The story of Hillary Clinton's national security failures deserves to be told

With the 2016 election season upon us, I can no longer sit by and watch Hillary Clinton re-write her tenure as America’s top diplomat. 

Clinton’s performance and record as Secretary of State was abysmal.

Since she is asking the American people for a promotion, we should judge her record honestly and decide whether or not she deserves to lead our nation at this critical point in history. 

I have concluded that her record clearly shows she has already failed us. 

It is for this reason that I am launching an ad campaign in critical states to make the case that Hillary Clinton and many of her Democratic allies have already shown voters that they aren’t up to the job of leading our nation.

Tuesday, we are launching our first ad in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Washington, D.C. The sixty and thirty second ads highlight how Hillary Clinton baldly lied to the American people minutes after the terrorist attack that claimed the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods in Benghazi.

In the heat of President Obama’s reelection campaign, Hillary and team scrambled to make sure voters didn’t view the terrorist attack in Libya as a natural outcome of her weak foreign policy decisions.

Hillary Clinton publicly said one thing and privately said another. This duplicity deserves highlighting.

It is clear now that if Hillary Clinton, her Democratic associates, and their media allies hadn’t turned the Benghazi attacks into a political hit job on Mitt Romney and the Republicans, Americans would have rightly seen a terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9/11 as an obvious extension of weak foreign policy negotiations and a careless national security strategy.

Our first ad shows how Clinton blamed a little-watched and poorly produced anti-Muslim YouTube video for the attack. Coming less than two months from the 2012 presidential election, it was an obvious attempt to blame external forces outside her control.

The Secretary of State of the United States, along with the president of the United States stone-cold lied to the world with brazen forethought about the murder of four brave Americans in order to prevent a damaging political blow just months before their election.

Some might chalk this whole episode up to the fact that all politicians lie. But we must resist this excuse-making as it allows politicians to fool us and play fast and loose with the facts.

The mainstream media fell into groupthink and insisted after the attack that it was unfair for conservatives to criticize the administration.  “Let the facts play out,” they said.

While politicians have always hedged the truth in various ways throughout our history and political lying is bipartisan, we must hold all politicians to a higher standard.

Presidential candidates’ record of performance is critical.  How they did when they were given the public’s trust is the best indicator of how they would handle their new job.

The plethora of national security failures from Hillary Clinton and her Democrat allies deserve to be told.  We must not be afraid to highlight the facts and resist the temptation to excuse those who do not tell the truth.  We are therefore committed to showing American voters Hillary’s record of performance. We are confident that when voters see the truth, they will reject her candidacy and all those who sit silently by as she denies the facts.

We can reverse this insidious trend by not allowing Hillary Clinton or any other politician to get away with lies.

We can speak out against untruths in our own political camp and we can call out the news media when they fail to hold leaders accountable on both sides of the aisle.

We can talk about institutional and structural reforms all we want, but until we reward integrity we are going to continue wallowing in governance that leaves us frustrated, broke, and more vulnerable to attacks.

Author’s note: Fox News Contributor Richard Grenell is working with Restoration PAC.