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.
This is just like the Bush response to September 11th. Just like then, the White House tries to bury the truth. I cannot believe how hideous Barack's presidency has become.
I never expected a great deal from the 'mixed' man. (He self-described as "mixed" this week. Did you know? We did the roundtable for the gina & krista round-robin today so we'd have an easy night tomorrow and because Gina has a personal event tomorrow night. And in the roundtable, C.I. was going over one speech after another that Barack's given since September 11th. In one of those, one from this week, he described himself as "mixed." While describing Michelle as Black. Michelle is Black.)
But I never would have thought this was where we were headed.
I knew going in that he lied and that he wasn't up for the job.
That he'd declare he had the right to kill any American citizen he wanted to?
Wouldn't have guessed it.
That he'd start an illegal war in Libya and dismiss the War Powers Act?
Wouldn't have guessed it.
That he would lie for weeks about a tragic event to cover up his own incompetence?
He is awful. He is hideous. He needs to go.
In the snapshot, C.I. notes today's hearing but also notes an appeal from Jill Stein's campaign. I'm not giving any money. I did in the past. Until her campaign can start holding Barack accountable, I don't take them seriously. And won't.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"