Something I just came across from Debka that I will be researching to see if I can find out if there is anything to the story.
I had noticed that she has been absent but I figured it was to avoid testimony and being put on the record about the 9/11/12 events.
Part of me actually suspects that she doesn’t want to cover O’s foreign policy bungling in the Middle East.
NOTE: NYT is reporting that the blood clot is actually in a vein between her skull and brain but that she is doing fine.
ADDITIONAL NOTE: European Union Times report
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s admittance to the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Monday, Dec, 31 – with a blood clot caused by concussion – gave wings to a cloud of rumor and conspiracy theories surrounding her state of health. The hospital, where Saudi King Abdullah was also treated two years ago, stated that the Secretary was receiving anti-coagulents and her condition would be assessed after 48 hours.
However, NBC television’s medical correspondent Robert Bazell was skeptical about the blood clot being caused by an earlier concussion because, he said, it if were, it would not be treated with anti-coagulents. “So either it’s not really related to the concussion and she’s got a blood clot in her leg or something, or there’s something else going on that we’re not being told.”
Speculation about her condition started flying about in early December, when she cancelled without notice, her participation in the Friends of Syrian forum in Marrakesh on Dec, 6. Not only was she one of the founders of this forum, but her presence was vitally needed at the time because NATO and Washington were picking up suspicious movements of the Syrian army’s chemical weapons, which marked a disastrous turn in the Syrian conflict.
She was first reported to have come down with flu and, three days later, on Dec, 9, with a stomach bug.
On Dec. 10, the day before she was due to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on the September 11 terrorist attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi – in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other US diplomats lost there lives – the State Department which has been heavily under fire over the episode, announced that Clinton had sustained a concussion after fainting out from dehydration.
None of the details normally released in such cases, such as when exactly she fainted, the seriousness of the concussion she suffered or how she was being treated, was offered. A State Department source was only willing to say it was “not severe.”
According to another unofficial report, she was apparently working from home. No one in the office appeared to have been delegated her functions although the secretary herself has not been been absent for three weeks.
Then, Friday, Dec. 21, President Barack Obama announced the nomination of Massachusetts Senator John Kerry as next Secretary of State. Clinton had made it known for some time that she intended stepping down at the start of Obama’s second term of office. It was reported that she had talked to the president and Kerry, and commended the senator as having proven his mettle in a long and wide-ranging military, political and diplomatic career. Nothing was said on this occasion about her state of health.
But around Tehran and the Gulf Emirates, DEBKAfile was already picking up insistent rumors claiming that Clinton was seriously injured while on a secret mission in the region in the first week of December. Some claimed that in the same incident, Americans in her party – advisers and security personnel – were either injured or killed. Those rumors did not say what her secret mission was. However, the episode described occurred shortly after Dec. 1, when, asDEBKAfile reported at the time, Obama administration officials and senior representatives of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei launched secret talks on Iran’s nuclear program.
Although our sources have not identified the negotiators on either side of the table, one of the theories floating around certain capitals claimed that Hillary Clinton three weeks ago was on her way to a secret meeting with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in regard to those negotiations. The plane carrying her from Bahrain logged its destination as Baghdad, but is described as having changed direction in midair and headed for Ahvaz, capital of the south Iranian province of Khuzestan. There, it was said, the Iranian president was awaiting her arrival. But then the plane ran into technical trouble and made an emergency landing and that was when she was injured, according to this theory.
The unexplained death of Commander Job Price, 42, SEALs commander in Afghanistan is tied by some of the speculation to that incident. At the time, the Pentagon reported that his sudden death on Dec. 22, in Uruzgan, Afghanistan, was under investigation. It is now suggested that Commander Price was head of the security detail attached to Clinton for her Iran mission and he was one of the casualties of the accident.
In the nature of things, the impact these kinds of rumors have lingers even when they are officially denied – especially given Secretary Clinton’s unusually long absence from the public eye. The medical report promised Wednesday after she is monitored at the hospital for 48 hours to assess her condition, “including other issues associated with her concussion,” is tensely awaited. After that, said the hospital announcement, “her doctors will determine if any further action is required.”
Clinton, known as the most traveled Secretary of State in US diplomatic history, has been in the international spotlight since 1992 when her husband Bill Clinton was elected president and she became first lady. She then served in the US Senate and later ran for the presidency against Barack Obama.
Not a peep heard. I have not been able to locate anything anywhere in which the so called journalist and news reporters exclaim “Liars!”. No where am I able to locate someone hanging around the CES’s head the mantle of protector of the Islamists. Here is a recent exclamation of the MB and their cry of Islamist victory in Egypt over the new constitution. Remember O and others said MB was about democratic change and increase of rights in Egypt. Remember that? Some including me wrote they are liars and will bring in Islamists government to Egypt and then the citizens of Egypt will have it worse than before under Mubarak. It has been playing out as feared. and this is still on the beginning.
Getting my thinking back to our country I look at the so-called news agencies in national, regional and local and wonder what it all means that no one is holding O accountable. But then I think back to the election day results and if they were accurate and nothing hinky occurred the majority of this nation preferred four more years of him than someone else considered conservative. In my way of thinking our nation is really screwed up and I honestly don’t see it ever correcting. The snowball is rolling down the steepest part of the mountain and the only thing that will stop it is a sudden impact. And as disgusted as I am about the president, I am also disgusted with Congress. They are playing “uncle” with the lives of millions of US citizens and quite possibly the economy of the nation. Playing “uncle” because each party measures success solely in getting the other to bow to their position. They are playing “Survivor” in Congress and the public is allowing it to happen.
What is required for a positive change revolution to occur in our country? This is where my thinking will be in the next few days or weeks.
Egypt > Morsi played his hand too early and now he is having to fold. Egyptians need to realize that was simply one hand of many to follow and if he has any wits about him, he has learned from this go around. MB will not give up, they have waited for something like 70 years if I remember correctly. Nevertheless like most people from the Middle East, they know and play the long game.
Syria > I honestly don’t believe Assad will use the chemical weapons on his people. That would give justification to the outside forces like the US to get involved in the affairs of the country and surely his removal as the nation’s head. That “said”, I would not be surprised if some of these weapons ended up being used against Israel, of course, accidentally.
Fiscal cliff > O will get what he wants. He is not in the game now with a seeking reelection weight hanging over him like the Congress does. I think an executive order will be used to provide tax cuts to the middle class if Boehner and the House doesn’t cave in to O. The Dems want the cut in military spending among other things. Those making over 250K are expected to pay more in taxes. O will get what he wants. Going over the fiscal cliff is the goal so as to put a millstone around the Republicans heads so in two years the Dems will have ownership of both houses of Congress. Then O will have his remaining two years to push measures uninterrupted as long as the rest of the Dems are onboard
Good column about Israel’s situation. I’m not a Friedman fan but this column lacks his commentary and provides the facts and gist of the situation.
Also further proof positive that Hamas is not the peaceful answer or serious partner in peace.