Hillary Misses the 'Bigger Picture'

While promoting her new book, Hard Choices, former Secretary of State and presumptive 2016 presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, gave a series of interviews in which she not once, but twice, attacked her critics as half-brained numbskulls, who are “you know, missing the bigger picture.”

Mrs. Clinton’s limited vocabulary notwithstanding, we should still wonder exactly what the bigger picture is that she claims people are missing.

In an interview on Tuesday with NBC News’ Cynthia McFadden, Clinton responded harshly to criticisms that the recent release of five members of the Taliban posed a threat to the safety and security of the United States:

“These five guys are not a threat to the United States. They are a threat to the safety and security of Afghanistan and Pakistan. …So I think we may be kind of, you know, missing the bigger picture here. We want to get an American home…We try to rescue everybody.”

Apparently, “the bigger picture” that people are missing is that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a deserter captured by the Taliban, was released in exchange for the five terrorists. Now, surely no one, right or left, who’s been critical of the exchange, has forgotten that Bergdahl was also released. No one is “you know, missing the bigger picture.” Except Clinton.

Because in an earlier interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer, Clinton responded to criticisms of her handling of the Benghazi terrorist attacks with the exact same argument:

“[Y]ou know, if you’re going to stay fixated on things like talking points, or fixated on whether or not everybody was affected or not by the video, you’re missing the larger picture.”

So again, critics of the Democratic presidential frontrunner are accused of “missing the larger picture” on both Benghazi and Bergdahl. But if the picture remains the same -- if the point is that we try to rescue everybody -- then it’s Clinton, not her opponents, who’s missing it.

After all, the terrorist attacks in Benghazi left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, none of whom had willfully deserted their post. In that case, Clinton’s State Department failed to do exactly what she says was the bigger picture behind the release of five known terrorists: “We try to rescue everybody.”

Hillary is, you know, just kind of missing the bigger picture here. 

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