Lies, damn lies and Hillary Clinton

Democratic Presidential pretender Hillary Rodham Clinton is drowning in her own sea of lies, undone by exaggerated claims of being under fire in Bosnia, waterlogged by her hype, murdered by her own mendacity.

After months of lying outright about being “under fire” in Bosnia during a visit while serving as First Lady, Clinton now tries to dismiss the gaffe as a “misstatement.”

But her lies about landing in Bosnia as snipers took potshots at her and her entourage are just part of a pattern of “misstatements,” misinformation and outright falsehoods.

Indeed, her quest to replace George W. Bush, easily one of the most dishonest Presidents in American history, appears to be based on nothing more than a strategy of replacing one liar with another.

Reports Michael Dobbs in The Washington Post:

Hillary Clinton has been regaling supporters on the campaign trail with hair-raising tales of a trip she made to Bosnia in March 1996. In her retelling, she was sent to places that her husband, President Bill Clinton, could not go because they were “too dangerous.” When her account was challenged by one of her traveling companions, the comedian Sinbad, she upped the ante and injected even more drama into the story. In a speech earlier this week, she talked about “landing under sniper fire” and running for safety with “our heads down.”

But a check of print and video reports of that day in Bosnia tell a different story. Dobbs continues:

As a reporter who visited Bosnia soon after the December 1995 Dayton peace agreement, I can attest that the physical risks were minimal during this period, particularly at a heavily fortified U.S. air 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 President Clinton to visit in early 1996. In fact, the first Clinton to visit the Tuzla Air Base was not Hillary, but Bill, on Jan. 13, 1996.

Had Hillary Clinton’s plane come “under sniper fire” in March 1996, we would certainly have heard about it long before now. Numerous reporters, including The Washington Post’s John Pomfret, covered her trip. 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. “As a former AP wire-service hack, I can safely say that it would have been in my lead had anything like that happened,” Pomfret said.

According to Pomfret, the Tuzla airport was “one of the safest places in Bosnia” in March 1996 and “firmly under the control” of the 1st Armored Division.

Far from running to an airport building with their heads down, Clinton and her party were greeted on the tarmac by smiling U.S. and Bosnian officials. An 8-year-old Muslim girl, Emina Bicakcic, read a poem in English. An Associated Press photograph of the greeting ceremony shows a smiling Clinton bending down to receive a kiss.

“There is peace now,” Emina told Clinton, according to Pomfret’s report in The Post the next day, “because Mr. Clinton signed it. All this peace. I love it.”

The first lady’s schedule, released on Wednesday by the National Archives, confirms that she arrived in Tuzla at 8:45 a.m. and was greeted by various dignitaries, including Emina (whose name has mysteriously been redacted from the document). Footage from CBS shows Clinton walking calmly out of the back of the C-17 military transport plane that brought her from Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

Among the U.S. officials on hand to greet Clinton at the airport was Maj. Gen. William Nash, the commander of U.S. troops in Bosnia. Nash told me he was unaware of any security threat to Clinton during her eight-hour stay in Tuzla. He said, however, that Clinton had a “busy schedule” and may have got the impression that she was being hurried.

Sinbad, who provided entertainment on the trip along with singer Sheryl Crow, said the “scariest” part was deciding where to eat. As he told Mary Ann Akers of, “I think the only ‘red phone’ moment was ‘Do we eat here or at the next place?’ ” He questioned the premise behind the Clinton version of events. “What kind of president would say ‘Hey, man, I can’t go ’cause I might get shot, so I’m going to send my wife. Oh, and take a guitar player and a comedian with you’?”

Don Jackson, an Air Force journalist filming the event in Bosnia, told Dobbs:

Mrs. Clinton arrived to a flight line full of well-wishers, both military and civilian, accompanied by her staff as well as comedian Sinbad and singer Sheryl Crow who were there to entertain troops. To set the record straight, there was no enemy fire, and no imminent danger. If there had been any danger, “well-wishers” would not have been allowed on the tarmac, much less allowing me to stand above everyone else on the back of a truck. And Sinbad and Sheryl Crow would’ve been running for their lives instead of taking the time to be interviewed by yours truly, on the tarmac. Mrs. Clinton’s [claim] is a lie, plain and simple.

Clinton now dismisses the whole thing as a simple “misstatement.” In response to questions from the Philadelphia Daily News, she said:

Now let me tell you what I can remember, OK — because what I was told was that we had to land a certain way and move quickly because of the threat of sniper fire. So I misspoke — I didn’t say that in my book or other times but if I said something that made it seem as though there was actual fire — that’s not what I was told. I was told we had to land a certain way, we had to have our bulletproof stuff on because of the threat of sniper fire. I was also told that the greeting ceremony had been moved away from the tarmac but that there was this 8-year-old girl and, I can’t, I can’t rush by her, I’ve got to at least greet her — so I made a — I took her stuff and then I left, Now that’s my memory of it…No, I went to 80 countries, you know. I gave contemporaneous accounts, I wrote about a lot of this in my book. You know, I think that, a minor blip, you know, if I said something that, you know, I say a lot of things — millions of words a day — so if I misspoke, that was just a misstatement.

