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Little-known fact: François Hollande’s security is provided by Arkansas state troopers.

“What difference, at this point, does it make?” asked the presumed front-runner in the 2016 presidential race when questioned about the genesis of the September 11 terror attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including one of her ambassadors. But the State Department and the Senate Intelligence Committee think it makes enough difference to keep investigating the matter. Early in January the State Department listed two groups that took part in the Benghazi attack as terrorist organizations. Five days later the Senate committee report, while describing the attack as “opportunistic” and launched in “short order,” blamed it on “individuals affiliated with terrorist groups,” including Ansar al-Sharia and two al-Qaeda affiliates. It also faulted security at the Benghazi facility: The intelligence community had given “ample strategic warning” that U.S. personnel were “at risk.” But the front-runner and her colleagues did nothing to protect them, and claimed afterwards that the attacks were a spontaneous eruption of wrath against a low-budget American movie trailer. It makes a difference only if we expect foresight, realism, and honesty from our public servants.

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