Awarded the highest civilian honor...
The outgoing Secretary of Defense has given the former Secretary of State the credit for being his "inspiration" for lifting the ban on women allowed into front line combat roles, as reported by CNSNews.com on Feb. 15, 2013.
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta presided over a farewell ceremony at the Pentagon for his fellow Cabinet member Hillary Clinton, who recently resigned at the nation's Secretary of State.
Citing Clinton as the catalyst for his about face on women in combat, Panetta stated:
"And in many ways, I have to tell you, it was her inspiration that encouraged me to move forward to be able to bring down the last barriers for women in the Department of Defense and to give them the ability to have a chance to engage in combat.
I thank you for that inspiration."
Clinton's Anti-Purple Heart...
In the wake of the ongoing congressional investigation of the four Americans killed last September 11th during the terrorist assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Panetta awarded Clinton the Defense Department’s highest civilian decoration – the Distinguished Civilian Service Award.
Panetta also described Clinton with the following accolade:
"[She is] one of the most informed, most passionate, and most dedicated public servants that I've had the privilege to serve alongside.
She has devoted her life to expanding opportunities for everyone, to build a better future for this country and the world, because she believes everyone deserves the chance to fulfill their dreams and their aspirations."
The bestowment of the Distinguished Civilian Service Award is but the latest adulation heaped upon the former First Lady.
Time magazine recently ran a cover proclaiming she was "The Most Powerful Woman in American History."
During Her Watch...
Besides the unresolved Benghazi Massacre investigation, Clinton exits office with the following global situations still in play:
- Iran continues full steam ahead on their nuclear weapons program.
- The al-Qaeda terror network continues to flourish world-wide.
- North Korea just detonated its latest in a series of nuclear weapons tests.
- The Middle East continues to unravel in what has been dubbed "the Arab Winter."
- Russia has vowed to rebuild its military to include its nuclear arsenal.
- A Syrian civil war has the nation teetering on becoming the world's latest jihadist-ruled Islamic Republic.
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