Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton: Least Fit of Them All

Clinton's intervention in Libya discredits her claim that she learned the lesson of Iraq.

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Even considering that no one is fit to be president— in that no one should be able to command a state, which rules by threatening and committing violence against innocents—Hillary Clinton is especially unfit. No one who has done what she has done as a government official should be rewarded with power.

Many things in her career could impose this special disqualification. Her vote for George W. Bush's criminal and lie-based Iraq war, for example, would be more than enough to rule her out. That political ambition now prompts her to express regret for her vote should count for nothing, especially in light of what is to be discussed below. When she says she learned her lesson, she lies.

Likewise, her declaration of open-season on Syrian President Assad gave a boost to the Islamic State and al-Qaeda affiliates.

But if no other horrors were on her record, one should be enough to bar her from office: Libya. It would be hard to find a better example of how one person can wreak havoc on a society and create far-ranging catastrophes beyond.

In 2011 the U.S. government led a NATO air assault on Libya under doubly false pretenses. Falsehood number one was that Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi was threatening to wipe out hundreds of thousands of residents of Benghazi. As was noted at the time, including by the Defense Intelligence Agency, there was no evidence for this claim and much reason to disbelieve it. Falsehood number two was related to the first: that NATO's mission was to protect civilians, when in fact it was to help the rebel opposition overthrow Gaddafi's government, after which he was murdered extra-judicially by rebels.

The result of the Libya intervention is well-known. The country is in chaos, with al-Qaeda- and ISIS-affiliated guerrillas running wild. With U.S. oversight, heavy arms from Gaddafi's arsenal flowed freely to rebels in Syria who either were bin Ladenites or alleged "moderates" eager to sell the arms to ISIS. Clinton brags that the intervention is a good example of "smart power," which speaks volumes about her.

The U.S. military and Secretary of War Robert Gates did not want to intervene in Libya. But then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her co-conspirators Susan Rice and Samantha Power did, and Barack Obama sided with them. Even after the intervention was underway it would have been possible to limit the damage, but it was not to be. As investigative journalist Gareth Porter explains:

The JCS warned that overthrowing the Gaddafi regime would serve no US security interest, but would instead open the way for forces aligned with al-Qaeda to take over the country. After the Obama administration went ahead with a NATO air assault against the Gaddafi regime the US military sought to head off the destruction of the entire Libyan government. General Carter Ham, the commander of AFRICOM, the US regional command for Africa gave the State Department a proposal for a ceasefire to which Gaddafi had agreed. It would have resulted in Gaddafi's resignation but retain the Libyan military's capacity to hold off jihadist forces and rescind the sanctions against Gaddafi's family.

But the State Department refused any negotiation with Gaddafi on the proposal. Immediately after hearing that Gaddafi had been captured by rebel forces and killed, Clinton famously joked in a television interview, 'We came, we saw, he died' and laughed."

Did Hillary Clinton, who admires Henry Kissinger, honestly believe her intervention was a humanitarian mission? Not bloody likely. How do we know? Her own emails tell us so. In the latest Clinton email dumpBrad Hoff of Levant Report found "truly explosive confirmations…: admissions of rebel war crimes, special ops trainers inside Libya from nearly the start of protests, Al Qaeda embedded in the U.S. backed opposition, Western nations jockeying for access to Libyan oil, the nefarious origins of the absurd Viagra mass rape claim, and concern over Gaddafi's gold and silver reserves threatening European currency."

The intervention, which brought incalculable death and mayhem to Libya, Syria, and Mali, was no innocent blunder, and it discredits Hillary Clinton's claim that she learned the lesson of Iraq. No one is fit to exercise power, but Hillary Clinton is the least fit of all.

This piece originally appeared on Richman's "Free Association" blog. 

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  1. The hilldabeast isnt fit to be a prison lunchlady, let alone president. Not to mention that she and her husband have masterminded and/or perpetrated more murders than has the entire population of Rikers prison.

    1. I would tend to believe it, but I TRY not be gullible. Which murders? Wars waged by Bill while president? Or is there some truth (proof) of foul play when they were still in AK? Was it drugs? I remember seeing something on TV many years ago about the Clintons. There was mention of a few people disappearing, but at the time, I thought it was like one of those shows Leonard Nimoy used to host. I didn’t pay much attention.

      I believe they are a dangerous couple. Their lust for power and wealth is astounding. But I’d need proof before I believe they committed more murders than all inmates of Rikers.

      She’s not qualified because of her reckless care of State secrets.

      1. If you look at the outcome of the Nuremberg war crimes trials, in the charter of which starting an unprovoked war Bush 2 style is defined as a capital crime, you’ll find that many were convicted and punished not for actually giving the orders, but for voluntarily supporting them. Mrs. Clinton probably falls into this category, although only a trial could determine the exact extent of her culpability. As a U.S. senator, the wife of an ex-president, and a person of considerable influence and connections, she certainly had the power to investigate the ‘intelligence’ being used to promote the war. But she did not. The calculation is pretty obvious: Support the war; if it comes out well, we (the Democrats) were in on it; if badly, it belongs to Bush. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed, mutilated, tortured, terrorized, imprisoned, impoverished because of this calculation of political self-interest. The only possible defenses would be incompetence and stupidity.

        In regard to her subsequent career, I think it is obvious that regardless of her morals (or wits) she is basically passive and easily led, often with disastrous results. Perhaps a similar excuse applies.

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  3. Outfits like Citigroup and Goldman Sachs certainly consider her fit, and put up loads of money to see that she gets what she wants.

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  5. Even when I agree with the title of one of Sheldon’s articles it still manages to be unreadable dreck.

  6. “Her vote for George W. Bush’s criminal and lie-based Iraq war”

    Stopped reading right there. And despise Hillary….

    1. “No one is fit to exercise power, but Hillary Clinton is the least fit of all.”

      Stopped reading right there.

      1. Funny, that’s the same line that made me think, “Finally, a really good article from Richman!”

        But then, I’m not a statist.

      2. “Sheldon Richman”

        Stopped reading right there.

  7. No one who has done what she has done as a government official should be rewarded with power.

    Are you kidding? That’s the perfect resume!

  8. I would extend this point to anyone that is advocating her hates America. I’m no tea party right winger either. Pick Bernie or draft Biden, I don’t care. There are many democrats that I would be more than happy to support but if Clinton is on the ballot in 2016, I will not vote for one democrat for any office no matter what in protest. My god, even the blow hard Donald Trump is a better choice that Hillary. She has consistently lied, placed herself above the law, treated other terribly, and abused the women that were brave enough to speak out about her criminally abusive husband.

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  14. The fact that she is: “Least Fit of Them All,” is the very reason why they will rig it so that she wins. The puppet masters have no use for wise competent people with integrity who would honestly, honourably and loyally serve their people and put right the treasonous terrorist actions of the USA abroad.

    Hillary Clinton is Biblical Jezebel brought back to life. Metaphorically the American people are Naboth and the USA is Naboth’s vineyard.

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