Hillary in Hiding

American Thinker

For  once, I am inclined to believe Hillary Clinton. The U.S. Secretary of State,  suffering from a sick stomach, has reportedly fainted and bumped her head. As a result, her  spokespeople have already announced that she will be unable to testify at the  Benghazi hearings, although she was not due to appear until December 20, many  days after the vaguely reported fainting spell.

Already,  the internet is resounding with a chorus of “How convenient!” (See here and here, for example.) Many, upon hearing this news, are  assuming that Clinton, who has been hedging for a month on whether to appear at  the congressional hearings, has concocted yet another excuse to avoid facing the  music on a scandal which, if pursued with integrity, would likely end her  political career, to put it mildly.

I,  on the contrary, would like to give Secretary Clinton the benefit of the doubt  on this one. Though I have never participated in a cover-up involving the brutal  murder and defilement of people under my direct employ, I can only imagine that  if I had, and if I were being called on the carpet to answer questions  about my role in events surrounding a seven-hour terrorist assault on my  representatives in Libya, and the subsequent disinformation campaign being  managed, in part, out of my office, I would be feeling sick to my stomach, too.  I imagine I might even faint, as the day of reckoning  approached.

The  basic question here is whether Hillary Clinton has so completely dissolved her  own moral core — the way her boss and fellow Alinskyite clearly has done —  that she is incapable of feeling even the fear of self-revelation when she is  called to account for her words and actions. In other words, is this week’s  illness and fainting spell just a convenient excuse for avoiding her  responsibilities, or might it be the pounding of a tell-tale  heart?

Never  having sat on my hands for several hours while receiving live reports and images  of my employees being attacked by Ansar al-Sharia, I cannot say for certain how  I would feel in her situation.

Never  having received communications from men in distress pleading for rescue or  support, and done nothing to respond to their cries for help, I can only  speculate as to how I would feel if a committee — some of whose members are not  my political allies — wanted to ask me what happened.

Never  having offered an  initial statement immediately following the murder of my ambassador in  which I explicitly blamed his death on “heavily armed militants” and never  mentioned any “spontaneous protest” in Libya, only to follow it up with  subsequent statements cagily blaming an anti-Muhammad video and fudging on the spontaneous protest story, I have no idea how I  would feel if I feared that someone might ask me about the sudden 180-degree  turn in my account.

Never  having spent three months, in cahoots with my boss and other liars, carefully  avoiding, deferring, and obscuring the simplest inquiry of all — “At what time,  exactly, did you first hear of the attack on your Libyan consulate, and by what  sequence of reasoning did you all decide that a rescue attempt was uncalled  for?” — how can I know how I would feel if I were concerned that I might  finally be asked that question in a Congressional hearing?

Never  having spent forty years climbing the political ladder, only to feel that it was  about to collapse from under me at the very moment when people were saying that  I was “inevitable” for 2016, I cannot deny that I might feel sick to my stomach,  standing so close to the peak and yet looking into the abyss as Hillary Clinton  must be doing today.

Never  having spent decades pushing my leftist agenda from behind the camera while  desperately, humiliatingly covering tracks for “the talent,” my sociopathic  spouse — and then, having finally burst out from behind that demeaning mask,  finding myself reduced to running interference again for yet another sociopath  — I cannot deny that I, too, might be suffering from vertigo.

In  sum, it seems entirely believable to me that Hillary Clinton is feeling sick  these days. In her situation, who wouldn’t feel sick?

My  question, however, is why this illness and minor injury, from which she is  purported to be recovering happily at home, should be considered an acceptable  excuse for not having to testify about a scandal in which she was a major player  — a foreign policy disaster for which she has expressly  declared herself the buck’s final destination.

Adults  get sick. Some of them are prone to feeling nauseous or faint when faced with  stressful situations for which they know they are unprepared. But adults  typically do not use their personal discomforts as justifications for ducking  out on their most important responsibilities and commitments.

Some  years ago, my wife was given the unpleasant task of invigilating the final exam  of a university freshman who was suffering from a terrible stomach flu, but who,  having already purchased a ticket home for the following day, insisted on  writing her exam while sitting on the floor of the women’s bathroom, resting her  head against the cool tiles to calm herself between mad dashes to — well,  you get the point.

Here,  on the other hand, is the Secretary of State of the most powerful nation on the  planet, called to testify before both Houses of Congress regarding a foreign  policy debacle which resulted in the deaths of an important State Department  official and three other Americans; here is the highest-ranking member of the  president’s cabinet, the one who stood at his side when he made his September 12  Rose Garden address on Benghazi; here is the woman who, in a supposed act of  statesmanship, claimed personal responsibility for the Benghazi security failure  (though simultaneously casting off that responsibility by saying “I want to  avoid some kind of political gotcha”) — here she is, being excused from the  most important day of her tenure as Secretary of State, in effect by means of a  note from President O-Mama saying “Hillary isn’t feeling well today, and she  won’t be feeling well next week either.”

While  the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, John Kerry, was only too  eager to  accept this sick note from Mrs. Clinton, and happy to  announce her replacement by two of her deputies, Kerry’s counterpart on the  House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, played the role of  rational adult:

We have been combing classified and unclassified  documents and have tough questions about State Department threat assessments and  decision-making on Benghazi. This requires a public appearance by the Secretary  of State herself.

Yes,  it does “require” such an appearance — if your interest is in exposing the  truth about Benghazi, namely that “failure” is too kind a word for the  administration’s actions before the attack, and “conscienceless” too kind for  their conduct during and after it.

Hillary  Clinton has made her reputation on being a tough, resilient woman. If she were  really so tough, she would insist on appearing before Ros-Lehtinen’s committee,  even if she had to testify from the bathroom floor.

The  Benghazi scandal, as I have said before, makes Watergate — during which Clinton  suffered her own first scandal, incidentally — look like cheating at tiddlywinks.  Men died after a seven hour battle, and after their repeated pleas to Washington  for help were rejected. In the wake of this horror, the Obama administration  created a calculated cloud of conflicting half-stories in order to protect  Obama’s re-election bid. The centerpiece of their cloud of lies was a  fabrication about a “spontaneous” or “natural” protest that never occurred —  and that they knew never occurred — a lie which, by emphasizing and repeatedly  blaming a “disgusting” video about Muhammad, actually stoked real and deadly  protests throughout the Middle East.

Hillary  Clinton is the highest-ranking member of the administration scheduled to  testify, and her prospective testimony would be most pertinent — not because of  what she would say, but because of what others would then need to say, or unsay,  to remain consistent with her story.

But  she isn’t feeling well, and wants to stay home this week, so you should just  forget the whole thing; goodness knows she’d like to forget it. (By the way, is  this not the kind of fragility in the face of duty that ought to disqualify her  as a presidential candidate?)

And  if you are wise you will follow John Kerry’s advice and dismiss any ideas about  offering her a rain check. After all, rescheduling her appearance for a future  date is only likely to remind her of that urgent meeting she has to attend in  Bora Bora, or the hair appointment she promised herself for Christmas, or poker  night with the gals at Huma’s.

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2 thoughts on “Hillary in Hiding

  1. She opened the escape hatch and stepped through it. My question is was she only doing it now, or really all along. Especially since she said the buck stops with her and that she accepts full responsibility for Benghazi. But then I guess this is just a liberal’s way of accepting responsibility.

    • Responsibility is never accepted by a liberal, they always blame others. Those are just words to make herself look good.

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