Emmett Tyrrell
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Washington -- Think back. Have we not experienced all this before, say in the 1990s?

Since October, we have known the defense measures at our Benghazi diplomatic installation were inadequate. Then there was the controversy over whether the assault on our diplomatic compound was caused by a peaceful demonstration that went haywire. It turned out there was no peaceful demonstration, contrary to the State Department's early account. But that was lost in the next controversy over security at the installation. Officials from State appeared before Congress. Some testified there was sufficient security. Some said there was not sufficient security. Some State Department officials contradicted themselves. Ultimately the entire question was wrapped in chaos as still other questions became incomprehensible. Let us move on.

We have experienced this chaos before. Think back to the late Vince Foster. Think about the chaos of Whitewater. Think about, for that matter, the whole Clinton Administration, including their harum-scarum departure from the White House.

What do all these chaotic incidents have in common? They have the Clintons, of course, the most chaotic married couple in recent American history. Now Hillary Rodham Clinton, the secretary of state, is not going to testify before Congress -- more chaos. At first she was, and she took "full responsibility" for the Benghazi tragedy. No, make that the Benghazi chaos. Then she was not. She had to travel. No, then she got sick and would neither travel nor testify. No wait a second! Things get worse. She fell at her home owing to dehydration and suffered a concussion, and she absolutely will not travel nor testify nor go to the hospital. It is that serious, and she probably will not be watching the NFL on Sunday. Just to be sure.

Once again, there is chaos surrounding the Clintons, though I do not know what Bill is doing about all this. We do know that Martin Scorsese is filming a documentary about his life or at least his expurgated life.

The former first lady suffered a concussion. She became dehydrated and fainted. She never went to a hospital. So all we have is her word for that concussion. She is taking a week off and will be back in the office eventually. That is the official word from the Associated Press. There is no promise to appear before Congress on the Benghazi debacle, but there was a report in the New York Times Dec. 9 that spoke of her limitless opportunities in the years ahead, among them a run for the presidency in 2016. There was no mention of Benghazi in the Times' story.

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Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
 
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