COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Feb. 24, 2016 – GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump told Sean Hannity’s live audience Monday that, if elected, he might recommend further investigation into the matter of Hillary Clinton’s overly casual, read ‘illegal,’ handling of classified material while she was secretary of state.
Candidate Clinton would do well to take seriously a traffic sign as one travels from Georgetown and approaches the massive State Department building. It reads, “Keep Right.” It’s meant for motorists, of course, but it also might be a tell-tale karmic sign: “Beware of those rascally Republicans.”
Not only do they shove little old ladies in wheelchairs over cliffs and do away with free healthcare and college tuition. They also would rein in a foreign policy that appeases terrorists and leaves our ambassadors essentially defenseless in dangerous countries.
A Republican president would return firewalls to the nation’s sensitive communications and safeguard the nation’s representatives who are working in volatile countries, often at great personal risk.
Recall Benghazi? If not, you can catch the film. Our ambassador to Libya traveled to Benghazi, a terrorist stronghold city, with limited private security and maximum exposure to dangerous elements there. His murder and the murders of four other Americans might have happened even with top-level security guarding his compound.
We’ll never know.
What we do know now, however, is that his pleas for more security went unanswered, if not totally ignored by the very government that sent him into danger in the first place. What role, if any, the possible compromising of local nationals in Libya through insecure communications might have played, we’ll also never know.
The point is, when Americans are on duty in foreign lands, and when they are asking local citizens to risk their lives in service to our country, their identities and missions should be kept secure by the very persons whose duty it is to keep such operational secrets.
Compromising our assets, be they foreign or domestic, usually is a crime under federal law.
Then there’s the matter of the dead cat. Kathleen Willey, a complainant during the Clinton so-called “bimbo-eruptions,” wherein various women claimed to have enjoyed far more than handshakes with then-President Clinton, is no diplomat in a foreign post.
Nevertheless, she claims to have felt threatened by unnamed persons, and to have found her cat dead as some sort of “horse’s-head-in-the bed” message.
Some stories are prosecutable. Others rely on rumor and innuendo. When it comes to candidate Hillary Clinton, the two mix in a fascinating story better suited for television drama than for “Meet the Press.”
As Gen. David Petraeus, former Iraq war commander and director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and other security leakers before him are prosecuted to the fullest extent of federal law and see their careers sidelined, the former secretary of state continues to walk free in her multi-colored pants suits, nose in the air, guarding the “rights of women” and “the down-trodden.”
But never fear because candidate Clinton assures us there’s no there, there, and that she always tries to tell the truth.
Were she a cat, her whiskers might be twitching.