Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The Smartest Woman in the World

Former President Clinton, campaigning for future President Clinton, has declared Hillary the smartest woman in the world. Again. This was a common remark during the eight years of the former's reign in D.C. Hillary is just so darn smart.

Her Smartness made a bit of a boo boo recently picked up by, concerning the upcoming Iowa caucus. The caucus takes place on January 3, as anyone with a working television will tell you by now, no matter which state in which you live, yet while passing out pledge cards for potential supporters, the date listed was January 14, a full eleven days late. Her caucus supporters cards read: "I, ______, pledge to support Hillary Clinton at my precinct caucus on January 14, 2008." Oops.

Even though Hillary isn't to blame for this error, as I am sure it is the work of her minions toiling away for Her Smartness, just for the pleasure to fawn over her, that made the mistake. But, following on the idea that she is the smartest woman in the whole wide world, wouldn't she put smart people in place in her campaign offices? Just asking a question.

And the obvious reference to bias is in play, as you can just imagine what a story this would have been if a Republican candidate had made the mistake.

This week has brought about two articles from major newsrags questioning the 'experience' Her Smartness claims to have. The New York Times, of all newspapers, and the International Herald Tribune have asked legitimate questions, you know, like journalists used to do, and are scratching their collective heads as the rest of us are about her claims. What exactly does she point to when questioned about experience? Sure, she traveled to 79 countries, as it the popular talking point I heard from talking pundits today, but so what? We all remember her and her husband's love of taxpayer funded jaunts around the world. Not to mention the perk it was to big donors.

"In seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, Clinton lays claim to two traits nearly every day: strength and experience. But as the junior senator from New York, she has few significant legislative accomplishments to her name. She has cast herself, instead, as a first lady like no other: a full partner to her husband in his administration, and , she says, all the stronger and more experienced for her 'eight years with a front-row seat on history.'" That from the International Herald Tribune on Tuesday, Dec. 25. "Her time in the White House was a period of transition in foreign policy and national security, with the Cold War over and the threat of Islamic terrorism still emerging. As a result, while in the White House she was never fully a part of either the old school that had been focused on the Soviet Union and the possibility of nuclear war nor part of the more recent strain of national security thinking defined by issues like non state threats and the proliferation of nuclear technology."

"During those two terms in the White House, Clinton did not hold a security clearance. She did not attend National Security Council meetings. She was not given a copy of the president's daily intelligence briefing. She did not assert herself on the crises in Somalia, Haiti or Rwanda. And during one of President Bill Clinton's major tests on terrorism, whether to bomb Afghanistan and Sudan in 1998, Clinton was barely speaking to her husband, let alone advising him, as the Lewinsky scandal dragged on." Ouch.

I read a book in the mid 1990's as bin Laden was coming to the forefront in terror related headlines. It was called "The War Against America" and the author is Laurie Mylroie. Who is Ms. Mylroie? She was an advisor to Bill Clinton as he ran for president in 1992. She has taught at Harvard University and the U.S. Naval War College. She is quite knowledgeable on the subject of terror and her book focuses on the first World Trade Center attack in 1993.

"The Clinton administration has consistently turned a blind eye to the clear and obvious dangers that Saddam poses. If America's leadership continues to deal with Saddam in that fashion, we must be prepared to see further acts of violence that are more successful, more brutal and more devastating." That is a quote from the intro written by James Woolsey, former head of the CIA, who also resigned from association with the Clinton administration over their non-serious thoughts on the war against terror.

After 9/11, Ms. Mylroie was in demand on the talking heads shows for her knowledge and thoughts on the upcoming responses to threats of terror. Her fears proved true.

The Clinton administration went into the usual bunker style mode, the kind they accuse the Bush administration of, and denounced Ms. Mylroie as someone who really didn't know what she was talking about.

And, let's not forget that Her Smartness, in 1999, sat quietly at an event on the West Bank with Suha Arafat, wife of Arafat, as she accused Israel of poisoning Palestinian women and children by gas. As she bid goodbye, Her Smartness kissed Suha goodbye and the Jewish community Hillary was courting for votes while running for NY Senator was rightfully critical of the gesture.

And the health care debacle under her supervision is her only major attempt on domestic policy. There is absolutely nothing for her to crow about as far as her success as a junior Senator from N.Y. is concerned.

Her recent Christmas greeting showing her labeling 'gifts' to the American people, like universal health care and pre-K, ending the war, etc., were not her gifts to give. She knows it plays well to the sheeple, though, and her taxpayer funded 'gifts' were shown all warm and cuddly.

Today she made the statement that when she is President, it is never 'if', she'll lower the price of gasoline immediately just by her election because she is putting beaucoup bucks into 'alternative energy' projects. She is not so smart after all. It'll sharply increase the price at the pump, as will her plans to take away the tax incentives to "evil Big Oil". Anyone notice what the increase in ethanol has done to the price of groceries lately?

Oh, wait, that's probably George W. Bush's fault.


GrEaT sAtAn'S gIrLfRiEnD said...

Now that was a great post - I love it when you lay on the line. It shares the same effect that Oprah had coming out for Obama - you know, saying it's ok and cool NOT to go HRC. This post tends to point out some very crucial concerns that Foreign Policy wonkettes like me think about. Come to think of it - hardly anyone in a certain poli party has any more expertise to handle FP, presidents for life, corrupt royalty in ray bans and dictators than any one else running in that very same party.

Smartest woman in the world? Then why the heck is she hanging with Sandy Berger? Good night - talk about shooting your cred in the foot. Smartest woman in the world? NOT!

Paul is a Hermit said...

Obama has nothing to speak of in the way of experience either, yet one of them will represent half of the country or more, hopefully less.
To me, it is who is best at B.S. and masking their faults. You'd think Clinton would have a lock on the nomination then.
Bill Clinton's claim aside, the Democrats plan to push their "first ever" candidate onto a novelty loving America.

srp said...

Hilary Clinton is a mean, hateful woman who is out to get power for number 1... herself. She no more cares about the individual American than Osama Bin Laden does. While I think it likely that she will be the Democratic candidate and possibly president, I certainly pray that this will not happen. I see nothing good in our future if it is so.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

A very good part of me hopes that Clinton is the Democratic pick. I just think she comes with so much baggage, she will be much easier to beat over Obama. I think he's weak on substance, but there are still so many people that seem smitten by his freshness. I'm talking about everyday people I meet. In contrast, I know very liberal, Democratic voters who don't trust Hillary, are angry with her over her war positioning, and others who are tired of Bush-Clinton-Bush and then another Clinton, again.

Conservative Belle said...

Oh my goodness. I laughed so hard when I read about the caucus card error. I think Her Smartness probably had to be sedated when she heard that one.

Ron Simpson said...

I think she is being sunk by her baggage. She has too much junk following her around. It would be like Don Corleone running for President. Too many people know too much of the truth--no matter how hard she tries to silence them.