At home with a bad cold while missing a fun meeting, I watched the Bengazi Hearings chaired very competently by Rep. Trey Gowdy. After Rep. Gowdy’s thought provoking opening statement, I was prepared to listen and learn from the well prepared questions formed by the committee members.
As I listened, several things became clear. Most of the Democrats were ill prepared and obviously had not done what the committee was charged to do because they ‘believed’ poor little Hillary was being victimized because she dared to run for president. I don’t care what their ‘beliefs’ were, they should have formulated questions that brought out the truth. I applaud Rep. Duckworth on her devotion to duty and of her carefully prepared questions concerning security and backup. She did not waste her time on emotional and belligerent displays against the charge of the committee, as did others. A clear dereliction of duty was obvious among Democrat committee members who were ill prepared with questions and choose to pontificate instead. I hope they are voted out in the next election they face.
The interest in Sidney Blumenthal was phenomenal, but was unfortunately divided along partisan lines, with the Democrats asking no questions about Sidney Blumenthal. Why not?
Who is Sidney Blumenthal? Described as a well-paid sycophant and author, he has written books with titles like: The Strange Death of Republican America: Chronicles of a Collapsing Party, and The Clinton Wars, among others. He protected the Clintons from the Lewinski scandal and has been a close friend for years. Mr. Blumenthal is a vicious partisan with a history of conspiracy theories who apparently had Mrs. Clinton’s ear, particularly about Libya.
It has been suggested that the overthrow of Kaddafi was orchestrated by the UN and the Clinton State Department in order to accommodate business interests in Libya. I hope such a cynical conclusion is not proven. Sidney Blumenthal was forwarding the business interests of contractors interested in Libya who possibly hired Mr. Blumenthal to represent them because he had access to Mrs. Clinton. Did money change hands over this? Was Mr. Blumenthal selling access?
Mr. Blumenthal received $10,000 a month from the Clinton Foundation, where his duties were problematical, which was also during the time of the Bengazi tragedy and during his tenure working for the supporters of the Hillary campaign for president. How much income did all this work generate? Was he working for the contractors hoping for projects in Libya or was he just doing that for free? This guy looks like he was being paid for three jobs at once.
Apparently at least some of the e mails sent to Mrs. Clinton by Mr. Blumenthal made their way to Ambassador Stevens. Did Ambassador Stevens receive fallacious information? Did he believe this information?
It’s nice to know what kind of people are hired by the Clinton Foundation at the behest of Bill Clinton. I hope all the donors take note. Sidney Blumenthal’s son, Max Blumenthal has expressed many biased opinions concerning the Middle East, including opinions that possibly generate income for the Clinton Foundation from wealthy families hostile to Israel. Of course, Sidney Blumenthal is promoting his son’s career.
This Sidney Blumenthal was too radical for the Obama Administration, who rejected him as an employee. Yet Mrs. Clinton gave him access anyway to an inner circle of influence that never should have existed. The official channels of the White House, Military and others should have taken precedence over any non-vetted person. Mr. Blumenthal had been vetted and rejected as an employee, yet Mrs. Clinton continued his influence, even to the point of redacting his name from e mails he sent her and forwarding them to the state department and possibly Ambassador Stevens.
I saw a clip on Fox News this morning that described a meeting held three weeks before Ambassador Steven’s death. The conclusions of this security and operations meeting were that the Ambassador’s outpost should be consolidated with the CIA headquarters for security reasons and that the situation was untenable as it was.
Mrs. Clinton sat there and said that nobody called for any changes at the Bengazi facility so things continued. Did she read the memo or even attend the meeting or receive a report from somebody at the meeting? Did she know about this consolidation request? Where was her leadership? Why didn’t she make the move to close it down, instead of waiting for ‘underlings’ to suggest it? IT WAS HER DUTY TO KNOW ABOUT ALL OF THE EMBASSIES WITH SECURITY RISKS AND IT WAS HER DUTY TO CLOSE IT DOWN OR REINFORCE SECURITY IN THE FACE OF ESCALATING THREATS.
The hearing was definitely illuminating, just not in the way some had envisioned. I do resent the spurious attitude on the part of the intensely partisan Democrats who tried to sabotage the hearing with critical comments about other members of the committee or about partisan politics in general. The lack of professionalism on the part of the Democrats with the exception of Rep. Duckworth, was an indicator of what is wrong in Washington these days.
The fiercely partisan politics of Sidney Blumenthal and the Clintons has damaged the climate in Washington to the point that the naysayers and the dividers are controlling and nothing gets done. Votes are held in secret and their top presidential candidate Hillary Clinton declares that Republicans are enemies, something even Vice President Biden disavows. The country cannot afford any more influence from the likes of Sidney Blumenthal, Bill and Hillary Clinton and the corruption and divisiveness they represent.