Monday, October 15, 2012
OBAMA Throws Hillary Under the Benghazi Bus !
Two battles could kill the presidency of Barack Obama-- one with al-Qaida and the scarier with Hillary Clinton. We all know by now that on September 11, a heavily armed Islamist militia linked to al-Qaida launched a coordinated attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, killing the U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three others. Bizarrely, the White House for 10 days insisted this attack with machine guns and mortars was just one more protest against as anti-Islamic video clip on YouTube.
White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters during a press conference last week that responsibility for the consulate in Libya fell on the State Department, not the White House. However, Sen. Lindsey Graham leveled conspiracy charges against the White House for attempting to cover up the terrorist attack. Graham said on CBS' Face the Nation he knows for a fact the administration was told within 24 hours of the incident it was carried out by al-Qaida operatives. He said, ''They're trying to sell the narrative that the mid-East wars are receding, and al-Qaida has been dismantled and their silly leading-from-behind didn't work. When something goes bad, they deny, they deceive, they delay then the blame-game starts while the real truth is, we're not safer. Al-Qaida is alive even if bin Laden is dead.'' Yesterday, Hillary Clinton's State Department released the transcript of a briefing on the Benghazi attack that makes Barack Obama seem a liar.
It seems Obama doesn't mind biting the hand the feeds him. Former president Clinton has been working overtime to drag Barack's butt across the election finish line. Clinton, using his substantial credibility, has been hands-down President Obama's most effective advocate. So how is Obama awarding Clinton for his heavy lifting? By throwing Hillary under the Benghazi bus it appears. To save his political career, Obama would more than likely even throw his own grandmother under the bus. And Biden's 2016 presidential ambitions (no, I'm not joking) provide him with an extra incentive to see Hillary become the fall-gal for Benghazi.
With tensions between President Obama and the Clintons at a new high, former President Bill Clinton is moving fast to develop a contingency plan for how his wife should react if Obama attempts to tie the Benghazi fiasco around her neck. Ed Klein, best-selling author of "The Amateur", says, ''I'm sure Bill Clinton is furious. He is not taking this lying down.'' Klein says that sources close to the Clintons are telling him that Bill has assembled an informal team to discuss how Hillary should deal with the issue. ''If blame for the security failures falls to Hillary Clinton, it's possible that she would even consider resigning over the issue,'' Klein said.
But as for the chance that Hillary would resign, Klein said in an interview; ''At this moment, it appears unlikely that she's going to do that. I men it would be an extreme step for her to take. Not only would it be hard to predict how it would play out as far as Hillary is concerned in the future, but it would certainly damage Obama's chances for re-election if she resigned.''
The Way I See It....if Hillary resigned before the election, Democrats would never forgive her for undermining Obama's election chances in a fit of pique. If she resigned after the election, assuming an Obama victory, the president probably would happily accept it, and she would be out in the cold. That might not be a terrible place to be considering what a second Obama term likely would hold in store. However, Hillary would be leaving under a cloud. If she is left with this stain on her reputation, it could seriously damage her chances for election in 2016. And this is what is really bothering Bill more than anything.
UPDATE: Today (16 October) Hillary Clinton decided to fall-on-her-sword and called a press conference to take the blame for the Benghazi fiasco. She said it was her State Department's responsibility for security matters and the President and Vice-President didn't handle those matters directly. She also said that her coming forward would avoid ''a gotcha'' moment with just 3 weeks till the election. I guess Hillary saw on what-side-her-bread-was-buttered and sucked-it-up to stay in the Democrats goodbooks. How it will reflect on her political future is anybody's guess. For Obama, it's not over yet...I can assure you.