After the last several days of major damage control efforts by the Obama administration concerning the murders of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans at the US Consulate in Benghazi, the law of karma has finally found Hillary Clinton.
From the time she spoke as valedictorian at Wellesley College in 1969, Hillary Clinton's ultimate goal was to be the first female President of the United States. When she met Bill Clinton, she recognized in him her alter ego, and with his unmatched political skills, they crafted their road to the White House. Scandals went with the territory, from her legal work at the Rose law firm, Whitewater, Travelgate, and cattle futures trading, to her post-White House move to New York, so she could run for the Senate. Nothing tainted the steely Hillary brand. When she decided to run for the White House, the public was weary of yet another round of Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton, and she had to watch her campaign shredded under the buzzsaw of Barack Obama, along with the betrayal of none other than Mr. Democrat himself, Ted Kennedy.
When she accepted the offer to become Secretary of State, the news media gushed over her unique qualifications, and yet what exactly were those qualifications. She served as First Lady accompanying her husband overseas, met heads of state, and hosted many of them at the White House. Yes, she's always been very sagacious, dedicated, and well read, however, when Hillary's foreign policy credentials are compared to those of Madeleine Albright, or Condoleeza Rice, you find her serious lacking. During her time at the White House, she always positioned herself as an advocate for women, children and families, not foreign policy. But yet, her star was on the ascent once again, heralded as a team player, the most popular member of the Obama Administration.
Now, after almost four years of the Obama/Clinton foreign policy, we're facing a debacle in the Middle East. Syria's Bashar al-Assad continues to be armed by Iran and Russia, interested in establishing regional hegemony with Lebanon's Hezbollah. Assad's army has killed, wounded or displaced thousands of citizens, while the US remains sidelined. Iran is slowly enveloping Iraq into its sphere of influence, while the Taliban regains footholds in Afghanistan as the US withdraws, with a Vietnam-like redux only too likely to play out. Iran has put its efforts on steroids to develop a nuclear weapon, while our own Administration officials issue waivers and the Senate waters down sanctions.
Meanwhile, in other parts of the world, Japan and China are saber rattling over the Senkaku Islands, which might have repercussions for the US, as in 1960, we signed the "Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between Japan and the United States of America." China's incursions into the South China Sea are escalating tensions, as it continues to lay claim to vast tracts rich in oil and gas, while rejecting international arbitration over territorial claims. Venezuela and Iran, have been collaborating since 2007, providing a corridor into Latin America for Iranian agents and Hezbollah operatives. How many of them have already crossed over into the US via Mexico, establishing sleeper cells.
But the buck stops on Hillary's desk for the apparent gross incompetence and mis-handling of the Benghazi Consulate debacle.
More evidence and confirmations are coming out from different sources that the attack on the US consulate at Benghazi was pre-meditated. Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif interviewed this morning by Face the Nation host, Bob Schieffer, contradicted the ridiculous explanation put forth by the Obama administration that the violence was due to a video.
In another interview, a Libyan guard who was at the Consulate at the time, and is now recovering from wounds suffered in the violence, gave his account supporting the assertion of pre-meditation (h/t PowerLine).
Earlier this week, the US Marine Corps spokesperson, Capt. Kendra Motz, confirmed to Breitbart, in response to an article appearing in PowerLine, that "no Marines are stationed at the Embassy in Tripoli or the Consulate in Benghazi. Security in Libya, such as it existed, apparently was provided by contractors. The Rules of Engagement under which they operated are unclear." More specifically, in an email to Breitbart, Motz wrote:
Regarding no Marines at the embassy/consulate in Libya:
Embassy security in Tripoli and the consulate in Benghazi fall under the Regional Security Officer with the State Department. The U.S. maintains over 285 diplomatic facilities worldwide. MCESG (Marine Corps Embassy Security Group) provides 152 security detachments provide internal security at designated U.S. diplomatic and consular facilities in order to prevent the compromise of classified material vital to the national security of the United States. Perimeter security is the responsibility of the host nation police/security forces. The embassy in Tripoli and the consulate in Benghazi do not have a MCESG detachment. Typically, when a new embassy is established, it takes time to grow a new MCESG detachment. In coordination with the State Department, there was discussion about establishing a detachment in Tripoli sometime in the next five years. Overall, the plan is to grow the number of MCESG detachments worldwide to 173.
Regarding ROE [Rules of Engagement]:The Marine Corps does not establish ROE for MCESG detachments or other embassy security forces; that is the responsibility of the State Department and/or operational commanders depending on the command relationship. Regardless, ROE are classified and release of that information would jeopardize the Marines and U.S. interests. Any further inquiry should be directed to the State Department, since Marine security guards report to the ambassador not to a military commander.
Breitbart has confirmed that they have filed a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain a copy of the "State Department Rules of Engagement for Libya," which would have to be signed by Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.
While she's been on her final 'round the world rock-star tour, with a hip, cool persona captured earlier this year with "texts from Hillary," her legacy may yet be determined by what happens over the course of the next several weeks. Formal investigations by Congress into the Libya and Egypt violence, which has fired up the Middle East and Muslim communities throughout the world, may show no one was at the helm of the good ship State, when a firm, experienced hand was needed most.
For Hillary, who has publicly disavowed any future run for the Presidency, 2016 may indeed be beyond reach, a shattered dream. Shattered like the lives, hopes and dreams of the four dead Americans at the Benghazi consulate. Shattered for their families. Shattered for the thousands of service members killed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Shattered for the thousands killed throughout the Middle East because of misguided foreign policy.
The Law of Karma -- what goes around, comes around; you reap what you sow -- has found Hillary Clinton.
Cross-posted at www.political-woman.com