Rick Santorum Schools Obama Deputy Press Secretary on Benghazi and Yemen Raid

By NTK Staff | 02.09.2017 @12:49pm

After Bill Burton, former Deputy Press Secretary under President Obama, claimed that Congressional Republicans would be calling for hearings if Hillary Clinton had ordered the Yemen operation, former Republican Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum shut down Burton’s argument on CNN Thursday. “I think the reason people hate politics is that if this were reversed, if President […]

After Bill Burton, former Deputy Press Secretary under President Obama, claimed that Congressional Republicans would be calling for hearings if Hillary Clinton had ordered the Yemen operation, former Republican Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum shut down Burton’s argument on CNN Thursday.

“I think the reason people hate politics is that if this were reversed, if President Hillary Clinton had conducted a raid, there would be a completely different reaction to that. There would be Benghazi part 2… but instead, Republicans are just walking away saying ‘We’re satisfied with the amount of inquiry we’ve had here,” Burton said.

Santorum said that things sometimes go wrong in military operations: “Military action is difficult. There are always complications. The enemy has a vote… And horrible things happen in war.”

“Missions don’t succeed all the time as they’re written up on paper,” Santorum pointed out.

Burton said that Santorum would have never said the same thing regarding Clinton’s role in Benghazi.

Santorum then pointed out all the differences between the Yemen raid and the Obama administration’s failure in Benghazi: “Did the administration or people high up in the administration do something to compromise that mission or did the mission go in… and things didn’t go quite as well on the ground as they should have been?”

“That is fundamentally different from Benghazi,” Santorum continued, “where the administration went out and lied about the reason for the attack and then continued to lie about the interaction between the Secretary and those on the ground.”

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