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Monday, January 28, 2013

Hillary desrves an "Oscar" for this performance- "NOT"

The Administration 's New Fronts in the War on Women

By Clarice  Feldman                       

This  week, the administration that rode to a second term decrying a fictitious war on  women by the opposition, opened real fronts on the war on women, perpetuating  feminism's worst inconsistencies through its contradictory programs and in the  words and deeds of the avatar of these inconsistencies, Hillary Clinton, the  "Athena" of low information women voters. Only CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson by  her persistence and competence keeps me from burying my head in  shame.

As  the Weekly Standard's Daniel Halper noticed, there was a serious disconnect this week in the  administration's approach to women.

On  the one hand, the president's close aide, Valerie Jarrett  tweeted:

"If there's one thing we should all agree on, it's  protecting women from violence. Congress needs to pass the Violence Against  Women Act."

At  almost the same moment, as Jarrett was tweeting her plea for legislative  embodiment of the notion of women's need for special protections, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced -- without any  consultation with Congress -- that he was removing the ban on women  in combat positions.

The  disconnect between the two positions seems irreconcilable except for James  Taranto's sage analysis:

One way of defining feminism is as the pursuit of the  mutually irreconcilable goals of sexual equality and sensitive treatment of  women. You'd think that contradiction would be a weakness, but it's actually  strength: Every advance for equality creates a demand for more measures to  promote sensitivity, and vice versa. Feminism's failures perpetuate feminism, at  the expense of other goals such as defending the country.

I don't  think this dichotomy does women any favor. It certainly does no favors for men  nor does it meet the demands of our society. It seems utterly impossible for men  to cross this minefield whole. On the one hand they are being urged to treat  women with special sensitivity because of their more delicate natures and  physical limitations. On the other hand, the administration wants men to share  foxholes on the front lines with them.

Taranto  quotes a reader, a Marine Corps veteran with extensive experience on the front  lines who among other things observes:

What kind of a man is it who can send women off to  kill and maim? What kind of society does that? What kind of men sharing a  fire-team foxhole with a woman and two other men don't treat the woman more  gently?

What kind of society bemoaning that men don't seem to  respect women can't see that part of the respect they demand is predicated on  the specialness of the other?

Perhaps it is possible in a firefight to distinguish  between how one treats women and men, but I doubt that I could do it. And if I  am trained to treat men and women the same throughout my career,  can this have no significant effect on how I treat women otherwise? 

The  disparate goals of a feminism that simultaneously and inconsistently demands  special consideration and complete equality at the expense of the national --  and, therefore women's interests -- was also manifest in the outrageous  performance of outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this  week.

Uniformly  praised by Senators and Congressmen of her own Democratic Party for her  performance in this task -- encomia that ignored the fact that the president  early had stripped her of significant authority and handed it over to those  closer to him like Susan Rice and that, in any event, foreign policy under her  watch has been a disaster -- Hillary played the feminist card to trump serious  inquiry into the Benghazi catastrophe, weeping, wailing, pounding the desk,  obfuscating, and outright lying.

I  listened to much of it on C-Span and was incredulous to read mainstream media  reports like this one in the Washington Post.

For Hillary, the testimony was a triumphant capstone  on her term as the chief U.S. diplomat. If Hillary had not dealt with the  Benghazi affair before she left office, she could have been viewed as a failure  and a weakling. Instead, she came blazing onto Capitol Hill in true Hillary  style, concluding the Libya drama on her terms and exiting the Washington stage  to regroup for her next adventure -- a new book, global speeches or a  presidential run.

Hillary's loyal base -- and it is ever growing among  millennial women -- likes the "Athena" Hillary, the wise warrior who slays  Republicans (especially men) with iciness and harshness. They want her to be  Madame President in four years. They long for her to be tough, emotionally,  intelligent and even funny. In her swan song, she gave them that Hillary to  remember

Online,  it was easier to find reports of her testimony which more closely resembled my  own views of it.