But there is a slight problem with Clinton’s claim that this whole thing was just a slip of the tongue:

Dobbs also reports:

Last week was not the first time that Clinton talked about sniper fire in Bosnia. She has provided various different versions of the incident along the campaign trail and in her autobiography, Living History. In a New York Times account of a campaign rally in Waco, Tex., on February 29, Clinton said that the welcoming ceremony had to be “moved inside” a Tuzla airport building “because of sniper fire.” She made a similar statement in Dubuque, Iowa, back in December.

The Bosnia trip story is not the only Clinton claim that fails to pass the smell test. Greg Craig, former counsel to Bill Clinton, says Hillary often plays fast and loose with the facts. Consider this interview with The National Journal:

Q: But was that experience, do you think, that is — having a lot of influence with advisers, giving private advice to her husband — was that experience that has helped prepare her to be commander in chief?

Craig: Oh, I don’t doubt that. The point that I am making is that her claims of the nature of that experience are overstated. The fact is she did not sit in on national security meetings. She did not have a security clearance. She did not attend meetings in the situation room. She conducted no negotiations. She did not manage any part of the national security bureaucracy. She did not have her own national security staff. That’s the fact. Now the experience that she did have — watching and sometimes sitting in the room where discussions were going on and also meeting heads of state and foreign ministers — that is good experience, and it’s invaluable to understanding how the world works when it comes to international organizations as well as international negotiations.

History suggests that lying is part of Clinton’s personna. In 2000, New York Times columnist William Safire called the than First Lady a “Habitual Fabricator.” Wrote Safire:

Remember all the claims by Hillary Clinton’s see-no-evil supporters that the decision by independent counsel Robert Ray not to prosecute her in the travel office affair ”exonerated’ her?

Some exoneration. We now have the full report of this egregious abuse of power and its six-year cover-up, and the evidence that she has been lying all along is damning.

Lest we forget, the central issue was never whether she had the right to pressure her husband’s staff to fire seven longtime White House employees and direct the lucrative travel business to her Hollywood cronies and a Clinton cousin. That’s just the spoils system.

The Travelgate issue was and is: was her sworn denial of any ”role” or ”input” in the firings factually false? Did her pressure cause fearful aides to stimulate a besmearing F.B.I. investigation? Did this lead her Justice Department to bring criminal charges against people later found to be innocent? And did she and her White House minions delay, impede and increase the expense of revealing her improper involvement?

The inescapable answers are yes, yes, yes and yes. Read the evidence and denials in full and see how her orchestrated lying continues to this day.

In 1996, Safire wrote:

Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our First Lady — a woman of undoubted talents who was a role model for many in her generation — is a congenital liar.

Drip by drip, like Whitewater torture, the case is being made that she is compelled to mislead, and to ensnare her subordinates and friends in a web of deceit.


  1. Pangaea

    Okay, anyone with half a brain knows Hillary’s recent lies carry the stretcher of desperation. On one level, I admire her relentless tenacity. The Party certainly needs more people with that characteristic, but . . .

    We who get to incur the fallout, including our children’s children, now require that tenacity to be infused with integrity. Over the last 7+ years, we have witnessed the concentrated version of all that we, as rational human beings, deplore. We have seen surreal, almost cartoonish displays of cruelty, disregard for common decency, the shredding of those basic and honorable freedoms fought and died for by this nation’s creators, the open embrace of greed, cronyism and classism . . . and, the lies. Lies proffered with malice. Lies intentionally designed and forced upon us through the medium of fear. Lies that take root. Lies that separate. Lies that destroy relationships here and abroad. Lies that set examples to our enemies and our children. Lies that stop the process of hope. I am tired of the lies and the Founders are spinning in their graves fast enough to power Las Vegas from now on.

    Hillary has shown her real weakness and it is a weakness we have all allowed to permeate every corridor of this nation’s government, whether dominated by the right or the left. It is the worst kind of weakness, because there is no honor in it. It says “You must trust me and you must trust my judgement”, even though that request of us is offered up squarely on the back of deceit itself.

    Ultimately, what is at issue here is whether we believe a pass should be given to the Hillarys of the world, allowing the perception that her lapse in character is acceptable because really, how could character be so tarnished as under this neocon train wreck? People (who get paid to make up and then mitigate the lies) have asked us to look the other way for the greater good. Well, I’m sorry, but if Hillary or Barack or McCain think it’s okay to obfuscate and omit and then turn around and make a stink about how the other candidate just lied bigger, then the greater good actually starts with We the People. You know, the folks those candidates work for when they eventually are deemed “the only remaining real choice we’ve got”. Well, I’m tired of settling and I hope anyone who reads this is too.

