Do you remember Waco? Do you remember the Branch Davidian compound, led by one David Koresh? Do you remember the siege of the compound and the horrors that ensued?
If you don’t, here’s the story, told by David Hardy at American Thinker:
The 1993 Waco showdown began when federal authorities rushed the communal home of a religious group, killing six of them, and losing four agents in return. The FBI then besieged the place with tanks and other armored vehicles, and ended up with the armored vehicles punching holes in the building, and injecting massive quantities of CS “tear gas.” When that didn’t work, the tanks began to demolish the building, eventually smashing about a quarter of it and damaging the remainder. A fire broke out and 74 people died in the flames, including twenty-one children. It was the deadliest law enforcement operation in American history.
After the tragic debacle, the Clinton administration claimed that Attorney General Janet Reno had been solely responsible for the final assault. There had been no White House input during the siege, and at the end, President Clinton only acquiesced in a decision Reno had made.
The evidence is strong that the Clinton White House was calling the shots, and that Hillary played a prominent role.
As law enforcement operations go, it was the worst. It was a holocaust. Whoever was in charge, whoever gave the orders deserved to be publicly shamed and held accountable.
Unless of course, the responsible party was Hillary Clinton herself.
We know that then-Attorney General Janet Reno fell on her sword—sort of. She accepted responsibility while testifying before a Congressional committee. And yet, she kept her job.
Hardy suggests that the chain of command ran from Hillary herself through her former law partners Vince Foster and Webster Hubbell to Janet Reno. He adds that he believes that Janet Reno kept her job because the Clinton administration needed to keep her quiet.
In normal circumstances, the official who gave the order to attack the compound would have resigned in disgrace. Are we to believe that Reno did not need to resign because she was not responsible for incinerating dozens of people, including many children?
Linda Tripp—of Monica Lewinsky fame- described the reaction in the White House as officials saw what was happening on CNN:
Linda Tripp, White House secretary and Foster associate, described the real Waco chain of command in an on Larry King Live: “[Vincent] Foster, Mrs. Clinton, Webb Hubbell, Janet Reno” – and she described their reaction to the fire and the fiery deaths of 21 children:
L. TRIPP: [A] special bulletin came on [CNN] showing the atrocity at Waco and the children. And his face, his whole body slumped, and his face turned white, and he was absolutely crushed knowing, knowing the part he had played. And he had played the part at Mrs. Clinton's direction.
Her reaction, on the other hand, was heartless. And I can only tell you what I saw.
Foster had a special Waco file. Deborah Gorham, his personal secretary, said that he had a cabinet reserved for his most sensitive files: “There were two. One was Sean Hadden [a White House staffer], and the other was Waco.”
After his death, Foster’s Waco file somehow vanished. Secret Service Agent Henry O’Neil later testified before a Congressional committee that on the night of Foster’s death he encountered Maggie Williams leaving Foster’s office with two handfuls of folders. Williams denied removing any files, and when called upon to explain her presence in Foster’s office that night, claimed she had gone “in the irrational hope that she would find her colleague still alive there.”
Did Foster commit suicide because he knew that someone would have to take real responsibility for Waco?
In the end Hardy does not have a smoking gun connecting Hillary to the Waco catastrophe. And yet, his surmise makes perfectly good sense. One can only assume that Hillary was responsible and that the White House was trying to protect her reputation.
Would it have mattered? Perhaps, not that much. After all, Hillary’s leadership in the Libya incursion, to say nothing of her ability to provide security for Amb. Chris Stevens showed clearly enough her level of manifest incompetence.
As of now, people continue to promote the absurd notion that she is eminently qualified for the presidency.