Will Hillary Clinton Be Called Out On Her Responsibility For Syria?

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

I don’t plan on watching the Democrat debate because I don’t see the purpose in watching a clutch of socialists argue about how to steal more of my money. The only entertainment value would be in wagering on who nods off first, Hillary or Bernie. If it was videotaped using infra-red cameras we could probably amuse ourselves checking the elderly Democrat front runners for incontinence.

But in the aftermath of yesterday’s attack in Paris, the CBS News moderator, John Dickerson, has the unique opportunity to question the one person in the world most responsible for the civil war in Syria, the resulting humanitarian crisis, the spread of ISIS, and thereby bears a lot of personal culpability over the Paris attacks. That person would be Hillary Clinton.

Why, Dickerson should ask, did Clinton call Bashar Assad a “reformer” in March 2011 but by July she was insisting he had “lost legitimacy?”

Were weapons being transferred to Syrian rebels in 2012? What vetting was done of the recipients? What was the role of our ambassador to Libya?

Why did Clinton decide to advocate for the overthrow of Assad? What was her plan for a successor regime? Where is that regime today?

What was Clinton’s opinion of the US withdrawal from Iraq?

When did Clinton first notice ISIS? What was her prognosis for that organization? What actions did she take?

Eli Lake and Josh Rogin have some equally entertaining questions:

2) Early reports say that at least one of the attackers Friday was a recent migrant from Syria. President Barack Obama has proposed increasing the numbers of Syrian refugees the U.S. will admit in the coming years, up by perhaps 10,000 by 2017. Would you be comfortable as president with allowing this many Syrians into the country, and how do you propose screening these migrants to prevent terrorists from coming into the U.S. as well?

3) You have said that you urged Obama in 2012 to more actively work with moderate rebels in Syria, and that the failure to do so led to the rise of the Islamic State. Obama has said that these forces never had much of a chance to stop the civil war in that country. Do you agree with him in retrospect? Or do you think an earlier intervention would have made more of a difference?

4) You were secretary of state in an administration that kept insisting in 2011 and 2012, following the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, that the threat to America from al-Qaeda was diminishing. Was this a mistake? Why did your administration miss the signs that so many jihadist groups were gaining strength in the aftermath of the Arab spring?

7) The Islamic State has expanded to Libya. You were a main proponent of the NATO intervention there in 2011. How is it that Libya has become a safe haven for terrorists? What went wrong? Do you take any responsibility for the aftermath of that intervention?

8) Obama told ABC this week that the Islamic State was contained in Syria and Iraq, meaning they weren’t making significant territorial advances in those countries. Do you agree they are contained? Is that enough?

I’m not holding my breath. I’m confident that Hillary, her “opponents”, Dickerson, and the media will all blame Republicans. But eventually someone should demand answers of Clinton, under oath and subject to cross-examination, on her direct role in the creation of ISIS and the massacre in Paris yesterday.