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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Obama's Rumsfeld: Hillary Clinton Should Resign

Jeffrey Lord
Naïveté, weakness, and incompetence lead to death, disaster: Did the Three Stooges cause World War II?

"You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!"
-- Member of Parliament Leo Amery quoting Cromwell on the Long Parliament to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain -- May 7, 1940. Three days later the Chamberlain government fell, Winston Churchill replaced Chamberlain -- and Hitler invaded France.

It was a good week for Islamic fascists.

Hillary Clinton has become Barack Obama's Donald Rumsfeld.

The murders of Benghazi have become Clinton's Abu Ghraib.

And by the way, did you know the Three Stooges caused World War II?

In the event, this Secretary of State has irrefutably proven herself to be naïve, weak, and grossly incompetent. And no, it doesn't matter that the Secretary has said she wishes to leave the Obama administration if the President is re-elected.

Hillary Clinton has to go. Now.

Like Rumsfeld, Clinton is the Cabinet officer whose tenure began as a political rock star -- and ended amid a chorus of controversy. In Rumsfeld's case, by November of 2006 the besieged Secretary of Defense did in fact get the request for his resignation from President George W. Bush. And he left.

After repeated calls for that resignation from -- Senator Hillary Clinton. Not to mention Senator Joe Biden.

Calls like this one, demanded directly of Rumsfeld by then-Senator Clinton at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in August of 2006:

"Under your leadership there have been numerous errors in judgment that have led us to where we are.… We hear a lot of happy talk and rosy scenarios, but because of the administration's strategic blunders -- and frankly the record of incompetence in executing -- you are presiding over a failed policy."

Errors in judgment, she said. Happy talk, she said. Strategic blunders, she said. Incompetence in executing policy, she said. Presiding over a failed policy, she said.

What happened in Benghazi meets every one of the Clinton standards for Rumsfeld's resignation. What has been happening with assaults on American embassies around the world meets every one of the Clinton standards for Rumsfeld's resignation. Now, those same standards should demand her own leave-taking. Not in January. Now.

Biden didn't even wait until 2006. In 2004, as the revelations of abuse of Iraqi detainees at the American-run Abu Ghraib prison exploded in the media, Biden went on CBS's Face the Nation to demand Rumsfeld's resignation, saying that Rumsfeld needed to resign because Abu Ghraib, an operation that was the responsibility of the Pentagon, "….has jeopardized our troops. It's jeopardized our mission." Biden added:

"Imagine what Ronald Reagan would be saying today."

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