Hillary Clinton has said she takes full responsibility for the security failures that led to the death of the US ambassador to Libya, an admission designed to draw criticism away from Barack Obama in the final weeks of the election. The US Secretary of State said she was determined not to allow the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans to be used as "some kind of political gotcha" and that her department, not the White House, was responsible for their protection. Mrs Clinton, herself a former presidential candidate, rarely strays into domestic politics but her intervention
Comments: Hillary's dilemma was:
Do I blame the administration and thereby open the door wide for Romney to become president, risking his re-election or a consequent bid by that personable young man Paul Ryan in 2016, and ruin my chance to be President?
Or do I blame myself, become the honorable woman who fell on her sword, and stand at least a chance of running in 2016?
I doubt she was promised something by the administration because, of all people, surely she doesn't trust Obama to keep his word.
I've no doubt that Hillary's future political plans figured largely into this decision but it is a litte hard to fathom how she believes 4 more years of Obama would merge nicely into the next 4 years of Hillary. The liberals must really believe that we will all learn to love anti-American socialism.
Her words might have helped Zero's dilemma IF he had not been out campaigning and fund raising all of this time. He has not shown any concern over these deaths by his behaviors. His words are empty words and few believe him anymore. It will be interesting to see if he can be a real man at the debate tonight when this subject comes up.
This is nonsense of course. Barry is in charge of the executive branch which the State Deprt is part of. As it turns out Obama and "Uncle Joe" (hmm ... seems like someone else used to be called that) did know about the security problem in Benghazi and knew for months.
BTW ... Just what was the Ambassador doing in Benghazi in the first place? Trying to retrieve weapons given to Al Quaida during Soetoro's Lybian adventure?
So much for being the strong, intelligent, would-be first female president. She rode Bill's coattails into being the first lady of Arkansas and the US. She lied to cover up Bill's philandering when she played dumb about it (if she didn't know, she really is dumb) and blamed it all on the vast right-wing conspiracy. She got elected to the Senate by showing up in a dark blue state that the she didn't live in and pretending to be a Yankee's fan. She got steamrolled in 2008 by an inexperienced amateur. She started out her SOS job with a big gaffe (the Russian reset button with the bad translation.) And now, once again, she's prostituting herself for a man she needs to prop her up.
Saying "I take responsibility" for this atrocity should have been said four weeks ago. The only reason she's saying this now is to give Obama cover. This would have never happened with Condi at the helm of the State dept.
This rings about as hollow as when Janet Reno "took" responsibility for Waco. During the Bill Clintin administration somebody was always coming forward & "taking responsibilty!" - always, of course, with NO consequences. It meant nothing then & it means nothing now.
Mitt in tonight's townhall: "It's unfortunate that Hilary Clinton's is having to fall on her sword for this administration's fecklessness. But it's very admirable that, unlike the president, she isn't trying to blame former President Bush. She's the only person in the current administration who doesn't try to wiggle out of her responsibilities."
One gets the impression she thinks saying that she takes responsibility signifies or settles something and that it is time to move on. It does not. To begin with, it is nothing but a truism. She HAS responsibility, whether she "takes" it or not. She is responsible for the State department. Then there is the question of just what it means to be responsible for something. Are there any consequences - or does one just issue a statement proclaiming one's responsibility and that is the end of the matter? If my negligence or incompetence results in the death of four people and I say that I take full responsibility for what happened, does that get me off the hook? Then there is the question of the president and whether he has any responsibility for his appointees and their actions. It seems that in Hillaryland he does not. In Hillaryland the State department is an entirely autonomous operation for which she and she alone is responsible. But not THAT responsible, for she doesn't expect to suffer any adverse consequences. Indeed, she seems to think she merits a loud round of applause for "taking responsibility."
The media reports this will enhance Hillary as a strong leader. Falling on your sword weeks after giving a very expensive, entirely false narrative about a video causing this spontaneous attack does not a strong leader make. The lib spin is especially heavy today. Don't buy it Gov. Romney, we aren't.
A good line for Romney tonight would be: "Mr. President, the sign on the desk is The Buck Stops Here, not The Buck Starts Here". I know it would be a first for you, but take responsibility for your own administration.
It seems as if this administration is throwing bodies along the trail so no one will continue to pursue the truth. It is still out there, and it must be big if they are going to such lengths to throw the dogs off the scent.