The  most commented-on part of her testimony came when she was pressed by Senator Ron  Johnson of Wisconsin to explain why she and the administration had lied and  pretended the murders of our ambassador and other U.S. personnel at Benghazi  were related to a silly video when they knew from the first that it was not. To  her eternal discredit she replied, 'What difference at this point does it  make?"

She  thus ended her time with this administration much as she began her national  career -- denying accountability for her misdeeds and those of the  Democratic president with whom she had served.

But  that was only part of the shame of this performance.

As  Reason's Nick Gillespie observed, by her deceitful, histrionic performance she evaded  any serious discussion of major administration failures that will remain  unaccounted for. He dissected three major evasive statements by Clinton. 

1. "I take responsiblity."

From a Fox News report of the Senate  hearing:

During the opening of the hearing, Clinton said she  has "no higher priority" than the security of her department's staff, and that  she is committed to making the department "safer, stronger and more secure." 

"As I have said many times, I take responsibility,  and nobody is more committed to getting this right," Clinton said, later choking  up when describing how she greeted the families of the victims when the caskets  were returned.

Taking responsibility is the classic dodge in  Washington, where pols assume the mantle of leadership and then promptly do nothing to address the  situation for which they are in hot water. What does it mean to take  responsibility for the absolute breakdown of security at a consulate where your  ambassador gets murdered (along with three others[snip]

2. "1.43 million cables come to my office."  [snip]

She added that "1.43 million cables come to my  office. They're all addressed to me."

Come on, already. The question is plainly not whether  Clinton is reading every god<snip>ed communication addressed to her but whether  she's got the right people in charge of assessing risk and making sure resources  are apportioned accordingly. Tragically, the answer was no, especially given the  fact that State had cut security in Benghazi despite attacks prior to the deadly  9/11 one! [snip]

3. "What difference at this point does it  make?"

[snip] Contra Clinton, it makes a great deal of  difference because understanding how this all happened is the first step to  making sure it doesn't happen over and over and over again.

Elliott  Abrams, formerly an Assistant Secretary of State, confirmedGillespie's observations about Clinton's claim that  she couldn't read all the cables that came to the Department. In fact, he says  her comment is proof of her failed executive role:

There had been three and half years to set up a  system, to let the career officers of the Secretariat and the Operations Center  know what she wants, and to have her personal staff figure it out  too.

That is to say, if she did not see the Benghazi  cables in a timely fashion, if she did not see Chris Stephens's cables  describing the deterioration of security, and if she did not see his requests  for more security, this was a huge management failure on her part. It is a poor  excuse to say, "Gee, the Department gets lots of cables" -- and perhaps even  worse then to hide behind an Accountability Review Board that pins  responsibility on assistant secretaries and no higher.

Having worked as an assistant secretary of state and  a deputy national-security adviser, I can report that even in those posts one is  entirely swamped by cable traffic and needs a system to cope with it -- to be  sure that the really important ones get through. From all the available  evidence, Hillary Clinton failed to establish such a system for herself, and  that management failure is a far more important fact about her tenure than being  the third woman to hold the post or having flown more miles than Condoleezza  Rice.

Mark  Steyn could barely conceal his contempt for Hillary's performance:

"As I have said many times, I take responsibility,"  she said. In Washington, the bold declarative oft-stated acceptance of  responsibility is the classic substitute for responsibility: rhetorically  "taking responsibility," preferably "many times," absolves one from the need to  take actual responsibility even once. [snip]

But Secretary Clinton has just testified that, in the  government of the most powerful nation on Earth, there is no reliable means by  which a serving ambassador can report to the Cabinet minister responsible for  foreign policy. And nobody cares: What difference does it  make?

Nor was the late Christopher Stevens any old  ambassador but, rather, Secretary Clinton's close personal friend "Chris." It  was all "Chris" this, "Chris" that, when Secretary Clinton and President Obama  delivered their maudlin eulogies over the flag-draped coffin of their "friend."  Gosh, you'd think if they were on such intimate terms, "Chris" might have had  Hillary's email address, but apparently not. He was just one of 1.43 million  close personal friends cabling the State Department every hour of the day. 

