Oh, my, this is priceless. From Peru, Hillary Clinton has "taken responsibility" for Benghazi. No doubt, on its face, the act would seem to be a heroic effort to take the heat off the President and Vice President as the election nears. But with the Clintons, nothing is ever as it seems. Keep in mind that: She did this the night before a real make-or-break debate for the President; By doing it she made Obama and Biden look small and cowardly for seeking to throw her under the bus, thereby elevating her stature while diminishing theirs; She did nothing to
Comments: That's Liebau's evaluation. We'll know Tuesday before, during and after the debate if the press whores are going to go after 0bama on this still or will totally switch to Hillary who is conveniently hiding in South America. If Hillary IS doing this for herself then I expect to hear another comment from her soon on the line of ''But wait, there's more.''
"She raised the question -- which now may be put to Obama -- of whether she should be fired. If she is asked, of course she may answer demurely that she serves at the pleasure of the President. In any case, he is now hamstrung; if he answers "yes," she should be fired, he infuriates a lot of Dems -- and potentially a lot of women, but if he answers "no," he risks seeming insufficiently upset about what happened to the ". HillBilly may get their revenge yet!
This really does make Obama look like a coward for not accepting responsibility for it.Obama continued to spew the video line long after it was known it was a terror attack. If these people ever told the truth about anything,you wouldn't recognize who they are.Obama has no respect at all for anybody that gives their life for their country."Somebody died? Oh,I'd better get to that fundraiser"
By throwing herself on the sword for Obama,,Hilldawg has built up some creds for 2016.There had to be some kind of deal cut,the Clintons don't do anything without a price.
The Clintons and Obamas are plagues on this country that will never go away.
...Hillary has made it well known that she was leaving after this term...
...we may well be watching a game of "political chess" going on. The Benghazi story is just starting to boil and this move will perk up tomorrow's debate, keep the story growing as we hit the last debate next week...
...0bama is gone, the question is which move is the checkmate?...
You have to hand it to the Clintons, no matter how grudgingly. This is diabolically clever on several levels. On the surface level, it creates a nod of admiration for the acceptance of responsibility and invites immediate comparison to "him who never accepts blame". Beyond this initial reaction, one realizes that this is a case where the acceptance of responsibility won't have any consequences. For you chess players, think of it as a "poison pawn sacrifice". In other words, if Obama accepts it (actually, whether he fires her or not) it's deadly for him.
At a deeper level,even if you conclude that Hillary is the primary person at fault, it invites the question, "Mr. President, how could you NOT be aware of such a major decision by your Secretary of State, and once you were made aware, how could you not take appropriate action or even personally correct the record?"
This is at least "discovered check" if not imminent checkmate of the black king by the white queen.
This is a poor strategy. It does not account for all of the conflicting lies and coverups after the fact. Those are the work of the pResident and many others, all part of the 0bama administration.
Romney will not back off of the complete failure of the pResident's foreign policy. Hellary's confession is a good start, but does not change the situation. We need more confessions, prosecution, and incarceration.
Obama is a coward of the worst kind. He has never taken responsibility for anything. How is that possible? He is in charge or is he not? Is he totally incompetent? I think so and also a coward. This whole administration is a slime bag.
This just opens the new can of worms...how could they both have stood there and lied, lied, lied in tandem?
Oh, so just Hillary was lying, taking Barry with her. Right, ok then.
So, um, no one else called the White House? Barry was simply photoshopped into the picture, innocent as a lamb? And as dumb, apparently because he obviously didn't ask any questions or delve into it himself.
Just stood up there and parroted the lines he'd been given. Like a complete moron with no critical thinking skills?
Is she next going to announce her regret at letting Obama talk her into lying about this for a week? I cannot get out of my head that video of her standing with Obama next to those caskets and they are both STILL blaming that video. I feel very sorry for Ambassador Stevens' Dad but we are not going to stop talking about this until the day of President Romney's inaugeration.
HILLARY: Yeah, I took one for the team on Benghazi, or so it seems. BILL: Starting now, we work to see Zero thrashed by Romney. Obama loses, the Party turns to Hillary for salvation in 2016. PAUL BEGALA: Obama will know what you’re doing, Eminence. Suppose he asks you to resign? HILLARY: I will remain Secretary of Stasis. It’s about a woman’s right to choose. The decision to resign is between me and my spin doctor. JAMES CARVILLE: So, how will you undercut The Chosen, M'Lady? HILLARY: By dropping the mask of neutrality and, uh, speaking out for him. I’ll commend his Muslim roots, his resolve to take out terrorists even if it means obliterating their families, his “Buy American” initiative encouraging drug cartels to shop here for their arms needs. BILL: Reverend Al sees the writing on the wall and is joining us. SHARPTON: As the inimical Popeye might say, resist we musk, or the foul ordure of the Obama regime will Kaiser Permeate the very fabric of our national travesty the Geek Fakes are weaving as we speak. HILLARY: Well said, Al. BEGALA: How do we neutralize Oprah, My Liege? CARVILLE: My grandma would cut off the ends, sprinkle salt over the slices, put ‘em in a pan with possum innards, then. . . . BEGALA: Oprah, not okra, Jimbo. SANDY BERGER: Your magnitude, suppose I sneak into Obama reelection headquarters and stuff a copy of his campaign plan down my jockeys. If his people catch me and ask what’s in my pants, I’ll just say I’m glad to see them. BILL: Good ‘un. San. . . . HILLARY: Shuddup, Bill. Who let Berger in here?
