Below is a summary report by ABC News followed by the various versions of the Talking Points; (2) as a series of US Government actions, I don’t think there is anything particularly unique in the sequential revision of the Talking Points except that, in this case, four lives were lost.
A failure of character of this magnitude corrodes the integrity of the state.
By Mark Steyn
Now we know that at 8 p.m. Eastern time on the last night of Stevens’s life, his deputy in Libya spoke to Secretary Clinton and informed her of the attack in Benghazi and the fact that the ambassador was now missing. An hour later, Gregory Hicks received a call from the then–Libyan prime minister, Abdurrahim el-Keib, informing him that Stevens was dead. Hicks immediately called Washington. It was 9 p.m. Eastern time, or 3 a.m. in Libya. Remember the Clinton presidential team’s most famous campaign ad? About how Hillary would be ready to take that 3 a.m. call? Four years later, the phone rings, and Secretary Clinton’s not there. She doesn’t call Hicks back that evening. Or the following day.
Phi Beta Iota: Time matters in statecraft — as does integrity.