August 20, 2013

Quietly undermining Hillary?

The scapegoats have come in from their out-to-pasture exile:
Secretary of State John Kerry has determined that the four State Department officials placed on administrative leave by Hillary Clinton after the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi do not deserve any formal disciplinary action and has asked them to come back to work at the State Department starting Tuesday.
There are plenty of rich discussions to be had over the timing, basis and perception of reinstating the only people that suffered any sort of repercussions (the families of those killed, notwithstanding) over the attack in Benghazi. 

Instead, let's look at this from a different perspective.  The article is knee-deep in glowing descriptions of how thorough Kerry has been in the process of making the decision to return these four people to work at State:
“As soon as he came into the department, Secretary Kerry wanted to invest the time to review the ARB's findings and match those against his own on-the-job findings about security,” the senior State Department official said. “He's been hands-on focused on building on the lessons learned from the Benghazi attack to strengthen security at missions world-wide and continue the ARB's security paradigm shift.”
Paradigm shift?  What is this, 1986?
After consideration, Kerry reaffirmed the ARB’s finding that no employee breached their duty or should be fired but rather that some should be reassigned, the official said. The four individuals are not blameless and the fact that they will not be returned to the same positions is relevant, the official said.

Kerry and his team also considered the long records of the four individuals and the circumstances leading up the Benghazi attack when considering what to do with the sidelined officials, the official said. None of the officials will be able to get their old jobs back and Boswell will not return as the head of diplomatic security.

“[Secretary Kerry] studied their careers and studied the facts,” the official said. “In order to implement the ARB and to continue to turn the page and shift the paradigm inside the Department, the four employees who were put on administrative leave last December pending further review, will be reassigned inside the State Department.”
Let's dig down to the underlying fact that they are repeating, without actually saying it; Hillary screwed the pooch.  Under her watch, four Americans were killed, there was a ridiculous chain of PR disasters that assumed the American people were idiots, and she sent four people packing with no evidence that their actions had anything to do with the attack in Benghazi.

Not exactly the sort of person you would want leading a country.

So, if Kerry were truly a party boy, as in Dimocratic Party, surely he would toe the party line and stand by his woman, especially if she is likely to be the boss down the road. 

Or, maybe Biden is the party's Golden Boy for 2016?

1 comment:

InsomniacSeeker said...

Or maybe Kerry is looking at another run.