Four Americans are dead, but not a single person  involved in the attack and the murders has been held to account. Hey, what  difference does it make? Lip-syncing the national anthem beats singing it.  Peddling a fictitious narrative over the coffin of your "friend" is more real  than being an incompetent boss to your most vulnerable employees. And mouthing  warmed-over clichés about vowing to "bring to justice" those responsible is way  easier than actually bringing anyone to justice.

In  all of this there is one woman who does represent the best of American women and  of her profession, CBS's Sharyl Attkisson who is being stonewalled by the  administration and hasn't reported on the Benghazi story since November 23.  She's been using every avenue available to her to pursue the Benghazi story and  has taken to Twitter to voice the inquiries her media colleagues and  Congressional investigators should be asking:

"@SharylAttkisson The Obama Admin has indicated it will not be answering Benghazi questions we've  been asking since Oct. I will list some of them."

She  followed up two minutes later with a question that took up two  tweets:

"@SharylAttkisson What time was Ambassador's Stevens' body recovered, what are the known details  surrounding his disappearance and death..."

".  ..including where he/his body was taken/found/transported and by  whom?"

And  from that moment forward, she just kept hammering:

"Who  made the decision not to convene the Counterterrorism Security Group (CSG) the  night of the Benghazi attacks?"

"We  understand that convening the CSG a protocol under Presidential directive  ("NSPD-46"). Is that true? If not, please  explain..."

"...  if so, why was the protocol not followed?"

"Is  the Administration revising the applicable Presidential directive? If so, please  explain."

"Who  is the highest-ranking official who was aware of pre-911 security requests from  US personnel in Libya?"

After  Attkisson's preliminary questions, she drove on, asking about the White House  cover-up and its narrative blaming the incident on a demonstration against an  anti-Islamic YouTube video:

"Who is/are the official(s) responsible for removing  reference to al-Qaeda from the original CIA notes?"

"Was the President aware of Gen. Petraeus' potential  problems prior to Thurs., Nov. 8, 2012?"

"What is your response to the President stating that  on Sept. 12, he called 911 a terrorist attack, in light of his CBS  interview..."

"...on that date in which he answered that it was too  early to know whether it was a terrorist attack?"[snip]

"Forgot to mention that Sen. Graham has asked 4  transcripts of FBI interviews w/Benghazi survivors but at last word that hadn't  been provided".


UPDATE:  Right on cue, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy illustrates the incoherent demands of   Democratic women for combat role equality AND special treatment. On Friday,  McCarthy told  Piers Morgan that while she supports women in combat, they shouldn't be  required to use those nasty and evil assault rifles -- or, presumably, the even  nastier machine guns, grenade launchers, mortars, and heavy artillery pieces. 

She  also mades it clear that she is clueless about what arms are  rifles:

"CAROLYN MCCARTHY: I will tell you, if you talk to  professionals, hunters and certainly sportsmen, they'll tell you [an AR-15 is]  not the gun to use. A rifle is more accurate."


emilyg said...

Thank you. Wonder if we'll ever get the truth.

12:29 PM
MADDOG10 said...

I get the sense that we never will Em. It's really a shame that the families will never know either because these so-called politicians haven't got the testicles, nor the intestinal fortitude to challenge the current regime and put them in the hot seat...!

2:13 PM
rdgrnr said...

All lies.
But half the country doesn't care as long as they get their free stuff.
So nothing will be done about it.
And they know it.

2:49 PM
CARBOB said...

rdgrnr and MD, hit the nail on the head. Every elected official in congress should be ashamed of their actions. They know   well the administrations is doing nothing but a cover up. Just like the JD running guns to the Mexican drug dealers, they were running guns to the terrorist.

3:38 PM

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