Hillary Policy of Serving Up Benghazi Scapegoats May Be Backfiring

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Hicks, a former U.S. diplomat in Libya, testifies before a congressional hearing on Benghazi, in Washington

It was obvious to everyone that Hillary Clinton only took the Secretary of State post as a consolation prize from which to launch a second bid for the White House. Her career at State consisted of pointless trips and press conferences that accomplished nothing. Some of this could be blamed on Obama, but everyone Hillary was there to polish up her profile for 2016.

Unfortunately for Hillary, the only part of her State Department tenure that attracted any notice, aside from the botched reset button with Russia, was Benghazi.

Hillary Clinton’s response, or that of her close advisers, was to begin serving up scapegoats, intimidating and silencing longtime career State Department people who were in the know, and using others as scapegoats. That policy backfired badly when Gregory Hicks showed up to testify.

Hicks was a natural ally who had been alienated by the political careerism of Hillary Clinton and her people. If not for their abusive behavior, it’s doubtful that he would have come to tell his story. But the attempts to intimidate him, backfired. And he isn’t the only one.

Take Raymond Maxwell, who claims he unfairly got the blame for the lack of security, when that wasn’t even his wheelhouse.

The decision to place Maxwell on administrative leave was made by Clinton’s chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, according to three State Department officials with direct knowledge of the events. On the day after the unclassified version of the ARB’s report was released in December, Mills called Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Beth Jones and directed her to have Maxwell leave his job immediately.

“Cheryl Mills directed me to remove you immediately from the [deputy assistant secretary] position,” Jones told Maxwell, according to Maxwell.

The decision to remove Maxwell and not Jones seems to conflict with the finding of the ARB that responsibility for the security failures leading up to the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi should fall on more senior officials.

“We fixed [the responsibility] at the assistant-secretary level, which is in our view the appropriate place to look, where the decision making in fact takes place, where, if you like, the rubber hits the road,” Pickering said when releasing the ARB report.

Mills had also targeted Gregory Hicks. Mills was not operating as a State Department figure, but as part of the Clinton 2016 campaign. And Maxwell seemed like he would make a good scapegoat because he had admitted to not reading the intel and was going to retire shortly.

Cheryl Mills isn’t a career State Department figure. She’s a Clinton loyalist who follows them around and covers up for them. Mills was a Deputy White House Counsel and worked at the presidential campaigns of both Clintons. Essentially, she was Hillary Clinton’s lawyer. And career diplomatic personnel are not too happy when a bigwig’s political lawyer and campaign adviser begins chucking them off a cliff to protect her political godmother.

A similar process may be happening for Obama and the CIA, which resents being used as a scapegoat for administration malfeasance. The CIA tends to be more guarded than State, but reports suggest that the trickle of figures coming forward may become a flood.

Hillary alienated her natural allies at the State Department. The people who wanted her to look good so she could make them look good and sacrificed them to cover up her mismanagement. Instead of taking responsibility, she began looking for people to blame. The resentment it has caused will not subside quickly and raises real questions about her fitness for any elected or unelected office.

  • Rifleman

    I knew Hillary "fire their *sses" Clinton was unfit to hold any office all along. That nickname narrowly beat out "I don't recall," and "what billing records?"

    I'm a little surprised they didn't put her in charge of Treasury, the way she 'performed' in cattle futures.

  • Donwv

    Daniel Greenfield , You should be careful saying anything about these goons, the next thing you know you will have your phone tapped, and your emails read!

  • Deserttrek

    i do believe hillary and obama are traitors and are responshible for the deaths. they both need to be put on trial and imprsioned for the rest of their natural life's.

  • Josph Jr

    I am hoping they keep this more of a legal battle than a political one. Criminally Clinton and Ovomit are up to their eyebrows. If they aren't criminally charged I am not sure our Moderate Constitutional Republic can make it. Our very "rule of law is not just being ignored it is being mocked and torn apart. We need to prosecute and convict these traitors.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    I was laser focused on Hill and Huma, as primary targets for investigation, all the while the buck does stop at the Liar-in-Chief's door.
    And if Hill believes she will slither out, once again, for her misdeeds, then perhaps she should consult with new advisers – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/05/07/benghazigate-

    Open questioning can't come soon enough!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "The buck stops there! No, not there, over there!"

    • joey sea

      but bo says ''there is no there there'

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "but bo says ''there is no there there'"

        And it's all a right-wing conspiracy anyway, so what does it matter?

  • Flowerknife_us

    There turned out to be nobody worth calling at 3AM. So all those who claimed to be the ones worthy of receiving it get to share the bloody hands.

  • Terry

    If shes not in prison in 2016, these liberal idiots would still elect her.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "If shes not in prison in 2016, these liberal idiots would still elect her."

      And her prison sentence may not actually dissuade them either.

  • Truth

    Wow! If this "leak" is true .. "things" are about to get "interesting"

    http://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2013/05/21/pjm-exc

  • CEADDAofTEXAS

    How she operates we have all known. The fact that she’s even being considered to run for president just validates the corruptness run amuck in DC.