“Even for the biggest ‘winners,' it is like winning at poker on the Titanic."
-Jerry Mander, Facing the Rising Tide
SAGAS OF DONALD & HILLARY
Edited by William Thomas
“Regime change” in Moscow.
Putin… has repeatedly criticized the U.S. for “regime change” policies that have toppled authoritarians in other countries, including Iraq and Libya, that Clinton supported. At a March 2014 fundraiser, Clinton compared Putin’s action “to what Hitler did back in the ’30s.” [Politico July 5/16]
“Will she surround herself with neocons and liberal hawks who will be eager to jam the American people into new and even more dangerous wars, including possibly the most reckless ‘regime change’ of all, in Moscow?” -investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. He is the author of America's Stolen Narrative and the editor of Consortium News. [Truthout July 8/16]
While noting Hillary’s threats to achieve “regime change” in Moscow, Pepe Escobar figured she’d probably bomb Iran. [Information Clearing House Aug 7/16]
A prominent neocon paymaster, whose outfit dispenses $100 million in U.S. taxpayers’ money each year, has called on America to “summon the will” to remove Russian President Putin from office. [Consortium News Oct 7/16]
ISIS emerges from Clinton-caused chaos in Libya.
Hillary Does Libya
“Before the revolution, Libya was a secure, prospering, secular Islamic country and a critical ally providing intelligence on terrorist activity post–September 11, 2001,” writes Charles R. Kubic, June 15, 2016.
“Within weeks of the revolution there were two valid cease-fire opportunities… Both opportunities were rejected and shut down by Secretary Clinton.
“One of the Libyan Rebel Brigade commanders, Ahmed Abu Khattala, would later be involved in the terrorist attack in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.” -U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Charles R. Kubic served worldwide for over 32 years. He served as a senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House, and was appointed in March 2016 as a National Security Policy Advisor to Donald Trump. [National Interest Org.]
“… devising the disastrous Libyan ‘regime change’." [Truthout July 8/16]
“…the Butcher of Libya.” [Counterpunch Nov 141/6]
“Hillary was the mastermind of US failed strategy in Libya.” [Mish Talk Sept 23/16]
The Health-Challenged Candidate
“Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose globe-trotting tour as Secretary of State was abruptly halted last month by a series of health problems, was discharged from a New York hospital… after several days of treatment for a blood clot in a vein in her head,” wrote Denise Grady and Mark Landler back in January 2013.
Hillary’s illnesses and hospitalizations prevented her “from answering questions in Congress about the State Department’s handling of the lethal attack on an American mission in Libya.
The fact that Mrs. Clinton had a blood clot in the past — in her leg, in 1998 — suggests that she may have a tendency to form clots, and may need blood-thinners long-term or even for the rest of her life, said Dr. Geoffrey T. Manley, vice chairman of neurological surgery at the University of California.
“Around the second week in December, she reportedly contracted a stomach virus that caused vomiting and dehydration, passed out, fell and struck her head. A concussion was diagnosed several days after the fall, on Dec. 13. [New York Times Jan 3/13]
Clinton’s Criminal eMails – Former Top Judge
“In her so-called clarifying remarks, she again told journalists her oft-stated lie about returning all work-related emails to the State Department. She could not have told that to the FBI because Director Comey revealed in July that the FBI found "thousands" of unreturned work-related emails on her servers, some of which she attempted to destroy,” writes Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, who was the youngest life-tenured Superior Court judge in the history of the State of New Jersey.
“She has told the public countless times that she never sent or received anything marked classified. She could not have said that to the FBI, because even a novice FBI agent would have recognized such a statement as a trick answer. Nothing is marked ‘classified’. The markings used by the federal government are ‘confidential’ or ‘secret" or ‘top secret’.
“When Director Comey announced last month that the FBI was recommending against indictment, he revealed nevertheless that his agents found 110 emails in 52 email threads containing materials that were confidential, secret or top secret,” reveals Judge Napolitano, who went on to teach constitutional law at Seton Hall Law School for 11 years.
