Hillary Clinton played the part of the good soldier yesterday and jumped on the grenade that was sure to fling shrapnel at her boss, President Obama. While she claimed to take credit for the Benghazi security failings, she seemed to qualify it by saying, “I take responsibility for what happened… but it wasn’t really my fault…”
Secretary of State Clinton had been thrown under the bus on Thursday’s Vice Presidential debate as Vice President Biden had to make a choice- the Obama Administration or Hillary. Being the stand-up guy he is, he opted to throw Hillary to the wolves in the misguided hope that that would settle this issue and shield this disastrous administration from harm. It won’t.
Hillary admitted the security failings yesterday as she hid out in Peru to avoid the immediate political fallout. Claiming that the “buck stopped with her,” Hillary assumed responsibility for refusing the repeated requests for additional security personnel in Benghazi. Hillary then qualified her culpability by laying it off on subordinates and saying that security precautions were the responsibility of “security professionals.” Please…
Since the Obama Administration’s meddling in North Africa and the Middle East, the region has become remarkably unstable. So, it does seem odd that such requests are not taken seriously.
It is nearly impossible to buy this newest story. Kudos to Hillary for being a loyal soldiers and the newest scapegoat for this administration, but the fact is that Obama has been meddling in State Department affairs since the beginning of his presidency. He has stuck his nose into the operations and micro-managed foreign policy. It is a certainty that the security requests were run up the flag pole and were denied by the Obama Administration. After the attack, the Obama Administration tried a variety of different stories to see what the American people will believe. This latest story is no different.
They called it a “protest” at first. They blamed it on a YouTube video and its creator. That never gained much traction, so they switched to plan B, and blamed it on the intelligence community. That didn’t last long, so now they’re dropping this scandal on the doorstep of the State Department, lighting it on fire and running away. At what point do they just come clean and say, “We are thoroughly in over our heads,” and tell us what we already know- that the Obama Administration is responsible.
The Obama Administration believed that additional security in the post-Qaddafi mess that he helped create, would be perceived as a show of force. Denying the security personnel left our embassy vulnerable to attack and now they are in full-blown, Nixonian-style cover-up mode.
Are Hillary and the State Department to blame? Sure. But there is no honor in covering for a coward. President Obama screwed up and people died. More than merely a matter of principle, we cannot afford to have this man at the wheel any longer.