Thursday, February 14, 2013

"What difference does it make?"

"What difference does it make?" is a phrase commonly attributed to former U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.

On January 23, 2013 Clinton was questioned by the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the death of four Americans in the American Embassy in Libya. 

==Excerpt of the Hearing Transcript[1]:==
Clinton : Well no it’s the fact. Number two, I would recommend highly you read both what the ARB said about it and the classified ARB because even today, there are questions being raised. Now, we have no doubt they were terrorist, they were militants, they attacked us, they killed our people. But what was going on and why they were doing what they were doing is still unknown—

Johnson : No, again, we were misled that there were supposedly protests and that something sprang out of that - an assault sprang out of that - and that was easily ascertained that was not the fact, and the American people could have known that within days and they didn’t know that.

Clinton : With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again Senator. Now honestly, I will do my best to answer your questions about this, but the fact is that people were trying in real time to get to the best information. The IC has a process I understand going with the other committees to explain how these talking points came out. But you know, to be clear it is from my perspective less important today looking backwards as to why these militants decided they did it than to find them and bring them to justice, and then maybe we’ll figure out what was going on the meantime.

Johnson : Okay, thank you Madame Secretary.

==Rise to Popular Catchphrase==

The phrase "What difference at this point does it make?" quickly became lampooned and morphed into the derivative "What Difference Does It Make?"[2][3] The subsequent phrase has been used in numerous cartoons and news articles[4].

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