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The End of “Moderation” In The Arab World

Thursday, June 19, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The New York Times’ David Kirkpatrick has a must-read this morning, on the passing of the “moderate reformer” in the Arab world.  Their best hope was Iraq, 2008.  That’s gone now.  America didn’t have the stomach for doing there what it did in Japan and Korea.

“We didn’t get that done,” Hillary told Christiane Amanpour, speaking of a Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq to succeed the one negotiated by George W. Bush through 2011, and as Fred Kagan said on the show yesterday, it could have been done but President Obama and his Secretary of State put no priority on it. They walked away from the moderate reformers of Iraq.  With that failure the clock on the time bomb began to tick.  The results are seen today in Iraq and will unfold across the Middle East for decades to come.



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Senator Ron Johnson: Hillary “Disqualified” From Being C-in-C

Wednesday, June 18, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson was my guest today.  He opened with a slam of Hillary:




HH: Joining me to talk about those stories and much more, United States Senator Ron Johnson, one of our favorite people, outspoken, candid and always a lot of fun. Senator Johnson, welcome back, good to talk to you.

RJ: Hey, Hugh, how are you doing?

HH: I’m great. You know, I’ve decided you’re kind of like the Smoking Man from the X-Files. Did you ever watch that?

RJ: Yeah, I did. I don’t smoke.

HH: No, but you’re always kind of standing around when train wrecks happen. And you were with Hillary when she gave her famous ‘what difference does it make’, and I wanted to get your reaction to what she had to say yesterday to Christiane Amanpour. Here’s the former Secretary of State on whether or not we know what we need to know about Benghazi.

HRC: There have been, as you know, a number of investigations, including the independent one, that the State Department commissioned, as well as many in Congress. There are answers, not all of them, not enough, frankly. I’m still looking for answers, because it was a confusing and difficult time.

HH: So Senator Johnson, why’d she get mad at you if she’s still looking for answers?

RJ: Well, I think she understands how culpable she is, and she understands exactly her dereliction of duty that really results in the death of four Americans. And you know, listen, she can provide an awful lot of the answers. Hugh, we don’t know what she was really doing that night. We don’t know at what level the State Department, they actually waived the security standards for that consulate. You know, we have to hold anybody accountable in the State Department for the dereliction of duty for not only not honoring the request for increased security, to actually ramp down requests. And Hugh, I think just a small contingent of armed Marines, that protest, that attack never would have happened, and those four Americans would still be alive today. And so Hillary Clinton understands exactly how culpable she is as secretary of State, because she’s the only one, according to the law, that could sign the waivers to basically waive the security standards that were present at that consulate.

HH: Do you think she’s disqualified from being commander-in-chief, Senator Johnson?

RJ: I certainly believe so. She had the famous ad there, you know, who’s going to respond to that 2AM in the morning moment. Well, both her and President Obama did not respond to the 3pm in the afternoon moment, and no, I don’t think she should be president of the United States. Here’s one example, Hugh. You know, if you were secretary of State, given the responsibility to go to Andrews Air Force Base, to welcome home the remains of those four Americans, would you do your duty and offer the condolences of a nation? Or would you seize that moment, that opportunity, to plant and perpetuate a cover up? I mean, that is a craven, political act, because that’s what she did with Tyrone Woods’ father, and basically saying we’re going to get that video producer, we’re going to make sure he’s arrested. Again, that’s just a craven, political act. I think that alone disqualifies her as president of the United States. Continue Reading

“America’s Security Today v. When George H.W. Bush Left Office: How Much We Have Lost” By Clark S. Judge

Wednesday, June 18, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The weekly column from Clark Judge:

America’s Security Today v. When George H.W. Bush Left Office: How Much We Have Lost
By Clark S. Judge: managing director, White House Writers Group, Inc.; chairman, Pacific Research Institute

Last week marked the 90th birthday of President George H.W. Bush and the 89th of his wife Barbara. A splendid film honoring the former president aired on CNN – 41 on 41 (for the 41 people who spoke on camera about the 41st president) — and another on Fox News Channel. But it got me thinking – perhaps you, too, if you took in the programs and media stories marking those birthdays – of how much we have lost over the past 22 years.

For amidst all the well-deserved personal praise, one fact that to my mind should always be mentioned in connection with Mr. Bush was never spoken. Since the late 1920s and perhaps even since the end of the Taft Administration, general global peace and the United States itself have not been safer than they were by the end of the Bush 41 administration. Continue Reading

The Hillary Gaffe-athon: “We cannot let a minority of people — and that’s what it is, it is a minority of people — hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people. “

Wednesday, June 18, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Hillary’s book tour is becoming a nightmare for her, a glimpse of just how wheedling, needling, schoolmarmish her presidency would be –one long cliched lecture on how to live like she thinks you should live.  President Obama’s third term, in other words, with none of the fun sports teams events.

Four moments stood out in the CNN love-fest with Christiane Amanpour (transcript here) who actually seemed to run out of questions and really and truly asked Hillary if voting should be made mandatory in America, an expression of the inner social engineer which was not immediately swatted down by the would-be future president as an affront to the basic idea of liberty which animates the Declaration and Constitution.

