Of Scapegoats and Sacrificial Lambs
Posted on May 20, 2013 Red Statements blog
Most of you already know that the report by Muslim Brotherhood all Thomas Pickering [not sure what the writer meant here]
resulted in the suspension of four low level employees. What you may not know is that none of the four had anything to do with embassy security. They didn’t assign security personnel, they didn’t allocate money for security, and in fact were not remotely in the loop where security was concerned. So why were they singled out for punishment? Because unlike actual security personnel, they couldn’t spill the beans on Hillary’s or Obama’s involvement.Raymond Maxwell and three other unnamed employees were suspended pending an investigation, were not involved in security for the embassy, but two others who were deeply involved received no punishment, no suspensions, or even a dirty look
. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Beth Jones and the principal deputy assistant secretary of State at NEA, Liz Dibble, were involved in security. Jones received no punishment and Dibble has received a promotion and a cushy job at the NEA. (I guess Dibble was better at negotiating for her silence than Jones was.)
Maxwell is on administrative leave, but since he still receives his paycheck and administrative leave is not considered punishment, he cannot appeal. He still hasn’t been told what the charges are because he doesn’t have the security clearance to read the ARB report. The NEA had been told that Maxwell would be returned to service in a new location as soon as the Benghazi story went away. Cheryl Mills, Hillary’s chief of staff and the one who demoted Gregory Hicks for answering questions posed by members of the House, reneged on the agreement.
Maxwell had been scheduled to leave the State Department, but stayed to help work through the Benghazi mess, now refuses to leave until they clear his name and issue an apology. Officials tried to get him to sign a paper saying he was on administrative leave, which he refused to sign since it would be a sort of an admission of guilt.
So what we know now is the team Of General Mullen and Muslim Brotherhood ally Thomas Pickering are far from the unimpeachable sources that jay carney claimed them to be. The Obama regime is experiencing the ancient Chinese torture known as Death by a Thousand Cuts. Couldn’t happen to a better group of socialists.