It’s not often that you can change the future and take a prospective candidate for President out of the race four years in advance. The Republicans have just such a chance and they ought to take the golden opportunity to remove Hillary Clinton from any future consideration for the Presidency in 2016.
Without her the Democrats have a very thin bench. Many in the Democrat leadership are in their 70’s and their governors are an unimpressive group.
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is being talked about for the Presidency, mostly by the chattering classes that surround Washington. He comes from one of the most liberal states in the country. How do you think he’ll play in Red State America?
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is a doctrinaire liberal who passed strong gun control measures that in their haste need to be revised. He presides over a state that is being supported by a small percentage of its citizens while the rest are on the public dole.
Congressman Chris Van Hollen is a rising star in the House who will be 58 in 2016. He is the top ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee after previously serving in a variety of leadership positions. But he’s still a member of the House, not exactly a stepping stone to the Presidency.
Of course, the Democrats might come up with a new star but it’s hardly likely at this stage of the game. No, Hillary is the best chance that they have for extending their rule in Washington. To paraphrase Louis XIV, “Apres mois, le deluge.”
With the deep Republican bench of potential candidates to choose from the Republicans have a wealth of riches. Senators Rand Paul and Marco Rubio lead the Washington pack, while governors, such as Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Bob McDonnell and numerous others are in the hinterlands.
That leaves an aging Hillary Clinton who’ll be 69 just before the 2016 election as the Democrats best shot. Which brings us to how the Republicans can change the future.
Do you remember Hillary’s outrageous testimony in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee? During that testimony she had this exchange with Senator Rand Paul regarding arms shipments to Turkey in an effort to aid the Syrian rebels.
During the recent hearings over the Obama administration’s handling of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Clinton was directly asked about alleged U.S. weapons shipments out of Libya. Clinton claimed she did not know whether the U.S. was aiding Turkey and other Arab countries in procuring weapons.
Paul asked Clinton: “Is the U. S. involved with any procuring of weapons, transfer of weapons, buying, selling, anyhow transferring weapons to Turkey out of Libya?”
“To Turkey?” Clinton asked. “I will have to take that question for the record. Nobody has ever raised that with me.”
Continued Paul: “It’s been in news reports that ships have been leaving from Libya and that may have weapons, and what I’d like to know is the annex that was close by, were they involved with procuring, buying, selling, obtaining weapons, and were any of these weapons being transferred to other countries, any countries, Turkey included?”
Clinton replied, “Well, Senator, you’ll have to direct that question to the agency that ran the annex. I will see what information is available.”
“You’re saying you don’t know?” asked Paul.
“I do not know,” Clinton said. “I don’t have any information on that.”
It now appears that Hilary’s story is unraveling along with the entire Obama administration narrative about Benghazi. The New York Times earlier this week reported that since early 2012, the CIA has been aiding Arab governments and Turkey in obtaining and shipping weapons to the Syrian rebels.
Middle Eastern security officials have said U.S.-aided weapons shipments go back more than a year, escalating before the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi. In fact, the Middle Eastern security officials describe the U.S. mission in Benghazi and nearby CIA annex attacked last September as an intelligence and planning center for U.S. aid to the rebels in the Middle East, particularly those fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The sources stated that the aid was being coordinated by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and, of course, Turkey.
The plan mirrors one the Times reported last month in a separate article that was proposed by Clinton herself. The Times described Clinton as one of the driving forces advocating for arming the Syrian rebels. Indeed, the New York Times reported Clinton and then-CIA Director David Petraeus had concocted a plan calling for vetting rebels and arming Syrian fighters with the assistance of Arab countries.
It would appear that Hillary Clinton told a fib at the Senate hearing and now it’s time for the Republicans to build their case against her. Now, since the Senate is controlled by the Democrats, as is the Department of Justice, the Republicans will have to argue their case in the court of Public Opinion. This is their chance to make a serious attempt at ending Mrs. Clinton’s career here and now. They’d better not blow it!