Hillary declares she’s “proud of what we accomplished” at State

posted at 10:01 am on May 27, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Let’s recap Hillary Clinton’s tenure at State before diving into her remarks about it in her new book. It started with the mistranslated “reset button” that attempted to blame the Bush administration for tensions in US-Russian relations, and ended for all intents and purposes in the terrorist attack on our all-but-undefended consulate in Benghazi, resulting in the deaths of four Americans, including the first ambassador killed in the line of duty since the Carter administration. In between, the US gained no significant new trade agreements, turned Libya into a failed state in which al-Qaeda and its affiliates metastasized, fumbled the “Arab Spring” in Egypt, and retreated across the board.

Nevertheless, Hillary Clinton proclaims herself “proud of what we accomplished” — even if the AP report on her book excerpt notably does not include any concrete examples:

Hillary Rodham Clinton writes in new excerpts from her upcoming book that she wishes she could go back and reconsider some of her past decisions but she is “proud of what we accomplished” during her time as secretary of state.

Clinton, a potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, writes in an author’s note released Tuesday that her four years running the State Department for President Barack Obama taught her about the United States’ “exceptional strengths and what it will take for us to compete and thrive at home and abroad.”

“As is usually the case with the benefit of hindsight, I wish we could go back and revisit certain choices. But I’m proud of what we accomplished,” Clinton writes. “This century began traumatically for our country, with the terrorist attacks on 9/11, the long wars that followed, and the Great Recession. We needed to do better, and I believe we did.”

The only specific instance cited in the AP report was the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, which … was not an operation from State, but of the military coordinating with the intelligence community. Hillary uses it to laud the leadership of Barack Obama, as his top advisers were divided on whether to proceed with the mission. “It was as crisp and courageous a display of leadership as I’ve ever seen,” Hillary writes in her memoir.

That might be good news for Obama at this point, but it’s a strange time to cheer Obama for his leadership qualities. Hillary’s fellow Democrats are almost at the breaking point with Obama over his crisis management and executive qualities in general after the VA scandal failed to push Obama into action. Privately, Democrats are using words like “detached” and “incompetent” to describe Obama’s leadership, not “crisp” and “courageous.”

Under the circumstances, this attempt to cheerlead for 2009-12 seems dated, expired, and irrelevant. According to The Hill, that’s exactly how the Left feels about Hillary, too:

Liberal Democrats feel the wind is at their backs, making it all the more irksome for them that Hillary Clinton could be their presidential nominee in 2016.

For many on the left, Clinton is the woman who supported the Iraq war, ran to the right of President Obama and is associated with the Wall Street-friendly centrism espoused by her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

Progressives feel they are in a political golden age in which questions about income inequality are growing louder, anti-gay marriage laws are falling and the growing Hispanic electorate regards the GOP with skepticism. Given all that, they don’t want to be stuck with a standard-bearer they see as too centrist.

Their problem is that they have few other choices, at least at the moment. The only other figures on the Left in position to challenge Hillary are first-term Senator Elizabeth Warren, socialist Bernie Sanders, or former Montana governor Brian Schweitzer, whose pro-energy stance makes him at best problematic for the Left. The ranks of Democratic governors are similarly filled with centrists who understand that progressivism is a losing proposition in most states. The only two who might emerge would be Andrew Cuomo and Deval Patrick, but neither looks able to break out of their own progressive constituencies into anything resembling a formidable general-election nominee.

On the other hand, almost all of them (except Warren and Sanders) have actual accomplishments to offer, rather than platitudes and paeans to Obama’s already-discredited leadership. The Left may not have to try all that hard to challenge Hillary in a primary.


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I cannot think of anything she did while Secretary of State. After all that stuff is still listed as Top-Secret ! Especially the “Benghazi-Scandal !” I can think of a few things she did while living in the White House.
#1. She helped expedite and “cover” her husband during the sexual-scandals. He managed to commit perjury multiple times and was permanently disbarred.
#2. She helped expedite for one of her close personal friends James Riady. Him and 24 other people pleaded guilty on both felony and misdemeanor charges for defrauding the federal-government. They were funneling direct bribes from totally illegal foreign money sources.
#3. She helped expedite a full-pardon from her husband for Marc Rich. He also funneled large amounts of money directly into the Clinton-campaign.
We could go on and on but the scandals would fill pages and pages !

Bugdust172 on May 27, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Bmore

Schadenfreude on May 27, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Nothing times anything is still nothing.

Hillary is sick in the head.

Schadenfreude on May 27, 2014 at 11:44 AM

its not hilarys fault the military and the cia was to incompetent to defend our people. thats there fault..not hers. repuglicans in congress bear some blame too for funding levels and their sequester. and there is zero evidence of any coverup. hilary herself has been an open book on the matter. she even subjected herself to a congressional witch hunt to show how open she is being. but with some people she just cant win.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 27, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Your inability to spell or use punctuation demonstrates your lack of intelligence. Everyone who comments has typos, misspellings, etc., but your rants are at about a 3rd grade reading/writing level. Which is par for the course for a leftist.

