Wednesday, May 14, 2014
America's Jews Can't Trust Hillary Clinton - Listen To Words From Her Own Mouth To Islamists
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is making the rounds in the run up to her presidential race in 2016, and one of her stops today involved trawling for Jewish votes and Jewish money at the always reliably Left leaning and Obama friendly American Jewish Committee.
Today, she spoke at their annual Global Forum, doing some chest beating about what a tough Secretary of State she was on Iran:
Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state and likely Democratic presidential candidate, talked tough on Iran Wednesday morning, declaring that “no deal is better than a bad deal” and voicing skepticism regarding the chances of current negotiations to bear fruit.
Clinton, in a plenary address at the American Jewish Committee’s Global Forum, took credit for setting up a tough sanctions regime on Tehran and laying the groundwork for the current negotiations over a comprehensive nuclear agreement.
“When I left, we were in a position to really explore if we had set the table well enough,” Clinton said, recounting the work done between 2008 and 2012 in strengthening the sanctions regime, “revitalizing” the partnership with the other P5+1 powers — Russia, China, the UK, France and Germany — and “establishing bilateral connections.” [...]
Should talks fail, she warned, “the onus is on the Iranians” and “there will be room to restore the crippling sanctions in the future.” But even if a deal will be achieved, she said, “Iran’s support for terrorism and its aggressive behavior in the region remains a threat for ourselves and our allies.”
Clinton also spoke to her previous involvement in Washington’s attempts to broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, beginning with the efforts of her husband, president Bill Clinton, which brought about the Oslo Accord and Israel’s peace treaty with Jordan.
A key part of the American role, she said, was “to help leaders carve out the political space to negotiate” and to “make a persuasive case that the status quo is unmaintainable for both sides.” The latter point has been a major source of contention, with Secretary of State John Kerry facing fierce Israeli protests over his warning that in the absence of a two-state solution, Israel would become an apartheid state.
Describing the recent Hamas-Fatah reconciliation as “troubling,” Clinton said that the Islamist rulers of the Gaza Strip “must reject violence, honor previous agreements and accept Israel’s right to exist.”
“If not,” she warned, “they will remain a pariah.”
There was also, of course, the usual verbiage on how important Israel's security was to her.
We can always expect a certain flexibility when it comes to what most of us would regard a truth from Mrs. Clinton.
The truth of the matter is that she was hardly involved in any major matters of state at all during her tenure in the Obama Cabinet. The president appointed special envoys for most if not all of the important issues who reported directly to him, and even our UN Ambassador, for the first time in U.S. history, became a cabinet post reporting directly to the president rather than being under the State Department. Mrs. Clinton functioned essentially as a messenger girl, and not a particularly effective or respected one either.
As we also know now, the Iran sanctions were neither particularly tough or 'crippling', and she had little or no voice in dealing with Iran anyway. That was Valerie Jarrett's department.
While a significant portion of the membership of the AJC is not particularly concerned with Israel, once again, Mrs. Clinton's remarks to those that are ought to set off warning bells. While it's possible that Mrs. Cinton as First Lady might have had something to do with Yasser Arafat's coming to the Clinton White House more than any other foreign leader,his subsequent empowerment and the bloody fiasco that was Oslo, I'm not certain it's a good idea for her to brag about it as an accomplishment in the same speech where she talks terrorists being a 'pariah'. For that matter, in the past, back when the Obama Administration was facilitating Islamist Mohammed Morsi's control of Egypt, she's on record as having been just fine with the Obama Administration supporting Hamas and with Egypt breaking the Israel-Egypt peace treaty.
And those of us who follow such matters might remember that Mrs. Clinton's as Secretary of State when it came to Israel consisted of lying about previous American commitments to Israel in front of the press as well as a number of other instances and screaming at Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu for 45 minutes over the phone about some houses being built in a Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem.
But thoughtfully, Mrs Clinton had the courtesy to give Jews and anyone else who thinks America's alliance with Israel is important a warning not to believe a single word that comes out of her mouth.
Here's the proof of her real feelings about the matter and America's Jews, from a video of her speaking to Tunisian Islamists taken when she was a bit more off guard:
Nice of her to do that. But with her record, it's disturbing that the AJC would even give her a platform. Partisan politics has to end somewhere.