Open Forum: ‘One can only weep’
Posted: January 29, 2013
Like many of you, I suspect, I waited with bated breath for the testimony of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the Benghazi atrocity. I should’ve known better.
What we got from the Senate Committee mostly was a repeat of the old show, “Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour.” Most of the Democratic senators offered only a virtual canonization of Hillary and softball questions. However, in response to the query of Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., as to why the administration kept blaming the incident on an anti-Muslim movie made in California, we saw the true Hillary, waving her fists in the air and screaming “What difference does it make?”
In all this, she reminded us of her previously reported behavior after the reporting of another Bill Clinton “bimbo eruption.” Such a lack of emotional control is unfitting for any person within five miles of the White House, let alone an occupant thereof.
The House committee hearing in the afternoon was sharper but again, Madame Clinton, an educated attorney, made no admissions against self-interest beyond generally taking responsibility as the head of the department but specifically denying any specific knowledge of or involvement in State Department failures to preclude such incidents from happening or responses to them while ongoing.
No junior officer in our military services could get away with such an actual disclaimer of responsibility for a failure when the known facts dictate otherwise.
What’s the bottom line here? No suspect in the Benghazi atrocity is in custody, and no State Department employee has been disciplined. Hillary will run for president in 2016 anyway, and her replacement as SECSTATE will be one whom I considered to be a liar and a near-traitor during his anti-war shenanigans not so many years ago.
One who loves this country can only weep. If I were a Democrat, I would hide my head in shame.
George T. Bedway is a resident of Frederick County.