"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." -Inigo Montoya
To Democrats "taking responsibility" is like a "Get Out of Jail Free" card, a King's X, a reset button. It's like, "OK, you got me. I did it. Can we move on now?" There are not meant to be any actual consequences.
Clever, calculated move on her part. First, there was enough noise that something had to be said. There are a lot of people who will think this makes her strong (positive for her), it is qualified (no one reads that much, so see the first point) and while it may seem to give Obama some cover, see poster #3's point...why is he hiding behind women? And then throwing them under the bus? Surely that won't play well. At least eventually.
I remember when we had leaders in the White House and the "buck stoped with them". Since we have a little girl running the white house, who has not been responsible for anything for four years (its is Bush, EU, ATM, weather, etc....) his sign says the "buck stops outside the White House".
Disgusting at best. He should return to his room and play with his dolls.
Google is already heavily criticised for trying to know almost everything about us, and now the firm wants to get inside our homes, literally. Engineering director Scott Huffman told The Independent that in his vision of the future Google users would have microphones fitted inside their homes. Huffman envisages houses with microphones fitted to the ceiling that act like personal assistants; responding to voice queries and connecting to phones, tablets and other smart devices. He said: ‘Imagine I say ‘Can you bring up a video of the highlights of yesterday’s Pittsburgh Steelers game and play it on a TV in the living room?’ and it works
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The National Security Agency has been accused of using Google cookies to pinpoint targets the government wants to hack. In a NSA presentation slide released by Edward Snowden and seen by the Washington Post, the agency appeared to be using internet tracking techniques usually used by advertisers. While the Pref Cookies reportedly being used don´t reveal personal information, they can uniquely identify a person´s browser. The NSA and GCHQ in the UK have been using the tracking files to identify potential targets who are using the internet, according to the documents. As well as listing visits to websites, the cookies
The US and Britain have suspended all non-lethal assistance in to northern Syria after forces from the new Islamic Front seized headquarters and warehouses belonging to the opposition’s Supreme Military Council. Fighters from the Front, a union of six major rebel groups, took control of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) bases at the Bab al-Hawa crossing on Syria’s northwestern border with Turkey late on Friday. Turkey shut its side of the border crossing, in Hatay province, due to a reported increase in clashes on the Syrian side, customs sources told the Reuters news agency. There was no immediate confirmation from
There’s a YouTube clip I can’t stop watching called “Margaret Thatcher don’t want to jump”. The then Prime Minister has just reached the end of a TV interview, and the presenter is asking her to “make a little jump”. “Why?” It’s “just a gimmick” that all her guests do. Thatcher raises an eyebrow. “I bet that you wouldn’t do it,” says the presenter, becoming at the same time conciliatory, wheedling, insistent. “Just a little jump.” Come on. “Gorbachev did it.” “But what”, inquires the Iron Lady icily, “is the point of it?” “It just shows another side
NHS patients will benefit from a new brain scan that can help doctors confirm or rule out a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. David Cameron will announce tomorrow that Britain will be the first place in the world where the revolutionary technique will be available for free. The test will mean that, for the first time, doctors will be able to definitively rule out Alzheimer’s in some patients for five years. Currently, one in five cases of the disease is misdiagnosed. It could also help doctors to confirm an existing diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, ensuring people get the treatment they need.
Barack Obama is facing poll numbers that are now in the same territory as President George W. Bush´s following Hurricane Katrina. The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute released numbers on Tuesday showing that just 38 percent of registered voters approve of the job Obama is doing as president, with a whopping 56 percent saying they disapprove. The president has lost his landslide electoral edge among young voters, too, with a negative 41–49 percent rating among 18- to 29-year-old voters. His once formidable support among Hispanics has also evaporated: They now support him by an historically small 50–43 percent margin.
