When 140 Characters Isn't Enough
Leadership: Two of the most important national security positions may be soon held by a diplomat who helped perpetrate a Benghazi-gate lie and a senator who has voted against every major defense system in the last 25 years.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Australia on Tuesday before a summit about deepening defense links between Australia and the U.S. as our dwindling forces pivot to the Pacific Rim. Of course, Wednesday hearings on Benghazi have nothing to do with her getting as far from Washington, D.C., as possible.
She'll be conveniently unavailable to testify on the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi and has been deafeningly silent on why and how real-time emails and video plus a claim of responsibility by the al-Qaida-linked group Ansar al-Sharia led her to promote the big lie that it was all caused by an obscure Internet video.
Clinton will soon be our former secretary of state, having successfully kicked the Benghazi can far enough down the political road to get her boss, President Obama, re-elected and proving to be the loyal foot soldier as she prepares her own presidential run in 2016.
Her replacement is said to be U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, who went on five Sunday news shows on Sept. 16 to claim the Benghazi attack was a spontaneous action by a mob inflamed by the video "Innocence of Muslims."
Rice would repeat the lie agreed upon five times, telling NBC News, for example, that "putting together the best information that we have available to us today, our current assessment is that what happened in Benghazi was, in fact, initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in Cairo; almost a copycat of — of the demonstrations against our facility in Cairo, which were prompted, of course, by the video."
In 2005, Rice co-authored an academic article postulating that terrorism was "a threat borne of both oppression and deprivation." In 1996, while serving as assistant secretary of state for African affairs under former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Rice helped persuade President Clinton to rebuff Sudan's offer to turn Osama bin Laden, who was then living there, over to U.S. authorities.
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