That headline seems a little over the top, doesn’t it? Maybe it will seem less so after you read this:
An examination by The Times suggests that Mr. Blumenthal’s involvement was more wide-ranging and more complicated than previously known, embodying the blurry lines between business, politics and philanthropy that have enriched and vexed the Clintons and their inner circle for years.
While advising Mrs. Clinton on Libya, Mr. Blumenthal, who had been barred from a State Department job by aides to President Obama, was also employed by her family’s philanthropy, the Clinton Foundation, to help with research, “message guidance” and the planning of commemorative events, according to foundation officials. During the same period, he also worked on and off as a paid consultant to Media Matters and American Bridge, organizations that helped lay the groundwork for Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 campaign.
Much of the Libya intelligence that Mr. Blumenthal passed on to Mrs. Clinton appears to have come from a group of business associates he was advising as they sought to win contracts from the Libyan transitional government. The venture, which was ultimately unsuccessful, involved other Clinton friends, a private military contractor and one former C.I.A. spy seeking to get in on the ground floor of the new Libyan economy.
Read the whole thing, which is damning enough at this early stage of the investigation. But what seems clear is that a longtime Clinton associate tried to benefit financially from a war of choice instigated by Hillary Clinton’s State Department. Whether the Clintons themselves made out financially from the war hasn’t been proven, although the NYT report certainly leaves that door wide open. And it isn’t as though the Clintons have ever been shy about making a buck, whenever and however they can — their “charity” seems mainly to act as a multimillion-dollar-a-year slush fund, with only minuscule amounts of money ever spent on actual charity.
So the question in my mind isn’t whether Hillary Clinton profited or attempted to profit from from her war in Libya — a war which has turned that country into a playground for ISIS, and helped create a humanitarian crisis which is flooding southern Europe with refugees and, it is safe to assume, terrorists. No, my gut tells me that of course the Clintons tried to profit from the chaos Hillary unleashed. So the question in my mind is whether or not Clinton initiated the Libyan War for the purpose of her own personal gain, or if her own personal gain was just a happy accident.
Remember too that the United States “led from behind” in Libya, and let our NATO allies do most of the heavy lifting — er, heavy bombing. If the leaders of Britain, France, and Italy even suspect Clinton rented out their air forces to do her bidding to fatten her checking account, then the Western alliance is effectively over the moment she is sworn in as POTUS.
Hillary Clinton belongs in jail.