How Hillary Weaponized the State Department

PIC: January (CC)

PIC: January (CC)

The long-awaited roll-out of Hillary, Inc. is underway. Big interviews with ABC and NPR were timed with the launch of her memoir “Hard Choices“. The full-on media blitz is likely to keep pretenders to the 2016 nomination throne only slightly less viable as challengers than Ned Stark’s disembodied head. But it also means more questions about her time at the State Department. Benghazi is numero uno on every Republican’s top ten list, but the question generating the most GOP buzz is her inability to name a “top accomplishment” from her time as America’s top diplomat.

That’s an easy one to answer. She weaponized it. From

On May 23, 2012, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went to the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) trade show in Tampa, Florida to share her vision of “smart power” and to explain the State Department’s crucial role in extending the reach and efficacy of America’s growing “international counterterrorism network.”

First, there is such a thing as a “Special Operations Forces Industry Conference trade show.” Without some keen reporting by David Axe of Wired, that peculiar get-together might’ve flown completely under the radar—much like the shadowy “industry” it both supports and feeds off of like a sleek, camouflaged lamprey attached to a taxpayer-fattened shark.

Second, “special operations” have officially metastasized into a full-fledged industry. United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is located at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa and, therefore, conveniently located near the special operations trade show, which happened again this year at the Tampa Convention Center. The theme was “Strengthening the Global SOF Network” and the 600,000-square-foot facility was filled with targets of opportunity for well-connected and well-heeled defense contractors.

According to the SOFIC website, this year’s conference afforded attendees “the opportunity to engage with USSOCOM Program Executive Officers, Science and Technology Managers, Office of Small Business Programs and Technology & Industry Liaison Office representatives, and other acquisition experts who will identify top priorities, business opportunities, and interests as they relate to USSOCOM acquisition programs.”

Third, Hillary’s widely-ignored speech marked a radical departure from the widely-held perception that the State Department’s diplomatic mission endures as an institutional alternative to the Pentagon’s military planning. Instead, Secretary Clinton celebrated the transformation of Foggy Bottom into a full partner with the Pentagon’s ever-widening efforts around the globe, touting both the role of diplomats in paving the way for shadowy special ops in so-called “hot spots” and the State Department’s “hand-in-glove” coordination with Special Forces in places like Pakistan and Yemen.

Finally, with little fanfare or coverage, America’s lead diplomat stood before the shadow war industry and itemized the integration of the State Department’s planning and personnel with the Pentagon’s global counter-terrorism campaign which, she told the special operations industry, happen “in one form or another in more than 100 countries around the world.”

That’s the tip of the iceberg. She championed  a “Whole-of-Government” reform agenda that merged the State Department into a full-spectrum War on Terror strategy. And it catalyzed the rapid growth of US military presence around Africa. Read the full story here.

6 Comments on "How Hillary Weaponized the State Department"

  1. Simon Valentine | Jun 11, 2014 at 3:14 pm |

    you know what they say

    get it before you have to get it like it’s going out of style
    that way you have the hand-me-down market covered

  2. BuzzCoastin | Jun 11, 2014 at 5:10 pm |

    it gives Hill too much credit
    to credit her with the power to do what was done through her
    she’s a puppet
    not a puppeteer

    money sets the agenda & tactics
    its effect is self-serving greed
    seeming power is the handmaiden of greed
    public office provides the means & opportunities
    it’s a heady thing to ride an archetype of the collective unconscious

  3. The state department has been weaponized for years by using their “foreign aid” packages to pay off and spawn brutal dictstorships that dance to the tune of their zionist masters. Now they are still doing that, but are are just perfecting their ways and are melding it with SOCOM and other black ops to create a perfect storm of international control and manipulation to work towards the imperialist agenda.

  4. What’s all this first name ‘Hillary’ referencing? As if this monster were an old friend.

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