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Hillary Clinton’s Management Failure
National Review ^ | 01/24/2013 | Elliott Abrams

Posted on 01/24/2013 6:39:26 AM PST by SeekAndFind

During her congressional testimony today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton repeatedly defended her failure to see key cables dealing with Benghazi by noting how many cables the State Department receives. She explained there are 1.4 million cables to the department a year, all addressed to her as secretary.

That’s wrong — and this poor excuse is worth examining.

In fact, every cable sent from the department is signed “Clinton” as long as she is in Washington. If not, each cable bears the name of the acting secretary — usually deputy secretary Bill Burns. But it’s obvious that these cables are not actually from her, and many bear captions like “From the Assistant Secretary to the Ambassador.”

Similarly, cables sent to the department are not all to her; that is nonsense. They may be captioned “to SecState Washington,” but that of course means “to the Department.” They will often say for whom they are meant, e.g., “For NSC Powers, for DOD International Security Affairs, for State DRL, NEA, PM” and so on. And upon arrival at State they are distributed in accordance with set rules, to many bureaus and offices.

So which cables does the secretary actually see? There are two answers. First, an ambassador can caption a cable “From the Ambassador for the Secretary” or even “Eyes Only for the Secretary.” Obviously an ambassador can only rarely get away with this and his justification better be good. Such a cable will get to the secretary unless staff finds that it is foolish or worthless. One question not asked of Clinton: Did Chris Stevens ever send a cable during his entire tenure marked “From the Ambassador to the Secretary” and, if so, what did it say?

More often, a secretary of state sees the cables that his or her staff pulls out because they are important and should be seen. Figuring out what the incumbent secretary wants to see, will wish to see, and will be angry for not having seen is very difficult when there’s a new secretary — but what is Hillary Clinton’s excuse on September 11, 2012, after almost four years in office? There had been three and half years to set up a system, to let the career officers of the Secretariat and the Operations Center know what she wants, and to have her personal staff figure it out too.

That is to say, if she did not see the Benghazi cables in a timely fashion, if she did not see Chris Stephens’s cables describing the deterioration of security, and if she did not see his requests for more security, this was a huge management failure on her part. It is a poor excuse to say, “Gee, the Department gets lots of cables” — and perhaps even worse then to hide behind an Accountability Review Board that pins responsibility on assistant secretaries and no higher.

Having worked as an assistant secretary of state and a deputy national-security adviser, I can report that even in those posts one is entirely swamped by cable traffic and needs a system to cope with it — to be sure that the really important ones get through. From all the available evidence, Hillary Clinton failed to establish such a system for herself, and that management failure is a far more important fact about her tenure than being the third woman to hold the post or having flown more miles than Condoleezza Rice.


TOPICS: Editorial
KEYWORDS: benghazi; benghazigraphic; clinton; hillary; hillarycables; hillarygraphic; hillaryhearing; hillarylies; leonpanetta; libya; statedeptcables; waronterror; whatdifference

1 posted on 01/24/2013 6:39:35 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
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2 posted on 01/24/2013 6:42:28 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: SeekAndFind
Who wants this disastrously negligent woman to be president?

Estrogen-Americans.

Progressives.

Fellow travelers.

Huma.

3 posted on 01/24/2013 6:42:46 AM PST by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: SeekAndFind

She is no worse than any Democrat. Yes, they are all bad.


4 posted on 01/24/2013 6:43:45 AM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: Old Sarge

Huma wants (to give) the same desk job Reggie has...


5 posted on 01/24/2013 6:44:49 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Probably 51% of the electorate, you know the women, the latinos, the blacks, the asians, the new immigrants, etc.


6 posted on 01/24/2013 6:48:58 AM PST by 38special (The Department of Education wastes money)
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To: SeekAndFind

Why can’t an emergency call from an ambassador in a burning consulate get through to Hillary’s desk on 9/11? Inquiring minds want to know, even if the Democrat media doesn’t.

Talk about gross incompetence in both government and the press....


7 posted on 01/24/2013 6:49:02 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Old Sarge
It does not matter how inept Hillary Clinton is. A significant portion of the electorate will always worship her.

Some do so because shes a radical campus leftist, others because she's a female radical campus leftist.

All liberals love her because she's corrupt, doesn't care who knows it, and compels the GOP to roll into a ball whenever she raises her voice.

8 posted on 01/24/2013 6:49:16 AM PST by skeeter
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To: SeekAndFind

She’s a crook, a sleazebag, a liar, and incompetent to boot.
But she wiped the floor with most of the senate and congress yesterday.


9 posted on 01/24/2013 6:49:35 AM PST by Iron Munro (I Miss America, don't you?)
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To: txrefugee

Evita and her collegues did NOTHING-and did it badly... but they DO stuff their pockets while they posture as ‘statesmen’ and ‘leaders’.

They are aping (in their ineptitude and ignorance) what they THINK leaders and statesmen do. They recklessly and gratuitously generate enough hype and nonsense to feed the whole stable...then feed it into the criminally irresponsible maw of the MSM!

