The scenario you may want to consider is this: in the real world, if you are a manager of a corporation’s sales and you consistently deny teams the resources to achieve the goals of the corporation in an emerging market that the company just spent a ton of money creating – to the extent that an minor competitor steps in and wins the market through the error of the management decision – that manager can expect to be fired.
That’s business. That’s the world where most Americans exist. You hold a job title and there are expectations of competency that are tied to that position. If you are incompetent you will be replaced.
Instead of a corporation (or the largest depending on your world view) substitute America. Instead of a manager replace with Secretary of State. Emerging market is Middle East, minor competitor is Al Quida (ok, so not that minor). You now have a clear description of the Libyan murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans on September 11, 2012.
Now lest you think this is a harsh assessment being heaped upon Secretary Clinton, consider this
“I take responsibility. I’m in charge of the State Department’s 60,000-plus people all over the world, 275 posts.” – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Peru, October 15, 2012.
By her own words, over a month after the facts about the failures in the State Department have escaped the veil of reviling the freedom of speech in movie making, Secretary Clinton is falling on her sword for the Obama Administration. Well almost. There is no indication that she plans to step down, nor will she be asked to.
In the only murder of a U.S. ambassador since the Carter Administration in 1979, Secretary Clinton has failed in her duties to protect those representing the United States in lands often not favorable to the nation or its citizens, by her own admission. To be clear, this was not a surprise event – the House Oversight Committee clearly determined from testimony of Lt Col Woods and others that based on the 230 other incidents in Benghazi
Further, even as Vice President Biden made feeble protests during the VP debate, the facts have clearly been found that repeated requests for support security forces were ignored and dismissed for months prior to the terrorist attack. An attack that only recently the Government is even willing to hesitantly label as the terrorist action the world clearly knows it to be.
But in the face of embarrassment for President Obama and VP Biden, and a potentially crippling admonition of the foreign policy of the Obama Administration just prior to the 2012 election, Secretary Clinton is stepping up and taking responsibility. She is clearly stating that Americans died because of ultimately her decisions, and no one else at the White House. So why does she still have her position?
This wasn’t a battleground, or at least not in the minds of the State Department prior to the September 11th attack. This was administrative mismanagement that cost lives. A mismanagement that continues even now as the FBI estimates a delay of 3 weeks to even begin an investigation on ground that has already been trod by the media (CNN and Washington Post) and countless Libyans. An embarrassment that is typified by the fact, as Marc A. Thiessen stated in his opinion piece,
But Secretary Clinton has now, finally, made a clear stance. This was her fault. Don’t blame President Obama or VP Biden. It’s squarely on her shoulders. But if you think there should be some repercussion, some accountability for her lack of proper action, well that’s just too much.
Only in the world of politics can someone in a position of authority, step up and take the blame while looking the American people in the eye and say the equivalent of ‘get over it’.
There is no equivalent in the real world. BP oil spill? Tony Hayward lost his job. Hurricane Katrina? FEMA director Michael D. Brown fired. Exxon Valdez? Captain Joe Hazelwood, fired, fined $50,000, sentenced to 1,000 hours of community service, and hasn’t had a long-term job as captain since. Even in a far less epic incident, Michael Vick served 21 months in prison and went bankrupt after his dog fighting ring was busted.
But the Obama Administration, Secretary Clinton, and numerous Liberal and Democrat pundits feel that Secretary Clinton shouldn’t be held to the same standard of accountability as Michael Vick? For the loss of life that she is publicly demanding to take responsibility for?
Truly thus takes the political back scratching and escalates it to a level that borders beyond asinine.