Monday, September 22, 2014


The effort by Hillary Clinton and her team to pin blame exclusively on President Obama for the rise of a huge Islamist army in Iraq and Syria kicked into high gear this weekend. Obama heads to New York this week to try to piece together some kind of coalitionto fight ISIS but honor some version of his promises to his base about the conflict. Even if it means teaming up with Iran. In the midst of the dire chapter for Obama’s foreign policy, we hear from former President Bill Clinton, who told CNN, “I supported two years ago the proposal that Hillary and Secretary Panetta and then CIA director, General Petraeus, made to give more robust armed support to the Syrians.” The former president told CNN that “it was an argument she lost within the administration.” Panetta, a longtime Clinton insider, made clear that he was ready to burn Obama in an interview with 60 Minutes,” saying, “And I think in part, we pay the price for not doing that in what we see happening with ISIS.”

[Where we started – The effort to single out Obama for blame began with the 2016 Democratic frontrunner herself, starting with her memoir and an interview with The Atlantic.]

Dear Saul - Washington Free Beacon: “Previously unpublished correspondence between 2016 Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and the late left-wing organizer Saul Alinsky reveal new details about her relationship with the controversial Chicago activist and shed light on her early ideological development. Clinton met with Alinsky several times in 1968 while writing a Wellesley college thesis about his theory of community organizing...The letters also suggest that Alinsky, who died in 1972, had a deeper influence on Clinton’s early political views than previously known… Clinton devoted just one paragraph in her memoir Living History to Alinsky, writing that she rejected a job offer from him in 1969 in favor of going to law school. She wrote that she wanted to follow a more conventional path. However, in the 1971 letter, Clinton assured Alinsky that she had ‘survived law school, slightly bruised, with my belief in and zest for organizing intact.’…The letters obtained by the Free Beacon suggest that Clinton experimented more with radical politics during her law school years than she has publicly acknowledged.”

[The letters between Clinton and Alinsky can be read here.]