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August 11, 2014 - 11:35 am

Over the past day or so, the Trajectory of Blame for Iraq has gone like this: Hillary Clinton is blaming Barack Obama, who is blaming George W. Bush.

Here’s Hillary blaming Obama — her former boss.

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton blamed the rise of Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria on failures of US policy under President Barack Obama, in an interview published Sunday.

Clinton specifically faulted the US decision to stay on the sidelines of the insurgency against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad as opening the way for the most extreme rebel faction, the Islamic State.

“The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assad —- there were Islamists, there were secularists, there was everything in the middle -— the failure to do that left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled,” Clinton told the Atlantic.

Vetting the Syrians to see who was and was not a jihadist was nearly impossible at the time, and was not aided at all by the likes of Sen. John McCain, who wanted intervention and didn’t appear to care whom he might find himself working with.

For its part, the Obama administration including Hillary Clinton was awfully quick to side with the Muslim Brotherhood, the ideological fountainhead of Islamic terrorism. There were concerns early on in the Syrian civil war that the United States would intervene, perhaps decisively — on the wrong side.

Not that there’s really a “right” side in that war. Assad is a brutal dictator who sides with Iran and has waged proxy wars against Israel, but the Islamists who want to oust him are even worse. The “good” Syrians are caught between two evils, both of which are more powerful than they are.

The White House has pushed back against Clinton’s comments, noting that she was fully on board with what Obama wanted and didn’t want when she was secretary of state.

The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg teases out an interesting, possibly revealing, passage in this back and forth.

Of course, Clinton had many kind words for the “incredibly intelligent” and “thoughtful” Obama, and she expressed sympathy and understanding for the devilishly complicated challenges he faces. But she also suggested that she finds his approach to foreign policy overly cautious, and she made the case that America needs a leader who believes that the country, despite its various missteps, is an indispensable force for good. At one point, I mentioned the slogan President Obama recently coined to describe his foreign-policy doctrine: “Don’t do stupid shit” (an expression often rendered as “Don’t do stupid stuff” in less-than-private encounters). (emphasis added)

Did Hillary Clinton tell or even insinuate to Goldberg that Barack Obama does not believe that America is an indispensable force for good?

That would be quite a statement, coming from a fellow Democrat.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Lucky Hillary didn't win, she would have been hands down better than this banjo player. But he may ultimately be a force for good precisely because he is so bad.
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Actions speak louder than words. Hillary lied and 4 people died. The way she handled Bhengazi is all I need to know about her character.
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For a woman who claimed in 2008 she was better qualified to answer the phone at 3 a.m. than Barack, she sure screwed up Benghazi, including but not limited to lying about the video to family members when the bodies arrived at Andrews AF base.

Senator Hillary voted for the authorization of use of force in Iraq (which is still in effect) and was all over the place bemoaning Saddam's WMD's. She said in this recent interview that the Iraq war was "stupid".

Reinvention is mothers' milk to these pols, saying whatever seems to earn brownie points in the moment. Shameless.

Now Hillary makes an allusion to Barack screwing up in Syria. Did she object as SOS ?
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Uh ...
Holder is counting ballots in 2014 and 2016
unless the House jails him for Contempt of Congress fairly soon.
Silly me, the RNC will be bastions again ...
18 weeks ago
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Both Hillary and Obama are consummate PM/Heideggerian LIARS.
Truth is what they say it is; like Humpty-Dumpty, "no more, no less."
They are both iconic incarnations of what Czeslaw Milosz (& George Orwell) termed KETMAN/Double-Think.
They are BIG SISTER & BIG BROTHER as comprise of Orwellian/GESTAPO/Stazi THOUGHT POLICE.
They are both disciples of SAUL Alinsky: professional Liar & Totalitarian.
His book, RULES for RADICALS, is dedicated to LUCIFER~Father of Lies & Obamanations of Desolation, which stand where they ought not...Hillary as W....of Babylon; BHO as Man of Sin...
18 weeks ago
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It's to water down her cowardly behavior during Benghazi. To the Clintons and the Obamas all of this politics, just words which can be twisted, forgotten, and changed at a later date.

If she wants to be President she has to act like she's got more spine than Obama, who knows if she does or doesn't - what's important to her is that people believe it.
18 weeks ago
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"Frailty, thy name is woman".
18 weeks ago
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Lucky Hillary didn't win, she would have been hands down better than this banjo player. But he may ultimately be a force for good precisely because he is so bad.
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What if Hillary had won her primary and the White House instead of Barack? I suspect she'd still have said "We came, we saw, he died,' about Gaddafi. I suspect the bummer in Benghazi, among other Arab Spring adventures, would still get blamed on a video. And Romney would have lost and Hillary would have won and promised you can keep your doctor, if you like your doctor.
18 weeks ago
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Marxists don't change their spots. (I know, mangled phrases)
18 weeks ago
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You of course remember that Obamacare started life, was conceived as Hillarycare.
18 weeks ago
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Actions speak louder than words. Hillary lied and 4 people died. The way she handled Bhengazi is all I need to know about her character.
18 weeks ago
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The "BLONDE" described at the bubbazipper and hildahag's NY home when she was away in Kessler's book on Secret Service ...
Is she still alive somehow?
Has an anti[hildahag group found her or photographed her yet?
And why not?
After "smartest man in the room", do we really need the "smartest woman in the world"? Is she survivable?
Oh, and walking on the recent, nearby beach photos show that besides totally great genetics that she works at conditioning. Oh ____, I forgot she cannot afford gym equipment or gym memberships ...
18 weeks ago
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Assad waged proxy war against the US by passing jihadis through to Iraq. We would have been highly justified in nuking Damascus or anything less.

