BenghaziMania III: Rand Versus Hillary

todayJanuary 24, 2013

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Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – Again, people are staring at a tree, at a piece of bark on a tree.  There’s a giant forest all around that tree.  The forest is this, and no one including Senator Paul asked this question or intimated that it should have been asked.  What in dude’s holy name were we doing in Libya to start with under those conditions?  Who brought it about?  It was brought about by the illegal, unconstitutional military intervention that President Obama initiated and was carried out by Mrs. Clinton. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…


Begin Mike Church Show Transcript

Mike:  I still remember Hillary screaming “If we don’t end this war in Iraq, as president, I will.”  There she was yesterday fighting for her very political life with Rand Paul and others hurling the accusations her way.  I took the statement — I only take this at surface value.  I have no communication with Rand, with any of Rand’s staff, anyone that works with Rand whatsoever.  They used to talk to me.  They don’t talk to me anymore, not because we don’t want them to talk to us.  It just has evaporated for whatever purpose.  I don’t know anyone there and I don’t know what he intends to do, that’s the reason I say that.  I watched this on the Clinton News Network as it was happening.  Teen Wolf Blitzer breaks into the regular news yesterday morning, [mocking Blitzer] “We’re gonna break in here, Carol Costello, and you and Ashleigh’s little love fest here.  We have breaking news.  Mrs. Clinton is testifying on Capitol Hill.”  It went right to Rand versus Hillary.

As I was sitting here and watched and listened, and when I saw Rand — I’ll play the clip for you.  What I heard was “When I am president, if anyone tries to pull this, I will ask for their resignation.”  Here’s the tell: Mrs. Clinton is already leaving.  She’s already leaving.  She’s already turned her stripes in.  She’s gone.  John Rambo Kerry is set to take over as Secretary of State.  Mrs. Clinton has already basically resigned.  Mrs. Clinton has already assumed some responsibility by his own admission.  There have already been people fired over this.

Again, people are staring at a tree, at a piece of bark on a tree.  There’s a giant forest all around that tree.  The forest is this, and no one including Senator Paul asked this question or intimated that it should have been asked.  What in dude’s holy name were we doing in Libya to start with under those conditions?  Who brought it about?  It was brought about by the illegal, unconstitutional military intervention that President Obama initiated and was carried out by Mrs. Clinton.  Is Mrs. Clinton culpable?  Absolutely.  We’ve been talking about this since the day it happened and wondering out loud why no one will ask the question.  Exactly why were the conditions on the ground so abhorrent in Libya?  It’s because our CIA and our military helped assassinate Muammar Gaddafi, end of story.  That’s the truth.

About one year ago, Lindsey Graham and John McCain and the decepticons, the frauds that masquerade around as alleged conservatives, began demanding that the president do something about the civil war in Libya.  It’s the same thing they’re saying about Syria right now.  [mocking] “We’ve got a madman running around over there.  It’s America’s job to stop this violence.  It’s America’s job.  It’s our military’s job.”  Ultimately, of course, the president was very clear.  He said: We’re not going to help them out militarily.  Of course we did.  The real story there, to me, and to many people, has always been that Ambassador Stevens and his crew would never have been put in that situation had the intervention never occurred.  Where was that question yesterday?

Those of you that are holding out hope and believing that Senator Paul is going to stick on the merits of pure principle and is only going to address people like Mrs. Clinton and others that will go before that committee in a manner in which his father addressed, which was from points of pure principle, from a constitutional point of view, he is proving to be an agile politician.  Some of you may not like that, but politicians they are.  I’ve talked about this before.  Thomas Jefferson was an agile politician, too.  I’m not making excuses for Rand, by no means, but certainly this had nothing or very little to do with what he was protesting mightily about as he was thundering that he would have relieved Mrs. Clinton of duty.  As Andrew pointed out, the State Department receives what, two million a month?

AG:  Yeah.  I think they said 1.4 million security cables a year.  What is that, tens of thousands a day?

Mike:  Let’s just go with a gross.  I know the math on that.  1.44 million per year would be approximately 12,000 per month.

AG:  120,000 per month.

Mike:  Right, 120,000 or so per month.  Whatever the number, between 100,000 and 120,000, divide that by days.  You have 4,000 per day and she’s supposed to read every single one.  That’s just ridiculous.

AG:  Do you think the conversation over the State Department budget — I know it was raised yesterday on a couple of the evening shows.

Mike:  I thought that was a good point that he made.

AG:  The CIA has a black box budget.  No one really knows what the figures are.  The Defense Department’s budget is ginormous compared to every single other country in the world, yet the State Department’s budget, whether we can say it’s a shoestring budget, they are consistently fighting for more funds so they can provide security.  I don’t understand why the State Department budget was tacked onto the Sandy relief bill that failed to pass in the House.  If you’re going to argue, as McCain and those ilk argue, that we need to be in these places, I think it’s kind of hard to then say we don’t fund the State Department as much as they request.  You’re setting yourself up for a lot of questions from the American public when you want to be in these other places in the world yet you don’t want to give them the cash they request for security.

