Friday, May 15, 2015

"Calamity" Clinton to Blame for Benghazi Massacre

The Republicans are once again investigating how al Qaeda won a major victory by destroying the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and killing American Ambassador Chris Stevens. 
Hopefully, this time they will abandon conspiracy theories and consider the possibility that American stupidity allowed the massacre to occur. 

Most people familiar with al Qaeda realized that the organization would likely attempt to attack American interests on or near the anniversary of their successful attack on the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon.    The CIA shouldn't have needed to use torture to recognize that the extremely unstable situation in Libya made it a likely target,  particularly with the American Ambassador isolated in Benghazi.

Benghazi wasn't the first successful attack on an American diplomatic facility so the attack shouldn't have come as a surprise to members of the Obama administration, especially Secretary of State Hillary  Clinton.  The Johnson administration couldn't have been expected to anticipate the attack on the American embassy in Saigon during the 1968 Tet Offensive because the military underestimated the capabilities of the Viet Cong.   The Carter administration couldn't have anticipated the the mob attack and takeover of the American embassy in Tehran because the CIA underestimated the negative attitudes the Iranian  people had toward the deposed Shah of Iran and the toward the United States for supporting him.   Hillary's husband President Bill Clinton couldn't have been expected to anticipate the bombing of American embassies in Tanzania and Kenya that introduced Americans to al Qaeda.

In early September, 2012, Secretary of State Clinton should have known that al Qaeda was likely to do something on 9/11.  She knew that al Qaeda had previously attacked American embassies and that a Muslim anti-American demonstration in Iran had been used to take over the embassy in Tehran.   She should have recognized that al Qaeda would be likely to want to kill a high American official as revenge for the killing of Osama bin Laden.     

She should have been able to figure out that the best way to protect American diplomats in Libya would have been to have them travel to Europe for some type of conference, such as had been done before.   Such an action wouldn't have prevented an attack on American facilities in Libya, but it would have made an attack nearly meaningless.   She should have at least gotten the Ambassador out of the country to deny al Qaeda the opportunity for a revenge killing.

Republicans who blame  the size of the security force for the fall  of the Benghazi consulate fail to consider that a successful defense might have required at least a military company sized unit [about 100] and that a successful defense would have produced sufficient casualties to cause a backlash against the American presence. 

The Obama administration had been claiming a significant victory each time it killed a high al Qaeda official.  Al Qaeda's killing of the American Ambassador to Libya gave it a major victory and demonstrated that violence could be used successfully against the United States.  

The British had enough sense to leave Benghazi before the fateful attack.  The stupid Americans failed to recognize that the foolish decision to overthrow the former Libyan government without setting up a replacement had given al Qaeda a green light to attack American interests in Libya.

Clinton and President Barack Obama were so clueless about what happened that months after the attack they still acted like they thought the video al Qaeda distributed to incite the riot had just magically appeared. 

Hillary Clinton has been an ongoing calamity  for the Democratic Party.  Her involvement with a corrupt savings and loan nearly cost her husband Bill the 1992 presidential election.  The health care program she designed with the health care industry helped Republicans take control of Congress.   The fall of Benghazi could have helped Mitt Romney win the 2012 presidential election if he had known how to use it. 

I realize that Clinton's apparent memory problem in the earlier hearings could indicate she is in the early stages of Alzheimer's or some other degenerative condition.  However, her continued involvement in politics means she does not deserve special treatment based on such a condition.

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