The substance of your rant is purely delusional. You ignore facts and state things that are simply not true.

The idea that a youtube video was responsible for the attacks was created between the Whitehouse and State. The CIA had nothing to do with it other than to allow it to happen. Hillary knew when she kept repeating that lie that it was a lie. Like everything else with leftists, you simply cannot accept or acknowledge facts, because facts are never your friends.

You obviously do not care about such things. As long as your leftist totalitarian society is being created, you are happy, in fact encourage, your gods (yes, you worship her and Obama) to lie. You probably jack off when you hear such lies. I can imagine.

What you cite as Hillary’s “achievements” at state are laughable. She gave more cookpots to poor nations then her predecessors? Really? that is her big accomplishment?

Other nations respect us more? Really? Like who? China? No. Russia? Absolutely not. Iran? Hardly. Israel? Nope. France? No. England? No.

What nations allegedly like us more now because of Hillary?

You are really, really delusional

Monkeytoe on May 27, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Funding levels and the sequester had nothing to do with security, per the State Department’s own spokeswoman.

thats just simply not true.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 27, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Really? The WaPo factchecker (amongst many others) begs to differ with you.

tanked59 on May 27, 2014 at 11:47 AM

The woman is delusional.

crankyoldlady on May 27, 2014 at 11:48 AM

So there you are. She’s proud she let 4 Americans get murdered.

TerryW on May 27, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Funding levels and the sequester had nothing to do with security, per the State Department’s own spokeswoman.

thats just simply not true.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 27, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Oct. 10, 2012 hearing:
QUESTION: It has been suggested that budget cuts were responsible for a lack of security in Benghazi. And I’d like to ask Ms. Lamb, you made this decision personally. Was there any budget consideration and lack of budget which led you not to increase the number of people in the security force there?
DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE CHARLENE LAMB: No, sir.
***
QUESTION: So there’s not a budget problem. It’s not you all don’t have the money to do this?
LAMB: Sir, it’s a volatile situation. We will move assets to cover that.

bimmcorp on May 27, 2014 at 11:55 AM

bimmcorp on May 27, 2014 at 11:55 AM

she never said funding wasnt a problem. she just said that the state department does what it can with what it is given.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 27, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Bugdust172 on May 27, 2014 at 11:44 AM

She was able to have 900 people’s FBI files in her possession and not to to prison. (One was enough to get Chuck Colson locked up.) That’s quite an accomplishment.

She got the WH travel office employees indicted en mass on trumped up charges of fiduciary mismanagement, resulting in a not guilty verdict after thirty minutes of jury deliberations. She had hoped to put her Hollywood pals in charge of those jobs.

Let’s see… she hired, and has been very close to, the daughter of the leader of the Muslim Sisterhood.

She turned $10k to $100k in a day as a novice cattle futures trader, that was pretty cool.

She was in charge of “bimbo eruptions” during her husband’s campaigns.

She had a daughter who looks like Webb Hubbell.

Akzed on May 27, 2014 at 12:14 PM

DRAFT AL GORE!

GarandFan on May 27, 2014 at 12:16 PM

she never said funding wasnt a problem. she just said that the state department does what it can with what it is given. ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 27, 2014 at 12:13 PM

In a May 3, 2012, email, the State Department denied a request by a group of Special Forces assigned to protect the U.S. embassy in Libya to continue their use of a DC- 3 airplane for security operations throughout the country.

The subject line of the email, on which slain Ambassador Chris Stevens was copied, read: “Termination of Tripoli DC-3 Support.”

Four days later, on May 7, the State Department authorized the U.S. embassy in Vienna to purchase a $108,000 electric vehicle charging station for the embassy motor pool’s new Chevrolet Volts. The purchase was a part of the State Department’s “Energy Efficiency Sweep of Europe” initiative, which included hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on green program expenditures at various U.S. Embassies.

Akzed on May 27, 2014 at 12:18 PM

In a May 3, 2012, email, the State Department denied a request by a group of Special Forces assigned to protect the U.S. embassy in Libya to continue their use of a DC- 3 airplane for security operations throughout the country.

Akzed on May 27, 2014 at 12:18 PM

context free. who says the planes were the only security? who says there wasnt a good reason for discontinuing?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 27, 2014 at 12:23 PM

So Hillary is proud of her accomplishments. Reaction from dead Americans at Benghazi?

At this point, what difference does it make?

spiritof61 on May 27, 2014 at 12:23 PM

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 27, 2014 at 12:23 PM

This is your brain on Soros.
Any questions?

spiritof61 on May 27, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Besides aiding and abetting the terrorist murders of the Benghazi Four, the question is and should be what difference did SHE make?

TXUS on May 27, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Hillary declares she’s “proud of what we accomplished allowing American citizens to die and then lie about it publicly for months” at State

Fixed.

Physics Geek on May 27, 2014 at 1:13 PM

We saw. We didn’t come. He died. What difference, at this point, does it make? *cackle*

Christien on May 27, 2014 at 1:27 PM

context free. who says the planes were the only security? who says there wasnt a good reason for discontinuing?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 27, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Ty Woods all would say so, were it not for your heroine…

bimmcorp on May 27, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Introducing the new Hillary Clinton chicken pack: two small breasts, two large thighs, and two left wings. Conservative Cookie on May 27, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Please, no more Hillary-as-food images…

Akzed on May 27, 2014 at 2:53 PM

What else could Hillary say? Look at the wreckage.

Benghazi with four dead Americans.

Russia on the move and our country with a weakened nuclear deterrent.

Egypt and her support for Morsi.

Syria. Haven for global terrorists.

Libya. Murder of Ghaddafi (no tears here, but is that how diplomacy works? Just wondering.

Afghanistan. Still no status of forces agreement and generally a mess.

Iraq. Yes, that was “Bush’s war”. Right.

Etc., etc.

This is more than just an argument against Hillary’s candidacy. It reads like an indictment.

Marcus Traianus on May 27, 2014 at 3:26 PM

The Brain will be very busy working ‘damage control’ for the Killary Campaign.
Similar to shoveling shiite against the tide.

Missilengr on May 27, 2014 at 4:00 PM

She carpet-bagged her way into a US Senate seat, then was appointed Sec/State, where her major accomplishment was not getting more than four Americans murdered in a third world shit hole.

And don’t forget, she has a vagina.

Oh, yeah. Presidential.

BigAlSouth on May 27, 2014 at 5:48 PM

To paraphrase…i’ll have what shes having. I bet hillary downed more booze as Sec of State than most people in a
Ifetime. She doesnt remember anything and avoided responsibility like Bill avoided her.

jaywemm on May 27, 2014 at 10:05 PM

WHAT DOES IT MATTER?

HBowmanMD on May 27, 2014 at 10:57 PM

The new day of being proud of accomplishing nothing. Let’s give everyone a trophy for showing up.

RdLake on May 28, 2014 at 12:48 AM

She’d be even more proud if another ambassador had been killed I guess.

Megalomania rivaling Obama’s.

Clowns of a car don’t wander afar… from each other.

Two embarrassments of world-historical proportions.

Barack the Tyro Incompetent and Hillary the Cynical Buffoon.

America deserves them both for being a majority Idiotocracy.

profitsbeard on May 28, 2014 at 12:59 AM

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 27, 2014 at 12:23 PM

This is your brain on Soros.
Any questions?

spiritof61 on May 27, 2014 at 12:27 PM

More of a flatline, really.

Recon5 on May 28, 2014 at 10:59 AM

________________________________________

HILLARY CLINTON — You should have
RESCUED your FRIEND Brooksley Born:
________________________________________

Long before the economic meltdown, the story of
one woman who tried to WARN about
the THREAT to the FINANCIAL System.

She saw something that people
either had not seen or refused to see.
And she tried to sound the WARNING.
Nobody listened.

Before the TOXIC assets POISONED the Economy,
she WARNED of their DANGER. And that made her
the ENEMY of a very, very large number of people.

She would fight an EPIC BATTLE
with one of the most powerful men in Washington.

It got pretty nasty pretty quickly. A story from inside
the highest levels of the Bill CLINTON administration.

They were all part of a very concerted effort
to shut her up and to shut her down.

And they did, in fact,
SHUT HER UP and SHUT HER DOWN.

________________________________________

HILLARY CLINTON:
IF YOU had made the HARD CHOICE in
protecting your FRIEND, Brooksley Born,
from the beating of Bill Clinton’s FINANCIAL Team,

the USA Economy would NOT have CRASHED in 2008
and the Americans would be appreciative of you.

________________________________________

Brooksley Born, who speaks about her failed campaign
to regulate the SECRETIVE, MultiTRILLION-dollar

DERIVATIVES Market whose CRASH helped TRIGGER
the Financial COLLAPSE in the fall of 2008.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/warning/etc/script.html

________________________________________

The Warning: Brooksley Born’s Battle With
Alan Greenspan, Robert Rubin And Larry Summers

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-warning-brooksley-borns-battle-with-alan-greenspan-robert-rubin-and-larry-summers-2009-10

.

Wall Street built a DOOMSDAY MACHINE
the blew up the USA Economy in 2008.

http://upstart.bizjournals.com/news-markets/national-news/portfolio/2008/11/11/The-End-of-Wall-Streets-Boom.html?page=all

________________________________________

Global HAWK on May 28, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Yea, anyone know what “they” accomplished other than logging millions of air miles?

Amazingoly on May 28, 2014 at 12:24 PM

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