I have stayed away from most of the political fray this year. I have said I'm not going to make attacks unless necessary against the Administration that you, the people, chose to rule over us. I have even been taken to task in comments when I've had a little fun with the subject.
This is one of those points I have to speak.
Hillary Clinton (who really should look into using some of Bill's cosmentics) finally defended the State Department before Congress. You can read the gory details on your own, if you like, but I want to point out two things she said that were apparent before the election and should be obvious now about this administration's attitudes.
The first one you may have already caught- FoxNews led it as a headline:
...At that point, Clinton began to raise her voice.
"With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans," she said.
"I understand," (Sen. Ron, R-Wis)Johnson said.
Clinton continued to speak, raising her voice and gesturing: "Was it because of a protest or is it because of guys out for a walk one night and they decide they go kill some Americans?
"What difference, at this point, does it make?"
Clinton, lowering her voice, then said it is the administration's job to "figure out what happened" and prevent it from happening again.
What difference does it make????
The difference is one was an excuse this administration used to make it look like it was America's fault because we are intrinsically evil. The other one says we got caught with our pants down by evil people because the administration DIDN'T DO ITS JOB.
And the choice of which is made clear by saying the administration's job is to "figure out what happened." This was an embassy in a VERY unstable country, which we KNEW was swarming with those who hate us. This administration shouldn't HAVE to figure out what happened because, had they been paying ANY attention, it wouldn't have happened!
And as for using four deaths to point out that this discussion is unimportant, we KNOW four Americans are dead. And the discussion will only help IF the administration decides to PAY ATTENTION and "prevent it from happening again". "But Chris", you say, "you don't know that the administration wasn't paying attention."
Sure I do, Hillary told us.
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., top Republican on the Senate committee, lamented "the spiking of the ball and the thinking that when Usama bin Laden was gone that was the end of Al Qaeda."
"We know nothing could be further from the truth," he said.
Clinton appeared to agree that the terrorist threat is far from diminished, but said that she never saw the requests from the Libya team for more security.
"I didn't see those requests, they didn't come to me," Clinton said.
Requests for more security, from an embassy in an unstable country, that was still fully in the world's eye because of the recent overthrow of its dictator, and the Secretary of State DIDN'T SEE THEM??? Excuse me, but isn't that her job? Doesn't leadership comes from the top? Who prioritizes what comes to her? Shouldn't she be doing that?
Oh, but I forgot, this is the era of hope and change. This is the era of getting our policy guidance from Oprah Winfrey, and if Hillary et al were taken by surprise, it's probably because they hadn't reported on the security weaknesses on The View yet. Or perhaps Dvaid Letterman hadn't managed to fit it into his top ten list. Or James Taylor and Bruce Springsteen were going to let her know, but had a recording session that day.
So I guess I should just stay quiet. Maybe I should just clasp hands in unity and bipartisanship and find a group of Obama voters to sing Kum-Ba-Ya. And wait for the next ambassador, the next Navy Seal, the next kidnapped citizen to be killed.
After all, what difference at this point does it make?