The House Oversight Committee meets today in an attempt to unravel what happened in Benghazi Libya. We’ll do their work for them.
First draw the organizational chart. Hillary Clinton is the Secretary of State and she runs the State Department. But it is not that simple. Recall that in 2009 Barack Obama put in one of his enforcers as the #2 at the State Department in order to thwart Hillary Clinton and to keep eyes on her.
Recall also that Susan Rice, an Obama supporter in 2008, was placed by Obama without Hillary Clinton’s input as United Nations Ambassador. Rice was supposed to be a power center against Hillary Clinton and therefore was also given cabinet level status and a direct line to Barack Obama without having to go through the Secretary of State.
Also in 2009 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was purposefully circumvented when Obama appointed special envoys to coordinate policy with him, not Hillary, in major areas of foreign policy. Remember how in 2009 the speculation was rampant that Hillary Clinton had been boxed in and left as a powerless figurehead while special envoys like Richard Holbrooke (Afghanistan and Pakistan), Dennis Ross (Arab-Israeli conflict, Iran), Daniel Kurtzer (Near East), Wendy Sherman (North Korea).
Hillary eventually got rid of Obama’s watchdog at State, Holbrook died, and the diffusion of power via special envoys fell apart due to Obama’s indifference and the natural flow of power to the office of the Secretary of State.
But Susan Rice remains an independent power center to block Hillary and Rice does so at the behest of Barack Obama.
Want to know why it was Susan Rice, not the Secretary of State that went on a flurry of talk shows to announce that it was a Youtube video that led to the death of an American Ambassador, the sacking of American embassies, and riots in Muslim capitals? Get a clue, Hillary Clinton would not go on TV to lie for Obama and in either case Barack Obama did not trust her to do so.
It’s not the first time this has happened. John Kerry has been ordered to appear on political interview shows, like Susan Rice, specifically to circumvent Hillary Clinton. Nothing new here. For a long time we have been tracking the war between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton:
“Any doubts about the accuracy of our many reports (list of links HERE) on the secret and sometimes not so secret war by Barack Obama against Hillary Clinton should have been completely dispelled this week. Proof emerged that last week John Kerry was enlisted by Barack Obama to specifically target and undermine, on a nationally broadcast (Meet The Press) television show, the Secretary of State.”
Susan Rice was deployed by Barack Obama to go on political shows in order to lie about what happened in Libya. It was the Sunday of the Libya Fibya.
As we’ve written repeatedly we want a full and thorough investigation about the Libya Fibya with conclusions delivered well before November’s election day:
“Then there is the Benghazi Libya disaster that is every day exposed as more and more lies. We want an investigation. We want Romney to make it a central critique at the last debate which will concentrate on foreign policy. Yesterday Mitt Romney began to outline his foreign policy vision but on October 22 he will have to expose Barack Obama’s foreign policy delusions and failures.
Obama’s failures are not restricted to domestic policy. Obama’s failures extend to the foreign policy fields and there he has taken a toll on lives. As we have written before we want Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to provide testimony to Congress about the Benghazi Libya September 11, 2012 terrorist attack and we think she will come out smelling like a rose. The recent news is that the day after September 11, 2012 an Under Secretary of State told Congress the attack was a terrorist attack. The culprit here is Barack Obama and his thwart Hillary Clinton appointee – Susan Rice.”
As the excerpts and links above demonstrate, Hillary Clinton’s State Department declared to congressional investigators on September 12, 2012 that the Benghazi attack was a terrorist operation timed for September 11, 2012 and that the Youtube video had nothing to do with the terrorist actions. Hillary knew what the investigators were told so why would she go on TV talk shows to lie.
What must have shocked the congressional investigators was that after Hillary’s State Department briefing of congressional investigators Susan Rice would go on TV to blame the Youtube video as the source of the attacks.
A full investigation is required and the results published for all to see before Election Day 2012, a few weeks away. Let the necessary heads be lopped off. We think Hillary Clinton will come out smelling like a rose. Barack Obama will come out smelling like what he is.
Despite the provocative headline it appears that Representative Issa knows that he will fail at “getting” Hillary Clinton in the same way he failed at “getting” Bill Clinton:
“Rep. Issa closes in on Clinton
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is setting his sights on his biggest political target yet: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is treading more carefully than he did with his investigation of Attorney General Eric Holder and the Fast and Furious gun-tracking program, which led to a House vote placing Holder in contempt.