While all this is going on, they are traveling, vacationing, spending, partying and enjoying themselves like 10th generation dynastic Monarchs...this is all being done without compunction and wholly at the taxpayers’ expense.

It is a real tower of Babel and their leader is THE premier prototypical babbling idiot of all time!


10 posted on 01/24/2013 6:54:03 AM PST by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: smoothsailing
Hill’...the party girl, ...don't bother me with that trivial stuff, look after it....I haven't got time to worry over security matters....I am off to Australia
11 posted on 01/24/2013 6:54:51 AM PST by B212
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To: smoothsailing

She ran her ship aground. Fire her!


12 posted on 01/24/2013 6:57:45 AM PST by ryan71
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To: Iron Munro
When I see a female resorting to tears and shreiking like a harpy when questioned I don’t see a winner. Now Condi Rice that chick was always well groomed and articulate whenever she had to answer to Congress. Even when that crazy code pink lady was in her face she kept cool.
13 posted on 01/24/2013 6:57:56 AM PST by linn37
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To: SeekAndFind

Neither Clinton nor Obama are qualified to handles a 3AM emergency call.


14 posted on 01/24/2013 6:58:37 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: SeekAndFind

She got her 3 am wake up call on Sept 11th, and left the Americans in Benghazi to fend for themselves.


15 posted on 01/24/2013 6:59:27 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great natiorn is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: smoothsailing

When I read that a huge number of libs really, really loved Obama’s poor showing in the first debate (it meant that he was just so doggone busy taking care of the country he didn’t have time to prepare) I knew there was no logic at all, to anything the libs say or do.

That’s why they will all vote for the witch if she runs. They will excuse her by saying ‘look at how she got all involved and shed tears and closed the barn door after the horse were murdered (so to speak)” and that will rally the troops to her defense. Which of course, they are already doing.

Now they claim it was just darn mean for ANY Republican to actually question her. None of them gives a damn that 4 Americans died on her watch.

It doesn’t matter to them that the number of dead soldiers has grown since he came into office. Or that he is dropping bombs on civilians, children, women in his attempt to make himself look like he is really, really working on killing terrorists (except now the are almost all gone, according to him).

There is no reasoning with these people.


16 posted on 01/24/2013 7:10:49 AM PST by SusaninOhio
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To: SeekAndFind
Who wants this disastrously negligent woman to be president?

The same people who elected the disastrously incompetent, unqualified, America-destroying Obama for a second term. Hillary will be a shoo-in.

17 posted on 01/24/2013 7:15:08 AM PST by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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To: SeekAndFind

I was disappointed with the questions NOT asked.

Hillary said she “placed a call to the president of Turkey”, or some country, I forget which, to ask for support at the consulate being mobbed on Sept. 11th. I wanted one of the senators to ask why she didn’t call the president of the USA for support of OUR consulate!


18 posted on 01/24/2013 7:30:49 AM PST by jch10 (Hey GOP! Only Conservatives get my vote.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I wonder if the Whore of Babylon is having flashbacks?


19 posted on 01/24/2013 7:41:30 AM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - Vladimir Lenin)
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To: jch10

I was disappointed with the questions NOT asked.


Such as “. Was a CBA ever granted ( cross border authorizatio).

Thats the smoking gun that no one has the corage to ask, as the whole scenario will crumble.

Hilly may have actually been setting Barry up with the this oblique reference to callinf Turkey for help.

I.e. Barry wouldn’t give one, and told her/ panetta to let Turkey handle it.


20 posted on 01/24/2013 7:44:45 AM PST by patriotspride
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To: jch10

It might have been Tunisia. There were anti-American mobs there just like in Egypt, I believe. Maybe she called the government asking for them to protect our consulate in Tunisia, or our embassy or whatever.

These - along with Libya which was NOT a mob action but a terrorist attack - is what the feds are saying constituted a reaction to the VIDEO. Which neither people in that area, nor people anywhere for that matter, were actually aware of.

When you say you wish she had asked Obama for help with OUR consulate, well, when she was calling the Tunisian government or whereever it was, she was asking for help with OUR consulate. Whose consulate did you imagine she was asking for help with?

Now if it WAS Turkey and not Tunisia, well, I plead ignorance in that I wasn’t aware that Turkey produced worrisome anti-US demonstrations on 9-11. If they did, and she did say Turkey, then I stand corrected.


21 posted on 01/24/2013 7:55:17 AM PST by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear". (Glenn Beck))
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To: SeekAndFind
Her "excuse" regarding the cables is the Adult CEO equivalent of "the dog ate my homework."

If she believes that such an "excuse" makes her State Department neglect of attention to the Ambassador's requests either acceptable or understandable, then she is totally incompetent as a CEO.

If check points by human eyes are not sufficient to trigger upper-management attention, then, surely, in this day of technological wonders, computers could be programmed to kick such cables directly to the desk of the Secretary of State.

The head of any Fortune 500 company would know how to structure his management team to avoid such a glaring calamity within his organization. If he didn't, then his Board would fire him when his incompetence was discovered.

