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Wednesday, March 02, 2016


Assuming the Hillary Clinton is not indicted for national security violations or that emails indicating influence peddling via the Clinton Global Initiative are not found on her server's wiped disk drive, it looks, after the Super Tuesday primary results, like she will be the Democratic party's nominee for president. The fact that Clinton is corrupt (consider her CGI dealings over the past two decades) and a liar (consider that she stated unequivocally that her private email server contained no top secret emails when in fact it contained well over 1,800 of them), it's surprising that the Dems are backing her, but then again, dishonesty and corruption have become the norm in the White House over the past 7 years.

But what about accomplishments? Clinton does have chutzpa, suggesting that her time as Secretary of State gives her impeccable foreign policy credentials. But even her cheerleaders at The New York Times have begun to question her judgment and accomplishments in that realm. Reporters Shane Scott and Jo Becker write:
Two days before, Mrs. Clinton had taken a triumphal tour of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and for weeks top aides had been circulating a “ticktock” that described her starring role in the events that had led to this moment. The timeline, her top policy aide, Jake Sullivan, wrote, demonstrated Mrs. Clinton’s “leadership/ownership/stewardship of this country’s Libya policy from start to finish.” The memo’s language put her at the center of everything: “HRC announces … HRC directs … HRC travels … HRC engages,” it read.

It was a brag sheet for a cabinet member eyeing a presidential race, and the Clinton team’s eagerness to claim credit for her prompted eye-rolling at the White House and the Pentagon. Some joked that to hear her aides tell it, she had practically called in the airstrikes herself.

But there were plenty of signs that the triumph would be short-lived, that the vacuum left by Colonel Qaddafi’s death invited violence and division.

In fact, on the same August day that Mr. Sullivan had compiled his laudatory memo, the State Department’s top Middle East hand, Jeffrey D. Feltman, had sent a lengthy email with an utterly different tone about what he had seen on his own visit to Libya.

The country’s interim leaders seemed shockingly disengaged, he wrote. Mahmoud Jibril, the acting prime minister, who had helped persuade Mrs. Clinton to back the opposition, was commuting from Qatar, making only “cameo” appearances. A leading rebel general had been assassinated, underscoring the hazard of “revenge killings.” Islamists were moving aggressively to seize power, and members of the anti-Qaddafi coalition, notably Qatar, were financing them.
Libya has subsequently devolved in chaos. It is now a failed state in which al Qaeda and ISIS find safe haven. Try as they might, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton can't find a way to blame George W. Bush or the GOP for the debacle they created.

In a remarkable moment of candor, the NYT reporters connect the dots:
And Mrs. Clinton would be mostly a bystander as the country dissolved into chaos, leading to a civil war that would destabilize the region, fueling the refugee crisis in Europe and allowing the Islamic State to establish a Libyan haven that the United States is now desperately trying to contain.
So ... the Dems offer the people of the United States a politician who is corrupt, who is a serial liar, and whose incompetent leadership of the State Department destabilized an entire region of the world. What a resume'!