Secretary of State John Kerry boasted in a congressional hearing on Tuesday that a recent nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran will make America ´more secure than the day before we entered this agreement.´ [Snip] But ´this agreement halts the progress of Iran´s nuclear program--Halts the program!´ he boasted. ´Iran´s nuclear program will not move forward. Under this agreement, Iran will have to neutralize--end!--its entire supply of 20 percent-enriched uranium, which you know is a short step away from weapons-grade uranium.´ ´Iran will forfeit all--not part--all of that 20 percent [enriched material], that 200-kilogram stockpile. Gone!´
More than 100 members of the BBC have been deployed to South Africa to cover Nelson Mandela’s death and memorial service. Staff were flown out to cover the story in the week the corporation received more than 1,000 complaints from viewers about local news and the storms being ignored to cover his death. (Snip) Far fewer staff were dedicated to the coverage on other channels, with nine people including a presenter, correspondents and camera operator from ITV sent out to South Africa. A spokeswoman for the BBC said: “Over a ten-day period we expect to have deployed around 120 journalists, technicians and support
President Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro today, an unprecedented gesture of friendship which occurred, fittingly, at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. [Snip] Obama greeted a long line of world leaders and heads of state attending the memorial service in Johannesburg after flying to South Africa with a U.S. delegation which included former presidents Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Jimmy Carter along with their families. Obama also shook hands with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who has clashed with the U.S. President over alleged National Security Agency spying. He was later spotted in the VIP stands posing
When I was a kid, I knew two different Santa Clauses. The first had a fat belly, rosy cheeks, a long white beard, and skin as pink as bubble gum. He was omnipresent, visiting my pre-school and the local mall, visible in all of my favorite Christmas specials. Then there was the Santa in my family’s household, in the form of ornaments, cards, and holiday figurines. A near-carbon copy of the first one—big belly, rosy cheeks, long white beard: check, check, check. But his skin was as dark as mine. Seeing two different Santas was bewildering. Eventually I asked my father what
US President Barack Obama may have moved the masses attending Nelson Mandela’s memorial service with his stirring eulogy, but it was his grinning "selfie" with the Danish and British premiers that set social networks abuzz. In a candid moment captured by a photographer, Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt can be seen holding up her smartphone, with Obama lending a helping hand, as they pose for a picture with David Cameron, all three of them smiling broadly in their seats at Soweto’s World Cup stadium.(Snip)Mashable, the news and technology website, ran the photograph under the headline: ‘‘Dear Obama: Funerals are no place
On his way to the podium at the memorial ceremony for former South African president Nelson Mandela, President Obama walked down the line of dignitaries, greeting other leaders there to pay their respects. Among the hands shaken: that of Cuban leader Raul Castro. Obama neither made a special effort to shake Castro’s hand nor to avoid him. A snub might have been awkward: In his speech, Obama praised Mandela’s “greatest gift” as “his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by
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A black fashion student says he was brutally attacked by a gang of Hasidic men who shouted anti-gay slurs at him while he was walking through Williamsburg after a night of partying, the Daily News has learned. Taj Patterson, 22, was headed home to Fort Greene around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 when he says more than a dozen ultra-Orthodox Jewish men began assaulting him on Flushing Ave. and yelling, “Stay down, f----t!”
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) snapped at conservative groups that have come out in opposition to the budget deal reached Wednesday between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). "They´re using the American people for their own purposes. This is ridiculous," Boehner said at a press conference with other members of House Republican leadership on Wednesday. Over the past few days, a number of conservative groups have blasted the deal because it sets discretionary spending levels in the budget higher than previous levels under sequestration. In the past three days, the influential Heritage Action, Club for Growth, Americans
A “presidential selfie” featuring President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service began making the rounds this morning, but it’s the person not included in the frame who caught everyone’s attention: As anyone with two eyes and a Twitter account has noticed, Michelle Obama does not appear amused. Of course, though a picture says a thousand words, not all of those words are necessarily true. FLOTUS might not have even known the photo was taking place. Or she could disapprove of funeral selfies. Either way.
Looks like this president can’t get away with flirting in front of his wife… It appears that first lady Michelle Obama was none too pleased with the way that President Barack Obama was acting toward Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela, and before too long, they switched seats. This lmao! Michelle Obama vs Prime Minister of Denmark at Mandela´s ceremony. pic.twitter.com/Rq4uF9fTaZ — Stun (@TheBlogPirate) December 10, 2013
Barack Obama has arrived in South Africa to lead the American delegation at a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. But his party is reportedly stuck in traffic and he is said to have arrived late at the stadium for the ceremony. [Snip] But Mr Clinton, Mr Carter and his wife Rosalynn have all traveled separately to the event. According to reports, Mr Obama and his delegation are stuck in a lines of traffic caused by tens of thousands of people making their way to the event. Mr Obama is among the foreign leaders who
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The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela´s memorial yesterday "made up his own signs," according to South Africa´s deaf federation. "He´s a complete fraud," Cara Loening, director of Sign Language Education and Development in Cape Town, said according to ITV News. "He wasn´t even doing anything, There was not one sign there. Nothing. He was literally flapping his arms around." Delphin Hlungwane, an official South African sign language interpreter at DeafSA, told Reuters: