Talk about a spineless wimp. That is Barack Obama when it comes to Libya. Hillary Clinton tonight, while speaking in Peru, takes full responsibility for the failure to have the consulate in Benghazi properly secured and Ambassador Chris Stevens appropriately protected. And she’s right. She is at fault.
But having Hillary take the hit does not get Obama off the hook. She ultimately may have been responsible for the security failure in Libya, but she was not the one who sent Susan Rice out to lie to the American people. That was Barack Obama’s call. Here is the irony–when Obama was busy spiking the football for taking out Bin Laden he was quick to claim the credit for making the tough decision. He could not wait to get in front of the cameras and set in motion leaks that completely exposed a top secret US Navy Special Ops unit.
But while Ambassador Stevens’ corpse was still warm, what did Barack do?
He jetted off to Las Vegas to raise campaign cash. He had no time nor inclination to brief the American public on this epic fail on 9-11, 2012. His campaign was counting on doing a triumphant foreign policy march waving the body of Osama Bin Laden as a victory scalp. That meme turned to ashes with the shell of the burned out US Consulate and annex in Benghazi more than one month ago.
So, Hillary accepts responsibility? Fine. She should tender her resignation. She failed to do her job and four Americans are dead that should not have died. If she stays on the job, then we know this is just a cheap, political gesture with no substance. With her should go Pat Kennedy, the Under Secretary for Management, who had the job of directly supervising and managing Diplomatic Security.
I am not saying that Hillary personally decided not to provide security to Benghazi. That decsion was taken at a lower level. But it is her job to be responsible. We had no responsibility in place during the Bush Administration in the aftermath of the first 9-11. No one lost their job then. Now we have the debacle in Libya. While we have lost far fewer American lives there as compared to the deaths in New York City, Pennsylvania and Virginia, it is a serious breach of security.
Now we have the spectacle of Barack Obama cowering in the White House, praying that Hillary takes the heat and that he gets off the hook. But Obama is delusional. Just because Hillary proved that she has bigger balls than Obama does not mean Obama gets a pass on this disaster. Where does the Buck stop Barack?