It’s not too difficult to figure out who Obama and his thugs want to get rid of more: Hillary Clinton or Hosni Mubarak?
Rumors are everywhere today that Hosni Mubarak is about to resign and a new epoch of horror potentially awaits the world from the Middle East. It is very possible that we are beginning to see a Cold War style “Iron Veil” about to descend. Other reports are that Vice President Suleiman will replace Mubarak when he steps down. Other rumors are that the military will rule. But it is not Hosni Mubarak’s fate which worries Obama, it is his own.
Hillary Clinton will always be a reminder that Obama is not ready for that 3:00 a.m. call. When the phone rang this January with the news from Egypt (confirming what Obama was told months ago even though he is desperately blaming others, again) Obama was not ready to answer.
Obama performed the ol’ eeny meeny miny mo to buy time and figure out what to do. Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden were forced to go out and try to buy some time with statements about “stability” while Obama consulted a Ouija board and Michelle Obama gutted some chickens to divine the path of destiny from entrails. Obama, after two years, still requires on-the-job training.
We are not alone in bringing up that 3:00 a.m. call or in noting that Obama is not ready still:
“The 3:00am call from Cairo?
During the 2008 Democratic primary campaign, Hillary Clinton asked voters who they would want to handle a phone call at 3:00am warning of a crisis – her or Barack Obama. Given recent and ongoing events in the Middle East, I believe the phone is ringing off the hook. How the Obama Administration handles that call will determine the future of much of American foreign policy in the region. Let’s hope they get it right. Judging from the formulation and execution of American foreign policy in the last two years, I am not sanguine about the outcome.
A look back at the President Obama’s foreign policy efforts in the region since he took office in January 2009 reveals a lackluster record (I am being kind).”
From the very beginning Obama tried to marginalize Hillary Clinton, appoint special envoys, force Obama cronies onto the State Department, and essentially run foreign policy. Obama displayed the same talent on foreign policy as in domestic policy – namely, both were driven into the ditch.
The moment Obama speaks things fall apart. In Iran and Syria Obama has proven a total boob. Iran continues its nuclear program and funding of “terrorist and insurgent groups”. Iran’s power in Iraq continues to grow via agents such as Muqtada al-Sadr.
Likewise, Syria is now the dominant force in Lebanon. Obama, contrary to the U.S. Senate, an Obama Dimocratic senate at that, proceeded with a “recess appointment” of an ambassador to Damascus – a post vacant since the 2005 Syrian ordered murder of Lebanese Prime Minister al-Hariri. According to Jim Hoagland and diplomatic sources this recess appointment was an absolute surprise to the State Department.
In now Syrian controlled Lebanaon, Al-Hariri’s 2005 death was supposed to be the spark for a revolution by the Lebanese against their Syrian overloads. Now the Syrians have won, the people of Lebanon defeated. An American ambassador in Syria is a reward for the tyrannical regime.
Instead of Hillary style “preconditions” and concessions from Syria in exchange for the return of the American ambassador, Barack Obama conceded the appointment with nothing to show for it.
Foreign policy has been run from the White House by now reassigned Rahm Emanuel, Jim Messina, David Axelrod, and still active in boobery Mark Lippert (chief of staff National Security council), Hillary nemesis Susan Rice (UN Ambassador), and Denis McDonough (Director National Security Council). It is also Denis McDonough who is the sewage pipe used to attack Hillary Clinton.
Sarah Palin remembers the 3:00 a.m. call Hillary Clinton warned the country about as well:
“It’s a difficult situation. This is that 3am White House phone call and it seems for many of us trying to get that information from our leader in the White House, it seems that that call went right to the answering machine. And nobody yet has explained to the American public what they know, and surely they know more than the rest of us know, who it is who will be taking the place of Mubarak.”
At Legal Insurrection the 3:00 a.m. phone call is updated to a grisly hypothetical, “What If Israel Calls At 3 a.m.?” which grows less hypothetical daily.
