December 30, 2012

Want Lurch for Sec. State? How about this...

A wonderful idea -- from Ed Morrissey writing at Hot Air:
Senate Republicans refuse to confirm Kerry until Hillary testifies about Benghazi
Isn�t this pushing a jinx? If Senate Republicans insist on having Hillary Clinton testify before allowing John Kerry�s confirmation to proceed, aren�t they risking a torn ACL or turf toe for the outgoing Secretary of State?
Clinton has pledged to remain in the job until Kerry is confirmed, which Obama said he was confident would happen �quickly.� The Senate is expected to take up Kerry�s nomination in early January, but multiple Republican senators have already said they won�t agree to a vote on Kerry�s nomination until Clinton testifies about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi. Illness and a concussion has prevented Clinton from appearing thus far.
Clinton promised to appear before Congress at one point, but the State Department backpedaled from that position quickly after it became public. State then said that Clinton couldn�t testify until after Congress received the report from the Accountability Review Board�s investigation into Benghazi, which they hinted Congress might not see for another 90 days � or possibly never see in its entirety. They got the ARB report last week, at which point State announced the resignations of four officials who never actually resigned at all. Accountability!

So yes, there are plenty of questions to ask Hillary Clinton about the �systemic failures� and �leadership and management deficiencies� that arose under her command at State, now that Congress has seen the report. There are plenty of questions to ask Hillary Clinton about the surreal resignation dodge of the past week. Asking those questions requires her presence, however, and it�s becoming clear that Hillary has no intention of submitting herself to those lines of inquiry in public. She and State are trying to run out the clock and leave John Kerry in position to deal with the aftermath.
Dingy Harry has 55 Democrats and he needs 60 Votes. (Channeling my inner Butt-head: Hehhhehhheh...) Ambassador John Bolton weighs in -- from the New York Post:
Beyond Benghazi: questions for Clinton
The State Department�s Accountability Review Board last week issued a devastating report on the events leading up to the Sept. 11 assassination of four Americans at our Benghazi consulate. Unfortunately, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has still not faced questioning by Congress or the media more than three months after the tragedy.

A series of excuses has conveniently allowed her to escape cross examination until after the ARB report was released. Clinton sails right along, now preparing the first steps for what is widely expected to be her 2016 presidential campaign.
A bit more:
The starting point for questioning Clinton is realizing that the Benghazi debacle embodies both policy and management failures. The administration�s utterly wrong-headed view of the Middle East created an atmosphere that fostered tragically erroneous management decisions. Clinton�s blithe disregard of the actual political reality in Libya and four years of not attending to seemingly mundane management issues represented a palpable failure of leadership directly contributing to the Benghazi tragedy.
(Lots more at the article -- well worth reading!) Hillary's work has been all glitter and zero substance. She is in so far over her head that it's amazing that she hasn't bailed out sooner out of plain decency... Posted by DaveH at December 30, 2012 7:06 PM
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