OpEdNews Op Eds

Hillary's Telling the Truth -- That's the Problem

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

Hillary Clinton has been called everything from a hawk to a "war goddess" (by AntiWar.com's Justin Raimondo, and on a regular basis). But just how strong on defense is she? We all know that she voted to authorize the invasion of Iraq and dragged her heels on turning against the war. Regarding Iran, she has insisted that "we cannot take any option off the table." Also, she was the only Democratic senator to support the Kyl-Lieberman amendment which called for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps to be designated a terrorist organization. The better, she maintained to "apply greater diplomatic pressure on Iran." "See?" a supporter might exclaim. "Once elected president, she'll choose diplomacy over war every time. She just talks like that to win." Many a sober-sided soul misplaced their critical faculties in the wake of 9/11. Are we being too hard on Hillary? In the spirit of the holiday season, shouldn't we let bygones be bygones? Sure -- if any of the above instances were aberrations. But, as Stephen Zunes demonstrates in a three-part blockbuster series on Foreign Policy in Focus, Hillary's not talking tough just to win votes. Far from the option of last resort for her, force comes in a much-too-close-for-comfort second to diplomacy. In articles on her Iraq, military, and international law policies, Zunes demonstrates that they're consistent with those she supported, and even advocated, while her husband was president. Reading all three will outfit you with all the talking points you need to disarm a Hillary supporter. We've cherry-picked the most eye-opening.
  • Of her White House days, Zunes writes that "when President Bill Clinton and others correctly expressed concerns that bombing Serbia would likely lead to. . . ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, Hillary Clinton successfully pushed her husband to bomb that country anyway."
  • She also defended the bombing raid on the Sudanese chemical-weapons-plant-that-wasn't. (If you'll recall, it was a pharmaceutical plant.)
  • Hillary supports military aid, including missiles which can be nuclear weaponized, to Israel, Pakistan and India, all of which have refused to sign the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty. She even voted to end restrictions on US nuclear cooperation with such states.
  • After defending Israel's right to occupy Palestinian territory, not to mention its erection of The Wall, she denounced the International Court of Justice for calling on Israel to abide by international humanitarian law.
  • Besides supporting her husband's bombing of Iraq, Hillary, Zunes writes, "has expressed pride that [his] administration changed underlying U.S. policy toward Iraq from 'containment' to 'regime change.'" Hindsight may be 20/20, but imagine seeking credit for that!
  • During the Senate debate over the resolution authorizing the invasion of Iraq, Clinton was the only Democrat to accept all of the Bush administration's claims about Iraq.
  • When Barack Obama noted that the use of nuclear weapons against terrorists amounted to overkill, Hillary replied, "I don't believe that any president should make any blanket statements with respect to the use or nonuse of nuclear weapons."
As if the above weren't troubling enough, Hillary's stances and votes on international law are downright chilling.
  • In 2002, she voted in favor of an amendment by Senator Jesse Helms (yes, you read that right) prohibiting the United States from cooperating with the International Criminal Court. In other words, when it comes to prosecuting for genocide in Darfur, don't look at us.
  • After Israel's 2002 offensive in the West Bank, Hillary opposed UN efforts to investigate alleged Iraqi war crimes by Israeli occupation forces. Even more startling, she criticized President Bush for calling on Israel to pull back.
  • Finally, she refused to support the international treaty to ban land mines. Then she voted down a Democratic-sponsored resolution restricting U.S. exports of cluster bombs to countries using them against civilian-populated areas.
  • Just keeping defense donors happy or are these legitimate weapons to her?
At this point her supporters are backing away from you. They need to return to campaign headquarters pronto in order to nurse their wounds and restore their denial to health. Why is she even a Democrat? As we all know, Democratic presidents are almost as likely to wage war as Republican. Then what's with her reputation as a liberal? Zunes explains that since "most of the public criticism of the former first lady has been based on false and exaggerated charges from the far right. . . many liberals become defensive and reluctant to criticize her. Many also ironically start believing [the far right's] claim she is some kind of left-winger." It's almost as if the cover of arch-liberal with which conservatives have conveniently provided Hillary allows her inner hawk to fly free. The good news is that she's not dissembling to get elected. That's also the bad news. Thanks to the efforts of people like Stephen Zunes, more and more of us understand that, with Hillary and her militaristic proclivities, what you see is what you get.

 

Russ Wellen is the nuclear deproliferation editor for OpEdNews. He's also on the staffs of Freezerbox and Scholars & Rogues.

"It's hard to tell people not to smoke when you have (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Go To Commenting
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles
Related Topic(s): ; ; , Add Tags

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Foxy Knoxy and the Case of the Honorary Missing White Woman

You All Know Hanoi Jane, Now Meet Tehran Todd

School, Mall and Workplace Shootings: Why So Many?

Is a Preemptive Strike Ever Justified?

Michael Vick: Adding Insult to Black People's Injury

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
14 people are discussing this page, with 15 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

Yeh, and I for one do not want any more of it!... by Roger on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 12:35:47 PM
She virtually as biological clone of G. W. Bush wh... by W. Christopher Epler (Bill) on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 12:57:09 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/I for one can't underst... by steve scheetz on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 4:55:28 PM
Nice Article - while there are some differences, n... by August Adams on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 8:28:06 PM
this is all so unreal. are you all talking about t... by remo on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2007 at 11:23:01 PM
IF THIS ARTICLE DON'T MAKE UP YOUR MIND WHO TO... by RICHARD SHADE on Thursday, Dec 27, 2007 at 1:35:17 AM
Hillary, above all else, will never allow Peace in... by Ernest on Thursday, Dec 27, 2007 at 1:39:47 AM
that this is the Democratic frontrunner. All you D... by Watching on Thursday, Dec 27, 2007 at 2:42:37 AM
Mrs Clinton or wahtevwer heer namee is is a progra... by Mark Sashine on Thursday, Dec 27, 2007 at 6:51:42 AM
http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_gustav_w_0... by Gustav Wynn on Thursday, Dec 27, 2007 at 11:48:08 AM
I read Hillary blocked the release of her official... by Rae on Thursday, Dec 27, 2007 at 2:32:00 PM
Clinton, Bush whats the difference? Corporate inte... by Gary Denson on Thursday, Dec 27, 2007 at 7:21:15 PM
Guess who else is against international law. You g... by Ty on Thursday, Dec 27, 2007 at 10:41:37 PM
If Edwards is not elected, she will make a great P... by pratliff94 on Friday, Dec 28, 2007 at 2:16:53 PM
Forget about the evidence already presented that s... by steve scheetz on Thursday, Jan 3, 2008 at 6:48:50 PM