On the heels of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “taking full responsibility” for security failures for the consulate in Benghazi, Barack Obama’s campaign has come out also claiming that Obama takes responsibility. In essence, he’s standing by Clinton and letting her take the hit, while she……..let’s the “security professionals” take the hit.
Obama press secretary Jen Psaki told Shepherd Smith of Fox News, “President Obama takes responsibility for the safety and security of all diplomats serving overseas.”
Ben Shapiro puts forward two theories for why Clinton stepped up and took the hit, but the second theory tends to make the most sense.
By taking responsibility for the security situation in Libya, Clinton. pushed Obama between a rock and a hard place. He could either fire her, and lose her base of support before the election; or he could back her, and have to take responsibility for the single greatest foreign policy fiasco since 1979. She forced Obama to own his presidency. And in the process, she still came out looking like the stronger personality.
The second theory seems to fit the facts far better than the first theory. Secretary of State Clinton has already announced she is retiring after the election from the Obama administration. She is clearly preparing for a 2016 run. The only thing that could hamper that run would be the stigma of association with the Libya debacle. By claiming the blame, and thus forcing Obama to out-do her, she put the blame squarely on Obama’s shoulders – and she made herself look like the adult in the room in the process. Brilliant.
It’s a shame really that he won’t own up to the fact that he heads up the administration and allows the buck to stop with him. For those who cannot remember what it’s like to have a President who takes responsibility, even when the people under him are to blame, let me refresh your memory with the address to the nation that President Ronald Reagan gave after the investigations following the Iran Contra scandal.