Issa has not called on Clinton to testify at a hearing Wednesday morning meant to investigate security lapses at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.”
As we wrote, the headline is a “get Hillary” headline authored by The Hill, but the substance is the opposite of the headline:
“Issa’s staff has also praised Clinton for vowing to cooperate with the investigation of how an attack on the consulate left U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other American diplomats dead.
“After dealing with the Department of Justice’s stonewalling in Operation Fast and Furious, the State Department and Secretary Clinton have been a breath of fresh air,” said Frederick Hill, a spokesman for Issa, in an interview with The Hill. “They pledged their cooperation when we made our first two witness requests.”
We want the truth and if Hillary Clinton messed up she should not be exempt from scrutiny or the consequences of failure. But as we said, we expect Hillary to come out of this smelling like a rose. That’s not to say that some dummies will take their eyes off target Obama and slake their foolish thirst to “get the Clintons”. The target should be Obama but some fools think it is smart to lose focus and target someone else. Fools:
“While Issa has not directly criticized Clinton, one of his lieutenants — Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) — did on Tuesday, arguing the White House and Clinton had been more concerned with normalizing relations with Libya’s new government than with security.
“It seems to be a coordinated effort between the White House and the State Department, from Secretary Clinton to President Obama’s White House,” Chaffetz said on the Fox News Channel morning show.
He said State had been too concerned that “putting up barbed wire on our facility would lead to the wrong impression.”
Issa has called four witnesses for the hearing.
Two of them have alleged that the State Department refused requests for more security in Libya, prompting Issa’s probe.
Eric Nordstrom, a regional security officer who left Tripoli about two months before the attack, told the committee that Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Programs Charlene Lamb wanted to keep the number of U.S. security personnel in Benghazi “artificially low,” according to the Democratic memo.
And Lt. Col. Andy Wood, the head of a 16-member special operations team that left Libya in August, said Stevens wanted his team to stay in the country.
The State Department is sending Lamb and Patrick Kennedy, the undersecretary for management, to give its version of events.”
It was Patrick Kennedy that briefed the committee on September 12 and stated that the Benghazi attack was a terrorist operation not a Youtube video reaction as Barack Obama and Susan Rice were saying. Let’s have an investigation but keep the focus where it belongs. The good news is that Congressman Issa appears to know that Obama is the problem:
“A fight between Issa and Clinton would have implications not only in the 2012 election, but possibly 2016 as well, given speculation — rejected by Clinton — that she might run again for the White House.
The real target for all of Issa’s investigations is Obama, whom Clinton is under pressure to protect even as she looks to cement her own reputation as a successful secretary of State.
And Issa, in going after State, is setting himself up for a battle with one of the country’s most popular and influential political figures.
Clinton is also a Washington player with a cadre of loyal lieutenants dedicated to protecting her image — not to mention her husband, President Bill Clinton.
Clinton and Issa have tangled in the past. [snip]
Problems for Clinton could arise down the road as the committee looks into whether it was misled by the administration — a central theme to Issa’s investigation of Holder.”
It’s not a problem for Hillary Clinton that Barack Obama and his cronies did mislead the committee and the American people not to mention attacking the principle of free speech. While WaPo wonders: Say, where’s Hillary these days? we don’t wonder. Hillary is on the job keeping America safe.
Barack Obama is the problem and it is also Barack Obama’s problem. He’s the one up for reelection. Barack Obama is the problem and the liar:
“After the Benghazi attack, the administration initially held that it wasn’t premeditated, but rather caused by a protest that got out of control. Officials now acknowledge the attack was terrorism. [snip]
For the time being, Issa’s office holds that Clinton’s response has been noticeably different from the DOJ’s and says it is optimistic about the course of the probe.
“In great contrast, the State Department, to this point, does not seem to have drawn any hard lines in terms of either casting blame or defending what happened,” said Hill. “They have indicated publicly that they share the committee’s desire to learn what happened here.”
A State Department official on Tuesday offered a closed-door briefing requested by the chairmen of eight panels with jurisdiction over foreign affairs, which Issa sat in on, after being given permission by Clinton to do so.”
The State Department gave another briefing yesterday which is consistent with the statements it has provided from the very beginning:
“The size and “lethality” of the attack on the U.S. consulate compound in Benghazi, Libya, that left Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead was “unprecedented,” a senior State Department official said today.
