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Hillary Clinton's Record of Failure as Secretary of State

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Although  many   commentators   have   mentioned  that Hillary Clinton leaves behind no major achievement as the U.S. Secretary of State, the reality is that she does, several -- and all of them are harms to the U.S.

 

There wasn't only her failure as the State Department's chief administrator, such that the State Department's own  Accountability Review Board Report on Benghazi Attack  said: "In the months leading up to September 11, 2012, security in Benghazi was not recognized and implemented as a "shared responsibility' in Washington, resulting in stove-piped discussions and decisions on policy and security. Key decisions ... or non-decisions in Washington, such as the failure to establish standards for Benghazi and to meet them, or the lack of a cohesive staffing plan, essentially set up Benghazi." That's failure at the very top. It's not in Libya. It's not even in Africa. It's in "Washington."

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Who, at the State Department in "Washington," had "buck stops here" authority and power? Hillary Clinton.

 

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Republicans are obsessed with the Benghazi failure, because it reflects negatively upon her but not on themselves. However, Hillary's real and important failures reflect negatively upon Republicans also, because these failures culminated actually Republican foreign-policy objectives, and dashed Democratic (and democratic) policy-objectives.

 

One such failure was the State Department's establishment of fascism in Honduras, crucially helping to end democracy there and replace it with a far-right hell -- an extreme version of the Republican Party's own conservatism. Without Hillary Clinton's support for fascism in that country, Honduras would still be a democratic republic in Central America; and this fact is widely known outside the U.S., even if America's major news-media haven't reported it. So: it's a major failure on the part of Hillary Clinton -- and also on the part of Barack Obama.

 

On 28 June 2009, the Honduran military grabbed their nation's popular democratically elected progressive President, Manuel Zelaya, and flew him into exile. 

 

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The AP headlined from Tegucigalpa the next day, "World Leaders Pressure Honduras to Reverse Coup," and reported: "Leaders from Hugo Chavez to Barack Obama called for reinstatement of Manuel Zelaya, who was arrested in his pajamas Sunday morning by soldiers who stormed his residence and flew him into exile."

 

Here was the  cable  from the U.S. Embassy, reviewing the situation, for Washington, after almost a month's silence from the Administration:

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They're Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010,  and of  CHRIST'S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that (more...)
 

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