Why Did Hillary Deny Our Involvement In the Latest Nuke Scientist Assassination?
“I want to categorically deny any United States involvement in any kind of act of violence inside Iran,” Clinton said at a Wednesday news conference.
Former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton was on Fox radio’s John Gibson Show in the 1:00 hour this afternoon. I’m not a big fan of Bolton but he raised a good point: what is the effect of the Sec of State’s categorical denial? It points the finger of blame definitively elsewhere (like to one of our allies). It also makes us look afraid. Bolton’s remarks to the Washington Post:
“Hillary [Clinton] said we had nothing to do with it whatsoever. Traditionally, we say, ‘We don’t comment on alleged intelligence activities.’ Why go out of your way to say ‘Not us’? It’s because they are afraid of retaliation. But when she goes out of her way [to deny U.S. involvement], it reflects fear.”
With the Secretary of State’s emphatic statement, we narrow the list of potential perpetrators and make ourselves look weak. Wouldn’t it have been far smarter for the Obama administration to have simply been silent on the point?