The warmongering record of Hillary Clinton

The frustrating thing about the right-wing Republican critics of Hillary Clinton is they criticize her for all the wrong things.   I think I’m as strongly opposed to Clinton as they are, and they put me in the position of defending her.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

In the U.S. intervention in Libya, she is criticized for failing to arrange protection for the U.S. ambassador from the terrorist attack on Benghazi, a legitimate issue, and for mis-characterizing the attack as a spontaneous reaction instead of a planned terrorist attack, an insignificant issue.

But neither of these things matter as much as the total disaster she brought down on the people of Libya.

My e-mail pen pal Bill Harvey sent me a link to an article in Counterpunch that sums up what’s wrong with Clinton very well.

First Libya:

The results of “Operation Unified Protector” … … include the persecution of black Africans and Tuaregs, the collapse of any semblance of central government, the division of the country between hundreds of warring militias, the destabilization of neighboring Mali producing French imperialist intervention, the emergence of Benghazi as an al-Qaeda stronghold, and the proliferation of looted arms among rebel groups.

Now the whole Clinton record:

  • She has always been a warmonger. As First Lady … …, she encouraged her husband Bill … … to attack Serbian forces in the disintegrating Yugoslavia—in Bosnia in 1994 and Serbia in 1999.  … … “I urged him to bomb,” she boasts.  These Serbs were (as usual) forces that did not threaten the U.S. in any way.
  • Clinton has been a keen advocate for the expansion of a Cold War military alliance that persists in provoking Russia. … …
  • As New York senator, Clinton endorsed the murderous ongoing sanctions against Iraq, imposed by the UN and continued until 2003. … …
  • She was a strident supporter of the Iraq war. … …
  • She actively pursued anti-democratic regime change in Ukraine. … …
  • She wanted to provide military assistance to “moderate” armed opposition in Syria to effect regime change, and, after leaving office, criticized Obama for not supplying more than he did. … …
  • She has been an unremitting supporter of Israeli aggression wherever it occurs. … …
  • Hillary tacitly endorsed the military coup against elected Honduran president Manuel Zelanya in 2009, refusing to call it such (even though Obama did) … …
  • She provoked China by siding with Japan in the Senkaku / Daioyuha dispute. … …
  • She helped bring down a Japanese prime minister who heeded the feelings of the people of Okinawa, who opposed the Marine Corps Air Force station on the island. … …
  • She made countless trips to India signing bilateral economic and nuclear aggreements with a country her husband had placed under sanctions for its nuclear tests in 1998.

Leupp’s whole article is well worth reading in its entirety.  I agree with Bill Harvey that anybody who’s tempted to forget what Clinton stands for should bookmark this article.

[Note]  I deleted a final paragraph concerning the controversy over Clinton’s use of her personal e-mail to conduct State Department business because the more I read about it, the less sure I am what I think about it.  Clinton’s overall record in foreign policy is more important than this one issue.]

LINK

The Warmongering Record of Hillary Clinton by Gary Leupp for Counterpunch.

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One Response to “The warmongering record of Hillary Clinton”

  1. tiffany267 Says:

    Reblogged this on Tiffany's Non-Blog.

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