Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 | 2:01 a.m.
Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts is qualified to be secretary of state. As President Barack Obama said in nominating Kerry: “He is not going to need a lot of on-the-job training.” But, before appointment, there must be an orderly transition from Secretary Hillary Clinton to Kerry. A government report holds top-level state department officials liable for the tragedy of Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. The report has to be addressed first and those responsible held accountable, and not by shuffling desks around.
The government’s report indicates ongoing and systemic mistakes at the State Department. It happened on Clinton’s watch. She’s responsible, according to her own words on the matter.
Kerry will undoubtedly be confirmed. His political star is rising while Clinton’s is falling. Clinton must face congressional hearings on Benghazi before Kerry can take over at the State Department. She was admitted to a hospital for treatment of a brain clot, delaying the inevitable yet again. Her appearance will be a prime-time political event, perhaps more widely watched and followed than anything in the news in 2012 and even the presidential inauguration.