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Bill Clinton is an Unusually Good Liar and Hillary is No Slouch
April 14, 2008 — politically speaking, that was eons ago. New York Magazine ran an article that day by Kurt Andersen about Bill Clinton titled “Falling Out of Love with Bill.” It began by focusing on one of the former president’s most visible attributes: he’s a consummate liar:
Bill Clinton is our great living exemplar of Sam Goldwyn’s great epigram: If you can fake sincerity, you’ve got it made. The joke, of course, is that sincerity is supposed to be more or less synonymous with honesty—truthfulness with a buttery frosting of earnestness. And although the honesty we want our presidents to embody isn’t merely (or even mainly) the literal Jimmy Carter kind (“I will never lie to you”), it’s an important part of the package.
Telling the truth, or not, has turned out to be a leitmotif of this election. “[Bill] Clinton’s an unusually good liar,” his fellow Democrat (and Hillary endorser) Bob Kerrey said of the president back around the time the First Lady was visiting postwar Bosnia. Thanks to the news footage of her unremarkable, sniper-free landing on the tarmac in Tuzla, we now know that Hillary Clinton is an equally brazen but unusually bad liar. (And her gratuitous fibbing has also served to turn one of her husband’s most significant accomplishments, imposing peace on the former Yugoslavia, into a setup for a joke.)
At the time, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were engaged in a slugfest as they vied for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. Even so, Hillary’s name came up in the article merely to contrast her inability to use deception skillfully with her husband’s artful lying. But practice makes perfect. After serving for four years as secretary of state, Hillary may not be as good a liar as Bill, but she’s no slouch, either.
Hillary’s ability to lie and get away with it was on display during the Benghazi hearing in the Senate as Jack Cashill pointed out in an article for American Thinker:
By 2012, the major media had become so comfortable with Clinton lies that not a single one among them pointed out the grotesque irony of having an unrepentant sexual predator keynote a Democratic Convention whose theme was the “Republican war on women.”
So accustomed had Hillary grown to having her lies glossed over that she grew increasingly indignant even at the timid questions Congress threw her way at last week’s Benghazi hearing. When asked by Senator Ron Johnson about her version of events, Hillary exploded in an outburst destined to be at least as famous as her “vast right wing conspiracy” jeremiad.
Said Hillary, summing up the state of public integrity in 2013, “What difference at this point does it make?” Say what you will, but today, that is a legitimate question.
Cashill is probably right about Hillary’s “What difference at this point does it make?” line going down in history as one of her most famous lies, but I think she outdid herself yesterday during her farewell address to state department staff. She said, “I am so grateful that we’ve had a chance to contribute in each of our ways to making our country and our world stronger, safer, fairer and better.”
That’s not true. To believe otherwise, is delusional. The world isn’t stronger, safer, fairer, or better, and Hillary played an important part during her eight years as first lady and her four years as secretary of state to help bring about what we see today. For example,
- Europe is coming unglued.
- The Middle East is degenerating into violent madness.
- Al Qaeda is taking over North Africa.
- Iran is on the verge of becoming a serious nuclear threat.
- The U.S. is morally bankrupt and stalled in a fiscal quagmire from which it cannot extricate itself.
- China is flexing its muscles in the Pacific.
Hillary isn’t solely responsible for our predicament, but as I said, she played an important part in making it happen. Never fear, though. The Obama administration won’t miss a beat because John Kerry, Hillary’s successor at the Department of State, is an accomplished liar, too, and so is his boss. The world is still “safe.”
This SnyderTalk editorial first appeared in American Thinker.
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Ezekiel 45: 1-6
“And when you divide by lot the land for inheritance, you shall offer an allotment to Yahweh, a holy portion of the land; the length shall be the length of 25,000 cubits, and the width shall be 20,000. It shall be holy within all its boundary round about. Out of this there shall be for the holy place a square round about five hundred by five hundred cubits, and fifty cubits for its open space round about. From this area you shall measure a length of 25,000 cubits and a width of 10,000 cubits; and in it shall be the sanctuary, the most holy place. It shall be the holy portion of the land; it shall be for the priests, the ministers of the sanctuary, who come near to minister to Yahweh, and it shall be a place for their houses and a holy place for the sanctuary. An area 25,000 cubits in length and 10,000 in width shall be for the Levites, the ministers of the house, and for their possession cities to dwell in. You shall give the city possession of an area 5,000 cubits wide and 25,000 cubits long, alongside the allotment of the holy portion; it shall be for the whole house of Israel.”