Last week, as Egypt exploded, Hillary Clinton hosted a much needed, first ever meeting of all 260 American ambassadors in more than 180 countries. The ambassadors were able to meet with their respective regional bureaus in Washington for two days and then hear the equivalent of a “State of the Union/State Department” address from Hillary Clinton. It is a very good idea for ambassadors to be able to talk with each other and with the Washington bureaucracy and get a singular chance to commune with each other.
Hillary Clinton had the foresight to organize that meeting of ambassadors on a week that such a meeting was needed. Hillary Clinton understands that a government leader must not only have a vision, a world-view, communication skills but also the ability to inspire and lead the bureaucracy of government. That meeting must have threatened many at the White House.
John Kerry, who along with Ted Kennedy worked secretly at first and then publicly to gift Obama the Democratic Party nomination, jumped at the chance to go after Hillary. Kerry, was used to attack Hillary and the very word she was asked by Obama to push – “stability”. Kerry wrote an op-ed in the New York Times in which he ostensibly advised Hosni Mubarak “must accept that the stability of his country hinges….” This was a crack to disparage Hillary for conveying the message she was told to convey.
John Kerry also arranged for his home town newspaper to praise him as the next obvious secretary of state. Wrote the Boston Globe of Kerry:
“AS EGYPT battles over its future, Senator John Kerry is negotiating his own.
The Bay State’s senior senator is running an unofficial campaign to become the next secretary of state. For once, he looks artful, as well as ambitious.[snip]
With Egypt as the backdrop, Kerry knows the truth of an often-cited maxim that is associated with Obama’s former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel.
Out of crisis, comes opportunity.”
Kerry of course denied that he has ambition to be the next secretary of state. The Kerry denial of what is staring everyone in the face was mocked by ABC News:
“Got that? John Kerry is not auditioning to be Secretary of State. He is not lobbying for the job. He does not secretly covet the job. He is perfectly happy right where he is.”
Kerry’s moves are part of the long war Barack Obama is secretly waging against Hillary Clinton which we have outlined (See, Barack Obama At War With Hillary Clinton (And Thank You Andrew Breitbart), and Mark Halperin’s Book – Harry Reid’s Negro Macaca, Barack Obama’s War On Hillary Clinton, Part I, and Mark Halperin’s Book – Harry Reid’s Negro Macaca, Barack Obama’s War On Hillary Clinton, Part II, and Mark Halperin’s Book – Harry Reid’s Negro Macaca, Barack Obama’s War On Hillary Clinton, Part III, and Obama At War With Hillary Clinton And General McChrystal (The New Shinseki), and Going… Going… Gone).
John Kerry was doing the work of Obama while helping himself. Obama was confused about Egypt in the same way he was confused about the Russian invasion of Georgia during the general election of 2008. Obama’s foreign policy is no preconditions, no knowledge, no defense of America, no idea what to do other than bow and wow them with his “personality”, no idea of what, when, where, how, or who.
Hillary Clinton by contrast has known all the players in this crisis for years. She knows Hosni Mubarak very well. She knows how Mubarak thinks. She knows how to deal with Mubarak. In other words Hillary is a problem for Barack and his goons.
What exactly did the original 3:00 a.m. phone call warning from Hillary Clinton say?
“It’s 3:00 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep. But there’s a phone in the White House and it’s ringing. Something is happening in the world. Your vote will decide who answers that call – whether it’s someone who already knows the world’s leaders, knows the military, someone tested and ready to lead in a dangerous world. It’s 3:00 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep. Who do you want answering the phone?”
The person you want nowhere near the phone is inexperienced and unqualified Barack Obama. After setting up Hillary Clinton (and Joe Biden who denied Mubarak is a dictator) to claim “stability” in Egypt, Obama knew there was only one person who knew what she was doing. That however did not mean that Hillary Clinton would be allowed to operate without backstabbing knives in her back. If Hillary said “A” the White House said “B”:
“The actions of the Egyptian government amid protests there will determine whether the United States continues to give aid to the north African country, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday.
The White House will “make determinations” based on Egypt’s response to the protests, Gibbs told reporters. “We are … watching the actions of [the Egyptian] government,” he said.
Gibbs’s position appears to be different than that of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who said Sunday that “there’s no discussion at this time about cutting off aid” to Egypt.
