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Why Does Clinton Still Have Her Job?

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President Obama held a press conference this afternoon, and both the questions and the answers about the Benghazi consulate attack and the scandal surrounding David Petraeus were revelatory in their omission of one aspect of the story. Obama offered a tetchy response to a question about UN Ambassador Susan Rice, who was tasked with selling the administration’s line that it was an anti-Islam filmmaker who was responsible for the events that led to the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others that night. The president’s defense of Rice was another salvo in the ongoing fight over whether she should even be nominated to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. (Obama’s defiant air seemed to suggest he does plan to submit that nomination.)

And the Petraeus affair is sordid and steamy–a combination we simply cannot expect the press corps to ignore. But the events of the last week have made clear that Clinton is off the hook for what may have been the most consequential mistake of anyone in this episode. Yes, the CIA seems to have made mistakes in Benghazi, and yes, Susan Rice misled the American people (on the administration’s orders, we can presume). But the State Department was responsible for handling the diplomatic mission’s request for more security–a request they denied. Yet no one is suggesting Clinton should tender her own resignation.

It’s true that Clinton plans to leave her post soon, but that’s no reason for her to avoid continuing scrutiny over this debacle. What’s more, if Petraeus’s actions deserve his resignation, and Rice’s actions warrant insistence from John McCain and Lindsey Graham that they’ll block her nomination (thus costing Rice the job she expects and covets), it’s hard to imagine how Clinton, who owns the lion’s share of responsibility for this fiasco, can keep her job.

 

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  1. Gina

    November 15th, 2012

    because she’s a woman ?…

    … hold on, that can’t be right.

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  2. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    November 15th, 2012

    It is time to take things to the next level.

    Facebook is getting old and blahzay, it is time for a political book to keep all of our lovely friends on. We will simply post photos and daily quotes of things they say and do on it.

    I am calling it AssBook.

    And the #1 ass has got to be none other than the Prezzy.

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  3. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    November 15th, 2012

    Perhaps IOTW can add a tab for AssBook entries?

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  4. Birdie Num Num

    November 15th, 2012

    Short answer:The same reason 0bama still has his job:
    The media.

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  5. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    November 15th, 2012

    AssBook entry # 6

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  6. Serious Putty

    November 15th, 2012

    Why was she hired in the first place?

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  7. Moe tom

    November 15th, 2012

    Birdie Num Num. The media, the uninformed, the mis informed, the morans, the intellectuals, academics, and the freeloaders.

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  8. old_oaks

    November 15th, 2012

    “Why Does Clintoon Still Have A Job”

    Because KY jelly hasn’t been outlawed yet!

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  9. spymyeyes

    November 15th, 2012

    Billery Cliterious, former president and head lizard can do no wrong and has already begun its run to be the 1st (haha) female prezzy in 2016.

    I can see a condy rice or allen west running for the constitution party as a good counter but…..

    We have already seen that billery shares obombya’s love of all things stalin ( “you can have the popular vote, for I own the vote counters!”) and will outshine obismal’s preformance with a 150% voter turn out!

    Not just the recently dead will vote for her, but all the way back to the founding whites and all the dead indians will vote too (thanks elizibeth “tonto” warren) and will catapult the baggy lizard into her rightful thrown of amerikka.

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  10. Rick

    November 15th, 2012

    Clinton accepts “full responsibility” for Benghazi, but no “accountability.”

    Interesting. (All you ex-military types from E-4 to O-10 know what I’m talking about.)

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  11. Atrollpasinthru

    November 16th, 2012

    C’mon, folks, if Cardigan is going to continue to write these illuminating and entertaining articles for us, the least that you could do would be to show more enthusiastic support for her positions on these issues ….., in lieu of providing her with a back brace, so that she can sit and walk upright with good posture. :)

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