“…under the bus!”
Seems one Hillary Rodham Clinton, Democratic Candidate for President in 2016, and oh yes, current Secretary of State, has no intention of being thrown under the Obama/Biden campaign bus over the criminally-negligent fiasco in Benghazi on September 11th.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney made the first public attempt to do so in yesterday’s press briefing:
He meant the White House. In over four hours of testimony, the testimony that you just referenced the other day, no one who testified about this matter suggested that requests for additional security were made to the President or the White House. These are issues appropriately that are handled by security professionals at the State Department. And that’s what he was talking about.
Carney, of course, was commenting on a question asked regarding VP Joe Biden’s rather curious debate remarks that directly contradicted State Department assertions and Congressional testimony about the attack in Benghazi, and the security levels there on September 11th, 2012. While probably technically truthful, those remarks hardly reflect a united Cabinet, nor portray the Secretary of State as being seamlessly joined to the President as the executor of foreign policy. And it is not the first time that Carney’s words have directly rebuffed State Department explanations.
There is plenty of incompetence, complacency, neglect, and arrogance to go around at the Chief Executive and Secretary of State level. More than enough, I do believe, for our enemies to be emboldened because they know that it is amateur hour at 1600 Pennsylvania and at Foggy Bottom. But Hillary, the politician, will not sit quietly and let Obama assert that “The buck stops over there!”
This could get interesting, to be sure. As Tony Lee over at Big Peace summarizes, the Clintons and Obama are not on the best of terms anyway. Former President Bill, a more astute political wheeler-dealer than either Obama or Hillary, has little to lose to ensure that Obama and Biden don’t ruin Hillary’s chances in 2016. And Bill or Hillary may be willing to torpedo the WON’s increasingly tenuous re-election bid in 2012 to prevent it.
Shame that neither Hillary or Obama cared as much about the lives of a US Ambassador and our diplomatic personnel, or about America’s standing in the world, as they do about not getting any of the blood shed through their neglect splattered on their respective political futures.