Donald Lambro

"When I left as secretary and passed the baton on to Secretary [John] Kerry, we were positioned to explore whether we had set the table well enough to see changes that were sufficient to meet out legitimate objections to Iran's behavior," she said.

Israel may beg to differ with her recollections on this. We are nowhere near meeting our or Israel's key objections to nuclear threat that Iran still poses.

This week, Rove was the first high profile GOP critic to raise questions about what he termed "a serious health episode" -- he never used the term "rain damage" -- in December 2012 when Clinton suffered a concussion after a fainting spell.

She was hospitalized for three days, but details of her illness have remained a mystery. She will be 69 years old in 2016, and 70 if she were to become president in 2017.

But she faces bigger obstacles in her quest to become the nation's first woman president that go to the heart of her meager experience, flawed by a history of multiple public policy failures.

She cannot point to any major achievements during the four years she spent as secretary of State. She traveled widely, gave many speeches, but her record is a limited one.

If her years at State are remembered for anything, it will be the deadly and preventable terrorist attack in the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, when U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed.

There have been numerous investigations and hearings by House Republicans who have charged that the State Department tried to coverup the fact this was a terrorist attack. Their initial explanation was that it started as a spontaneous Islamist "protest"

against a YouTube video.

Not true. But Obama was seeking re-election at this time, on a platform that he had al-Qaeda terrorists "on the run" and that their ranks were "decimated."

Stevens sent repeated requests to the State Department for added security but they were denied or ignored on her watch.

House Republicans formed a select committee just last week to dig further into the scandal and Clinton will be a major target of their inquiry.

Clinton has had a checkered past here, starting with her role as First Lady in designing a national federal health care program that was bitterly branded by GOP leaders as "Hillarycare."

It was so complex that even some of her allies said they didn't fully understand how it worked. And in the end, was so unpopular, Democratic congressional leaders refused to bring it up for a vote.

She served for eight years as the senator from New York, with no significant accomplishments to speak of. She left behind a record of voting for every big tax and spend Democratic bill that came before the chamber.

But there's another bigger issue that may well prevent Hillary from moving back into the White House. After eight years of Obama's failed, leftist, jobless policies, will voters want another eight under Hillary?


Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro is chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.



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