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Lying her way to the highest office in the land

March 27, 2008

When did misspeaking become synonymous with lying? When Senator Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) suggested that she merely misspoke about coming under sniper fire in Bosnia, her statement was not an error in recollection, it was a lie. It is only one of many lies put forward by the junior Senator from New York as she desperately scrambles to save her nearly mathematically impossible campaign for the Democratic nomination.

How do I know she lied? It’s simple. If you’re shot at by snipers and run for your life, you remember it. It’s not some sort of hazy mirage. It’s not as if it’s something Clinton experienced on a regular basis, which would make it easy to confuse things. Being shot at with your daughter, and apparently Sinbad (yep, comedian Sinbad was there), and running for cover in fear of death is not something you randomly imagine happened. “Confusing” kisses from a little girl after she read you a poem—what actually happened—with sniper fire is simply untenable.

People lie when running for president. Those who actually suggest Clinton made an honest mistake are either completely delusional, bordering on stupid or they are liars themselves, desperate to defend every inane thing their candidate says.

Moreover, it appears that either Clinton cannot remember any of her “experiences” as First Lady, or she is committed to lying about many of them. She insists she was always an opponent of NAFTA, but recently released White House documents reveal that she held five Congressional meetings pushing the treaty and her position in the documents indicates that she was dedicated to passing NAFTA. Perhaps she “mis-remembered” all of that as well.

As for being key to brokering a peace treaty in Northern Ireland, the Irish have found that fairy tale rather amusing as well. As was reported in London’s Telegraph on March 8th, “Hillary Clinton had no direct role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland and is a ‘wee bit silly’ for exaggerating the part she played, according to Lord Trimble of Lisnagarvey, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former First Minister of the province.” Lord Trimble, unlike Clinton, was central to securing a peace agreement in Northern Ireland. Trimble goes on to say, “I don’t know there was much she did apart from accompanying Bill [Clinton] going around,” he said. Her recent statements about being deeply involved were merely “the sort of thing people put in their canvassing leaflets” during elections. “She visited when things were happening, saw what was going on, she can certainly say it was part of her experience. I don’t want to rain on the thing for her but being a cheerleader for something is slightly different from being a principal player.”

So on Bosnia and Northern Ireland, two of her main “achievements” in foreign policy, she’s either lied or grossly exaggerated the situation. If she can’t even seem to remember almost anything that happened during her time at the White House correctly, the value of that time in terms of her much-touted “experience” seems suspect.

Senator Clinton is very experienced at having poor judgment, supporting NAFTA, voting for the Iraq War and misrepresenting her past. I certainly don’t want to experience those things ever again.

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