Hillary Clinton's Crisis of Character
Crisis of Character is the perfect name for a book about Hillary Clinton. Written by former presidential Secret Service agent Gary Byrne, it recounts how he was up close and personal with the then First Lady. Anyone reading this book can relate his issues with the Clintons as to how she conducted herself while Secretary of State.
While Bill Clinton had personal scandals of sexual harassment, Hillary Clinton has professional scandals. The baseball phrase three strikes and you’re out applies to her. Strike one, the botching of the reset button with Russia; strike two, the handling of Benghazi; and strike three, her email scandal.
In the book, Byrne describes her as “distant, cold, dishonest, and a habitual liar.” When asked about this, he told American Thinker, “Americans need to know that Mrs. Clinton is not a leader. She displays a holier-than-thou attitude, ‘do as I say, not as I do.’ When I heard her say Bill Clinton would work with her on the economy, my first thoughts, ‘what steps will she take to protect young women working at the White House from him?’ Her pattern is deflection, deception, and lies.”
A word Mr. Byrne forgot to mention regarding Hillary was 'incompetent'. Take, for example, the reset button given to Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in 2009. Lavrov noted the translation said, “overcharge,” not reset. Also, the word was typed in Latin script, not in Cyrillic. So wrong word. Wrong alphabet. It later came out that Hillary and company had sidestepped traditional protocol by not asking State’s team of translators to help.
Now she wants the American people to hit the reset button on her scandals. Bryne has many adjectives to describe the Clintons, including “Crass, arrogant, and ruthless.” While going into great detail about the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993, he points out how the Army Rangers were stripped of requested equipment so they did not look intimidating. Sound familiar? Seems Hillary Clinton used it as her playbook for Benghazi. He explained that her testimony fit into the behavior he was familiar with, especially when she uttered the line, “what difference does it make,” while speaking of those who died. There is also the example of how she lied to the families, blaming it on a video instead of terrorism. It did not matter that there was a rescue force waiting for eight hours to get the action order, one that never came. Byrne is hoping the American people understand that “she has a deep-seated dislike of the uniformed military and uniformed law enforcement. The very sight of us bothers her. She always gets a pass. It is like we are in this alternative universe. Bill Clinton had Black Hawk Down and she has Benghazi. Mrs. Clinton does not know how to manage and supervise, but does know how to yell and dictate. John Wooden said, ‘A test of someone’s character is what they do when no one is watching.’”
Interestingly, everything he mentioned about her in the book can be applied to the email scandal. He talked about the Clintons having the attitude that they were above the law. Just refer to the meeting between Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch on the runway in Arizona. Then a few days later FBI Director James Comey said about the findings, “this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now.”
Byrne spoke of how Hillary liked to deflect blame, pleading ignorance. Comey pointed out in his news conference how “None of these e-mails should have been on any kind of unclassified system, but their presence is especially concerning because all of these e-mails were housed on unclassified personal servers not even supported by full-time security staff, like those found at departments and agencies of the U.S. Government -- or even with a commercial service like Gmail.”
Throughout the interview Byrne mentioned how Hillary lies and deceives. Remember in her March 15th news conference she claimed, “I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email. There is no classified material." Yet Comey reported that the FBI identified 113 emails that passed through her server, containing materials that were classified at the time sent, including some that were Top Secret.
Finally, Byrne noted she is “arrogant, has disdain, and a desire to push her agenda regardless of the damages. She does not care about any criticism.” This is obvious in Comey’s conclusion, “There is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information… There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation.”
As a side note, Byrne told American Thinker, “Her attitude was so bad it got to a point that Secret Service agents assigned to her detail would think of it as a punishment. Part of our job hazard was having to deal with her anger management issues.”
Crisis of Character offers insight into the personality of Hillary Clinton. It confirms what people have seen regarding how she has conducted her professional life. It becomes obvious that her temperament of ignorance, hypocrisy, and the poor choices she has made are reasons why she should never be elected president.
The author writes for American Thinker. She has done book reviews, author interviews, and has written a number of national security, political, and foreign policy articles.