With the recent fiery murder of a captured Jordanian pilot by ISIS — It really looks like Hillary Clinton’s worst fall as Barack Obama’s Secretary of State might have occurred on December 3, 2012 — when she made the Syrian "Red Line" one of her own talking points
Hillary is going to be taught a long hard lesson in the concept of "the relative present” when it comes to her part in the shared Obama-Clinton foreign policy that gave rise to ISIS/ "ISIL"
Those who read this blog religiously, know that I have made much of Hillary Clinton’s history of serious falls since she became Secretary of State. According to media reports, there were three of them, two that caused documented serious injuries; and a third, which to date not been connected to any permanent injury or condition. According to widespread press and TV coverage, these are her three most notable tumbles: the first was a fall in the State Department basement garage on Wednesday, June 17th 2009, which resulted in a June 19, 2009 surgery to repair a right elbow fracture suffered by Secretary Clinton from that fall; the second occurred on January 12, 2011,when the Secretary of State fell while she was boarding a plane in Yemen – the cause of that fall has been variously described as "fainting," or alternatively, "tripping and falling" – it has also been claimed that Ms. Clinton suffered no injuries “...as a result of the fall...”; and the third, and most serious event medically, occurred over an imprecisely described time between December 7th and 15th 2012. Around those dates, it was reported that Hillary fainted at home after being incommunicado with the flu, that she then fell and was treated for a serious concussion around 12/15/12 and thereafter being moved from Washington D.C.to a hospital in New York City to be treated for a serious intra-cranial blood clot from late December 2012 into sometime in 2013. Two of those falls required extensive treatments, during which Hillary was not able to perform her duties as Secretary of State for significant periods. Enough of that, this piece isn’t about the medical mumbo-jumbo involved in Hillary's penchant for physically falling down.
CURRENT EVENTS AND A MAJOR HILLARY ON-THE-JOB TRIP-UP IN 2012Now, it’s really beginning to look like the trip and fall, which might do even more damage to Hillary’s “inexorable,” “unstoppable,” and/or “inevitable” march to the White House in 2016 occurred on the day that she made Barack Obama’s Syrian “Red Line”in the sand an item of community property between them.
With things going from bad to worse inside Syria, with the murderous “burning alive” of Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh, RJAF, being as President Obama said "just one more indication of the viciousness and barbarity of [ISIS/"ISIL"]"; the fact, that Hillary was completely on board with the President when her trip over the Syrian “Red Line” began, is critical in assessing just what her foreign policy chops might be — and whether she is in any way capable of leading this country any further into this more threatening world that she helped to create.
THE DAY THAT HILLARY TRIPPED OVER OBAMA’S “RED LINE” IN SYRIAEven though Hillary did use the Term “Red Line” earlier during 2012 when referring to U.S. policy in Syria, it wasn’t until her Prague speech in December 2012 that she made the “Red Line” her own. There were many reports that “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, herself, sternly warned Syria in December 2012 that using chemical weapons against rebel forces would be a “Red Line” and that it would trigger retaliatory action from the United States ( See “Clinton: Assad’s ‘Chemical Weapons’ a ‘Red Line’ for US” by Dana Hughes & Luis Martinez, 12/4/12, ABC News [http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/12/clinton-assads-chemical-weapons-a-red-line-for-us/][@dana_hughes and/or @LmartinezABC]).
PRESIDENT OBAMA AND SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON WERE COMPLETELY “IN SYNCH” ABOUT OBAMA’S SYRIAN “RED LINE”The ABC coverage of Clinton’s remarks continued with this observation: “Along with a pledge from President Obama, Clinton’s words were the second public warning from the U.S. government in response to reports that Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad may be moving a chemical weapons stockpile....” Then ABC directly quoted Secretary Clinton thus: “... ‘We have made our views very clear. This is a red line for the United States. I’m not going to telegraph in any specifics what we would do in the event of credible evidence that the Assad regime has resorted to using chemical weapons against his own people, but suffice to say we are certainly planning to take action if that eventuality were to occur,” Clinton said at a press conference in Prague.’...”
The ABC report cited above also noted that on the same day that Hillary Clinton made her remarks in Prague, in Washington at the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Symposium President Obama called the possible use of chemical weapons “totally unacceptable....” And he said, “I want to make it absolutely clear to Assad and those under his command, the world is watching....”
What’s more, State Department Spokesman Mark Toner echoed his boss Hillary Clinton’s “Red Line”remarks with this: “What we’ve been very clear about, though, is that, as we said, any user proliferation would be crossing a red line, and we would take necessary steps or actions.... I’m just not going to get into any specifics about their chemical weapons program — only that we are concerned about any move that might signal that they are somehow ready to use those chemical weapons on their own people.”
There were similar reports about Hillary’s December 2012 echoing of Obama’s Syrian “Red Line” formulation by several other major news outlets ( See e.g., “U.S. Warns Syria on Chemical Weapons” by Peter Baker & Michael R. Gordon, 12/3/12, NY Times/ Middle East [http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/04/world/middleeast/nato-prepares-missile-defenses-for-turkey.html?_r=0]; see also, “U.S. ‘planning to take action’ if Syria crosses chemical weapons ‘red line’ " by Margaret Brennan, 12/3/12, CBS News [http://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-planning-to-take-action-if-syria-crosses-chemical-weapons-red-line/]; and see also, “Why the red line on Syria’s chemical weapons matters” by Max Fisher, 12/6/12, Washington Post [http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2012/12/06/why-the-red-line-on-syrias-chemical-weapons-matters/]).