SHOULD HILLARY GO? – AT 9:13 A.M. ET: Hillary Clinton continues to come away unscathed from the foreign-policy debacles of recent weeks. Indeed, although she's been secretary of state for four years, you'd think she's never made a mistake, given the worshipful press coverage.
There is a Hillary Protection Society in the American media, and you'll see it full-blown if she runs in 2016. Hillary is our goddess as Obama as our god, is the mentality of the Hillary claque.
But how long can this go on, in the face of facts? The distinguished historian Arthur Herman says it is time for Clinton to resign:
As details leak out about the events leading up to the brutal murder of Stevens and three other Americans, it’s becoming obvious the State Department knowingly put Stevens in danger of his life, and Secretary Clinton needs to take the lion’s share of the blame...
...as the September 11 anniversary loomed, nervous Libyan officials issued a warning to the American embassy three days beforehand about the danger of an attack–a warning Clinton and the State Department ignored.
Ambassador Stevens himself was worried. Pages from his diary found by CNN note his fears about security threats, a rise in Islamic extremism in Libya, and even that he might be on a Islamist “hit list.” Yet the State Department still gave him no security detail for his visit to Benghazi–and the two Navy SEALs who died at his side had volunteered to help, since no one from the State Department was stepping up.
Finally, diplomatic sources say forty-eight hours before the attack State Department officials got “credible intelligence” that there might be attacks on US diplomatic missions on the 9/11 anniversary: yet did nothing to alert anyone in Libya, Cairo, or anywhere else.
Then Secretary Clinton compounded her failure by insisting, even after the Libyan president said there was no doubt the Benghazi attack was “coordinated” and “preplanned, ” that the deaths were the result of spontaneous demonstrations caused by a six-month old You Tube video, not by our failed policy and State’s crass negligence.
Almost a week after our government's head of the Counterterrorism Center admitted to Congress it was a “terror attack,” she’s said nothing to correct her version of events. In fact, the weekend after the murders, as that version was steadily unraveling, she let UN ambassador Susan take the flack-and perpetuate the lie.
The Secretary of State is the person most responsible for how the United States presents itself to other nations–and protecting those who do that job for us.
In normal times, under a normal president, Hillary Clinton’s performance on both would be enough to force her to step down. But these aren’t normal times. So for now, she’s still at the helm at State-- to our nation’s shame.
COMMENT: I doubt if our Teflon secretary will be called to account. First, she's already indicated that she'll be leaving, even if Obama is re-elected. Second, the aforementioned media has plans for her future, and no record will be allowed to interfere with those plans.
But at what point do we look at the catastrophic state of our foreign policy and start to ask questions about the officer who has carried it out? If she disagreed with the Obaman philosophy of the world, she should have left a long time ago. If she agreed with it, and continues to agree, she must be held equally responsible, with Obama.
Hillary Clinton is a child of the sixties who likes to portray herself as a moderate when it's politically necessary. When she was first lady of Arkansas she suddenly acquired a Southern accent, which has mysteriously disappeared. When she was senator from New York she was more pro-Israel than Bibi Netanyahu, and people bought it.
Once again, the media lets us down. No serious questions asked. Hillary wants a free ride to 2016, and I'm afraid she'll get it, unless the alternative media starts opening up on her, which is long overdue.
September 26, 2012