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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Hillary Clinton Busted on Bosnia and Caught On Film

Major hat tip to Moderate Voice.

Hillary Clinton has been making claims about her experience, to which some have come out and contradicted her outright. One example was the her claim that she was a major part of the Good Friday Agreement for Northern Ireland to which Lord Trimble of Lisnagarvey, Nobel Prize winner and former First Minister of the province says that Hillary Clinton's claim that she played a role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland, is "a wee bit silly", and others involved called her no more than a cheerleader.

Then her criticism of NAFTA and her claim that she was opposed to it, has been called into question by people who were present at a November 10, 1993 pro-NAFTA meeting for businesswomen.

Laura E. Jones, executive director of the United States Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel, was there and said, "That's ludicrous. There was no question that everyone who spoke including the First Lady was for NAFTA, it was a rally on behalf of NAFTA to help it get passed. It's unquestionable. And there are many people out there who were there who remember the incident who work in this industry."

That is confirmed by Julia K. Hughes, senior vice president of the same organization, who asserts, "This is such a non issue to us, because obviously it was a pro-NAFTA group and a pro-NAFTA event. It was a 100 percent pro-NAFTA event. No one suggested any inklings of doubt since part of the agenda was to promote enthusiasm for passage of NAFTA."

When asked straight out if that included Hillary Clinton, the answer was clear, "Absolutely. She was the highlight of the event. She was absolutely the capper to the event. It was a positive rally. I assure you if there had even been a hint of waffling from her -- because we were in the last days before NAFTA passed and it was a pretty hectic time -- we would have freaked out."

Now that over 11,000 documents have been released showing the former First Lady's schedules, many questions have arisen from them, but the Good Friday Agreement and the NAFTA discussion could still be seen, reasonably, as a "he said she said" type of problem.

The Video you are about to watch is different though... Hillary claims, publicly that a trip to Bosnia in 1996, was so rife with danger that they had to land "under sniper fire" and "no greeting ceremony", she also says, they "ran with our heads down and was basically told to run to our cars".

It was plausible and could have been believed except for the fact that there was news coverage, film footage of that trip showing her being greeted, the only thing covering her head was her hair and no one was running and there was no gunfire. (YouTube URL here)

When it is one memory versus another memory, one can reasonably believe either person, but when it is Hillary Clinton saying something that is contradicted by film itself, this poses a big credibility problem.

The Washington Post says there are "numerous problems with Clinton's version of events."

One of the Washington Post reporters, John Pomfret, covered that trip to Bosnia and according to him 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 8-year-old Muslim girl, Emina Bicakcic, read a poem in English. An Associated Press photograph of the greeting ceremony, below, shows a smiling Clinton bending down to receive a kiss.

The contradicted claims and the video evidence of extreme exaggeration brings into question every claim of executive experience she makes now.