On Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s Benghazi testimony yesterday, the Wall Street Journal‘s editorial board writes:
Mrs. Clinton is a short-timer at State, so her main goal is to escape the Benghazi debacle without permanent wounds. Her adoring press will make sure of that. But she does have a political future to think about, so it was fascinating to see her sound like Dick Cheney as she called on Congress and the Administration to get “our act together” and face up to the “spreading jihadist threat” from “an expanding safe haven” in Mali to Algeria to Libya.
“We cannot afford to retreat now,” she averred. “When America is absent, especially from unstable environments, there are consequences. Extremism takes root; our interests suffer; our security at home is threatened.”
As vice president during the Bush administration, Cheney gained a reputation as a war hawk for his aggressive, on-offense positions in the “war on terror.”