Senior State Department officials today gave the most detailed account to-date of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other diplomats. One official said the nature of the assault was unparalleled in recent history.
“The lethality and number of armed people is unprecedented,” one of the officials said. “There was no attack anywhere in Libya — Tripoli or Benghazi — like this, So it is unprecedented and would be very, very hard to find a precedent like that in recent diplomatic history.”
Though the timeline of events outlined on the call was similar to the last official account of the incident, which was given on Sept. 12, some stark differences and new details were revealed.
The biggest difference was a clear statement that there were no protests before the attack. Also it was revealed that former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods died from a mortar attack and that officials still do not know how Stevens, who was suffering from severe smoke inhalation, made it from the compound to the hospital.”
The State Department account, contrary to the “biggest difference” language, has been consistent and accurate. It is Barack Obama and his hench-woman at the U.N. that have been consistently lying.
There were no protests at the embassy the night of the terrorist attack in Benghazi according to the State Department briefing. It’s war between the State Department and the White House:
“Asked about the initial reports of the protests, the official said that while “others” in the administration may have said there were protests, the State Department did not.
“That was not our conclusion,” the official said.”
That is not to say the State Department is in the clear. Still to be explained is the lack of appropriate security at the embassy in Benghazi. We want a full investigation of what happened.
We have no doubt that Barack Obama wanted to make it appear that everything was hunky dory in Libya in order to score political points for his reelection. What must be determined is whether Hillary Clinton and/or the State Department cooperated in this foolishness. We doubt it. But we want a full and complete investigation of all these questions.
In this war between the State Department and the Obama White House there is the Bill Clinton factor. Some have been critical of Bill Clinton for “helping” Barack Obama so ostentatiously. Bill Clinton agreed to “help” Obama’s reelection efforts well before September 11, 2013 so his help is not related to a “cover-up” of Benghazi-gate.
Never-the-less Bill Clinton has Obama in a very ugly death grip. Usually Barack Obama responds to crisis by “blaming the staff” and throwing someone “under the bus”. The person Barack Obama would love to bury after squashing under the bloody tires of the overused bus is Hillary Clinton.
But in this case, Obama cannot throw Hillary Clinton under the bus. That’s because Bill Clinton has made himself so essential to Obama’s reelection campaign Bill Clinton could retaliate and throw Obama under the bus and when the Clinton bus rolls….
We find ourselves in the giggly position that Hillary Clinton could throw Obama under the bus. She does not have to drive the bus herself. In Washington there is the wonderful world of “leaks”. Someone partial to Hillary and hostile to Obama could continue to leak information to Issa’s Government Oversight Committee which embarrasses Obama.
Hillary would come out of it all smelling like a rose because she gets to tell the truth about Obama while Bill Clinton gets to play the loyal party guy. The truth – that’s something Obama cannot afford as his campaign collapses.
The State Department undermined the Obama lies right from the beginning by telling committee investigators what really happened in Benghazi. We want a complete investigation and answers to what happened on the remaining open questions about security and requests for security.
As the Obama campaign collapses at home and abroad Mitt Romney is blooming. Romney even has a personal story to tell regarding the Libya Fibya disaster:
“Mitt Romney shared a remarkable story at a campaign rally in Iowa today, his voice wavering and cracking slightly as he described the tragic death of a former Navy SEAL he’d met years earlier. The young man was from Massachusetts; he died in Benghazi during the September 11 terrorist attack against the American consulate that claimed the life of US Ambassador Chris Stevens. [snip]
Romney isn’t generally known for forging emotional connections with audiences, but this was a notable exception. The opening to his grave anecdote was actually quite funny, as the candidate described a Christmas party miscommunication that led to the chance encounter. But when Romney reached the point where the story turned somber, he cast his eyes down at the ground and fought to steady his voice. The GOP ticket has recently stepped up its criticism of the Obama administration over their disastrous mishandling of security in Benghazi and their subsequent flurry of lies and misdirection. Only recently was the Republican nominee informed that the ex-SEAL who perished was indeed the man he’d met those many years ago. This realization appeared to affect and galvanize Romney; Benghazi just got personal.”
Mitt Romney has a powerful story to tell the nation on October 22 during the final debate which focuses on foreign policy. Today we need answers from the State Department about the fictitious stories Barack Obama has told the nation.