- God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘Yahweh, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This [Yahweh] is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.” (Exodus 3: 15)
- “Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 21)
- “Behold, the days are coming,” declares Yahweh, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, ‘Yahweh our righteousness.’” (Jeremiah 23: 5-6)
- Yeshua said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” (John 8: 58)
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Hosea 4: 6
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah: The Islamist Challenge from the Sahel Region and North Africa— The military operation launched by France against the Islamists in Mali on January 12, 2013, has a specific goal: to put a stop to the rampant and proliferating fundamentalist destabilization effort led by al-Qaeda in the Sahel region, whose virulent anti-Western approach is aimed at replacing existing regimes with Islamic autocracies ruled solely by Shari’a (Islamic law). Thus, the action in Mali is meant first and foremost to prevent a repetition of the Afghanistan syndrome where the Taliban took over the country, in order to deal a blow to terrorist organizations that have found a safe haven in the immensity of the Sahara Desert. These organizations have used this region in order to organize, train, and initiate terror attacks against local and foreign interests, not only in this particular area but also as a base for eventual terrorist actions in neighboring problematic countries (such as Nigeria) and in countries in Europe with a significant Muslim presence.
John Walcott: North Africa Seen as Terror Training Camp for Europeans— Islamist groups in northern Africa are trading personnel, equipment and expertise and pose a growing threat to potential targets there, including Western businesses and diplomats, according to U.S. officials. Three intelligence officials said that what they called cross-pollination among groups such as al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Ansar al-Dine and al Mulathameen have prompted U.S. agencies to focus more closely on the desert lands from Mauritania to Niger, especially in light of recent terrorist attacks in Libya, Algeria and Mali.
Abraham Katsman: The Israeli Election Winner is… William F. Buckley!—YeshAtid represents a Buckleyesque shift by Israeli voters away from deference to political careerists and generals, replacing them with apparently capable regular civilians unsullied by past politics.
Caroline Glick: Bibi’s coalition blues and Yair Lapid’s hangover—This week on The Tribal Update, the weekly satirical newscast brought to you by Latma (latma.co.il) the Hebrew-language satirical website I founded and run, we bring you a post-election roundup including an exclusive interview with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu discussing his travails in forming a coalition. We also give you a fly-on-the-wall account of the morning after Yair Lapid’s big night.
Peter Grier: Why Iran’s Nuclear Enrichment Upgrade May Be a “Game Changer”—Iran on Jan. 23 notified the International Atomic Energy Agency that it plans to introduce 3,000 upgraded centrifuges at its Natanz facility. “Iran’s installation of more efficient centrifuges at Natanz could be a game changer,” said Mark Fitzpatrick, director of the non-proliferation and disarmament program at the Institute for Science and International Security, on Thursday.
Jonathan Kay: Welcome to the New Arab World – Where No One Really Cares Much about Israel—For the populations of Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria, it as if the Israeli menace were merely an engrossing film that suddenly has come to an abrupt finale. The house lights have come on, and the viewers’ minds are returning to the real-life internal problems that have been festering in their autocratic societies for generations.
Johanna Ginsberg: A Scholar Defends Israel from Biased Criticism—Michael Curtis, author of the new book, Should Israel Exist? A Sovereign Nation Under Attack by the International Community, considers the UN to be the most egregious offender of justice where Israel is concerned. “There are 193 nations in the UN but Israel is the one that is picked out incessantly,” said Curtis, a distinguished professor emeritus of political science at Rutgers University. “”The rest of the world is barely material at all, and that includes places like Syria, Burundi, and Congo….To criticize Israel to the exclusion of other nations is inappropriate.”
Ali Salim: Jerusalem, Capital of Israel: An Islamic Prophecy—It is a violation of the will of Allah to sidestep calls for recognizing Jerusalem as the official capital of the Children of Israel, and moving the American embassy there. It ignores the prophecy of the Qur’an, which predicts the return of the Children of Israel to their land from the four corners of the earth, as it is written in Al-Isra, Verse 104: “And we said to the Children of Israel after him, ‘Dwell in the land, then, when the final and the last promise comes near, we shall bring you altogether as a mixed crowd.'”
Leo Rennert: U.N. advocates ethnic cleansing, Jews and Jerusalem are the target— The U.N. Human Rights Council has built a predictable pattern of Israel-bashing for some time. In fact, Israel is the only country that is automatically on the agenda of every council meeting. Over the years, the council has issued more resolutions about suspected Israeli human rights violations than by all other nations combined. Its bias is beyond redemption.
Brendan O’Neill: Did Israel Deceitfully Give Ethiopian Jews Birth Control Injections?—When it was reported earlier this week that Israeli officials had been giving birth control to arriving Ethiopian Jews “without their consent,” the international media had a field day. Ha’aretz says these African Jews were indeed given Depo-Provera, a birth-control injection that lasts for three months, but it has not been proven that they were given these injections deceitfully, without their consent. Ha’aretz says “the vast majority of the Ethiopian women who received Depo-Provera were aware it was birth control and received it willingly.”
Avigayil Kadesh: At Hospitals throughout Israel, Handshakes and Hugs between Arabs and Jews Are the Norm—In 1997, Detroit-born Larry Rich was taken to Emek Medical Center in Afula, Israel, after suffering a heart attack. “When I woke up in the cardiac intensive care…I saw Arab and Jewish physicians working together to save me. The medical center’s professional staff mirrors the national ratio: 20% is Arab, and 20% of the heads of medical departments are Arab Muslims or Christians, Druse or Circassians. Rich, today the director of development and international public relations at Emek, notes: “In the northeast, we are the primary healthcare provider for a population of 500,000, equally divided between Arabs and Jews.”
Paul Ames: France: Europe’s Army?—French troops have deployed in more than a dozen African missions during the past two decades. Before the Mali deployment, France had 4,750 troops on operations around the world, including 1,650 in Afghanistan, 950 in Chad, 900 in Lebanon, and 460 in Ivory Coast.
Evelyn Gordon: Israelis Vote for Continuity on Foreign and Defense Policy— It was an election whose results stunned pundits both in Israel and abroad, a “wide and deep repudiation” of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as some hastened to claim. And elections, as we know, have consequences. So are major changes expected in Israel’s foreign and defense policy? In a word, no.
Tawfik Hamid: Military Vs Morsi?— The so-called “Soccer Riots” are a reflection of the grave mistrust that many Egyptians are feeling. Following the riots, Morsi declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew on three major cities. Residents of Ismailia – including military officers and soldiers— refused to heed the curfew and started a soccer game in front of the main government building as an act of rebellion.
Dovid Efune: Ed Koch Passes Away on the Same Date as Daniel Pearl— In the years since I have served in my current role at The Algemeiner, I can’t say that I had come to know Ed Koch well, however, I did have the opportunity to discuss fundamental matters and pose probing questions to the beloved former New York Mayor, who died today, at pivotal moments.
Richard Landes: Palestinian Projections and the Workings of Jew-Hatred— The indispensable PMW has just published a translation of an article in Ma’an, the Palestinian news agency publication. PMW emphasizes the vicious anti-Semitism of the piece (Israel and “the Jews” are interchangeable) which is pervasive in Palestinian media, and the fact that Ma’an is supported by the EU, UNESCO, and the Dutch and Danish governments, presumably to encourage their journalism which, we all know, is equally professional everywhere and therefore supportive of civil society.
Roger L. Simon: Chuck Hagel Humiliates Chuck Schumer: Obama’s ‘Good Jews’ Revisited—What we learned on Thursday is that Chuck Hagel is less qualified to be Secretary of Defense than most of the students in my daughter’s high school history honors class. Chuck Schumer’s ringing endorsement of Hagel now seems like one mammoth embarrassment.
Bridget Johnson: Hagel Confirmation Hearing: The Mother of All Bombs— When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stepped before two congressional committees on Benghazi this month, she was ready for every question fielded at her and, save for the infamous “what does it matter” moment, didn’t crumple under the pressure. Today, President Obama was likely wishing some of that preparedness would have rubbed off on his Defense secretary nominee.
Timothy Gordon: Madison’s Republic—American constitutional problems took a while to show up, on account of the solid foundation of classical republicanism not taken out of the mix. But show up they did.
William A. Levinson: The Argument that Wins the ‘Assault Weapon’ Debate—”Because the Constitution says so” or “It’s my right” will not convince anybody whom the enemy is deluging with images of dead children, while the Glorious Leader uses children as human shields.
Blessings in the Book of Revelation is a book that you need to read, especially now. There are blessings throughout the Scriptures but Revelation is the only book in the Bible actually containing a specific blessing for reading it. It’s repeated twice, once at the beginning and again at the end. This is the reason that I believe Revelation should be the first step toward studying biblical prophecy. Though not easy to do, Revelation can be broken down and understood by anyone, not just the academic elite. So, Revelation’s blessings are for everyone. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
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- What Will You Do with the Rest of Your Life? deals with a question that every Christian has to consider: what should I do with my life? Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
- Falsely Accused is a true story about a young woman who was accused of committing a double homicide. It’s about a travesty of justice, and it reveals Yahweh intervening in the life of a believer to rescue her from danger in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Everyone will enjoy the book, but young people in particular need to read it because the mistakes made that led to the problem could have been avoided. They were the kinds of mistakes that young people are prone to make. As they say, forewarned is forearmed. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.