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Monday, October 15, 2012

Hillary Says Buck Stops With Her on Benghazi: Susan Rice Not Guilty, Obama Not Guilty, Biden Not Guilty

Hillary Clinton is in Peru at a women's empowerment conference, where you can bet she won't speak of the powerless women who's husband's were guarding the Benghazi Consulate on 9/11/12 - those widows who will be at the mercy of Militias. Nope. That won't be a point of discussion. Clinton has told the press, (Wendall Goller reporting for Fox), that she accepts responsibility for Benghazi and the "buck" stops with her. When asked why U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice carried on the facade of blaming a YouTube anti-Islam video, Clinton blamed it on the "fog of war." Susan Rice reports to Hillary Clinton unless Obama wants her to report to him - which is entirely possible. According to Goller Hillary was asked why the extension of the guard delegation in Tripoli was turned down, she said she was responsible, assessments are made by security officials (meaning not Hillary). Let's say that's all true. Would the smartest, most powerful woman in the world with those manly shoulders not want to know that on 9/11/12, in perhaps the most dangerous place on earth for American non-military personnel, security would be cut to practically zero - maybe actually zero, for her good and close friend Ambassador Chris Stevens?

According to Goller, when Clinton was asked if the security mission had been extended, would it have made a difference, she said 'no.' For everything else, Hill and Bill are awaiting her "Accountability Review Board" report. She was not asked why we had a U.S. Marine contingent in Barbados, but not Libya. Clinton has been asked what she was doing at the time the attacks were underway - what she was doing for some 6 hours, and refused to answer:
Clinton didn't answer questions from CBS News about what she was doing during the attack, CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan reports. In a hearing earlier this week on Capitol Hill, Charlene R. Lamb, a deputy assistant secretary for diplomatic security, testified that Clinton was monitoring the attack electronically. "I'm going to be, as I have been from the very beginning, cooperating fully with the investigations that are ongoing because nobody wants to know more about what happened and why than I do, and I think I'll leave it at that," CBS News
But today she attempted to leave the impression that she was in the midst of the frightening melee:
The secretary of state also described the desperate scene in the State Department during the hours of the attack on the night of September 10. It was an "intense, long ordeal" as staff tried to find out what had happened. Source: CNN
 But not quite convincing. Where was she and what was she doing?

Much the same, Chris Wallace asked David Axelrod on Sunday if Obama met with his security team the morning after the Consulate deaths (after he went to bed early) before he jetted off to Las Vegas for a fundraiser. Axelrod spun like a cotton candy machine and didn't answer the question, which clearly answers the question.

And of course, Obama and Biden are not guilty because they are not involved in security decisions. That would be a shock to George W. Bush and Harry Truman. Clinton wanted to clear that up because she wanted "to avoid some kind of political gotcha" close to an election. Right. The cauldron boils. Photo courtesy of Rupee News

by Maggie@MaggiesNotebook