough confirmation battle over her nomination. 'Secretary Clinton had originally been asked by most of the networks to go on,' Rice told Williams. 'She had had an incredibly gruelling week dealing with the protests around the Middle East and North Africa that enveloped our embassies. 'She had to deal with the loss of our four colleagues in Benghazi and console the whole State Department, greet the families and the bodies. And she declined to do it. And I was asked by the White House if I would do it as the next senior American diplomat.' As U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Rice had no responsibility for the Benghazi consulate. 'We were talking about a range of issues that week,' she said. 'It wasn't just Benghazi, as you`ll recall. It was a broad spectrum of foreign policy and national security issues that I talk about publicly every day. So I was asked. I was willing to do so. 'It wasn't what I had planned for the weekend originally, but I don't regret doing that, Brian.' She added: 'I think when you're a diplomat and a public official and a tragedy happens and it is related to the work that you do, it's our obligation to explain it as best we can to the American people. And that's what I did.' Her final comment about the 'obligation' of a diplomat to explain a tragedy 'related to the work that you do' is likely to be interpreted, implicitly at least, as aimed at Mrs Clinton, whose work related to Benghazi much more directly that Rice's did. Rice made clear her deep disappointment over failing to become Secretary of State, a post now likely to be offered to Senator John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. 'I would have been very honoured to serve in that job, just as I'm delighted to do what I'm doing. But, yes, sure. How can you not want to, in my field, serve as at the highest possible level?' Mrs Clinton eventually said she took responsibility for the events in Benghazi, which left Ambassador Chris Stevens, the first U.S. ambassador to be killed in the line of duty since 1979, diplomat Sean Smith and CIA contractors Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods dead. Rice was blasted by Republicans, including, most prominently, Senator John McCain, for repeating 'talking points' drawn by by the CIA and other government agencies stating that it was not al-Qaeda-linked groups behind the attack but rather a spontaneous demonstration against the anti-Islam movie. By opting not to appear on the talk shows, Mrs Clinton appears to have astutely dodged a political bullet that could have damaged her 2016 presidential chances. During the 2008 presidential campaign, allies of Mrs Clinton were furious when Rice became an early supported of Obama, believing it was an act of disloyalty because she owed her diplomatic career to Mr Clinton. Rice was Obama's top foreign policy aide during the 2008 campaign, which began with Mrs Clinton as the overwhelming party establishment favourite?"