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L'Express, France

Suddenly – Hillary


By Philippe Coste

After being one of the more divisive American political figures in the 1990s, Hillary can boast being at the top of the list of most admired women in the world, often even ahead of Michelle Obama.

Translated By Catherine McGuinness

8 January 2012

Edited by Natalie Clager


France - L'Express - Original Article (French)

An American football jersey adorned with the number 112 was a very thoughtful gift to Hillary Clinton. The “112” corresponded to the number of countries she visited in her four years of constant traveling as Secretary of State. But the helmet bearing the seals of the State Department was a rather awkward nod to Hillary's mild health problems. She took a month-long hiatus from work, at first due to an intestinal "bug" contracted during her symbolic trips. This bug was then responsible for a fainting spell, which earned her a fall on her head. This latest incident would explain the blood clot found in a vein of the Secretary's skull, discovered in early January.

Hillary was once charged by charitable spirits, such as John Bolton and Bill O'Reilly of Fox News, with faking her problems to escape the issues of the Republican Congress. She will soon need, if not a helmet, at least all her strength to address security deficiencies at the consulate in Benghazi, Libya during the terrorist attack where Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed on Sept. 11 last year.

The hearing is expected to take place before Barack Obama's inauguration on Jan. 21 and, above all, before the inauguration of Clinton’s successor, John Kerry, who is assured of the green light from Congress. Hillary has already, in principle, taken responsibility in the days following the attack on Benghazi for this disaster. In addition to the bureaucratic faults of the State Department, from which two dignitaries had already been dismissed, the fault lies with U.S. intelligence, seemingly oblivious to the growing threats of local militias, and with Congress itself, which ruled on the State Department budget, and therefore that of diplomatic security.

Unless Hillary admits to having knowingly contributed to the death of a diplomat who she knew personally, the hearings will have an objective other than trying to tarnish the image of a potential successor to Obama in 2016. After being one of the more divisive American political figures in the 1990s, Hillary can boast being at the top of the list of most admired women in the world, often even ahead of Michelle Obama. It is understood that the offensive begins now.



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