Batten down the hatches!!!
fter months of buildup, Hillary Rodham Clinton finally takes center stage as the star witness in the Republican-led investigation into the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
Clinton, the Democratic front-runner for president, testifies from a position of political strength as her potential rival for the nomination, Vice President Joe Biden, announced Wednesday that he will not jump into the presidential race and she rides the momentum of a solid debate performance.
In advance of her testimony, Clinton campaign released a summary that said she is appearing before the committee to honor the memory of the four Americans killed in Benghazi. The summary said Clinton will testify that Benghazi was a tragedy that must be learned from but that America must continue to lead in a dangerous world.
“To do otherwise would mean drawing the wrong lesson from Benghazi,” she will say, according to the summary.
Clinton will vow to pursue a “smart brand of leadership” that balances diplomacy, development and defense, and will say this approach to diplomacy involves an element of risk-taking that can never be eliminated outright.
At the same time, the Benghazi committee is on the defensive as the panel’s GOP chairman scrambles to deflect comments by fellow Republicans that the inquiry is aimed at hurting Clinton’s presidential bid.
My thoughts about all of this are tumbling around like little rug rats wrestling over a toy. Where to begin?
First of all, didn’t we have Smart Leadership™ under Obama? Didn’t our standing in the world turn to dust? Is the entire Middle East not aflame? Is Iran now taunting us? Is Russia our new boss?
Did we have Smart Leadership™ when Nancy Pelosi wisely stated that we must pass the bill to find out what is in the bill? Is the fact that the American middle class takes home fewer dollars – not inflation adjusted, just fewer dollars – after seven years of Smart Leadership™ than they did during the eight years of George W. Bush in the White House?
Oh, yes, indeed. The Democrats are very, very smart. I look forward to eight more years of smartness.
As for the Republicans, while it is ridiculous to disregard the work of the Benghazi Committee for the stupid one-liner of one prominent Republican, that is the way the world works. We all know it. Therefore, the comment, stating that the committee’s work was all about destroying Clinton’s chances to become President, was unforgivable. He went a long way toward electing her.