He and his wife were killed in an auto accident. A tragic end to a tragic life, but one lived as well as possible.
What a shock that the State Department decided to do a dump on a Friday afternoon on a holiday weekend. Nonetheless, there were some interesting revelations there about Sid “Vicious” Blumenthal, who Hillary employed (one way or another) despite a request (demand?) from the White House that she not so do. But, as always with the Clinton’s what’s more interesting about what is released is what is not there:
“You were aware that Ambassador Stevens — of his cable that said that the consulate could not withstand a coordinated attack, is that right?” Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, N.H., asked Panetta.
“Correct,” said Panetta.
“General, you had said that you previously were aware of that?” Ayotte said to Dempsey.
“Yes, I was aware of the communication back to the State Department,” Dempsey answered.
Clinton, on the other hand, insists to this day that she knew nothing. And there is nothing in the newly-released emails to contradict her sworn testimony on the matter. That should not come as a surprise to anyone. After all, because Clinton kept her communications on a separate, secret system, the only emails that State Department officials possess are the ones Clinton has given them. Clinton and her lawyers, of course, chose the emails that she gave to the State Department and then destroyed all of her email communications, including backups. Could anyone possibly be surprised that nothing Clinton turned over to the State Department — and ultimately to the public — contradicted her testimony under oath?
It is shocking. On the other hand, since the server was hacked by foreign powers, they may just be waiting for an opportune time to blackmail her.
And as he notes, in this case, while the cover up is very bad, probably felonious, the crime is even worse.
[Update a few minutes later]
Sort of related: The Pentagon saw ISIS as a strategic asset:
The revelations contradict the official line of Western governments on their policies in Syria, and raise disturbing questions about secret Western support for violent extremists abroad, while using the burgeoning threat of terror to justify excessive mass surveillance and crackdowns on civil liberties at home.
The country’s in the very best of hands.
And poor Obama, why do bad things always happen to good people like him? The “JV team” is on the verge of creating a terrorist state in the Middle East.
I would say that, given that they’re orchestrating attacks on us at home, ISIS (ISIL, whatev) is functionally waging war on us. Under traditional Westphalian rules, we would respond with our own declaration of war, and destroy their state. But it’s hard to do that with “no boots on the ground.” Apparently, Westphalia is over. It had a good run.
[Update a while later]
Hillary’s real Libya problem isn’t Benghazi, as criminally negligent as it was, it’s the total failure of Libya itself. Which, of course, is the result of a Libya policy she used to want to take credit for.
No, not the scientific theory, the email client.
It’s sending mail, but none of the sent mail for today is showing up in the “Sent” folder. Anyone know what’s going on, or how to trouble shoot?
OK, mystery solved. The “Sent” folder I’ve been looking at is the one that mirrors the server, and I’m seeing older message there from this week that I was sending from the server, via Roundcube, because I was on my laptop on which I’ve not set up or synched Evolution. The new ones were sent from Evolution, and were stored in the generic “Sent” folder. So I haven’t lost them, but they’re in a different place.
First, he lectures us on what is and isn’t Islamic. Then he tells Christians what their religion requires of them, and to “not get up on their high horse” because of something that happened a thousand years ago. And now, he tells Jews that it is their religious duty to give up their holy land.
Did it cause the war in Syria?
This is so stupid to me, that the question isn’t even worth asking.
Could it prolong youth?
I’d take it, but I want one that reverses the process. Within limits, of course.
How to recognize standard media tropes against the First Amendment.
I’m don’t want him to be the nominee, but I agree with what he said. Judith Curry has unearthed an essay from over a century ago that explains the current problem with climate science.
Forty-eight reasons to despise and distrust it.
Seems like a low number to me.