This is a good move for a person who has her political future at stake. Im sure the clintoon machine has been working overtime to figure this out so she looks good. What has she admitted to that everyone doesnt already know? Of course she is responsible for State Deptartment, but the security "officials" made the decision. Notice she doesnt really accept that she made any decisions. So she hasnt done anything but state the obvious. This is only gonna put pressure on O to answer about the lie about the video.. "Fog of war" is not gonna cut it. People died here. It wasnt like they said they didnt know what happened.. the told us for days what caused it. That is the question I want answered. By our president. time to buck up, O
Hillary Clinton IS Obama's foreign policy. Hillary IS the "light footprint", as Barack has never pretended foreign policy interest, other than hating Jews, unionizing workers around the globe and our military.
Indications are that Hillary accepted the spot at State ONLY if it came with plenty of power and powerful MEN under her to do the heavy lifting, the real negotiations, with our enemies, and with Israel. Then comes George Mitchell and the guy who died from a massive heart attack. What is his name?
Hillary was plenty casual in taking responsibility, sitting down, in a casual interview, out of country, STILL blaming intellegence without naming a single community that had posited the early fiction SHE ran with, passed to the White House, and hammered for 11 days herself.
Romney need only ask "Does Hillary's statement absolve you of blame?" And then be ready with the numerous quotes wherin Obama and other Dems demand GWB be held personally responsible for every mishap over the 8 years he served. Then just ask why we should expect Bush to man up but not him.
What if this attack in Benghazi was a planned attack by the Obama people with the intent of having the Ambassador and/or some of his staff taken hostage? Then Obama sends in our troops right before the election and rescues them. How else to explain the scaled down security there? Just like Fast and Furious was a plan to lay the groundwork to take away our 2nd Amendment rights. Maybe both plans failed big time. I know it is more than a little tin foil hat time, but I wouldn't put anything past Obama.
The media is still in Obama's corner. It wouldn't matter what Hillary said, or anyone else. They heard someone else take the blame and that takes Obama off the hook as far as they are concerned. As far as the media Benghazi has nothing to do with Obama anymore. Probably happened because Romney didn't release enough taxes. Fog of war, my back end! How could everyone else see it was terrorism right out of the gate except for the Whitehouse? Their in a fog alright, but probably from the stuff their smoking
Haven't read all of the posts yet so please forgive me if I'm repeating someone else. I want Romney to hit zippy with this tonight and ask him, "Hillary has taken responsibility for the Benghazi mess. Why haven't you?".
#31, it's what Hillary does and possibly why she was caught flat footed on Benghazi. I know a woman who works at State who raved about Hillary to me one day because Hillary was busy getting promotions for women who work there, unlike the male Secstates. I pointed out that it wasn't Hillary's job to be doing that but the woman didn't care.
So, Hillary Clinton has "has taken responsibility" for Benghazi without assuming "full responsibility". Hmm... She's a lawyer, Bill's a lawyer, everybody is a lawyer. Obviously it will boil down to dissecting the term "responsibility". She's no fool. She's confident that she would not be held truly responsible.
bill remembers early in his administration, he avoided responsibility for everything. then after waco, janet reno said she took full responsibility. people admired that someone in his administration finally took responsibility for something.
it never hurt janet reno. this is hillary's janet reno moment
Re #33, That's been my theory all along, and I think some of Libyan factions were in on it. The political benefit for Obama and his Libyan partners would have been huge. Obama covers himself with glory for successfully thwarting a terrorist attack and the Libyans get more help consolidating their power and diminishing or eliminating that of their rivals.
It would explain alot of things such as the reduction in security despite the known threat, the transfer of what security there was to Libyan nationals, and why Zippy didn't care and went out partying even as the attack was in progress. If things went according to plan, not only would he get credit for the "rescue" but the media would praising him ceaselessly for his "coolness under pressure".
I think what they didn't count on though was the off duty ex-SEALS coming in and making a real fight of it. Or perhaps they simply underestimated the extent to which their Libyan partner's were infiltrated by Al Queda, who didn't stick to the script because they simply want to kill Americans.
Blaming the video, which had been around for months with nobody paying any attention to it, was the back up plan, which Obama immediately went to after he got word that things went wrong. Zippy was no doubt supremely confident that the media would once again accept his story at face value and not ask any too many questions. But in this case he just couldn't pull it off. The media tried to play their part by immediately attacking Romney and tried to keep the focus on his supposed "terrible gaffe" but the images of the mutilation and death of the Ambassador were just to powerful for the media to keep buried.
The devil in the woodpile is not to be forgotten. Hill took responsibility in a political fashion. (If she had actually taken responsibility she would have resigned or been fired. So it's just politics.) But the devil that is being overlooked is the IC. Hill threw the IC under the bus when she took 'responsibility'. Any deal has to be made there or the wheels will come off before the election. Maybe that's why we haven't heard from Gen. Betrayus? But it would have to include more that just the CIA. There's more to come.
At this minute, the pressure is on the US military to track down (before the election!) and kill the extreme camel-likers who murdered the Americans in Benghazi, Libya. Zero and Hildebeast, who finally 'protected' our four brave Americans with US Marines - at the brief service over their coffins at Dover, DE - are a disgrace. Shame.
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