Sunday, June 14, 2015

Hillary Clinton: Profile of Rogue Leadership

Hillary Clinton: Profile of Rogue Leadership

by Stephen Lendman

The possibility of another Clinton or Bush becoming president in 2017 should make everyone's blood run cold.

Both represent everything wrong with America - a ruthless gangster state run by monied interests for their benefit alone, waging endless wars for power, profit and unchallenged global dominance along with governing under a homeland police state apparatus.

Hillary was Washington's 67th Secretary of State. She served from January 21, 2009 - February 1, 2013. She was arguably America's worst - at least until John Kerry succeeded her.

From 2001 - 2009, she was US Senator from New York. In 2008, she unsuccessfully challenged Obama for the Democrat party's presidential nomination. She's back again for another try.

She's unabashedly pro-war. In January 2014, Time magazine said "(a)s Secretary of State, Clinton backed a bold escalation of the Afghanistan war."

"She pressed Obama to arm the Syrian rebels, and later endorsed air strikes against the Assad regime. She backed intervention in Libya, and her State Department helped enable Obama’s expansion of lethal drone strikes." 

"In fact, Clinton may have been the administration’s most reliable advocate for military action. On at least three crucial issues - Afghanistan, Libya, and the (staged) bin Laden raid - Clinton took a more aggressive line than Gates, a Bush-appointed Republican."

As first lady, she partnered with husband Bill’s high crimes. She urged bombing Yugoslavia. Straightaway post-9/11, she supported waging (phony) war on terror. 

She endorses nuclear weapons use. She calls them peacekeeping deterrents. As a 2008 presidential aspirant, she told AIPAC she "stands with Israel now and forever." She deplores peace and stability. "What do we have NATO for if not to defend our way of life," she blustered earlier.

She represents the worst of America's dark side. She's an unindicted war criminal. Her brazenness, true character and demagoguery tell all.

She's addicted to self-aggrandizement and diktat authority. She relishes death, destruction, and war spoils.

She's indifferent to human suffering. She's a monument to wrong over right. She's a disgrace and embarrassment to her country, position and humanity. 

She represents everything freedom-loving people everywhere oppose. She's fundamentally against peace, equity and justice. As head of state, perhaps she'll launch WW III.

She's a serial liar. Believe nothing she says campaigning. On Saturday, she officially launched it with a large New York City rally after previous smaller events in early primary states.

Her remarks were a litany of Big Lies - polar opposite of her agenda, claiming she supports:

  • "equality of opportunity:" she's fundamentally anti-populist;

  • "jobs for those who can work:" as president she'll be a jobs destroyer, not creator, continuing the policy of offshoring US jobs to low-wage countries;

  • "security for those who need it:" she endorses eroding social justice en route to eliminating it altogether;

  • "the ending of special privilege for the few:" she supports wealth, power and privilege at the expense of popular interests;

  • "the preservation of civil liberties for all:" she favors the same homeland police state apparatus GW Bush established and Obama hardened;

  • "a wider and constantly rising standard of living:" she's for transforming America into a ruler/serf society.

Her claim about wanting to follow in the footsteps of Obama bringing America "back from the brink of Depression" ignored deepening hard times for millions, growing poverty, unemployment and underemployment, a potemkin economy, an unprecedented wealth disparity, and policymakers systematically thirdworldizing America to enrich privileged elites more than already.

She and husband Bill are two of America's super-rich, profiting from influence-peddling. The Clinton Foundation got millions of dollars from foreign donors in return for $165 billion in arms sales when Hillary was Secretary of State.

American Jobs Alliance communications director Curtis Ellis explained "(i)f you want a favor from one of the Clintons, whether it be Bill or Hillary, in one of her positions as senator or secretary of state, what you do is you donate money to the Clinton Foundation."

"I would describe this as a classic corrupt deal. This is conflict of interest at the highest levels."

Poll numbers show her unfavorable ratings at a seven-year high. Perhaps most telling is trustworthiness.

A new CNN/ORC poll shows growing numbers don't trust her - 57% up from 49% in March. Around half those polled say she doesn't care about people or inspire confidence.

"In head-to-head match-ups against top Republicans, her margin is tighter than it has been at any point in CNN/ORC's polling on the contest," the news outlet said.

At the same time, no Republican aspirant so far emerged dominant. At least seven candidates are closely bunched in polls, including Jeb Bush.

Clinton's support among Democrats and independents dropped nine points since April. Lots of issues dog her - including conducting official business as secretary of state through her personal email account on an unsecured server in her home.

Then sabotaging investigations into potential wrongdoing by deleting thousands of official state business emails.

She's a serial liar. She ludicrously calls herself "the most transparent person in public life…It's all out there."

False! Revelations of secretly using her personal email server for official state business alone exposed her. So did her claims about being instrumental in the Northern Ireland peace process.

Negotiators involved said she was nowhere to be seen. Her claim about leaving the White House in January 2001 dead broke, "struggl(ing)" to make ends meet, belies reality.

She and Bill began making millions straightaway. She was directly involved in the official coverup of the September 2012 US Benghazi, Libya diplomatic compound attack killing American ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, foreign service information management officer Sean Smith and two CIA operatives.

An Accountability Review Board concluded:

"Systemic failures and leadership management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department resulted in a Special Mission security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place."

As a 2008 presidential aspirant, Hillary lied about landing in Tuzla, Bosnia with daughter Chelsea under hostile sniper fire.

"I remember landing under sniper fire," she claimed. We "were told to run to our cars with our heads down."

False! Western news outlets accompanying her had video footage showing no signs of danger when she arrived. She lied claiming otherwise.

As Secretary of State, one of her jobs was resetting relations with Russia. Last year, she outlandishly compared Putin to Hitler and Russia to Nazi Germany.

It bears repeating. She represents the worst of America's dark side - imperial ruthlessness at home and abroad perhaps worse than ever if she's elected president in November 2016.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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