For those of us with hopes riding on the millennials' revolution, it was disheartening to watch Hillary's young Director of Communications Outreach Jess McIntosh sanguinely embracing an imaginary Democratic Party unity on Democracy Now! (July 25). She seemed genuinely surprised when Sanders supporter Norman Solomon disagreed.
Bill and Hillary have been a close working team for over three decades and she stands on his record. Never has she publicly objected or disconnected herself from his deplorable abuses of power and betrayals of public trust. So we have a conjugal employment record to review in evaluating her job application.
I suspect Jess was just in grade school when the CIA chose Mena, Arkansas for its port of entry smuggling cocaine from South America to secretly fund the Contras in Nicaragua. It seems unlikely that choice would have been made without the knowledge, permission and likely complicity of the state's governor, Bill Clinton.
And back in 1984, near the millennial generation startup, Governor Clinton launched a long and lucrative relationship with the mining industry, lunching with Jean Raymond Boulle, owner of American Mineral Fields. AMF joined forces in 1987 with Jackson Stephens - whose Indonesian tycoon business partner later gave millions of illegal dollars to Bill's 1996 presidential campaign - to mine Arkansas Crater of Diamonds State Park, the only known viable diamond deposit in North America. Clinton had appointed his friend Karen Lackey as Commissioner for Parks and Tourism and used influential business friends to reverse a mining prohibition by the National Park Service.
AMF later relocated its international headquarters to Hope, Arkansas, Bill's home town, and was prominently involved in Borneo gold mining under bloody Indonesian dictator Suharto and efforts to displace French and Belgian mining companies in Congo/Zaire that unleashed the Rwandan genocide and subsequent mineral wars with Clinton's secret support - which he lied about - that killed millions. (See my May 29 OpEdNews story.)
The Clinton corruption is both bottomless and indiscriminate, not simply limited to corrupt allied dictators but to our Cold War adversaries as well, again including the mining industry. A story appeared last year in the New York Times headlined "Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal."
The story cited a January 2013 Pravda report detailing how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had taken over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. "At the heart of the tale are several men," the Times disclosed, "leaders of the Canadian mining industry, who have been major donors to the charitable endeavors of former President Bill Clinton and his family. Members of that group built, financed and eventually sold off to the Russians a company that would become known as Uranium One."
The plot continues, "As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One's chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors."
Based on public records reviews and numerous interviews including a preview by Brookings Institute scholar Peter Schweizer of his now-published book, Clinton Cash, "The sale gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States. Since uranium is considered a strategic asset, with implications for national security, the deal had to be approved by a committee composed of representatives from a number of United States government agencies. Among the agencies that eventually signed off was the State Department, then headed by Mr. Clinton's wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton."
Let's now go back 20 years to the scandal known as "Chinagate," the subject of a prolonged Judicial Watch lawsuit. Considered among the most serious scandals in U.S. history, Chinagate involved the transfer of some of America's most sensitive nuclear missile and satellite technology to China, allegedly in exchange for millions of dollars in contributions to the 1996 Clinton-Gore re-election campaign and the DNC.
Nolanda Hill, business partner and confidante of Clinton's Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, testified that the Clinton White House told Brown to "delay the [Judicial Watch] case by withholding the production of documents prior to the 1996 elections and to devise a way not to comply with the court's orders."
Hill also testified that Brown, killed in a plane crashed inexplicably off-course during a trade mission to Croatia, told her that Hillary conceived of the scheme to sell trade mission seats in exchange for campaign contributions. Brown complained of being "Hillary's blankety-blank tour guide" and had recently threatened to expose the Clinton's Asian fund-raising scheme to protect his son from prosecution. Soon after the crash and two days before a scheduled interview by the Air Force, the Croatian in charge of the airport's navigation system was found dead with a bullet hole in his chest.
Threatened by the damaging corruption evidence, the Commerce Department requested judgment against itself to avoid further exposure. The court refused and allowed continued discovery into illegal concealment and destruction of government records. Congressional investigations, FEC investigations, and criminal inquiries by the Justice Department and FBI followed. Ten years after the election, an appellate court approved an award of $900,000 to Judicial Watch but nobody has gone to prison. Their nine lives are apparently not yet exhausted.
As I watched Jess speak earnestly of how Democrats "put families first" I could only think of the thousands of Libyan, Syrian and Honduran families bombed, killed and driven from their homes, communities and the ruins of their countries due in great part to the actions of Hillary Clinton. Hopefully Jess' naivete and vulnerability to propaganda is atypical of her generation.
Trump is a novice, a political wild card with no relevant work history or resume to evaluate, but Hillary has a long, deeply corrupt and repeatedly deadly work history. How can prospective employers ignore that?