At the end of the year in which Hillary Clinton left her position as Secretary of State, 2013, the Obama regime’s USA was voted, in Win/Gallup’s global poll, as the greatest threat to peace in the world, with the runner-up, US-ally Pakistan, receiving three times fewer votes, and Russia receiving twelve times fewer votes.
This was largely due to multiple international crimes committed by the US, such as aggressive bombings and subversions of elected governments, which were co-schemed and staunchly advocated by Hillary Clinton, and ultimately ordered and perpetrated by Barack Obama.
While “respected conservative political commentator Norman Ornstein” writes in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences journal that the Republican Party is a “radical insurgency – ideologically extreme, scornful of facts and compromise”, historian Roger Morris, PhD, in his best-selling examination of the Clintons and their sleazy and criminal deeds along their rise to power, finds that the Democratic Party, although in his opinion the “lesser of evils”, is “equally bereft, corrupt, and unable or unwilling to face itself.” (468-9)
In the spirit of hope and change, Hillary Clinton’s violent crimes and shady dealings:
Hillary Clinton supported, in the 1980s, the US-proxy terrorist insurgency in Nicaragua known as the Contras.
Nicaragua pressed charges against the US at the International Court of Justice, which ruled in favor of Nicaragua and demanded the US pay approximately $18 billion in reparations for unlawful use of force, i.e. terrorism and aggression. The US refused, and instead vetoed Security Council resolutions that both condemned its actions and called on all countries to adhere to international law. The US then increased its terrorism against Nicaragua, and did not issue notice to the world that it was now okay for other people to follow the US example and reject court rulings.
- With Hillary Clinton as his close “partner in power”, Bill Clinton was likely involved in coordinating drug and gun shipments into and out of the US through a rural airstrip in Mena, Arkansas. The federal government was running Contra operations from the airbase while Clinton was governor of that state. (see Morris)
- Of the corruption of the ‘Clinton Foundation’, Ken Silverstein notes in Harper’s Magazine:
“…the Clintons have used their foundation for crass profiteering and influence peddling. If the Justice Department and law enforcement agencies do their jobs, the foundation will be closed and its current and past trustees, who include Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton, will be indicted. That’s because their so-called charitable enterprise has served as a vehicle to launder money and to enrich Clinton family friends.
“The Clinton Foundation is a professionally structured money-laundering operation” that operates a “dirty slush fund.”
“Its biggest donors include some truly wonderful people and countries. There are, to name a few, the torture-happy, terror-exporting government of Saudi Arabia; a foundation controlled by Victor Pinchuk, a Ukrainian oligarch accused of bribery and corruption; and Frank Giustra, a penny-stock artist who became filthy rich with the generous assistance of Bill Clinton. In 2008, a former Kazakh official told reporters that Giustra, who established the CGEP with Clinton, donated millions to the foundation after Clinton helped him purchase uranium deposits in Kazakhstan. (At the time, Giustra denied this claim, pointing out that he had been engaged in mining deals in Kazakhstan since the 1990s.)”
“The Clinton Foundation has received more than $1 billion over the years to purchase HIV/AIDS drugs for poor people in Africa, Asia, and elsewhere. However, [it] … clearly spent far, far less than it took in. In fact, the unit’s accounting practices were so shoddy that its license was revoked by the state of Massachusetts, where it was headquartered.”
“Democrats and Clinton apologists will write these accusations off as conspiracy mongering and right-wing propaganda, but it’s an open secret to anyone remotely familiar with accounting and regulatory requirements for charities that the financial records are deliberately misleading.”
- Hillary Clinton supported aggressive US invasions of or attacks against Haiti (1994, US-backed overthrow of Haitian democracy), Bosnia (1995 – see below. At the end of 2013, nearly half of Bosnia and Herzegovina – 49% – viewed US as greatest threat to world peace, with no other country coming close), and Kosovo (1999 – see below).
- Hillary Clinton supported the Bill Clinton regime’s illegal bombing of Yugoslavia, an act of aggression which Wesley Clark, the top US/NATO general involved, and who recently advocated interning “radicals” in the US, calculated would worsen, not improve, the conflict. As was reported at the time, the US, with Hillary Clinton’s approval, “began bombing Yugoslavia with no consideration for the possible impact on the Albanian people of Kosovo.”
- For her part, Hillary Clinton personally called Bill from Africa at the time and later reported of their conversation: “I urged him to bomb.”
- As General Clark had warned, the illegal bombing campaign worsened the regional violence; it was followed by an increase in atrocities by both the besieged Serb and the US-backed KLA forces.
- In the year before the US bombing, as documented in a British Parliamentary report, the conflict had died down and was only being sustained by members of the KLA who, on record, said they were staging attacks to try to induce a response from the Serbs and create a pretext for US/NATO to bomb, which would allow for further KLA conquest.