“Right now, we are trying to convey a message that is very clear,” Clinton said on ABC’s “This Week.” “We want to ensure that there is no violence and no provocation that results in violence, and we want to see these reforms and process of national dialogue begin.”
The backstabbing against Hillary Clinton by Obama goons continues. But Barack Obama desperately needs Hillary. Politico described the headless chicken in the egg shaped office and the smart plucky blond lady:
“Confronted with the most acute foreign policy crisis of his administration, President Barack Obama is increasingly relying on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her advice and connections — including a 20-year friendship with the family of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak that has drawn fire from human rights advocates.”
Again, what did that 3:00 a.m. ad say? (“Your vote will decide who answers that call – whether it’s someone who already knows the world’s leaders, knows the military, someone tested and ready to lead in a dangerous world.”)
Inexperienced, unqualified, Barack Obama needs Hillary but he will still wage a secret war against her:
“It was Clinton who came up with the idea of sending Frank Wisner, U.S. ambassador to Egypt in the 1980’s, to Cairo to deliver Obama’s pointed request that Mubarak not seek a new term as the country’s leader, an administration official told POLITICO.
And it was Clinton who Obama dispatched to appear on five Sunday morning shows to send a not-so-subtle message to the tottering dictator that the time had come for a “peaceful transition to real democracy,” not Mubarak’s “faux democracy.”
We note that it is “an administration official” who says Hillary “came up with the idea of sending Frank Wisner.” Wisner of course did a good job of communicating the need for Mubarak to not attack the demonstrators. But Wisner also had business interests in Egypt which is the sly White House way of smearing Hillary.
We also note that the “faux democracy” remark by Hillary Clinton is in fact not an attack on Mubarak but instead the “faux democracy” if Islamic extremists such as the Muslim Brotherhood rule in Egypt. This is an example of Politico putting words in Hillary’s mouth that she never has uttered. Here is the direct quote along with Hillary Clinton reprimanding David Gregory for putting words in her mouth:
“David, you cannot keep trying to put words in my mouth. I’ve never said that. I don’t intend to say that. I want the Egyptian people to have the chance to chart a new future. It needs to be an orderly, peaceful transition to real democracy, not faux democracy like the elections we saw in Iran two years ago, where you have one election 30 years ago and then the people just keep staying in power and become less and less responsive to their people. We want to see a real democracy that reflects the vibrancy of Egyptian society. And we believe that President Mubarak, his government, civil society, political activists, need to be part of a national dialogue to bring that about.”
Politico, like David Gregory, put words in Hillary’s mouth. We’re taking them out and throwing them back at Politico.
At least Politico has not forgotten the 3:00 a.m. ad:
“As a Democratic presidential candidate in 2008, Clinton aired the famous “3 a.m.” commercial, with its image of a White House phone ringing with news of an international crisis, to question Obama’s foreign policy experience. But in the past week, Clinton has been at the center of Obama’s frantic attempt to keep pace with spiraling events — including a critical meeting in the Oval Office last Saturday when Obama deputized Clinton to clarify the administration’s confused response to the crisis.
Politico is of course ignoring the facts they themselves reported that Hillary did try to “clarify the administration’s confused response to the crisis” but that after Hillary spoke Robert Gibbs stabbed her in the back and muddied the waters and the policy further. Obama needs Hillary but he also wants to remove her as a player – backstabbing and dirty politics are Obama’s Chicago Way. Obama does not like to be reminded that Hillary knows (as her ad stated) the players and the policy:
“Just as importantly, she also is providing valuable insights into Mubarak’s behavior, according to officials. Those insights are honed from years of contact with the 82-year-old Egyptian leader and his much younger wife, a relationship that deepened during Clinton’s 1999 trip to Egypt with her daughter Chelsea.
“Hillary knows Mubarak is a dictator, and they aren’t close friends,” says a former top U.S. diplomat with ties to Obama. “But she knows him well enough — well enough to know this guy isn’t Saddam Hussein, and he’s probably the one who told the army not to fire into the crowd.”