But we were still fascinated by the concept of the Arab Spring, which I guess has now sprung to no good at all.
18 weeks ago
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For them, this is Spring...they love this stuff...I was listening to a cleric recently, not a hate channel, a spiritual search and one of the metaphors from the speaker was "It is as rewarding as cutting the head off your enemy." I went back to my usual Buddhist and Christian guys for soothing after this. But yes, cutting heads off, this is the Arab Spring, not searching for desert truffles after the rains.
18 weeks ago
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Egypt just outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood, which is a bold step that should have Morsi adherents spitting nails as well as al Zawahiri (why is that guy still alive ?) who came out of Egypt's MB.

Maybe a real spring in store for Egypt, but I won't hold my breath.
18 weeks ago
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I have always been of the opinion that the Clintons have something really big on Obama (NOT a birth certificate, but something bigger) and Obama has something really big on the Clintons. Political Mutually Assured Destruction stuff.

This explains the Democrat Convention 2008 and Hillary's term as SecState. Why else would Obama have allowed the camel's nose in the tent?

This is why their scorpions-in-a-bottle act has yet to have a stinger land.

Maybe the Clintons have calculated that Obama is too deeply wounded for his MAD weapon to matter?

Bombs away!
18 weeks ago
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Try this: George Soros owns both the Obama faction and the Clintons. I surmise something along the lines of Red Diaper Baby Obama teams up with Red Diaper Baby Ayers and the Chicago Machine. Somehow they become allied with the Gil Foundation and their network of radical homosexuals and lefty billionaires. That's enough money and muscle to make an appearance on the National scene but not enough to eclipse the heirs apparent, the Clintons. Enter Soros and a group of investors, perhaps Qatari, perhaps the MB through its fronts, perhaps even Iran through its fronts.

Soros through his associates has something big on the Clintons, something big enough to destroy them politically if not put one or both of them behind bars; nothing else would explain the Clintons so meekly sheathing their swords and coming to heel for Obama in 2008. Only the threat of jail or worse would keep Bill Clinton as quiet as he has been for the last six years.

So, Obama has his communist and muslim past; it is almost certain that either communist or muslim sources paid for his big bucks education and he almost certainly attended Columbia and Hahvud as a foreign student. That's, and probably indifferent grades, are why his school records are all suppressed.

So, the deal with HRC was if she and WJC behave well and help Comrade Obama get the "fundamental transformation" well underway, including delivering the whole of the MENA to the MB, the Cabal will make her the successor. The OFA can steal any close election, 2012 proved that, so HRC has to stay close even if that requires her distancing herself a bit from Comrade Obama. The balloon about some of the Obamunists preferring Fauxcohantas was a warning to HRC that she can't stray too far off the Res or the Cabal will drop her or worse.

I know I'm paranoid; I just hope I'm paranoid enough.
18 weeks ago
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The Clintons have something really big on Obama. NOT a birth certificate.

Why not a birth certificate?

Or some or all of the documents secreted under protection of Executive Order. Which Obama himself has admitted he can use "To get what he wants".

IF a birth certificate, and IF it proves Obama is POTUS in name only then what would that mean for ALL his enablers? In "A Country of LAW"?
Marcus Tullius Cicero and his "survival of a nation" come to mind?

There can be no doubt to any sentient human that the candidacy of BH Obama with the cooperation of the Clintons has the whiff of something really really rotten. Even in the game of politics as usual.

Remember Hillary was expecting to be the candidate. To those with "open minds" known to be utterly ruthless and unprincipled in her LUST for control of "The Lives of Others".

So perhaps even the DNC with her probably unwilling acquiescence understood she had the mark of Edward Kennedy on her and decided to wait a more propitious time

SHE had baggage that would have made even the most loyal "democrat" uneasy about her in the driver's seat. Baggage that could better be forgotten and dismissed with a little time and a "new and different story".

Purveyed by Media eager to show they were "on-side". And when the time came the as we are now seeing unending 24/7/365 telling and re-telling with different tweaks of that new story.

And as MAD a "contract": Obama as Lieutenant, interim place holder, a shoo-in for the Office BECAUSE Afro-American. THE Ace up the sleeve of the politicians of both parties. An offer THIS bit player, or any other, WOULD NOT refuse.

BH Obama, perfect Lieutenant - place holder - for Hillary?

But he has shown himself as the undoubted bit player, not up to the starring role. Even as understudy. Hillary now uneasy about her firm hold on that role as presumptive heir might suppose the brass - ring to be slipping from her fingers?

All About Eve? AND Richard The III?








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"Why else would Obama have allowed the camel's nose in the tent?"

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer ?

DC deal making ?

I'm so tired of Clintons and Obamas, all very marginal people of very marginal all around "character". Their presence alone in America's so called corridors of power is a sign of national decline, along with all their fellow sewer rats endlessly playing the game.
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