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National Review Benghazi Critique Officially Pivots To 2016 Horserace

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Former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks after being given an award at an event hosted by The Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles, California on May 8, 2013 where she accepted the inaugural Warren Christopher Public Service Award. Clinton served as the 67th Secretary of State of the United States from 2009 until 2013, after nearly four decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, First Lady, and Senator, stepping down from her post as Secretary in Febr | Getty Images

I know there was probably a time where those who supported a Benghazi inquiry were able to deftly maintain that their interests had nothing to do with politics. But with no one really interested in pursuing a critique of the Libyan intervention itself -- of which four dead Americans were a predictable, natural consequence -- there's little left to do but focus on the horserace.

So here's the National Review, pivoting all the way to 2016:

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May as well give it a shot, I guess! One of the galling things for the Benghazi Agonistes crowd is that Clinton's favorability ratings have actually ticked slightly upward in the past three months.

At any rate, this is a pretty good indication that the substantive period of Benghazi inquiry is now passing, which is too bad, because a searching look at the policies that led to it might chill those with ambitions to begin a similar misadventure in Syria.

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