Two views of what happened yesterday. First, U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton:
“When the attack came yesterday Libyans stood and fought to defend our post. Some were wounded,” Clinton said. “Libyans carried Chris’ body to the hospital and helped rescue and lead other Americans to safety.”
Second, Libyan interior-ministry official Wanis al-Sharef:
He said Stevens, 52, and other officials were moved to a second building, deemed safer, after the initial wave of protests at the consulate. According to al-Sharef, members of the Libyan security team seem to have indicated to the protesters the building to which the American officials had been relocated, and that building then came under attack.
From the gruesome pictures, it’s not clear whether the Libyans “carrying Chris’ body to the hospital” are the same ones who fingered him to the mob.
In the last print edition of NR, I chanced to mention the Secretary of State’s analysis of Libya’s Arab Spring:
After Qaddafi, Hillary Clinton offered the following clunker of a sound bite: “We came, we saw, he died.” In reality, we’re gone, they saw, and the post-American world is being born.
Her silly witless crack rings a little differently after last night’s events.