I know that many conservatives look at my title and say, “Yeah, and the Sun rises in the East.” They believe that name Clinton is a synonym for lying. But I have been a fan of Hillary and thought she was different. She may be smart, but she has no moral center. I was wrong about her potential for leadership. What she is doing now with respect to Libya and covering Obama is politics of the most disgusting. She insists that she takes responsibility, but, rather than resign for her failure to protect the Consulate and the Ambassador, she only says it was the fault of the intelligence community. That is total Bullshit. Damn you Hillary, damn you. We expected better of you.
Here is what you promised:
It was not the intelligence community that received the report in August of 2012 from the Regional Security Officer in Libya, detailing a lengthy list of attacks and terrorist activity in the preceding year. Hillary received that.
And what did Hillary’s State Department do? She issued a Travel Warning for Libya and the decision was made to draw down security assets–specifically the Site Security Team. Moreover, someone at State, we still do not know who, did not give Ambassador Stevens a properly staffed and trained Personal Security Detail. Normally, Ambassadors in high threat posts will have at least a six man detail comprised of Black SOF or White SOF (SOF means Special Operations Forces).
The intelligence community did its part warnng policymakers. The policymakers failed to act. What the hell is she talking about?
As the attack unfolded, starting about 3:30 pm in Washington, DC, State Department’s Ops Center was monitoring the tragic event and should have alerted all of the other intel Operations Centers in the national security bureacracy–including the White House Situation Room, the CIA, DOD’s NMCC and the NSA. That is normal, standard procedure.
Intelligence briefings produced by the US military late on the 11th of September and the morning of 12 September did not, as Hillary claims, tell policymakers that the attacks in Benghazi were a spontaneous response to a video. Instead, those briefings specifically identified a group linked to Al Qaeda as responsible for the attack.
I am accustomed to having intelligence analysts smeared because of policy screw ups. It happened to me during the Presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. And it is happening now under Barack Obama.
Let’s see if Hillary really does want to take responsibility. When the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed in August of 1998, a State Department led inter-agency team, which included representatives from the CIA and the FBI, went to those countries and got the investigation underway within 48 hours of the attack. When terrorists hit the USS Cole in October 2000, the same team arrived in Yemen within 48 hours of the attack.
And Benghazi? Clinton did nothing for more than two weeks. By the time the FBI made its belated arrival more than two weeks after the attack, any evidence worth recovering had disappeared. What happened in Benghazi was not illegal. It was pure incompetence.
Hillary has lived a life making great moral compromises for the sake of politics. She now has blood on her hands, not because she led the attacks–she did not–but because the security bureaucracy under her control refused to give Ambassador Stevens the protection he needed. And in the aftermath of this attack, rather than genuinely accept responsibility, she says the words but continues to point the finger at the intelligence community for what is a pure policy failure. Her behavior dishonors the memory of Ambassador Stevens and the other three Americans who died in Benghazi. Hillary must go, and Barack Obama with her.
Former SEALS agree with me: