Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Cruising the Web

So if the report of the Accountability Review Board appointed by Hillary Clinton concludes that the State Department suffered "systemic failures" in response to the Benghazi attack and was also at fault for a "lack of proactive senior leadership" for the security of our officials in Libya, can we now blame Hillary? Isn't this her job? Or does all she have to do is say that she takes responsibility and that's enough. That is what accountability seems to be today. You "take responsibility" and then suffer no further sanction. As Paul Mirengoff writes,
In a properly functioning society, this report would signal the end of Clinton’s chances of becoming president. The Peter Principle isn’t supposed to apply when it comes to the highest office in the land. But then, in a properly functioning society, Clinton’s successfor would not be the wannabe statesman who concluded that Bashar al-Assad was the answer to our prayers for peace and harmony to the Middle East.

George Will excoriates the newest mandate that the Obama administration is pondering - requiring people to register to vote.
It has been said that for every complex problem there is a solution that is clear, simple and wrong. Washington soon may seek a complex "solution" — pre-emption of states' responsibilities; federal micromanagement of elections; eventual coercion of lackadaisical citizens — to the nonproblem of people choosing not to vote.
Obamacare is so wonderful that few want to sign up for either their high-risk pools or for states to sign up for insurance exchanges. If those who designed the program were so bad at predicting human responses to their program, just imagine all the other unintended consequences waiting for us down the road as more of the law gets implemented.

Senate Democrats reject Chuck Hagel's view of a "Jewish lobby," but don't expect them to vote against him if he's nominated for Secretary of Defense. Even the Washington Post doesn't want him.

The Obama campaign is trying to raise money from the Newtown shootings. I guess it would be too much to ask him to stop raising money off of national tragedies. Stay classy.

Michael Barone reminds us of what Daniel Inouye's death and Tim Scott's appointment tells us about prejudice in today's America.

HHS's contraception mandate suffers another setback in federal court.

Why is Obama doubling down on the Muslim Brotherhood?

Where does Barack Obama get off lecturing Britain about not leaving the EU?


mark said...

Should she choose to run, the Benghazi attack and failure of the state dept. should be a factor. Does it end her chances? Given Bush won in 2004 despite the known failures leading up to 9/11, and the stonewalling, misinformation and lies afterwards, apparently it's not a huge issue for many.

Gahrie said...

I knew it was Bush's fault!

mark said...

9/11 Bush's fault? Of course not. That's as absurd as saying Benghazi was Hillary's fault. But had both been more on top of things, both tragedies might have been prevented.

equitus said...

mark is right! Obama should be held as accountable for 9/11/12 as Bush was for 9/11/01. For the rest of Obama's term, we should expect the mainstream press to constant make reference to Obama's failings and "lies" regarding his Benghazi fiasco - and never let the issue rest.

Well done, mark!

mark said...

Excellent point.
Well, except for the fact that, as far as we know, Obama didn't get a visit from agents bearing written warnings about an attack (as Bush did).
Except fort he fact that there has already been more accountability for Benghazi than 9/11. Three State Dept. agents have resigned. Condi Rice got a promotion.
Except for the fact that Obama didn't lead us into a war based on phony evidence and fear of "a mushroom cloud".
Except for the fact that, while both were tragedies, there is no comparison between the two as far as magnitude.

But yes, aside from all of that, great job.