- Thanks to the bombing, “Kosovo[,] with its massive U.S. army base, has become a global center of human, human-organ and narcotics trafficking…”
- The US/NATO bombing, along with direct US support for importing foreign fighters into the region, helped create a base in the “heart of Europe” that has linked militant elements from the Middle East to Europe and contributed towards recent attacks there.
- Amnesty International released a report which stated that NATO forces targeted civilian Serbian radio, killing civilians.
- The bombing caused great damage to local civilians, including death, injury, severe pollution, including through the US use of munitions made out of radioactive nuclear waste, called “depleted uranium”.
- Among many other locations, US/NATO detonated explosives in the Ministry of Education in Novi Sad, premises which administered social welfare programs.
- Novi Sad residents point out that the irony that Novi Sad was so heavily targeted by US/NATO also lies in the fact that during the time of the bombing, the city was ruled by the local Democratic Opposition, which was against the Serb regime in Belgrade.
- US/NATO continues to occupy the territory it conquered, which was formerly neutral and had resisted siding in the Cold War and joining NATO.
- A staffer for Bernie Sanders noted at the time, after resigning in protest of Sanders’ support for the aggression, that “a genuine humanitarian concern for the Kosovars would be evidenced in massive [US] emergency airlifts and a few billion dollars right now devoted to aiding the refugees”. US action, he said, instead supported the assertion (voiced by officials involved in the bombing) that “the goal of U.S. policy is not to save the Kosovars”, and carrying out bombings was “not a means of protecting the Kosovars”. Rather, he noted, the US/NATO were engaging in “deliberate selection of civilian targets, including residential neighborhoods, auto factories, broadcasting stations, and hydro-electric power plants”.
- Well known to Hillary Clinton, similar or worse crimes than those cited by the US as its pretext for bombing Yugoslavia were simultaneously being carried out by the US itself and its clients/allies including Turkey, Indonesia, and Israel, with direct US participation.
- For example, the Clinton regime supplied 80% of the weapons to Turkey to be used to ethnically cleanse the region of Kurds, and US arms shipments to Turkey increased during the height of Turkey’s atrocities, which involved “every conceivable kind of torture and massacre”.
- Hillary Clinton did not “urge” her husband to bomb any of the criminal states the US was supporting, or to bomb criminals in Washington for what they were doing. Like any good expansionist, she chooses to attack only those targets whose defeat will allow expansion of US military hegemony into as-yet unconquered areas, and omits/dismisses/excuses/justifies the crimes of the US and groups already under its thumb. (Ch. 4)
- In 2000, Hillary Clinton said she favored continuing the illegal US embargo against Cuba.
- Ricardo Alarcon, PhD, calls the illegal embargo the most “prolonged genocide in history”.
- Evo Morales, president of Bolivia, has said of that blockade that the “U.S government practices genocide against the Cuban people”.
- This year, the vote against the illegal US embargo was 191 to 2 – the world against the US and Israel.
- With the US isolated and threatened with being kicked out of important hemispheric organizations, Obama has finally begun to lighten US terrorism against Cuba, which he had originally increased.
- Hillary Clinton supported the US’s illegal bombing and invasion of Afghanistan, which has killed tens of thousands (and potentially hundreds of thousands) of people, according to the most recent comprehensive study.
- In 2001, Clinton called John Walker Lindh, a former US soldier who was tortured in US custody, a traitor for “supporting” the Taliban (see here). She made this statement long before his trial (an ethical violation Obama also committed regarding Chelsea Manning). However, research has revealed no record of Clinton condemning as traitors any of the many US government officials or corporate executives who, on record and openly under her husband’s regime, supported the Taliban:
- The US supported the efforts of oil company Unocal to cooperate with the Taliban to build a natural gas pipeline through Afghanistan. Meetings were being held for that purpose up to September 11, 2001. There was also a telephone company interested in Afghanistan.
- Unocal’s pipeline project would have brought natural gas from Turkmenistan to Pakistan by crossing through Afghanistan—a route purportedly preferable to alternative routes through Russia or Iran.
- Unocal CEO John Imle estimated that the company spent between $15 and $20 million on its Central Asia gas pipeline (CentGas) project, including on efforts to lobby the Taliban
- Unocal also equipped the Taliban with advanced technologies, such as satellite phones.
- “…Unocal –– had very close relations with the Taliban. They took their leaders on junkets to their home bases, they gave them substantial help in the form of office equipment, and they gave medical treatment to many of their leaders. Unocal set up a training school for the Taliban in Kandahar.”
- “[W]hen a Clinton official was reminded that the Taliban persecuted women, he said, “We can live with that.
