Hillary Clinton wins the Golden Penguin for 2012
Never let it be said that Hillary Clinton could only be a bridesmaid. This year, she has put it all together and won the most prestigious award of them all. Hillary Clinton wins the Golden Penguin as the Fousesquawk "Jerk of the Year" for 2012.
The end of this year puts a cap on 4 years of flying practically non-stop all over the globe as President Obama tried and succeeded in keeping her mostly out of Washington. For all the traveling as secretary of state, she has little to nothing positive to show for it.
This past year especially, Clinton outdid all her past transgressions as a power-hungry first lady. First of all, she has engaged in back-room diplomacy with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in their efforts to get some sort of defamation of religions law passed that would make it illegal world-wide to criticize Islam in any manner. Ms Clinton has apparently never heard of the First Amendment.
In addition, her embrace of the new government in Egypt has gone beyond the point of absurdity as every day, Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood have shown that Egypt will be the next Iran. This year, the State Department paved the way for a suspected terrorist with the Brotherhood to come to Washington on an official visit.
Even as Israel now has to face a new threat from this new Egypt, Hillary, like her boss, has shown little regard for our one true ally in the Middle East, preferring to cater to the extremists. While Israel's neighbors are busy killing each other and swearing that Israel will be next, Clinton is telling the Israelis they need to make more and more concessions.
As for Africa, her chief for that region has shown great reluctance to say much if anything about the activities of Boko Haram in Nigeria as they continue slaughtering Christians and anyone who leans to the West.
In fact, Clinton has said little to nothing-at least publicly- about the on-going persecution of religious minorities throughout the Middle East.
But it was the whole Benghazi episode that put the icing on the cake. For several months this year, our ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, as well as his regional security officer were pleading for increased security for their mission in Benghazi, a city that was becoming an al Qaeda- infested stronghold. Their pleas were ignored by the suits in Washington. It would strain credulity to believe that their plight never reached the desk of Secretary Clinton.
Then, on 9-11, no less, when the mission was attacked and 4 Americans killed, the State Department was monitoring the attack in real time. I will not hold Ms Clinton accountable for the fact that our military forces were told to stand down, but I do hold her accountable for pushing the lie that the attack was a protest spun out of control over an offensive video. When the bodies came home to Andrews Air Force Base, she told the father of one of the victims that "they were going to put the video-maker in prison", which the Justice Department proceeded to do.
In addition, five days after the attack, Clinton begged off going on the Sunday talk shows pleading that she was tired. Instead, UN Ambassador Susan Rice went out there and repeated the lie over and over. As the truth came out, Rice took all the heat while those that sent her out with the lies hid in the shadows.
Even now, with Congress trying to get to the bottom of the whole sordid mess, they can't get Clinton into testify because she reportedly fell and suffered a concussion. Instead, two underlings had to go in her place.
And to add insult to injury, the State Department announced that three high-level officials had resigned over Benghazi; then we find out they have just switched jobs within the department.
With her resignation pending, (so she can prepare to run for president in 2016), we still don't know when or if she will ever have to testify under oath about her own knowledge and complicity in the whole sorry affair.
Hillary Clinton feels herself to be (with some justification) that she is above accountability. Her entire public life has been a testament to that.
So congratulations, Mrs Clinton. Your husband must be proud.