“The agents also found seven email chains on her servers that were select access privilege, or SAP. SAP emails cannot be received, opened or sent without knowing what they are, as a special alphanumeric code, one that changes continually, must be requested and employed in order to do so. SAP is so secret that the FBI agents investigating Clinton lacked access to the code.
“Could Clinton have legally received, opened, stored or sent a secret or top secret email without knowing it, as she has claimed? In a word: NO.
“That's because, on her first day in office, Clinton swore under oath that she recognized her legal obligation to recognize state secrets and treat them according to law — that is, to keep them in a secure government venue — whether they are marked as secrets or not.
“Last Sunday, Iran executed a scientist who sold Iranian nuclear secrets to the U.S. The secrets were eventually passed on to Secretary of State John Kerry for his use during the negotiations that led to the recent U.S.-Iran nuclear accord. But the sale of the secrets and the U.S.'s payments for them (several million dollars) were consummated under then-Secretary Clinton's watch.
“One email sent to Clinton, from Richard Morningstar, a former State Department special envoy for Eurasian energy, referred to this scientist as ‘our friend’.
“This ‘our friend’ email was a top-secret email, which Clinton failed to keep secure. [Information Clearing House Aug 11/16]
“Hillary ignored repeated FBI warning to stop conducting personal business” (with the Israelis and others, while sharing state secrets – a treasonable offense – through an easily hacked public server.)
FBI Director “Comey all but declared that Clinton lied when she said she had State Department approval for the email server in her home. He all but declared that she lied when she said she had only one server, and that no classified or secret material was transmitted. He also implied that she lied when she said she had used only one device and had turned over all of her work-related emails to State.
“Hostile actors and hostile regimes, said Comey, had access to email systems of those with whom she communicated. [Information Clearing House July 8/16]
“On whose behalf was Secretary Clinton carrying out the business of US foreign policy, out of the review of government oversight?” asks Prof. James Petras. “A large volume of highly confidential government information flowed to Clinton via an unsecured private ‘back channel’ allowing her to conduct state business secretly with her correspondents.
“Just who were Secretary Clinton’s most enduring, persistent and influential correspondents? What types of exchanges were going on, which required avoiding normal oversight and a wanton disregard for security?
“… within the Washington political circuit, Secretary Clinton’s escalation of nuclear war policies toward Russia and China required secretive correspondences which would not necessarily abide with the policies and intelligence estimates of other US government agencies and with private business interests.
“Clinton was deeply engaged in private exchanges with several unsavory overseas political regimes, including Saudi Arabia, Israel, Honduras and Turkey involving covert violent and illegal activities. She worked with the grotesquely corrupt opposition parties in Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil
“Clinton’s correspondence with the Honduran armed forces and brutal oligarchs led to the military coup against the elected President Zelaya, its violent aftermath and the phony election of a pliable puppet.
“Clinton would have destroyed her communications with Turkish President Erdogan’s intelligence operations in support of Islamist terrorist-mercenaries in Syria and Iraq.
“Secretary Clinton’s e-mail would have shown her commitment to the Saudis when they brutally invaded Bahrain and Yemen to suppress independent civil society organizations and regional political rivals.
“Hillary Clinton’s entire political career has been intimately dependent on Zionist money, Zionist mass media propaganda and Zionist Democratic Party operations.
“In exchange for Clinton’s dependence on political support from the Zionist power configuration in the US, she would have become the major conduit of confidential information from the US to Israel and the transmission belt promoting Israel-centric policies within the US government.
“The entire complex of Clinton-Israel linkages and correspondences has compromised the US intelligence services, the State Department and Pentagon.
“Secretary Clinton went to extraordinary lengths to serve Israel, even undermining the interests of the United States.
“She blithely ignored official State Department policy and oversight and forwarded over 1,300 confidential documents and 22 highly sensitive top-secret documents related to the ‘Special Access Program’. She detailed US military and intelligence documents on US strategic policies on Syria, Iraq, Palestine and other vital regimes.
“The Inspector General’s report indicates that ‘she was warned’ about her practice,” Prof. Petras relates.
“Hillary Clinton’s entire political career has been intimately dependent on Zionist money, Zionist mass media propaganda and Zionist Democratic Party operations.
“If Clinton was engaged in political liaison with foreign officials she deliberately used a private email server to avoid political detection by security elements within the US government. She lied to the US government on the use and destruction of official state documents because the documents were political exchanges between a traitor and its host.
“The 22 top secret reports on ‘Special Access Programs’ which Clinton handled via her private computer provided foreign governments with the names and dates of US operatives and proxies; allowed for counter-responses inflicting losses of billions of dollars in program damages and possibly lost lives.” [Global Research June 06/16]
FBI Director “Comey's July 5 statement terming Clinton's use of an unsecured email server as ‘extremely careless’ … means she will be viewed by many voters as a privileged politician who was let off the hook while more poorly connected Americans would likely have ended up in prison.
“The impression that many Americans will get is that there is one set of rules for the "great and powerful" and another set for the rest of us, an extraordinarily damaging message in a political year of obvious voter discontent with the Establishment,” concludes investigative reporter Robert Parry, who broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for the Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. He is the author of America's Stolen Narrative and the editor of Consortium News. [Truthout July 8/16]
“Under Sec. Clinton, State Department officials approved almost every single proposed CIA drone assassination. They only objected to one or two attacks.
“Clinton’s aides forwarded some of these emails to her personal email account, on a private server in her home in suburban New York.
“The State Department revealed in January that 22 of the emails that were on Clinton’s private server at her home contained top-secret information.
“State Department officials were given notice before a planned attack, sometimes with a narrow timeframe of as few as 30 minutes. Officials told the FBI that they used a less-secure system of communication when they had to make a decision quickly before a drone killing and were not at the office.
“Roughly half a dozen times, State Department officials sent emails on their smartphones in order to approve a drone assassination when they were away from secure communications systems,” writes Ben Norton. [Salon June 11/16]
• The State Department report on Hillary Clinton’s emails, and the different legal proceedings which followed, establish that she is guilty of:
• Obstruction of Justice by Mrs. Clinton and her advisors (Section 1410)
• Obstruction of Criminal Enquiries (Section 1511) ;
• Obstruction of the application of local and Federal laws (Section 1411)
• Federal crime of negligence with classified information and documents (Section 1924)
• Detention in her computer, at home and on a non-secure server, of 1,200 secret documents (Section 1924)
• Felony – Mrs. Clinton declared under oath to a Federal judge that she had given all her emails to the State Department. However, the Inspector General of the State Department declared this week that this was a lie (Section 798)
• Moreover, she declared under oath that the State Department had authorized her to use her personal computer to work at home. The Inspector General of the State Department declared this week that this was a lie (Section 798)
• Mrs. Clinton did not alert the authorities, nor even her own Department, that her personal computer had been hacked several times. Yet she had asked her system administrator to try to protect her computer.
• Misappropriation and Concealment. The Clinton Foundation and Mrs. Clinton were corrupted so that the State Department would close their eyes to various practices (Rico Law and Section 1503) [Information Clearing House June 17/16]
Barack Obama's spokesman described the FBI's probe into Hillary Clinton's classified email scandal as a 'criminal investigation'… less than an hour after the president endorsed his embattled former Secretary of State to succeed him. [Daily Mail Nov 15/16]
Clinton Campaign Emails: Raw Contempt For Average Americans
“Of all the things we've learned from the flood of Hillary Clinton-related emails dumped on the web by WikiLeaks, one theme stands out: the Clinton campaign's shocking disregard, bordering on open contempt, for the very people whose votes they seek,” Terry Jones wrote for the Associated Press wire service.
“At times, this has taken the form of open mocking of some Americans – such as when Hillary Clinton said that half of Trump's supporters were a ‘basket of deplorables’ who were ‘irredeemable’ for any political purposes.
Sen. Bernie Sanders' followers are called "self-righteous whiners" in one exchange… while Hispanic leaders were described as ‘needy Latinos’. [AP Oct 13/16]
“I know she has begun to hate everyday Americans,” Clinton Campaign Manager Podesta posted in an email to Clinton Campaign Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri in April 2015. [Information Clearing House Oct 12/16]
“Queen Of War’
As US President, Hillary Clinton would have threatened the world.
• Hillary supported Bush’s war in Iraq.
• Hillary supported Bush’s war in Afghanistan.
• Hillary was the mastermind of US failed strategy in Libya.
• Hillary is the single person most responsible for Benghazi.
• Hillary supports president Obama’s drone policy.
• There has never been a war Hillary did not support.
“Logically speaking, Hillary Clinton is the biggest threat to world peace and the most dangerous person on the planet,” observes Mike “Mish” Shedlock. [Mish Talk Sept 23/16]
“After her election to the Senate, she became the first New York senator on the armed services committee, where she revealed her hawkish tendencies by supporting the invasion of Iraq,” wrote Leonard Doyle in the UK.
“… her position on Iran is among the most warlike of all the candidates - Democrat or Republican.
“This week, she said that, if elected president, she would not rule out military strikes to destroy Tehran's nuclear weapons facilities.” (Even though top US intelligence officials have maintained for years that there is zero evidence that Iran has nuclear weapons.) [Independent Oct 30/07]
“The Clintons' economic and social agenda, incubated at the conservative Democratic Leadership Council, struck directly at poorest precincts of America, targeting blacks and Hispanics with… the dismantling of welfare, harsh federal crime bills, the refusal to intervene against racial profiling or redress the grievous injustices caused by the racially-motivated sentences handed out for crack cocaine,” reminds Jeffrey St. Clair, author of Been Brown So Long It Looked Like Green To Me: The Politics Of Nature And Grand Theft Pentagon and Born Under a Bad Sky. [Alternet Nov 7/16]
Trump Constituency Even More Broke Than Their Country
· 69% of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings.
· Half or more of American families have virtually no savings.
· Three out of 5 Americans spend more than they earn on essential needs.
· The typical black household has enough liquid savings to last only five days.
· A few blue-collar jobs out there… are being given to robots.
writes Paul Buchheit [Common Dreams May 23/16]
“Exploitation of racial panic is second nature to the power couple Ishmael Reed calls Ma and Pa Clinton,” a Jeffrey St. Clair adds.
“At a structural level, the Clintons' economic and social agenda, incubated at the conservative Democratic Leadership Council, struck directly at poorest precincts of America, targeting blacks and Hispanics…
“The Clinton 90s was a time when the economic chasm in America between the rich and everyone else deepened and widened profoundly… and the social safety nets protecting the most vulnerable among us where shorn in the name of political pragmatism.
“This coarse reality is transparent to those who lived through it and still suffer the aftershocks of the Clintons' neoliberal program.” [Counterpunch Mar 24/08]
…often sued, four-times bankrupted businessman
“His companies have declared bankruptcy four times. He’s been fined by the Federal Trade Commission for improper behavior,” notes David Graham. [Atlantic May 11/16]
“His casino companies made four trips to bankruptcy court, each time persuading bondholders to accept less money rather than be wiped out. But the companies repeatedly added more expensive debt and returned to the court for protection from lenders,” reports Mark Makela for the New York Times.
“After narrowly escaping financial ruin in the early 1990s by delaying payments on his debts, Mr. Trump avoided a second potential crisis by taking his casinos public and shifting the risk to stockholders.
“And he never was able to draw in enough gamblers to support all of the borrowing. During a decade when other casinos here thrived, Mr. Trump’s lagged, posting huge losses year after year. Stock and bondholders lost more than $1.5 billion.
“All the while, Mr. Trump received copious amounts for himself, with the help of a compliant board.
“…. he struggled to hang on to his casinos years after the city had peaked, and failed only because his investors no longer wanted him in a management role.
‘He put a number of local contractors and suppliers out of business when he didn’t pay them,’ said Steven P. Perskie, New Jersey’s top casino regulator in the early 1990s. ‘So when he left Atlantic City, it wasn’t, ‘Sorry to see you go.’ It was, ‘How fast can you get the hell out of here?’
The Taj’s 42-story tower “was New Jersey’s tallest building, and the casino was the world’s largest.
“In a remarkably short time, Mr. Trump had become a commanding figure in Atlantic City, with his casinos accounting for nearly a third of its gambling revenues and employing more than 8,000 people.
“New Jersey regulators noted the ‘sheer volume of debt’ on Mr. Trump’s holdings: $3.4 billion, including $1.3 billion on the casinos and $832.5 million in loans personally guaranteed by Mr. Trump.
“David Hanlon, a veteran casino executive… at the time of the Resorts battle, said, Mr. Trump succeeded in repeatedly convincing investors, bankers and Wall Street that ‘his name had real value… ‘They were so in love with him that they came back a second, third and fourth time,’ Mr. Hanlon said. ‘They let him strip out assets. It was awful to watch. It was astonishing. I have to give Trump credit for using his celebrity time and time again’." [New York Times June 12/16]
Laura ingraham gives Trump the Nazi saluteat Republican National Convention
Is Donald Trump Getting His Cues From Hitler?
“His ex-wife Ivana told Vanity Fair, ‘from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, My New Order, which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed.’
“Trump confirmed he got it from a film industry friend, Marty Davis. ‘I thought he would find it interesting,’ Davis said.
“Adolf Hitler’s My New Order came after Hitler’s two-volume Mein Kampf (My Struggle), and was published in 1925 and 1926 before the Nazi rise to national power,” reports Steven Rosenfeld. “It is profusely indexed and filled with details about the speeches’ impact on the media and political establishment.”
Kirkus Review noted: “Paralleling actual quotations from Hitler’s own utterances, he [the editor of the English edition] includes corresponding data showing the effect on the world press, and his own commentary relating the statements to doctrines previously presented in Mein Kampf… Section after section follows pattern-background, speech, press.”
“Much of the content in My New Order is about how Hitler says propaganda works, and how he structures his speaking style, and how Hitler targets the lowest-common denominator as his intended audience, has seeped into Trump: the way he speaks, argues, rages and responds in public
“Trump’s speeches are filled with simplistic racist attacks, first against Mexicans and more recently Muslims… He attacks Democrats’ political ‘correctness’ as weak. He mocks women and disabled people. He threatens to obliterate the enemies he names. He doesn’t care about facts or inconsistencies, and plays to his followers’ fears and prejudices.
“All of these tactics, from the repetitive style of his speeches, to believing whatever he says is true, to his excessive and unrivaled view in his leadership, are modeled by Hitler in My New Order.”
“The elements of a delusional system are there,” Psychiatric Quarterly states. Sample quotes from the Adolf:
· “All propaganda must be popular and its intellectual level must be adjusted to the most limited intelligence among those it is addressed to. Consequently, the greater the mass it is intended to reach, the lower its purely intellectual level will have to be.”
· “The more modest its intellectual ballast, the more exclusively it takes into consideration the emotions of the masses, the more effective it will be.”
· “… all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan.” [Alternet Dec 10/15]
“Trump’s equally thoughtless appropriation of the term ‘America First’… originally was the name of an isolationist group that put pressure on President Roosevelt to keep America out of World War II. It was mostly a respectable group of citizens but there were some at the top, notably flying ace Charles Lindbergh, who had more than a little fondness for Hitler’s Germany,” writes Heather Digby Parton, winner of the 2014 Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism. “His mass deportation and torture policies are already close enough.”
Parton adds: “Trump has expressed true admiration for only four leaders: Generals Douglas MacArthur and George S. Patton, both of whom were removed from duty for exceeding their authority, and authoritarian strongmen Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un. He says all the time, “We’ve got to be strong,” by which he means dominant.” [Salon Mar 29/16]
Trump’s Lies And Mockery
“He persistently lied about American Muslims cheering 9/11,” reminds Scott Eric Kaufman. “He openly mocked the reporter’s disability before a crowd of cheering Republicans in South Carolina. [Salon Nov 27/15]
President-elect Trump intends to deport 11 million people
Trump & The KKK
“In November, on a weekend in which he said that a black protester, at a rally in Alabama, deserved to be ‘roughed up,’ Trump retweeted a graphic composed of false racist statistics on crime; the graphic, it was discovered, originated from a neo-Nazi account that used as its profile image a variation on the swastika.
