PLANTATION MISTRESS CRANKY CLINTON WAS SHOCKED IN SOUTH CAROLINA TODAY WHEN BLACK LIVES MATTERS ACTIVISTS PROTESTED HER.
AN OBVIOUSLY ANGRY CRANKY TOLD THESE REPORTERS, "THAT THOSE PEOPLE WOULD PROTEST ME -- ME! AFTER ALL I'VE DONE FOR THEM. WELL IF THEY DON'T WANT TO VOTE FOR ME, THEY CAN JUST GO BACK TO PICKING COTTON! NO ONE'S DONE MORE FOR THEM THAN I HAVE! NO ONE! I EVEN INVITED BILL COSBY TO THE WHITE HOUSE WHEN I WAS FIRST LADY!"
In the 2016 US presidential race, Iraq remains an issue -- much to frustration of Hillary Clinton who, as a US Senator, voted for the war and supported it throughout most of her years in the Senate.
Of course, when forced to comment, Hillary calls her vote for the Iraq War a "mistake." To that,
Ben Tanosborn (RUSSIA INSIDER) offers:
Time and time again we, Americans, keep referring to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 as a mistake; almost in unanimity: Democrats and Republicans. But it was not a mistake, not by a long shot! It was a calculated, belligerent act by a government clique of elitist war-hawks, Bush-Junior and Dick Cheney at the top of the criminal heap. Fortunately for these American leaders, and unfortunately for the rest of us, only leaders from nations vanquished are indicted and go to trial. If the Axis had prevailed in World War II, and we were living in Hitler’s Millennium, there would not have been those Nuremberg Trials (1945-9), or the subsequent enactment of important, critical international law, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), or the Geneva Convention (1949). No, no gallows for Bush and Cheney… only admiration from fools!
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Yes; Hillary Rodham Clinton, former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State constantly invokes her extensive experience in affairs of state as strongly qualifying her for the White House; yet her vast experience follows for the most part decisions with bad judgment… bad experience which in my book is counterproductive to that required from a prospective good and effective leader.
Meanwhile, Paul Rosenberg (SALON) takes Cranky Clinton to task for the sliming she and her supporters are giving her rival US Senator Bernie Sanders who stood against the war:
But we’ve also seen a predictable Clinton emphasis on foreign policy, taking aim at Sanders’ comparatively meager record—as we saw in the PBS debate in Milwaukee [transcript]—and trying to portray it as utterly disqualifying, rather than as yet another reflection of a profound elite/mass divide, symbolized by their starkly different views of elite elder statesman Henry Kissinger.
However, such a move also requires a massive case of amnesia—above and beyond her palling around with Henry Kissinger, that is—for Clinton’s hawkish differences with Obama as well as Sanders. It’s not just her Iraq War vote we’re talking about. Sanders is also far more in tune with Obama’s willingness to negotiate with enemies—a formerly bipartisan posture that traces back to John F. Kennedy (“Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate”) as well as Teddy Roosevelt (“Speak softly and carry a big stick—you will go far”).
The fact that this is now seen as a soft, risky or fringe position by many in the establishment simply goes to show how badly the establishment has lost its way, on foreign policy, every bit as much as on domestic issues.
Sanctions had already harmed Iraq before the start of the current war (March 2003). The illegal war resulted in the deaths of over one million Iraqis.
As appalling as that figure is, the dead aren't coming back.
And the living?
They not only mourn, they have to live with and in the system the US created.
That's a government largely ruled by Shi'ites who fled Iraq like cowards before the US-led invasion of 2003. In exile, they nursed their hatred and suckled on their fear. When they re-merged in Iraq and were placed in positions of power, they misused their positions to fuel hatred.
And did we note how corrupt they are?
Last week, MEM reported, "Iraq’s Commission of Public Integrity referred on Thursday four former senior officials to court on charges of corruption. The Commission said in a statement released on Thursday that it had referred to court two former deputies of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the former director of former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s military office and Baghdad’s former mayor."
Nouri al-Maliki became a very rich man while prime minister (2006 - 2014) and was able to secure a fleet of sports cars and pricey digs (such as the one in London) for his idiot son.
The bulk of the Iraqi people live in or near poverty.
This despite the fact that the country has approximately 30 million citizens and brings in billions each year via oil.
RECOMMENDED: "Iraq snapshot"