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|Bosnian debacle is just the tip|
Is it just me, or is the Hillary Clinton Campaign (a.k.a. Billary) imploding under the weight of decades of orchestrated lies and half-truths?
When major news networks began exposing Billary's Bosnian debacle, the New York Senator looked more and more like a beat candidate on the defensive.
Here is what occurred. When she was First Lady, Hillary Clinton flew safely into Bosnia with Chelsea and the mildly amusing comic Sinbad. There, she met with young children and had photo-ops with soldiers on the tarmac before leaving in a covered armored vehicle. However, there was never any danger, shots being fired or bridges being burned. Nothing. It was, as we say, uneventful.
Years later, and while on the stump, Billary manufactured a different account. She has repeatedly maintained that the plane had to make a corkscrew landing, there was sniper fire, and she had to run for cover and was under considerable danger.
The only trouble with her version is that it is not true.
Excusing her March comments because she was 'sleep-deprived', Billary stated, "I made a mistake in describing it."
But hold on a minute! Something does not make sense.
Was Billary sleep-deprived on December 29, 2007 and also on February 29, 2008 when she told the Bosnian lie the first few times?
That was not the only time the Billary campaign has buttressed her lack of foreign policy experience with tall tales of snipers, vipers and 'corkscrew landings.'
Why did it take more than three months for the truth to come out?
Warning: The next few paragraphs could cause sensitive Democrats, and rabid Billary fans to question themselves and their candidate, and, perhaps, think for themselves. Uh…wait…if you did that then you might be a Republican. Sorry. Please continue reading.
In a debate earlier this year (January 31, 2008) with her back up against the wall trying to defend herself on Iraq, Billary asserted, "We bombed them for days in 1998 because Saddam Hussein threw out inspectors." Unfortunately, the inspectors had been recalled BECAUSE the bombing was about to occur. There is a major difference between the two events.
Also, in 1998, then-First Lady Hillary Clinton attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. There, she thanked and praised corporations for mounting "a very effective business effort in the U.S. on behalf of NAFTA." Last month in Ohio and now in Pennsylvania, Billary refers to NAFTA as the worst thing that has happened to unionized labor since Jimmie Hoffa went missing.
I understand that when you campaign there are certain nuanced positions on a variety of issues in order to maximize votes. But to criticize NAFTA, while her chief strategist, Mark Penn, simultaneously heads a firm that is right now pushing to expand NAFTA into South America, well...something is appallingly wrong here.
To suggest that politicians often take liberties with the truth is not worth noting. That someone running for president of America could let their mouths overload their butt, again, hardly worth a blog.
The larger point: neither Obama nor Hillary has the foreign policy experience that Republican John McCain does. Period. That is it. But attempting to embroider a résumé based on some trips abroad that were no less dangerous and in many ways less exciting than going to an outlet mall in San Marcos, Texas, that is clearly wrong.
Still, the November Election will not be about Iraq. It won't be about foreign policy experience. It will be and is about the economy.
Ask yourself: when is the last time a Democrat won the White House because of their foreign policy experience?
Democrats do better on domestic issues, such as health care, education funding and job creation. If either Billary or the Big-O forgets this, they could find themselves gaping at each other next year in the Senate asking 'what happened?' How did they lose to John McCain?
For the Democrat Party, this could be a crippling blow.
But would it be any worse than sending another prevaricating politician to the White House?
John W. Sutherlin, PhD, is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Louisiana-Monroe. He also is co-director at the ULM Social Science Research Lab. He can be reached by e-mailing Sutherlin@ulm.edu.