By Roger Simon, PJ Media as part of his “Diary of a Mad Voter” Series
Another shoe, a big one this time, dropped in the endless Benghazi-missing-emails-erased-servers-what-difference-does-it-make controversy that the Clintonistas are trying so hard to push under the rug before it upends Dame Hillary’s presidential campaign. And the scoop comes, once again, from the New York Times, of all places, not some rascally website run by rightwing lunatics like this one.
Emails have surfaced from long-time Clinton bag man Sid Blumenthal indicating the whole Libya debacle was instigated by a cast of sleazy lowlife profiteers out of an Elmore Leonard novel. Smarmy Sid was pumping info from this dramatis personae to Hillary (at more than one email address) about goings on in that benighted country and our then secretary of state believed him — at least most of the time — passing his “knowledge” on to her underlings.
And this is a woman who wants to be president?
We know the results of this insider information: Gaddafi gone, four Americans killed in Benghazi, including an ambassador, with Libya a massively failed state overrun by ISIS goons who lop the heads off Christians by the seaside for sport. Good work, Hillary. Good work, Sid.
From the Times:
…an examination by The New York 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 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.
See what I mean — pure Elmore Leonard. (Too bad he’s dead — but his website lives on.) Nevertheless we appear to be at tip-of-the-iceberg time. This is a potential American nightmare and the New York Times finds itself in the middle of it. (Go figure.) That being the case, however, the Clintons have something to worry about. The editorial staff will no doubt do their usual best to whitewash things, but a few reporters at least are doing their jobs (in this case Nicholas Confessore and Michael S. Schmidt). Others may join in. Will it be another Watergate? Who knows? But it would be ironic. After all, that’s where Hilary got her start. Will it be where she gets her end?
And now for a little personal disclosure. I know Sid Blumenthal (a bit). Back in another life, during the Clinton presidency, some friends thought we had things in common (Blumenthal was trying to write plays and I was a Hollywood screenwriter) and put us together for dinner, one on one, at a Washington restaurant. I was impressed with Sid — he was obviously a smart guy — but he couldn’t stop talking about Hillary. I knew he had her ear and that was interesting to me, of course (I was still a liberal then), but there was something obsessive about it. His whole life appeared to revolve around his relationship to the Clintons. Later he became their great defender — denying adultery against all evidence — during the Monica crisis.
That’s what often happens to writers when they get close to power. It bowls them over in a way and they lose objectivity. I have seen that start to happen to me on other occasions and I have to guard against it. But Blumenthal then and now seems to have eaten the whole proverbial enchilada. And now he’s going to have to pay for it. Evidently, he’s going to be subpoenaed by Trey Gowdy to testify on camera. As many other writers have said before…. to be continued….
MEANWHILE… who obstructs justice better than the State Department?
Flying as Close to the Flame as Hillary Dares
(Hat tip: “Joe P.”)
… picking up now where we left off yesterday with Old Hitlery’s baggage:
By Ian Hanchett, Breitbart
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina argued that “titles are just titles” and Hillary Clinton’s “track record” includes the collapse of the Middle East and the failed Russian reset on Wednesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on MSNBC.
Fiorina said, “I come from a world where titles are just titles, and talk is just talk. It’s only in politics where titles and words mean a lot. In the rest of the world, it’s actually about what have you done, actions speak louder than words. People want to know are your words and your actions consistent and are they consistent over time. And so, I think when 82% of the American people now believe that there is a professional political class more interested in preserving its own power and privilege than it is in serving the American people, people expect basic questions to be asked of anyone running for president. ‘What have you done, are you trustworthy, are you transparent, will you answer questions?’”
Fiorina said that while Hillary Clinton has said some “wonderful things” as Secretary of State, “it’s also true that as Secretary of State she took women’s rights and human rights off the table for discussion with China. It’s also true as Secretary of State that she called Bashar al-Assad a positive reformer. It’s also true that in 2011, when she was Secretary of State, she said that Iraq was a free, stable, sovereign nation. And now we have a nation falling apart, Iranian influence growing, ISIS growing. It’s true that she said that she could reset our Russia — our relationship with Russia and Vladimir Putin is on the march. So, I think all of those things I just named go fundamentally to what is her track record.”
After host Andrea Mitchell stated, “You could also argue that a lot of Republicans in the White House and in Congress supported those policies –” Fiorina responded, “absolutely, that’s right. And by the way, every single Republican candidate has been asked about their vote for the war in Iraq. The one person who’s not been asked that question, because she won’t answer the question is Hillary Clinton. One person who was on the job in 2011, when Iraq started to fall apart, was not the Republican nominees or — candidates for president, it’s Hillary Clinton. she hasn’t been asked yet. What would she do now in Iraq?”
Fiorina then outlined her ISIS strategy, saying, “I would do very specific things. First, instead of having a Camp David conference to talk our Arab allies into a bad deal with Iran, I would have had a Camp David conference to talk with our Arab allies about how we can support them to fight ISIS. Let me give you very specific examples. The Kurds have been asking us to arm them for three years, we still have not. The Jordanians have been asking us to provide them with bombs and materiel. We know King Abdullah of Jordan, I’ve known him for many years. He took the appropriate leadership steps when a Jordanian pilot was burned alive. He was here in this country asking us for bombs and materiel, we haven’t provided him with any of them. He’s now looking to China for that. The Egyptian president, a very brave and pious Muslim, who has said there is a cancer in the heart of Islam, has asked us to share intelligence. We are not. The Turks have asked us to help them topple Bashar al-Assad, we are not. There are a whole set of things that we’ve been asked to do by our allies who know this is their fight, and we’re not doing any of them.”
The interview concluded with her being asked about equal pay for equal work, Fiorina said, “Of course I support equal pay for equal work. And that’s why, in 1963 when a law was passed guaranteeing that if a woman is being discriminated against in the workforce purely because of her gender she should take every advantage of the law. But I also know this — a seniority system, which exists in the federal government, that allows a man to watch pornography all day long in the federal government, and earn the same pay, pension, and benefits as a woman sitting next to him trying to do a good job, that is not equal pay for equal work. And the seniority system, and the federal government that promotes that seniority system, and the unions, as well, they’re not willing to talk about that. So, before the federal government or Hillary Clinton, who, by her own measures, is not paying women equally in her own office, nor is President Obama, before they lecture others, maybe they ought to look into their own offices, or look into the seniority system in the federal government.”
… now, our gratuitous and gleeful bashing of Old Hitlery continues below …
… and, in closing, Bonehead Boehner has found his calling: