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Thursday, March 20, 2008

"Liar, liar, pants on fire" Part II -- The Bosnia Fib

As you'll recall on Wednesday I was among the many bloggers vetting Hillary's records that she released of her schedule as First Lady. On that day, it was discovered that Hillary lied about her position on NAFTA. On the stump she says she was adamantly opposed to it, while her records show her at a pro-NAFTA meeting where she was the "closer" on the issue, and she gave a very pro-NAFTA speech. Over at the WaPo's Fact-Checker blog, we discover yet another lie she's been caught in:

"I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base."--Hillary Clinton, speech at George Washington University, March 17, 2008.

Hillary Clinton has been regaling supporters on the campaign trail with hair-raising tales of a trip she made to Bosnia in March 1996. In her retelling, she was sent to places that her husband, President Clinton, could not go because they were "too dangerous." When her account was challenged by one of her traveling companions, the comedian Sinbad, she upped the ante and injected even more drama into the story. In a speech earlier this week, she talked about "landing under sniper fire" and running for safety with "our heads down."

There are numerous problems with Clinton's version of events.

As a reporter who visited Bosnia soon after the December 1995 Dayton Peace agreement, I can attest that the physical risks were minimal during this period, particularly at a heavily fortified U.S. Air Force base, such as Tuzla. Contrary to the claims of Hillary Clinton and former Army secretary Togo West, Bosnia was not "too dangerous" a place for President Clinton to visit in early 1996. In fact, the first Clinton to visit the Tuzla Air Force base was not Hillary, but Bill, on January 13, 1996.

Had Hillary Clinton's plane come "under sniper fire" in March 1996, we would certainly have heard about it long before now. Numerous reporters, including the Washington Post's John Pomfret, covered her trip. A review of nearly 100 news accounts of her visit shows that not a single newspaper or television station reported any security threat to the First Lady. "As a former AP wire service hack, I can safely say that it would have been in my lead had anything like that happened," said Pomfret.

According to Pomfret, the Tuzla airport was "one of the safest places in Bosnia" in March 1996, and "firmly under the control" of the 1st Armored Division.

Far from running to an airport building with their heads down, Clinton and her party were greeted on the tarmac by smiling U.S. and Bosnian officials. An eight-year-old Moslem girl, Emina Bicakcic, read a poem in English. An Associated Press photograph of the greeting ceremony, above, shows a smiling Clinton bending down to receive a kiss.

"There is peace now," Emina told Clinton, according to Pomfret's report in the Washington Post the following day, "because Mr. Clinton signed it. All this peace. I love it."

The First Lady's schedule, released on Wednesday and
available here, confirms that she arrived in Tuzla at 8.45 a.m. and was greeted by various dignitaries, including Emina Bicakcic, (whose name has mysteriously been redacted from the document.)

You can see CBS News footage of the arrival ceremony
here. The footage shows Clinton walking calmly out of the back of the C-17 military transport plane that brought her from Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany.

Among the U.S. officials on hand to greet Clinton at the airport was Maj. Gen. William Nash, the commander of U.S. troops in Bosnia. Nash told me that he was unaware of any security threat to Clinton during her eight-hour stay in Tuzla. He said, however, that Clinton had a "busy schedule" and may have got the impression that she was being hurried on her way.

According to Sinbad, who provided entertainment on the trip along with the singer Sheryl Crow, the "scariest" part was deciding where to eat. As he told Mary Ann Akers of The Post, "I think the only 'red-phone' moment was: 'Do we eat here or at the next place.'" Sinbad questioned the premise behind the Clinton version of events. "What kind of president would say 'Hey man, I can't go 'cause I might get shot so I'm going to send my wife. Oh, and take a guitar player and a comedian with you."

So, the record seems to show that she either lied (our word) or embellished (her supporters term, no doubt) the whole affair. But I think we're a little closer to the definition of what she actually did. And this exposes her as a liar. Not just any sort of liar, but one who uses the lie to get what she wants, or make herself out to be more than she is. This is the sort of fibbing I used to deal with back when I hit puberty, and all my buddies were bragging about their non-existent sexual conquests.

When she does things like this, it forces voters to question her and her motives. It also makes people sit back and recall the ease with which her husband told lies to people. We posit the idea as to how the moonbats of today act, and the excuse for their evolution to a fantasy-based creature of habit rather than one rooted in reality. It's obvious that those rabid Democrat supporters saw no problem with Bill lying, but they may have a severe problem with Hillary lying.

But see, the veil has been lifted on both Democrat candidates. Barack Obama told the media he hadn't heard any of the controversial sermons given by Jeremiah Wright, and in his speech, he admitted he lied. (Hello? Memo to the media -- Why aren't you asking him why he lied? I'm sure America would love to know the answer to that question.) Likewise, they should be asking the same of Hillary -- a woman completely at ease with deceiving people for her own gain.

This is anything but healthy. And while I'm not contending I'm perfect (we all do tell little white lies, from time to time), but I'm not running for elected office, and we've never lied here on this site to our readers. Politicians lie all the time, and they do it to achieve something they lack, be it attention or votes. This is just another chapter in the life and lies of Hillary Clinton.

Publius II


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