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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Maureen Dowd, "42 and 45 Overpower 44": Ignore Benghazi? Wisely and Slow, Mo!

"Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast."

- William Shakespeare, "Romeo and Juliet"


Can you name a single accomplishment attributable to Hillary in her roles as First Lady, senator or secretary of state? I can't, but why should that stand in the way of her becoming the next president of the United States?

In her latest New York Times op-ed entitled "42 and 45 Overpower 44" (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/04/opinion/sunday/dowd-42-and-45-overpower-44.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&_r=0), Maureen Dowd would have us believe that Hillary is a shoo-in to follow a faltering Obama as America's next president. Dowd writes:

"Things have now reached the point where it feels as though 42 and 45 have already taken over the reins of Washington power from 44, who is fading Snapchat-fast."

According to Dowd, many who supported Obama's candidacy in 2008 at Hillary's expense are now seeking to make amends, including the likes of Samantha Power, who once called Hillary a "monster."

The revival of the "Benghazi Scandal"? Ignore it! After all, her newspaper is not giving it any coverage, and Dowd would also have us know that the allegations are bereft of substance:

"Just to make the Clintons feel completely at home as they ramp up to the restoration, there is even a congressional investigation spurred by the vast right-wing conspiracy.

House Speaker John Boehner announced Friday that he would call a vote to set up a select committee to look into the Benghazi debacle, and whether Congress was misled by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others in the Obama administration.

As Slate’s Dave Weigel tweeted, 'The nice thing about having a Benghazi select committee is you can roll it over into the Hillary presidency.'"

Of course, it doesn't matter that Beth Jones, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the State Department, wrote on September 12, 2012, one day after the fatal attack on the Benghazi consulate (http://chaffetz.house.gov/sites/chaffetz.house.gov/files/US%20Department%20of%20State%20-%20Beth%20Jones%20emails_0.pdf):

"When [the Libyan Ambassador] said his government suspected that former Qaddafi regime elements carried out the attacks, I told him the group that conducted the attacks—Ansar Al Sharia—is affiliated with Islamic extremists."

It doesn't make a particle of difference that two days thereafter, on September 14, 2012, Ben Rhodes wrote the email, suppressed by Obama and friends, stating the administration's "goal":

"To underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure or policy."

Nor should it trouble us that on September 16, 2012, Susan Rice took to the airwaves to inform the American people that the attack on the Benghazi consulate was the result of that video:

"[O]ur current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that, in fact, what this began as, it was a spontaneous — not a premeditated — response to what had transpired in Cairo. In Cairo, as you know, a few hours earlier, there was a violent protest that was undertaken in reaction to this very offensive video that was disseminated."

Moreover, it is absolutely of no consequence that Obama and Hillary thereupon disseminated this deceit during the days and weeks to come. Hillary was even cruel enough to foist this falsehood upon Pat Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, one of the four Americans who died during the attack (http://www.mediaite.com/tv/benghazi-victims-mom-obama-hillary-and-biden-all-lied-to-me/).

In a subsequent declaration that will come back to haunt her in 2016, Hillary infamously declared regarding the underlying reasons for the tragedy:

"What difference, at this point, does it make!"

Actually, it should make all the difference in the world, unless we have truly reached a day and age when "public servants" can lie with impunity to the electorate.

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