- “…a strong campaign [was] waged by rights activists in America, particularly the Feminist Majority led by Eleanor Smeal and Mavis Leno, which lobbied Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright very fiercely to stop the Unocal project and come out against the Taliban’s repression of women. [But] the Clinton administration viewed the Taliban’s rise favorably… [because, in addition to other strategic reasons] the U.S. wanted to build this pipeline. There was a lot of support from the Pentagon and the State Department for the Unocal effort.”
- “…as it became clearer that Taliban policy-makers were beginning to lean toward Bridas [a non-US oil company] by late 1997, the Clinton administration responded by suddenly paying heed to human rights/women’s rights groups who had been protesting Taliban conduct for the past two years. In November 1997, after years of relative quiet, Clinton’s Secretary of State Madeleine Albright publicly condemned the Taliban’s treatment of women… [but] it was only when absolute [US] control of that oil was challenged that the Taliban regime was openly discredited…”
- “[In] August 1998, … the US embassy bombings in East Africa (attributed to Usama bin Laden) prompted [Bill] Clinton to… call for the Taliban to expel Bin Laden. Interestingly, the latter’s presence in Afghanistan since 1996 had not stalled the courtship of the previous years, despite being implicated in earlier acts of ‘terror’” (ibid)
- The US had also been sanctioning Pakistan, but Clinton removed the sanctions to befriend Pakistan so the planned pipeline could run through its territory to the coast. (ibid)
- Lindh’s lawyers filed voluminous documents establishing that he is the only person ever prosecuted for supporting the Taliban, even though many firms and individuals had continued doing business with the Taliban after Bill Clinton issued the executive order Lindh was accused of violating.
- Afghanistan was stable in the late 1970s and had featured strong women’s rights until the US, as it did in Nicaragua, assembled a proxy army to conquer the country. After intentionally contributing towards the deaths of about two million people (a high US official, Brzezinski, said the US wanted to give the USSR, which was backing the stable Afghan government, “its Vietnam”) and helping to bring the Taliban to power, then, when it was uncooperative, pushing it out of power and killing thousands, the US got an agreement from the US-installed Karzai regime to build gas pipelines running from Turkmenistan, through Afghanistan, to Pakistan’s coast. More info here.
- However, the Taliban later came back to prominence, and then, as Obama’s sec. of state, Hillary Clinton again tried to get the Taliban to cooperate on the gas pipeline. (ibid)
- As a person close to a VP of a major oil company told me, it is “hard to tell where oil companies end and governments begin.” Illustrating this dynamic, Hillary Clinton offered her personal guarantee of US government backing to Chevron to increase Chevron’s credibility in pursuing the Afghanistan gas pipeline project:
- “…both Chevron and Exxon-Mobil have expressed interest in TAPI [the pipeline from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan].” However, Turkmenistan wanted a firm signal that the US government was committed. That signal came from Hillary Clinton. The president of Turkmenistan received “a letter backing Chevron’s project from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.” (quoted WSJ article here)
- After Clinton guaranteed US government backing for Chevron to build the pipeline, Obama sent his own personal letter to the president of Turkmenistan, backing Chevron and “emphasizing a common interest in helping develop Afghanistan and expressing [his] support for TAPI [pipeline] and his desire for a major U.S. firm to construct it.” (WSJ)
- In 2012, Obama boasted that “We’ve added enough new oil and gas pipeline to encircle the Earth and then some.”
- As Secretary of State, Clinton backed a major escalation of the US invasion of Afghanistan.
- With Clinton’s encouragement, Obama escalated the invasion from 30,000 to 100,000 soldiers or more.
- Of the 2,300 American soldiers who have died in the 12-year-old Afghan War, about 1,670 (or more than 70 percent) have died since Obama took office. Many were killed in the surge Gates, Petraeus and Clinton pushed for.
- As noted, US/NATO plan to remain indefinitely.
- Hillary Clinton supported and voted for the illegal US invasion of Iraq, a major crime of aggression and terrorism. The invasion resulted in the most deadly war for journalists in history, destabilized the entire region, inspired and allowed the creation and rise of ISIS, and has directly and indirectly killed somewhere from a million to 2 million or more people.
- On October 11, 2002, Clinton voted in favor of the invasion, committing the “supreme crime”, as defined by the US.
- “Former administration officials also tell TIME that Clinton was an advocate for maintaining a residual troop force after the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq… ” – TIME
- “As Obama [following Bush’s timetable for withdrawal, created under Iraqi pressure] began withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, Clinton supported an effort to leave behind several thousand soldiers…” – TIME
- Clinton claims she opposed the Iraq ‘surge’, a euphemism for a massive escalation of the invasion, for purely political reasons, while personally supporting it, and even reportedly saying “The Iraq surge worked”, here.