Clinton is even closer to Suzanne Mubarak, supporting her human rights work, including initiatives geared at reducing youth unemployment and campaigns to stop human trafficking and the sexual mutilation of women.”
What is Hillary doing and why is she qualified to do it?
“Mubarak needs to be shown a path out of this, and Hillary’s trying to find a way to do that,” added the official, who says Clinton also is sharing her experience with other Mideast leaders who may be facing similar upheaval. “She knows a lot of these people on a personal level.”
Hillary Clinton’s experience and abilities are needed now more than ever:
“… the administration has never faced a foreign crisis of this magnitude that requires “all hands on deck,” according to a senior administration official.
But it’s also because the pragmatic Clinton is “one of the few remaining grown-ups,” in the words of one former State Department higher-up, who can speak authoritatively at a time of rapid staff turnover in the West Wing.
“She’s the obvious choice to adopt this role,” says Daniel Kurtzer who served as ambassador to Egypt under Bill Clinton and as President George W. Bush’s ambassador to Israel.
“You need someone out there who understands the complexity of this situation,” adds Kurtzer. “And she’s one of the only people who could step in. She knows all of these players very well, and that’s critical at a time when the administration is presented with so few good alternatives.”
Hillary Clinton indeed knows the complexities. At the Munich Security Conference Hillary Clinton led the way:
“In the Middle East, we have not yet seen security and democratic development converge in the same way. Let me offer a few observations about where we’ve come from and where we need to go. [snip]
For decades, though, most of these same governments have not pursued the kind of political and economic reforms that would make them more democratic, responsible, and accountable. In Doha last month, I urged the leaders of the region to address the needs and aspirations of their people and offer a positive vision for the future for their sake and for ours because the region is being battered by a perfect storm of powerful trends. A growing majority of its people are under the age of 30. Many of these young people, even the most educated among them, cannot find work.
At the same time, however, they are more connected with each other and with events occurring around them because of technology. And this generation is rightly demanding that their governments become more effective, more responsive, and more open. All of this is taking place against a backdrop of depleting resources. Water tables are dropping, and oil reserves are running out.
Leaders in the region may be able to hold back the tide for a little while, but not for long. That has been the story of the last weeks. It is what has driven demonstrators into the streets of Tunis, Cairo, and cities throughout the area. The status quo is simply not sustainable. So for all our friends, for all the friends in the region including governments and people, the challenge is to help our partners take systematic steps to usher in a better future where people’s voices are heard, their rights respected, and their aspirations met.”
Hillary Clinton has laid out the challenges and Hillary Clinton understands the threat:
“This is not simply a matter of idealism. It is a strategic necessity. Without genuine progress toward open and accountable political systems, the gap between people and their governments will only grow, and instability will only deepen. Across the region, there must be clear and real progress toward open, transparent, fair, and accountable systems. Now, in some countries, this transition is happening quickly; in others it will take more time. Different countries face different circumstances.
And of course, there are risks. There are risks with the transition to democracy. It can be chaotic. It can cause short-term instability. Even worse – and we have seen it before – the transition can backslide into just another authoritarian regime. Revolutions have overthrown dictators in the name of democracy only to see the political process hijacked by new autocrats who use violence, deception, and rigged elections to stay in power or to advance an agenda of extremism.
So the transition to democracy will only work if it is deliberate, inclusive, and transparent. Those who want to participate in the political system must commit to basic principles such as renouncing violence as a tool of political coercion, respecting the rights of minorities – ethnic and religious minorities, participating in a spirit of tolerance and compromise. Those who refuse to make those commitments do not deserve a seat at the table. We will continue to champion free and fair elections as an essential part of building and maintaining a democracy.
But we know elections alone are not sufficient. They’re not even sufficient to secure lasting change. So we also must work together to support the institutions of good governance, the rule of law and an independent judiciary, transparency and a free press, strong political parties, protection for the rights of minorities and more, because those, indeed, are the building blocks of a true democracy.”
Those are words that must make the Muslim Brotherhood afraid. Hillary Clinton is demonstrating the type of experience, knowledge, and ability that Barack Obama fears.
The world is on the edge of a knife.