22 posted on 01/24/2013 8:04:20 AM PST by loveliberty2
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To: SeekAndFind

Not that I would ever want her either, but honestly could she be any worse than the goofball in there now? At least she is Constitutionally eligible.


23 posted on 01/24/2013 8:07:16 AM PST by Marathoner (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Everything the PIAPS touches turns to sh!t.


24 posted on 01/24/2013 8:40:13 AM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "p" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: smoothsailing

I love how Rand Paul basically handed her big fat arse and cankles back to her on a plate.


25 posted on 01/24/2013 8:41:14 AM PST by GraceG
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To: SeekAndFind

Until we stop the choosing of our President by the elite, we will have crap until then.


26 posted on 01/24/2013 8:43:49 AM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Negligence is not the issue with her, it is her utter contempt for underlings. My cousin was a white house guard during bubba’s rule and make no mistake, hillary demanded no eye contact be made with her. This disgusting chicago dyke should get the death penalty for standing by while 4 US citizens were murdered.


27 posted on 01/24/2013 8:48:34 AM PST by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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To: GraceG
I agree, Rand Paul basically told her she wasn't fit to be dogcatcher. He did great. So did Jeff Duncan in the afternoon House session.

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The American people, Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) said, are “frustrated when they see comments from you this morning when you said, ‘What difference at this point does it make?’ I’ll tell you what difference it makes. It makes a difference when Americans think they were misled about something for political reasons.”

“Madam Secretary, you let the consulate become a death trap. And that’s national security malpractice,” Duncan said. “You said you take responsibility. What does responsibility mean, Madam Secretary? You’re still in your job, and there are four people at the Department of State that have culpability in this that are still in their jobs.”

‘Madam Secretary, You Let the Consulate Become a Death Trap’

28 posted on 01/24/2013 8:55:35 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: SeekAndFind

She is a crook! From the billing scandal in her youth to the recent lies over the cause of the Benghazi scandal. SHE is the type of person the voters want. Look at what they elected as president-some one who does not even belong to our society.


29 posted on 01/24/2013 8:58:28 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: SeekAndFind

http://www.caintv.com/watergate-era-judiciary-chief


30 posted on 01/24/2013 9:31:59 AM PST by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: SeekAndFind
This evil shrew should be in federal prison.

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hillary clinton prison

31 posted on 01/24/2013 9:32:39 AM PST by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: SeekAndFind

Failure is the norm for her.Every job she had only required one thing hot air.


32 posted on 01/24/2013 9:38:55 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: SeekAndFind

Hillary Clinton is the Tom Arnold of American politics - she’s only famous because of who she married.


33 posted on 01/24/2013 9:41:14 AM PST by GreenHornet
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To: Hotlanta Mike
She got her 3 am wake up call on Sept 11th, and left the Americans in Benghazi to fend for themselves.

Every one of her opponents in 2016 will have a devastating meme at their disposal:

"When Hillary Clinton got that phone call at 3 AM, she failed...miserably, a failure that cost American lives."

Or somesuch.

34 posted on 01/24/2013 10:40:39 AM PST by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: Old Sarge
Good reply, but you omitted Slick. He needs her in the White House so he can get a leg up on General Secretary. Then he can do a treaty with Beast that would give him all or part of the U.S. Armed Forces and make him the first real President of the Worlds -- a world-historical figure.

He wants that, needs it, to expunge the semen from that little blue dress. And everything that followed.

But wait a sec, my main point is that the premise of the article is flawed.

Hillary had Zero input (so to speak) in the Benghazi thing. That whole deal was Barky's -- he was in the house, he was watching the monitors, he was running the show that night when Al Q'aeda tried to kidnap the U.S. ambassador, to trade him for the Blind Sheikh in federal prison.

This was Bozo's deal all the way. Putting Hillary on the spot is just another diversionary measure of the MSM.

Barky needs to answer for Benghazi to an impeachment trial in the Senate.

35 posted on 01/24/2013 1:28:25 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: txrefugee
Talk about gross incompetence in both government and the press....

It isn't "incompetence" when they're vigorously lying their asses off.

36 posted on 01/24/2013 1:30:46 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: smoothsailing
I agree, Rand Paul basically told her she wasn't fit to be dogcatcher.

I knew Paul had done some good when I heard PBS talking heads telling everyone his questions were "nasty".

37 posted on 01/24/2013 1:35:39 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: txrangerette

It was Tunisia. Thanks for the correction.


38 posted on 01/25/2013 7:29:05 AM PST by jch10 (Hey GOP! Only Conservatives get my vote.)
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To: smoothsailing
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39 posted on 01/25/2013 8:33:49 AM PST by timestax (AMERICAN MEDIA= DOMESTIC ENEMY)
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40 posted on 01/25/2013 1:06:24 PM PST by timestax (AMERICAN MEDIA= DOMESTIC ENEMY)
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41 posted on 01/28/2013 12:18:48 PM PST by timestax (AMERICAN MEDIA= DOMESTIC ENEMY)
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