As someone who genuinely believed that Hillary could and would make a difference at the Department of State, I am appalled. Her tenure was a time of mediocrity with no moments of true genius or brilliance. She traveled alot. She is an engaging, smart conversationalist. But on the diplomatic front her accomplishments were dismal.
Take Turkey for instance. Did Turkey become more or less secular during Hillary’s tenure? Answer–less. Turkey took a turn toward increased sectarianism. How about Egypt? Anyone prepared to argue that the people of Egypt and Egypt’s neighbors are better off with Muslim Brother Morsi running things in lieu of Hosni Mubarak?
Libya? A strong, vibrant fledgling democracy? My ass. A country torn by persistent ethnic/tribal and sectarian differences that just happened to kill our Ambassador.
What about Iran? Is it contained? Have the mullahs surrendered on the nuclear front?
So, I can only look at her actual record and sigh with regret–the talented, brilliant Hillary was a bust.
The worst of her traits came out during and in the wake of the Benghazi attack. When the jihadists launched their assault around 4pm Washington time on the 11th of September, Hillary, or one of her senior lieutenants acting on her instructions, directed that senior Counter Terrorism officials in the Bureau of Counter Terrorism (formerly known as S/CT) not, I REPEAT NOT, be informed of the on going attack. Had the Counter Terrorism Bureau been notified then that would have signaled that this was in fact a terrorist incident. That only means one thing–Hillary was busy playing politics with the lives of American citizens. She knew full well that her Under Secretary for Management, Patrick Kennedy, who oversaw the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, had ignored repeated warnings of inadequate security. They did so for a very simple reason–the U.S. Diplomatic presence in Benghazi was just an intelligence cover. It had no real diplomatic purpose. So why spend money on an effort the CIA should have been paying for?
Despite the efforts of the 7th Floor to keep the Bureau of Counter Terrorism in the dark, staff in the Operations Center disobeyed instructions and passed word to the CT Bureau, who began planning for a possible response akin to that carried out in the wake of the attack on the USS Cole in October 2000 and the bombings of the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in August 1998.
Hillary’s politicization of the event continued when the bodies of the four Americans who died in the attack arrived at Andrews Air Force Base. She insisted to the relatives of the deceased that a filmmaker, who she blamed for making an anti-Mohammed movie, would be punished for contributing to the deaths of the Americans. Despicable. Hillary, I regret having ever supported you or contributed to your campaign. I will not make that mistake again.
But that’s not all. Hillary also was helping the White House cover up a big secret. She knew that the White House, through the National Security Council, was helping the Saudis run weapons from Libya thru Turkey to the rebels in Syria. Because the White House was relying on foreign money and foreign intelligence operatives to carry out this project, Obama’s key national security aides concluded they did not have to provide a Presidential Finding to Congress. However, the point man in Libya for executing this strategy was Ambassador Chris Stevens. That’s why Stevens met with Turkey’s Ambassador a few hours prior to the attack on the so-called U.S. Consulate.
Hillary’s key move the night of September 11th, 2012, was to recommend against the deployment of the FEST. Why deploy the FEST?
he Foreign Emergency Support Team (FEST) is the U.S. government’s only interagency, on-call, short-notice team poised to respond to terrorist incidents worldwide. The FEST deploys to assist and advise the U.S. Chief of Mission in assessing crises and coordinating U.S. government crisis response activities. The FEST includes representatives from the Department of State, Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other appropriate agencies, such as Department of Energy, as circumstances warrant. FEST composition is flexible and tailored to the specific incident and U.S. Embassy needs. The FEST provides specialized crisis response expertise to augment existing U.S. Mission and host government capabilities.
Had the FEST been deployed the FBI would have been on scene within 48 hours of the attack. Instead, Hillary helped slow roll the response. She knew, as did the White House, that FBI on scene in Benghazi would quickly uncover the fact that operatives at the so-called annex were not official CIA personnel. That discovery by law enforcement officials would have opened the door to uncovering the illegal shipment of arms from Libya to jihadists in Syria.
That’s the real story that remains untold and unrecognized by the mainstream media. They are too busy praising Hillary and prepping her to be the first female President. Hillary as President, I am sorry to say, would be just as pathetic as Hillary the Secretary of State.