A bipartisan report by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, “Flashing Red: A Special Report on the Terrorist Attack at Benghazi,” finds that the State Department made “a grievous mistake” in not permanently or temporarily closing the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, “despite the inability of the Libyan government to fulfill its duties to secure the facility [and] the increasingly dangerous threat assessments” – and that there were no contingency plans to get military help to Benghazi in the event of an attack against U.S. facilities, The Washington Times reports.
In mid-December, an investigation of the terror attack ordered by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also concluded that because of “[s]ystemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” the security posture at the Benghazi consulate was “grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place” and that there had been “no protest” prior to the attack. Curiously, Clinton was not asked what she knew about the attack as it unfolded or the next morning – at which point, she had made two statements about “inflammatory material posted on the Internet” as being the cause – or even in the following days, as her repeated references to a “reprehensible video” touched off violent protests at U.S. embassies in more than two dozen countries.
Thanks to a well-timed concussion – that reportedly occurred when dehydration from a bout of “stomach flu” (an idiomatic expression for gastroenteritis, which is caused by a virus, bacteria, parasites in spoiled food or contaminated water), contracted in Europe caused Clinton to faint – she will not be testifying on these and other murky matters before Congress any time soon. Former United Nations envoy John Bolton called Clinton’s malady a “diplomatic illness” that allowed her to duck an unpleasant duty; to the New York Post “Clinton’s story beggars belief”; and talk radio host Laura Ingraham dubbed her injury an “immaculate concussion.” Count The Stiletto amongst the skeptics for many reasons – all medical, not political – some of which she stated in a succession of Facebook posts on December 15th, including these two:
Dehydration to the degree that causes loss of consciousness should be accompanied by an electrical disturbance in the brain if not an outright epileptic seizure and/or a heart rhythm abnormality because of a severe electrolyte imbalance. Or she could have had an ischemic stroke, as she is rather overweight and underexercised. Or she could have fainted because of advanced mitral valve prolapse. These are all very serious medical issues that require diagnostic testing w/MRI and EEG scans, blood chemistry and cardiac rhythm monitoring to determine if a heart rhythm disturbance threw off a clot that went to the brain. If none of this testing is done over next 48 hours then I call bullsh*t on this very convenient concussion. …
Bottom line: A woman her age who faints would be kept in the hospital for a couple of days to undergo a battery of cardiac and brain scans, bloodwork and other assessments. If this testing is not done it suggests her medical issue (a) never happened; (b) isn't serious enough to prevent her from testifying before Congress; or (c) meant to ensure that there is no evidence to contradict a claim that she cannot remember the Benghazi episode clearly apart from what she read in the media so as not to foreclose this avenue of being able to avoid perjury charges should she ever be compelled to testify in a Congressional probe or a civil lawsuit brought by the parents of any of the four Americans killed in Benghazi.
Clinton was hospitalized Sunday night to get the testing she should have had when she fainted two weeks ago – the CDC advises, “a brief loss of consciousness should be taken seriously” and the NIH considers fainting amongst “emergency symptoms” requiring “immediate medical care.” But the statement given to the press about Clinton’s hospitalization Sunday night raised additional questions because her spokesperson Philippe Reines refused to state the location of the blood clot doctors found “during an exam to follow up on a concussion she suffered.”
The next day, Reines confirmed that the blood clot is inside her skull, but had not caused a stroke or other neurological damage, The Washington Post reports:
“The scan revealed that a right transverse sinus venous thrombosis had formed. This is a clot in the vein that is situated in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear,” the statement said. …
Doctors Lisa Bardack of the Mt. Kisco Medical Group and Gigi El-Bayoumi of George Washington University said they are treating Clinton with blood thinners and that she will remain hospitalized until her medication regimen is established.
“Right transverse sinus venous thrombosis” is an artful way of referring to a rare type of stroke – known variously as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), cerebral venous and sinus thrombosis, (superior) sagittal sinus thrombosis, dural sinus thrombosis and intracranial venous thrombosis – that can be caused by infection, dehydration and local trauma, amongst other predisposing factors. How unusual is Clinton’s case? CVST accounts for 0.5 percent to 1 percent of strokes; 22 percent of cases occur in those age 50 and older; 8-10 percent of cases are associated with infections; CVST caused by trauma is so uncommon as to be thought of as a freak occurrence.
Because CVST is what doctors call a “zebra” – and in a patient Clinton’s age, you’re looking at an albino zebra – delays in diagnosis are “common and significant,” according to The American Heart Association: “The median delay from onset of symptoms to hospital admission was 4 days, and from symptom onset to diagnosis, it was 7 days.” The main symptom is headache, which gets progressively worse until a patient seeks medical care; seizures and vision loss are also common symptoms.
Unlike other blood clots in the brain, CVST is treated with blood thinners rather than with a procedure that is similar to clearing a blocked coronary artery. Clinton was discharged from the hospital Wednesday evening, and is expected to recover from CVST without lasting impairment – but it may be a different story for the concussion that caused the complication in the first place.
A concussion can cause memory loss (amnesia) of events before or right after the injury, and recovery could take several months, during which time difficulty concentrating and memory problems could persist. Clinton plans to return to work next week, and an anonymous State Department source insists that she “remains committed” to testifying before Congress. But it seems a pointless exercise if she can’t remember key details – which obviates the plans of Senate Republicans to hold up Sen. John Kerry’s confirmation as her replacement until they hear her side of the Benghazi story.
And if she is compelled to answer an interrogatory or to testify in a wrongful death suit brought by one or more of the families of the Americans killed in the Benghazi attack, Clinton can – hypothetically, of course – perjure herself at will by prefacing her testimony with a caveat that her recollections have been affected by her brain injury. It’s easy to see who’s got all the brains in the Clinton family.
If you think The Stiletto remains too cynical, check out the conspiracy theories about how Clinton “really” got injured.
Call me cynical, but the Clintons have survived politically because they, (like Obama) will go to any lengths to remain or regain power, wealth and position. Hillary now has a well publicized "medical" excuse for not telling the truth. Will her testimony contain "believable" remarks such as those made by her husband, "I never had sex with that woman?"
I'm sure that Breitbart and Vince Foster --and others--would attest to the "lengths" these 2 monster would go to!
So what your saying is Clinton is full of SHXT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That she is a sorry piece CRAP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That she is a TREASONIS NO GOOD POS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That she is lieing to testify about the murders she knows about ?????
I think it is sooooooo funny how really STUPID these people really really are !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just think now, They will want to have her run for president because she is so smart and knows everything.
It will all depend on what the meaning of is is! Hell, Truth is relative to democrats anyway, if there isn't any solid evidence to pin her down with her testimony will just be more malarkey! Not one "republican" now in congress has what it takes to do anything more than talk,
The Congressional Rinos seem to have NO spines to take on such an obvious bunch of shams!
What do THEY get out of this? Looks like they'd at least be concerned about the ANGER of their
This will be interesting to watch the show played out.
Focusing on HC about Benghazi is really a ruse anyway! BO is THE one responsible for the ultimate response
to what was going on! What is wrong with people? HE is the only one WHO COULD say "stand down"! That order came from him and him alone! He sat and watched the WHOLE EVENT take place from his situation room. He did NOT (have to) rely on Ms. Clinton for his response! He saw what happened, along with his "advisers", did not SHED A TEAR, then told our military et al, to STAND DOWN. He then went to bed! COLD BLOODED END of STORY!
As usual Linny.....BO is passing the buck again. He is never responsible for anything.....the blame game over and over and over and over and over.