Mike:  There’s the cash issue.  Again, there’s the issue of why the State Department has to spread itself hither and yon.  You know why?  Because we give this stuff called foreign aid to all these countries.  We want a little accountability, so we have to have diplomats in each country going: Yeah, I got an earmark over here in Tunisia I’m going to need some of that money from Mahmoud, or whatever the case may be.  That’s basically what happens.  The State Department gets the money, they dole it out as foreign aid, and then through the CIA and the rest of the corrupt Defense Department web of deceit, they earmark it just like you would do over here for various projects and various groups in whatever country it was.  That part of Rand’s interrogatory of Hillary was informative.  Let’s listen to it.

[start audio clip]

Senator Rand Paul: Thank you for appearing, Secretary Clinton. I’m glad to see your health is improving. One of the things that disappointed me most about the original 9/11 was no one was fired. We spent trillions of dollars [Mike: The original 9/11? Is that opposed to the compromised second draft? What is the original 9/11? Has there been a remake? When I heard that, all I heard of was Animal House: Let him go, he’s rolling.] but there were a lot of human errors. These are judgment errors. The people who make judgment errors need to be replaced, fired, and no longer in a position of making these judgment calls. [Mike: You can’t fire them, civil service, Rand.]

We have a review board. The review board finds 64 different things we could change. A lot of them are common sense and should be done, but the question is it’s a failure of leadership that they weren’t done in advance and four lives were cost because of this. I’m glad that you’re accepting responsibility. I think that ultimately with your leaving you accept the culpability for the worst tragedy since 9/11. I really mean that. Had I been president at the time and I found that you did not read the cables from Benghazi, you did not read the cables from Ambassador Stevens, I would have relieved you of your post. I think it’s inexcusable.

The thing is, we can understand that you’re not reading every cable. I can understand maybe you’re not aware of a cable from the ambassador in Vienna that asks for $100,000 for an electrical charging station. I can understand that maybe you’re not aware your department spent $100,000 on three comedians who went to India on a promotional tour called Make Chi, Not War. I think you might be able to understand and might be aware of the $80 million spent on a consulate in Mahshahr al-Sharif that will never be built.

I think it’s inexcusable that you did not know about this and you did not read these cables. I would think by anybody’s estimation, Libya has to have been one of the hottest of hot spots around the world. Not to know of the requests for security really, I think, cost these people their lives. Their lives could have been saved had someone been more available, had someone been more aware of these things, more on top of the job. The thing is, I don’t suspect you of bad motives. The review board said these people weren’t willfully negligent. I don’t think you were willfully — I don’t suspect your motives of wanting to serve your country, but it was a failure of leadership not to be involved. It was a failure of leadership not to know these things. I think it is good that you’re accepting responsibility because no one else is. There is a certain amount of culpability to the worst tragedy since 9/11. I’m glad you’re accepting this. My question is, is the U.S. involved with any procuring of weapons, transfer of weapons, buying, selling, anyhow transferring weapons to Turkey out of Libya?

[end audio clip]

Mike:  That one comes out of left field.  Hillary goes: Libya?  Weapons?  Turkey?  The hundreds of thousands of dollars asked for charging stations and comedians and what have you, that’s just repulsive.  That is just offensive.  Any American that’s under tax withholding that hears that story, if indeed that money was ever appropriated — I will hazard a guess and say that it was — ought to be offended by that.  The judicious exercise of the taxing power is just something that is nonexistent.  The judicious exercise of the borrowing power, ever since they put in an amendment, “You shall not question your federal overlords,” the debt of the United States is not to be questioned.  You’ll speak when spoken to and not before.  Again, because the web is so large, so complex, spun by so many billions of spiders, you can’t get to the bottom of any of this.  It is impossible to get to the bottom of it.

Maybe we should be thankful to Rand and McCain and the rest of them for putting on political theater, for putting on television and radio dramas as opposed to putting on real, serious, substantive and substantial debate, substantive and substantial intercourse in between the high and mighty, the elected and appointed.  Maybe it’s good we don’t know about that electric charging station.  Maybe it’s better we don’t know about the comedians that were hired.  Maybe it’s better that we don’t know we fund radio stations in other countries.  Did you know that?  We fund radio and television broadcasts in other countries.  Why?  Because we’ve got to support democracy.  Out of my pay?  I have to pay for televisions and radios and anchors and newsmen and cameramen and recording engineers in some other country in the world I can’t even point to on a map?

End Mike Church Show Transcript

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