    Hillary needs to take a breath, step back . . . and see that she is going to destroy what should have been child’s play. She has turned this nomination into a vile cesspool, filled to the brim with the same dirty stench of low character we’ve been living downwind from for over a decade.
    Hillary, thanks for fighting for the cause. Now please drop out for the sake of the party, the nation and the world. It can’t be about you or retribution, or taking office on the basis of lies. It has to be about hope, honor and change.

    It’s truly unfortunate. We need a woman’s sensibilities running this show for awhile . . . just not this woman.

  2. SEAL

    Mispoke – Mispeaking – (miss)?

    This is a word that could only be born out of our modern day politics. I asked Mama. She is 90 years old. She said she never heard it before.

  3. ekaton

    “The embarassment of it should cause her to withdraw.”

    The Clintons are incapable of embarrassment.

    — Kent Shaw

  4. SEAL

    I did happen to catch a CNN discusion about the sniper fire story and was quite surprised to find them “analyzing” it correctly. They made the point that “mispoke” was a ridiculous response. In no way could she be considered to have “accidently” mispoke. This was a deliberate made up lie that was repeatedly embelished over time. Everyone is amazed that she thought she could get away with it.

    Assuming that the true story will be revealed to the voters, this should end Hillary’s quest for the nomination. The embarassment of it should cause her to withdraw. I mean, c’mon folks, she has been caught in a deliberate bald faced lie about one of the most significant claims/contentions of her qualifications for the job. She lied about the “experience” issue. This is about WHY you should vote for her – or not. This was not mispeaking or shooting oneself in the foot. She committed suicide!

    How could anyone possibly vote for Hillary Clinton now?

    How could she possibly face the public now?

    But Hillary will win the Pennsylvania primary and use that to justify continuing all the way to the convention floor attempting to convice enough super delegates that they should override the voting public and “appoint” her the democratic nominee for president because she wins the large electoral college states. And she will make it possible for John McCain to win the presidency in an atmosphere where just a short time ago there was no chance for any republican to win much of anything.

    I wish someone could explain to me why she will still win the Pennsyvania primary or why ANY of the super delegates could consider voting for her.

  5. Janet

    Maybe the Media should start running videos of Bill pointing his finger saying “I DID NOT HAVE SEX WITH THAT WOMAN”, interspersed with Hillary describing her under sniper fire speech with the actual footage of the ceremony.

    It’s getting embarrassing to watch her and her people.

  6. SEAL

    Lets just hope the MSM gives this the same endless loop treatment they gave Reverend Wright. They should show the CBS video of Hillary walking off the plane and meeting the 8 year old girl and the other dignataries with the caption


  7. Janet

    “To top this debacle, we still have the spectacle of the absurdly cartoonish James Carville “branding” Bill Richardson as a “Judas” for not showing sufficient fealty to the Clintons.”

    I wonder if he meant to compare Hillary Clinton to Jesus Christ.

    — Kent Shaw

    I think maybe Carville was saying that Bill Clinton is Jesus, which would make Hillary either Mary Magdalene (wasn’t she a working girl?) or the Virgin Mary (which would explain Monica, Paula, et al)

    It’s atrocious what Carville said about Richardson, small minded, petty and divisive. Why are the Clintons not denouncing and rejecting him and his statement? (Rhetorical question)

  8. ekaton

    “To top this debacle, we still have the spectacle of the absurdly cartoonish James Carville “branding” Bill Richardson as a “Judas” for not showing sufficient fealty to the Clintons.”

    I wonder if he meant to compare Hillary Clinton to Jesus Christ.

    — Kent Shaw

  9. km0591

    That’s all folks!

    Hillary is toast. If you build a campaign on being an “experienced leader” and it is uncovered as BS, there is no recovery.

    To top this debacle, we still have the spectacle of the absurdly cartoonish James Carville “branding” Bill Richardson as a “Judas” for not showing sufficient fealty to the Clintons.

    His whining makes the whole Clintion campaign sound like a collection of vindictive losers, which only serves to widen the sewer drain they are all being sucked into. It is amazing to me that the Clinton campaign is so incompetent that they have not shut this fool up already.

    Oh well….

  10. ekaton

    Carter is also a member of the Trilateral Commission and likely a Bildergerger as well.

    — Kent Shaw

  11. anthny

    @Steve & Adam
    The right wing media machine was alive and strong in the late 70’s early 80′.
    They propagandized Dukukas when he went for a ride in that tank and released Willy Horton from prison early.
    And they also B.S.ed us about the liberal press which they stated was the New York Times. Wrong!

    It was a sad state of affairs when Regan went behind Carter’s back and negotiated the hostage release.
    I had a lot of respect for Mr Carter intill I found out he was or is a member of the Counsil on Foreign Relations, which in my mind is not in adherance with our constitution and the oath of office of the presidency……………

  12. adamrussell

    Poor Jimmy got blamed for the economic mess he inherited from Nixon/Ford. And also because the military failed a rescue mission. I still dont understand that one. Military choppers crash in the desert and somehow that’s the presidents fault?? I could understand it if they were shot down, but they werent. The job was borked.