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Filed under: Decision '08, Politics — Rick Moran @ 8:50 am

Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes of his own destruction, former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger, a convicted thief of classified documents, has been hired by the Hillary Clinton campaign as a foreign policy advisor.

Giving an ex-con a helping hand is fully in keeping with Mrs. Clinton’s compassionate nature so I’m loathe to criticize her for hypocrisy. But as a result of the scope of Berger’s crimes - stealing and destroying classified documents that reflected badly on her husband’s presidency - he may be just the man Hillary needs to white wash the historical record so that her foreign policy, instead of being a mish mash of liberal bromides and bewildering zig zags on Iraq and the War on Terror, may actually acquire a coherence so far lacking.

Perhaps he can get started on any documents connecting Norman Hsu to the campaign and work his way up from there.

It will certainly be a novel experience having our next president’s foreign policy shaped by a convicted felon. Aside from the obvious advantage that Berger will bring to the Clinton Administration when having to deal with other criminals like Syria’s Bashar Assad and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, just think of the benefits of having an advisor that actually thinks like a crook. This opens up possibilities far beyond the foreign policy sphere - one reason Berger may have been hired in the first place.

Seriously, this is truly incredible. Richard Miniter outlines Berger’s crimes:

My informed sources suggest that what Berger destroyed were copies of the Millennium After-Action Review, a binder-sized report prepared by Richard Clarke in 2000—a year and half before the 9-11 attacks. The review made a series of recommendations for a tougher stance against bin Laden and terrorism. There are 13 or more copies of this report. But only one contains hand-written notes by President Bill Clinton. Apparently, in the margin beside the recommendations, Bill Clinton wrote NO, NO, NO next to many of the tougher policy proposals.

You can see why Clinton might be happy to see these records vanish down the memory hole.

So Berger was stuffing in pants and socks and later shredding the evidence that President Clinton did not want to take a tougher line on bin Laden, following the 1998 attack on two U.S. embassies that killed 224 people (including 12 American diplomats).

Recall that Berger was ostensibly preparing for his testimony before the 9/11 Commission while at the same time, trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Commission investigators:

The commission’s former general counsel, Dan Marcus, now an American University law professor, separately expressed surprise at how little the Justice Department told the commission about Berger and said it was “a little unnerving” to learn from the congressional report exactly what Berger reviewed at the Archives and what he admitted to the FBI —including that he removed and cut up three copies of a classified memo.

“If he took papers out, these were unique records, and highly, highly classified. Had a document not been produced, who would have known?” Brachfeld said in an interview. “I thought [the 9/11 Commission] should know, in current time—in judging Sandy Berger as a witness . . . that there was a risk they did not get the full production of records.”

What do you think the reaction of the Commission would have been to Berger if it had been known that he absconded with or destroyed hundreds of terrorism-related documents from the Clinton Administration?

All of this is water under the bridge, of course. Perhaps Berger was good enough to write a note to future historians to be published after his death exactly what it was he destroyed and why. Someone as intelligent as Berger, a man who spent so many years at the center of history, would, it is hoped, eventually have enough self respect to not keep future historians in the dark.

Berger has now been rehabilitated to the point that Mrs. Clinton is rewarding his service to Bill’s legacy by making him one of her top foreign policy advisors. There is very little chance he would have any job in a new Clinton Administration for which he would have to be confirmed by the Senate. His nomination would never get out of committee. But there are a couple of positions to which he might be considered a front runner - positions where the prying eyes of the Senate would be blocked because he wouldn’t need any confirmation hearings.

How about National Security Advisor?


  1. In short, if a Repub screws up he resigns and his career is lost forever, if a Lib/Dem/Marxist screws up he is either re-electd (Jefferson) or will move up into bigger and better positions (Berger). And yet, somehow, the Left fails to see the double-standard hypocrisy that goes along with that.

    Comment by Douglas V. Gibbs — 9/13/2007 @ 8:56 am

  2. ….You have got to be kidding.

    Comment by Charles — 9/13/2007 @ 9:26 am

  3. It boggles my mind how scared you are of Hillary. Even on the extremely remote chance that she gets elected, she and her slimy ilk will be business as usual just like the rest. I know this is your blog and all, Rick, but some of us are eager to read your opinions about stuff that actually matters and ads value to the public discourse. This post is as effective as complaining that “Brownie” really wasn’t doing a heck-uva-job after all.

    Comment by tHePeOPle — 9/13/2007 @ 9:35 am

  4. unreal, what next Hsu as Sec. of the Tresury? This Boitch has got to go.

    Comment by ajmontana — 9/13/2007 @ 9:38 am

  5. Candidate for “Chief Hen” selects Fox to advise on security issues for Henhouse! (and sees nothing wrong with it)

    Comment by Bruce — 9/13/2007 @ 10:24 am

  6. This “requires the willing suspension of disbelief.”

    Comment by Silvio Canto, Jr. — 9/13/2007 @ 12:00 pm

  7. And the dots get bigger.

    It seems Mr. Hsu, in his desire to become a top Hillary/DNC bundler, scammed Joel Rosenman and investors out of a cool $40 million causing Mr. Rosenman to inform his investors that the money is “missing”. Who is Joel Rosenman? He is the promotor responsible for the Woodstock Concert during the glory days of free love, free drugs and free trips to Canada.

    Now it is learned that a ear mark project for the Woodstock Museum has been submitted by (drum roll, please) Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Chuck Schumer.

    Has Sandy Socks Berger been hired to flush out all the Hsu documents and stuff them in his Hsus and socks?

    Comment by retire05 — 9/13/2007 @ 12:22 pm

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    Comment by David M — 9/13/2007 @ 12:36 pm

  9. Why does this surprise anyone, really? It’s not like he hasn’t already proven his loyalty to the Clintons

    Semper Fi,

    Comment by Mattski — 9/13/2007 @ 2:51 pm

  10. retire05 Said:
    “Now it is learned that a ear mark project for the Woodstock Museum has been submitted by (drum roll, please) Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Chuck Schumer.”

    lol! Say what?!

    Comment by ajmontana — 9/15/2007 @ 8:44 am

  11. Saturday Afternoon Links…

    Sandy Berger, aka Sandy Burglar, is back. What exactly did he steal? RWNHMysterious weight loss. Never Yet MeltedBanning religious books from prisons. Anchoress. I guess they want to get rid of the Korans, but decided to be even-handed with Christian s…

    Trackback by Maggie's Farm — 9/15/2007 @ 12:56 pm

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