The title is a question that I ask myself when I think about what life would look like if a young 2LT Obenhaus had treated his Secret clearance knowledge of U.S. Military and Patriot Missile system secrets with the same cavalier reckless abandon that Hillary Clinton showed with classified information while head of the state department.
I think former ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton is on to something here in this article when he indicates the contrasting reactions between those that have served in government positions handling classified information and those that have not:
For alumni of U.S. national-security departments and agencies, Hillary Clinton’s email saga is mind-numbing. The publicly available information makes clear she and her aides violated so many elementary security prohibitions that alumni are speechless. They wonder, had they done what she did, how quickly they would have lost their clearances and jobs and how extensive the criminal indictments against them would be.
By contrast, many who have never served in government or dealt with classified information see the affair as opaque, even overblown. Certainly Clinton has worked hard to foster that impression. Leaving political spin aside, and without delving into arcane legal analysis, which is it? What did Clinton and her entourage actually do day-to-day, and what does it mean? In hopes of making things a little clearer, herewith the observations of one State Department alumnus, who has pondered how he would look in an orange jumpsuit were he in Clinton’s shoes.
Bolton goes on to indicate that Clinton made two fundamental errors. One is that she just plain violated common sense. The second is that it is irrefutable that she deliberately used non-classified systems to send classified information, and her arguments for why she did that and her daft pleas of ignorance are near impossible to believe. Even if she is ultimately exonerated and cleared by the FBI, which I would argue that us more lowly types would never get away with what she is getting away with, her lapses in judgment and blatant disrespect for the office are indeed troublesome.
The ultimate question is, do we want someone of equal parts lack of common sense and judgment as well as someone who is so above the law that they have little regard for classified American information to serve at our helm? I dare say that the Americans that are rushing to Bernie Sanders are as much evidence of Clinton’s weakness and a resounding vote with footsteps that the haze of perfidy that always seems to trail the Clintons is a clear indication that this won’t just go away, despite the Clinton tried and true methods of obfuscation and self-pitying cries of vast right wing conspiracies.