Amanpour has long been a risible lefty dressed up as a journalist, but demanding forced voting instead of pursuing responses to the Administration’s failure to respond with force to the use of chemical weapons, the closure of Gitmo, the missing hours from the night of Benghaazi…well, a new low for a “journalist.”  Contrast Amanpour’s shameless boosterism –on Benghazi, Amanpour began a question “And, obviously, you have been asked so many questions about this so many times…” which perfectly fits the left’s meme about the Gowdy Committee– with Bret Baier’s patient, focused professionalism and you realize why CNN’s brand is so broken, why Fox dominates the ratings, and why the repair job begun with Tapper is so enormous.  Amanpour should be dismissed for allowing a moment that might have re-established CNN’s brand as serious journalism to degenerate into a Hillary rally.

Even with such a friendly questioner and audience, Hillary made four memorable remarks, each one of which will return to follow her throughout the campaign ahead.

First, in response Amanpour’s invitation to declare everything “asked and answered” on Benghazi, Hillary missed the opening given her to agree and denounce the “politicization” of the investigation and instead blessed the ongoing inquiries: “There are answers, not all of them, not enough, frankly. I’m still looking for answers,” which of course wholly and completely legitimatizes the Gowdy inquiry from the lips of the most obvious American witness who can be compelled to testify. (Emphasis added.)

Thank you, Madame Secretary.  We all want answers, and when the Gowdy Committee subpoenas you, it can cite your response to Christiane as support for their demand.

Second, Hillary admitted her personal failure on the crucial effort to negotiate a Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq in 2011, an agreement that would have kept American troops in Iraq beyond 2011 and thus would have prevented the present meltdown which may turn into full-scale genocide:

DOROTHEA WOLFSON, JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY: Dorothea Wolfson from Johns Hopkins University.

Secretary Clinton, Iraq is in crisis and may fall to the terrorist group ISIS. Do you believe that President Obama was wrong in quitting Iraq, as he did in 2011? And what should the United States do moving forward?

CLINTON: Great question. And, obviously, it’s very much on everyone’s minds.

Let me just give a little bit of history, not too much, but context. When — President Bush decided, before President Obama became president, that we would leave Iraq in 2011, the United States would end its combat mission, unless the Iraqi government agreed to ask us to stay, under the same conditions that we have all around the world. It’s called a status of forces ingredient. I was involved in a lot of the efforts to come up with what our offer would be. And we made such an offer to then Prime Minister Maliki. And he would not accept the status of forces agreement.

Some now say, well, you should have made him or you should have — but that’s not the way it works. You have to — if you’re going to having American troops in harm’s way — and we knew Iraq would be quite dangerous for a long time, unpredictable, at the very least — you have to have the host government, in this case Iraq, say, OK, here’s what we want. We’re signing this agreement which will protect American soldiers.

We didn’t get that done. And I think, in retrospect, that was a mistake by the Iraqi government. And others are looking at that, including in Afghanistan now.

The second point I would make is, I think it’s imperative that the government of Iraq, currently led by Maliki, be much more inclusive, much more willing to share power, involve all the different segments of Iraq.

And I believe strongly that, if Maliki is not the kind of leader who can do that, then the Iraqi people need to think seriously about the kind of leader they need to try to unite Iraqis against what is a terrible, imminent threat from these most extreme terrorists. (Emphasis added.)

Now Clinton is a Gatling gun of blame here, beginning with W and including Maliki, the Iraqi people, and later President Obama, but the admission against interest is right there.  “We didn’t get that done.”  W did.  She didn’t.  Iraq is an inferno because of her and President Obama’s failure on the SOFA.  Blame Maliki all you want.  Superpowers get such things done. W got one done.  Obama and Clinton could not get it done.

A third extraordinary moment came when Hillary tossed President Obama under the Syrian bus:

TATIANA SABAI: Hi, Secretary Clinton.

My name is Tatiana Sabai (ph).

And I’m wondering on the issue of Syria, what you believe the administration can and should do into engage and support what remains of the moderate opposition and take a more active role in addressing the humanitarian crisis?

CLINTON: Well, thank you for that. And I — I wrote a whole chapter about Syria in my book, “Hard Choices.” And I call it a wicked problem, because it is. And in the book, I obviously write about what is now publicly known, I recommended that we do more in the very beginning to support the moderate opposition, because I believed, at the time, that they would be overwhelmed by Assad’s military force and that they would open up the door to extremists coming in….

AMANPOUR: — your own ambassador, the person you appointed, Robert Ford, to Syria, resigned and he told me in his first interview that he did so in protest and on principle because he could no longer defend the Obama administration’s policy.

And we see where we are in the world because of this.

I want to ask you…

CLINTON: But let me just…

AMANPOUR: — should you have tried harder…


AMANPOUR: — you were surrounded by the top national security people…

CLINTON: Right. Right.

AMANPOUR: — on a mission to stop terrorism.


AMANPOUR: Should you have pushed harder?

CLINTON: We pushed very hard. But as I say in my book, I believe that Harry Truman was right, the buck stops with the president. (Emphasis added)

Translation: “Syria’s not my fault.  It’s Obama’s fault.”  Wonder how that is playing at 1600 tonight.

Finally, there is this bizarre, wholly anti-Constitutional statement in response to a question about the need to renew the ban on assault weapons and to ban high capacity clips:

I’m well aware that this is a hot political subject. And again, I will speak out no matter what role I find myself in. But I believe that we need a more thoughtful conversation. We cannot let a minority of people — and that’s what it is, it is a minority of people — hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people. (Emphasis added.)

The thought police have arrived, and their name is Hillary.  Quite an interview.  No wonder the book is a loser.  The book tour is a circus, a fiasco, but quite an illumination of the many shortcomings of the woman who would be queen of what you do and what you think.

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