In January, he retweeted the account ‘@WhiteGenocideTM,’ which identified its location as ‘Jewmerica’.
“Shortly before the Iowa caucuses, a pro-Trump robocall featured several white supremacists, including the [racist] author Jared Taylor,” reports Evan Osnos.
Trump “retweeted a Mussolini quote… When asked, on NBC, if he wanted to associate himself with Mussolini, he said that he wanted ‘to be associated with interesting quotes.’White Supremacist David “Duke offered his strongest support for the candidate, telling radio listeners that a vote for one of Trump’s rivals would be ‘treason to your heritage’.
KKK wesbite endorses Trump
“Trump had hoped to focus on his endorsement by Governor Chris Christie, of New Jersey. Christie… appeared on the front page of the Daily News as the ‘MAN WITH A KLAN,’ with his picture beside a group of hooded Klansmen. The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi news site that long ago endorsed Trump, awarded Christie the title ‘Heroic Deputy’. [New Yorker Feb 26/16]
Trump The Thug
When working on Trump profile in the late 1990s, Mark Singer said to the future President of the United States, “O.K., I guess I’m asking, do you consider yourself ideal company?”
“You really want to know what I consider ideal company?” Trump replied. “A total piece of ass.”
“Trump has encouraged his supporters to rough up protesters. ‘Get ’em out of here!’ he yells. ‘I’d like to punch him in the face.’
“Trump has garnered a remarkably disagreeable persona… callous, rude, arrogant, and lacking in empathy,” Dan P. McAdams continues for The Atlantic. “The emotional core around which Donald Trump’s personality constellates is anger…”
Remember, McAdams concludes, “The president of the United States is… a symbol, for the nation and for the world, of what it means to be an American.” [Atlantic June/16]
“He checks off every box on the list of authoritarian traits,” writes John Dean, former counsel to the president.
Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly raised Trump’s sexist behavior at the first GOP debate on August 6, 2015, reminding him: “You have called women you don’t like ‘fat pigs’, ‘dogs’, ‘slobs’, and ‘disgusting animals,” which resulted in his later calling Kelly a “bimbo,” who was bleeding from her “whatever.”
Trump announced he would deport some eleven million illegal Mexicans from the United States, warning, “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists…”
On December 7, 2015 Trump called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” [Alternet Jan 22/16]
Trump supporters and protesters clash -Guardian
“There are the allegations of assaults against women at his rallies, the disparaging of Carly Fiorina and Heidi Cruz’s looks, and the Twitter war with Megyn Kelly,” enumerates Giorgio Selvaggio.
Trump’s message to all women: Be attractive and don’t talk back. [Alternet Apr 29/16]
“We can talk about whether he is a boor ('My fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has been well documented, are various other parts of my body'), a creep ('If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her') or a louse (he tried to bully an elderly woman, Vera Coking, out of her house in Atlantic City because it stood on a spot he wanted to use as a garage),” reports Steven Rosenfeld, who calls the Donald “a vulgar, two-bit Caesar.” [Alternet Jan 24/16]
The Donald Is A Sociopath
“Throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has waved around his book, The Art of the Deal, to bolster his image as a smooth negotiator and skilled leader,” observes Sarah Lazare.
“Now, Tony Schwartz – the man who says he actually wrote the book and is listed as its coauthor—is publicly expressing remorse for promoting the image of a man he describes as a ‘sociopath’.
‘I put lipstick on a pig,” he told The New Yorker. ‘I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.’
Schwartz added, ‘Trump has been written about a thousand ways from Sunday, but this fundamental aspect of who he is doesn’t seem to be fully understood… And that is that it’s impossible to keep him focused on any topic, other than his own self-aggrandizement, for more than a few minutes, and even then.’
Since most people are “constrained by the truth,” Schwartz went on to comment, Trump’s indifference to it “gave him a strange advantage.” [Alternet July 18/16]