Politicians lie. That’s a fact. They lie to get elected and to stay in power. Some lie about other countries so they can justify invading them. Others lie so they can portray themselves as experienced leaders.
Hillary Clinton is a great example here. Let’s take a look at a few of the recent lies in her campaign to be Democratic presidential candidate.
Bill and Chelsea Clinton have been touting Hillary Clinton’s commitment to Africa on the campaign trail by telling voters that “Hillary was the first U.S. Senator to call Darfur genocide.”
Chelsea talked about her mother’s record on Darfur to Stanford University students, saying that she was “really proud that…mom was the first Democratic senator to call Darfur conflict genocide in May of 2004, and put a lot of pressure on the Bush administration to recognize it as genocide.”
As it turned out, the first senators who actually called Darfur genocide were Russ Feingold, D-Wisconsin, Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, and Sam Brownback, R-Kansas.
Hillary Clinton’s first press statement referring to Darfur as “genocide” wasn’t until March 16, 2006.
Some will say Hillary did not lieabout Darfur, it was Bill and Chelsea. Yes, but this was a part of her campaign strategy and she never distanced herself from their false statements.
When it comes to the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Bill Clinton claims that Hillary urged him to intervene but he and his administration refused.
The Chicago Tribune writes that, “despite lengthy memoirs by both Clintons and former Secretary of State and UN Ambassador Madeleine Albright, any advice she gave on Rwanda had not been mentioned until her presidential campaign.”
Obsidian Wings blog notes that “military intervention was not considered as an option in the case of Rwanda, never even debated, which means that any advocacy [if any] Hillary did engage in must have been pretty ineffective… She not only failed to convince her husband to send troops, but also failed to convince him, for instance, not to advocate the withdrawal of most of the UN peacekeepers” from Rwanda in the midst of the genocide.
It was understandable that the American government wouldn’t send the troops to Rwanda shortly after what happened in Somalia. But all they had to do was to provide equipment to the UN troops from African countries ready to go to Rwanda and save a few hundred thousand civilians from being slaughtered.
Instead of lending military equipment to the UN (to whom the United States owed hundreds of millions of dollars in membership fees at the time), the US government decided to lease it for $15 million. The United Nations, fully dependent on its negligent members to pay for missions, did not have the money. The 5,500 additional troops never arrived in Rwanda to intervene.
This also was a part of her campaign strategy and she never distanced herself from Bill’s false statements.
In December 2007, Hillary Clinton spoke about her 1996 trip to Bosnia and said that, “we landed in one of those corkscrew landings and ran out because they said there might be sniper fire.”
On March 17, Clinton described the same trip but said that she now remembers “landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”
In her book, Living History, Hillary wrote that there were reports of gunfire but does not mention hearing or seeing it on her way to Tuzla.
The Washington Post published photos of the visit on March 22, which clearly show that Clinton did not run with her head down. Instead, she was greeted on the airstrip by the U.S. and Bosnian officials, while an 8-year-old Bosnian girl read a poem to her in English.
The war in Bosnia ended in December 1995. After the Dayton peace agreement was signed, there was no fighting in the country, and especially not in Tuzla, the city where Clinton, her then 16-year-old daughter, a comedian, and a singer landed. The airport where they landed and its surroundings were under full control of the US army.
Michael Dobbs, an American reporter who was in Bosnia soon after the peace agreement was signed, says that “the physical risks were minimal during this period, particularly at a heavily fortified U.S. Air Force base, such as Tuzla. Contrary to the claims of Hillary Clinton and former Army secretary Togo West, Bosnia was not 'too dangerous' a place for a visit.”
Dobbs emphasizes that “had Hillary Clinton’s plane come under sniper fire in March 1996, we would certainly have heard about it long before now.”
According to Dobbs, a review of nearly 100 news accounts of her visit shows that not a single newspaper or television station reported any security threat to the First Lady.
When it comes to the US and NATO troops in Bosnia after the war, the biggest threats they encountered were bad roads and sexually transmitted diseases that the soldiers could get from prostitutes.
It’s just pathetic that Hillary Clinton and her family would all openly lie about things that are so easy to check. I know this is politics, but still, people are not as stupid as politicians think.