Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has her own obsession with supposed right-wing conspiracies, going back to the days of her husband’s administration. But her continued attempt to attribute the insane actions of the mentally deranged alleged shooter Jared Loughner to political extremism and mentioning his actions in the same breath as al Qaeda is beyond the pale.
Clinton should recant at once. Otherwise, if President Obama really meant what he said in his Tuscon speech about moving beyond the finger-pointing rhetoric of the last few days, he must ask for his Secretary of State’s resignation.
Clinton’s disgraceful rhetoric started at the beginning of this week in the Middle East, when she equated “extremism” in this country, as supposedly demonstrated by the Arizona shooter, with extremism in the Arab world.
Unbowed, Clinton elaborated later in the week during an interview with CNN. Asked to explain the comments she had made about extremists and Jared Loughner, she continued to characterize what happened in Tuscon – without a shred of evidence – as criminal activity connected to extremist political views.
Here is an excerpt from her interview with CNN‘s Jill Dougherty: