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October 16, 2012

Hillary Leads From the Front

Looks like Secretary of State has taken the President's campaign rhetoric to heart:

... as President of the United States, one of the things I’ve learned, and we just talked about was anything that happens on my watch is my responsibility. That’s what people expect. Harry Truman said the buck stops with me...”

- Barack Obama, July 2012

Contrast the man who, during his inaugural speech, blithely asserted that there is no conflict between our safety and our ideals with the "lawyerly" unitary executive who brags of personally approving the execution - without trial or even judicial review of any kind - of suspected terrorists:

This was the enemy, served up in the latest chart from the intelligence agencies: 15 Qaeda suspects in Yemen with Western ties. The mug shots and brief biographies resembled a high school yearbook layout. Several were Americans. Two were teenagers, including a girl who looked even younger than her 17 years.

...“How old are these people?” he asked, according to two officials present. “If they are starting to use children,” he said of Al Qaeda, “we are moving into a whole different phase.”

It was not a theoretical question: Mr. Obama has placed himself at the helm of a top secret “nominations” process to designate terrorists for kill or capture, of which the capture part has become largely theoretical. He had vowed to align the fight against Al Qaeda with American values; the chart, introducing people whose deaths he might soon be asked to order, underscored just what a moral and legal conundrum this could be.

What a difference an election makes! In an instant, egregious human rights violations shrink before our eyes into "moral and legal conundrums". How quickly the President's supporters, who appear to include the NY Times, jettison the passionate civil liberties arguments they used against George W. Bush.

It's different, this time - "freedom fighters" become "suspected terrorists" who don't have any rights worth protecting from a "lawyerly" President who claims the right to unilaterally decide who will be executed without trial and who won't. This Unitary Executive is not a threat to our civil liberties. The NY Times can relax the vigilance that led them to break the law and publish details of classified anti-terrorist operations.

Rest assured that this President accepts full responsibility for everything that happens on his watch.

Except, of course, when he doesn't.

Posted by Cassandra at October 16, 2012 07:57 AM

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Bill's gonna be pissed.

Posted by: spd rdr at October 16, 2012 09:33 AM

The buck stops with the chick! I wonder if Obama has any idea how this diminishes him in the eyes of supporters and opponents alike. In theory his party supports the equality of women, but that doesn't mean that in the real world a male executive can get away with looking weak next to a female one.

Posted by: Texan99 at October 16, 2012 09:54 AM

In fairness, it would also diminish a female president to have a male secretary of state take responsibility in this way. It would suggest she couldn't handle it.

Posted by: Grim at October 16, 2012 10:05 AM

The Clintons have slipped the knife into Obama. He blamed the state department intel for false information so she stepped up and took the blame. In the process Hilary Clinton has made herself look far more presidential than Obama ever has. The contrast is sharp plus she did it a time when it most damages a weakened Obama campaign. Plenty of time for Romney to incorporate into his debate preparations and long after Obama should have stepped up himself. Her next book should be an epic indictment of Obama's failed presidency and by taking the blame she effectively separates herself from Obama. Couldn't have been done to a more deserving man! ROTFLMFAO!

Posted by: TexasMom2012 at October 16, 2012 10:32 AM

Actually she carefully only took the blame for insufficient security. She did NOT take the lame for faulty info nor did she accept the blame for the false narrative spread by the administration. After 9/11/2001, it took less than 30 days for the Bush Adminstration to find out who was responsible. Get approval from Congress and the UN to go to war and to convince our allies to go to war alongside us. And after this recent 911 crisis all we have heard from the Obama Adminstration are falsehoods about the attack. No actions have been taken nor will they be taken because Obama is much more concerned about himself and his reelection chances than he is about dead Americans in the ME.

Clinton brilliantly has made Obama look like the small ineffectual man that he is, not a Commandor in Chief rather Obama has behaved as the Celebrity in Chief, our entertainment president. She held a press conference before him although he had amply time to address this from the Oval Office; he has failed to address the true tale instead he and his campaign are now hiding behind the old "investigation under way" so we can't talk about it ploy. It was an act of war not a criminal action! Again Obama is trying to combat terrorism as a criminal act rather than war exactly as he classified Nidal Hassan's act of war as "workplace violence".

I don't like the Clintons but I acknowledge they are the ultimate politicians, masters of spin. I believe Clinton sees the Obama administration is going down and she decided to torpedoe them as payback from the 2008 campaign and as payback for Obama blaming bad intel from State. Masterful!

Posted by: TexasMom2012 at October 16, 2012 10:45 AM

He tried to throw her under the bus, and she retaliated by pulling his chair out from under him.

Posted by: htom at October 16, 2012 10:53 AM

How do you pull an empty chair out from under someone?

Hillary would have been a better president.

Posted by: Grim at October 16, 2012 11:02 AM

Hillary is shrewdly positioning herself for another run in 2016. By falling on the sword now she keeps this from blowing up in Obama's face and helping him get re-elected. After his 2nd term there will be no incumbent and she'll have a clearer shot at winning the White House than she would challenging an incumbent Mitt Romney. By 2020 she probably considers herself to be too old to be electable (74 yrs old).

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip at October 16, 2012 11:50 AM

One of the lusty attractions of the past is how it could elicit great affection for it merely by insisting on consequences. Since we don't live in the past I would make of Hillary's public admission, without consequence or contrition, a cynical Machiavellian tactic meant for present and future considerations. I wonder which parts of each other they'll assent to scratching?

Posted by: George Pal at October 16, 2012 01:56 PM