If you listen to the talking heads, the prevailing wisdom regarding the Libya attack is that the Obama administration is showing itself to be incompetent. If true, of course, that could hurt Obama’s re-election chances. As a result, opponents of the administration are far too eager to try to exploit this opening. Unfortunately, these boob-tube babblers — there’s a reason television is called that — are wrong. Ditto for all the writers that present this idea.
Granted, at face value the events that have unfolded since the attack demonstrate inconsistency. That much is obvious. But that’s the point. It is too obvious. No politician — none — achieves the pinnacle of power without the appropriate support apparatus in place. We are not talking about local politics or someone that sits on a city council, we’re talking the halls of national power. It is like professional athletes. The myth is they are the fastest, the most nimble and the most skilled. A select few clearly are at the top of their game. But all? Hardly. Most are there because they have survived. They have avoided injury, drugs, scandal or any other trappings that might bring down an athlete. The population pyramid from grade school through high school through college to the professional level is ever shrinking with a thinning of the herd at each step. It is the same for politicians.
A successful politician at the elite level can wiggle out of almost any scandal. They surround themselves with loyal and proven advisers, analysts and even fall-guys that ensure they are insulated as much as possible. Mistakes may occur now and then but that’s all they are — mistakes. Genuine ineptitude is fatal. At the political apex, incompetency just doesn’t come into play. This is why they are at the top. They have survived to get there.
Knowing this, are you sure you want to chalk up what you are seeing regarding the consulate attack as incompetence?
It is clear the scandal is being intentionally manipulated by the Obama administration. Do not forget Obama and Hillary Clinton are from the school of Alinsky. Miss-information and contradictions are their tools because chaos is their friend. They embrace it. The conflicting interviews and contradictory statements during the last month have been carefully managed and methodically unrolled. While you sit back and smile thinking you’ve got it figured out, they’re huddling and drawing up the next play. This is what they do.
Look, we’re not playing a kiddie game of checkers here. This is chess and the prize may just be the White House.
Both Obama and Clinton want the White House. Obama wants it immediately while Clinton has an eye on the 2016 race. Both individuals know the details behind the Libya attack and both of them know who is ultimately responsible. Both can be politically damaged. That being said, the truth is chasing both of them is folly because getting one of them will be tough enough. But manipulate events correctly and one of them can be left holding the bag.
Now Obama is handling Libya with two strategies. The first is delay, delay, delay — leave all questions, details and accountability regarding Libya up in the air until after the election. That’s why there are different people saying different things. That’s why it took the FBI so long to get to Libya. That’s why the standard line is the details are “still under investigation”.
The second strategy is to position himself outside the crisis bubble while his political machine drops Libya on the doorstep of the State Department and Hillary. This is the point of the catch phrase “best available intelligence” put forth by administration mouth-pieces. It was also Biden’s objective when fielding Libya questions during the debate — claim Obama didn’t know anything and try to get the cameras and microphones focused on the intelligence community.
But Hillary Clinton is no fool. She see these dynamics playing out and understands that Obama may play pin the tail on the State Department. But because Hillary has time, much more than Obama, she has more options. She can support the stall tactics. She can also help deflect accountability away from Obama to a mutually agreed upon scape-goat. And if necessary, she can throw Obama to the wolves. And that is how the Republicans should attack this issue.
To hell with trying to catch Obama with his hand in the cookie jar. He will never admit any accountability. Never. And it is much too close to the election to risk waiting for damaging evidence to surface. Remember, Obama is actively working against that. No, Obama is not the proper target. It is Clinton that should be worked over — thoroughly.
The Republican strategy should be to apply so much pressure on Clinton that she sings like an opera star. She knows what occurred, and if it was ultimately Obama’s responsibility she loses nothing if she throws him under the bus. It may even help her reputation for 2016. If it is actually Clinton that has blood on her hands, then dumping the mess on the Obama administration is solid strategy — this being politics, after all.
The Clinton-Obama family feud is well known. Don’t think because Bill gave a keynote speech in support of Obama at the convention that the bad feelings have faded. Indeed, there was an article published Friday afternoon by author Edward Klein, that says it has not. Even more, Klein says Obama shunned assistance from Bill Clinton regarding Libya and that this slap in the face further enraged the former president. There is no love here and there is little or no respect either.
Hillary wants the White House. Bill wants her to have a legitimate shot at it. So regardless of the degree of responsibility she actually possesses, Bill Clinton will manufacture some way for Hillary to wiggle out of the Libya mess. That’s why they call him Slick Willie. So Republicans should be smart. They should build this into their strategy. They should attack Hillary to hurt her 2016 dreams which will force Bill to come running in to save her. At that point, the Clinton’s will do what the Clinton’s need to do.
If it unfolds correctly the Republicans get information about Libya splashed all over the media. Hillary Clinton walks away uninjured with her White House dream still possible and Obama gets thrown out with the trash.
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