AS MORE AND MORE REASONED VOICES STEP FORWARD TO QUESTION FADED CELEBRITY BARRY O'S ATTEMPTED DEAL WITH IRAN, STEPHEN RADEMAKER STEPS FORWARD TO CALL IT A "FAUSTIAN DEAL."
AND THAT MIGHT MAKE MORE OF IMPRESSION IF MOST PEOPLE KNEW WHO RADEMAKER WAS OR IF THEY KNEW WHAT "FAUSTIAN" MEANT.
RADEMAKER IS THE FORMER HEAD OF THE BUREAU OF ARMS CONTROL AND THE FORMER HEAD OF THE BUREAU OF INTERNATIONAL SECURITY AND NONPROLIFERATION. SO THAT TAKES CARE OF THIS MEMBER OF THE PODESTA GROUP.
NO, IT'S NOT A SUBURB OF BOSTON.
NOR IS IT A BRONY EQUIVALENT FOR MEN WHO LOVE JANE AUSTEN.
FAUSTIAN MEANS THE DEVIL.
HE'S CALLING IT A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL.
IF ONLY PEOPLE COULD SPEAK PLAINLY.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Hillary, married to Bill Clinton, has been First Lady of the United States. In 2000, while in her final year as First Lady, she finally ran for elected office herself (in addition to being President of the United States, Bill had also been Governor of Arkansas) and she won a seat in the US Senate. In 2006, she ran for re-election again. Her last two years as a senator (2007 and 2008) were spent running for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination (through June of 2008) and then in campaigning for Barack Obama to be President of the United States. Once he was sworn in as President, she slid into the Cabinet slot of Secretary of State and held that post for four years before stepping down.
How could someone support Hillary in 2008 and not support her in 2016?
That's a valid question.
And as I watch the various liars rush to support her today -- people who smeared her falsely as a racist in 2008 and insisted she was calling for Barack to be killed in the spring of 2008 -- I think asking them about their shift to embracing Hillary is also a valid question.
In 2008, there were many differences for me.
I did not support Hillary in 2007 and hadn't even thought of it. I know Hillary, I knew everyone who was running on the Democratic Party side except for Barack. (Elaine and I met Barack once and once was more than enough. He's a War Hawk and in a very brief conversation with him at a fundraiser, that became clear. We did not give money and we immediately left the fundraiser after this man running as anti-war for the US Senate insisted that the US was already in Iraq so that issue was already resolved.)
In 2008, Hillary did not have four years of Secretary of State dragging her down.
When someone belittles you (as Barack did Hillary in every manner possible -- including flipping the bird in one infamous moment), going to work in their administration does not make you look mature or reasonable.
It makes you look sad and pathetic.
It's insulting to you and it's very much insulting to the people who supported you.
Hillary always takes for granted the support she has. I've known her for years but it only hit home when Hillary did what was best for her ambition.
Instead of rewarding her supporters, instead of using her position as a US senator to do some good, she became the lackey.
What is she most known for as Secretary of State besides photo ops and Benghazi?
Rushing to tell then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates that her opposition to the surge was pure politics and she didn't mean it. Now Barack said the same thing at the same encounter. As usual The Cult of St. Barack covered for him and made it all about her.
But she's craven.
Was she telling the truth to Gates?
Her entire life is about saying and doing anything to advance herself.
Some of her supporters touched on this recently with her e-mail scandal.
Hillary, we were told, didn't do anything wrong. We were supposed to take it on faith that she had not deleted anything that mattered, they insisted, and grasp that she did it to defend herself, that all the scandals she's suffered forced her to take extra measures.
Yes, they did.
And those measures are not acceptable in a president.
The best explanation of her e-mail scandal is that she felt she had the right to hide from the public that which they owned. Her work product as Secretary of State -- every e-mail, every memo -- belonged to the US people.
She knows that.
Once upon a time, she would have lectured others on it.
Now she's so craven that she doesn't even respect it.
That's why she shouldn't have been Secretary of State.
She corrupted anything that was worthy of praise.
She also took a clear mistake -- supporting the Iraq War -- and turned one incident into an established pattern.
As Secretary of State, she tried to out hawk everyone. War was her answer to everything.
And she sounded like a crazed serial killer in her attacks on Chelsea Manning and Ed Snowden (among others).
Chelsea Manning acted on good faith and in an attempt to provide understanding and justice and to provoke a needed debate in this country. Chelsea served in the US military as Bradley Manning.
Here is Logan Price detailing some of Hillary's attacks on Chelsea in 2011:
For those who don’t believe that Bradley’s alleged personal life and sexuality may be used against him, by either officials or media critics, this gem of information was presented in a recent Vanity Fair article about Hillary Clinton, while on tour in the Middle East:
“Hillary told staff that she could not fathom how an army private, Bradley Manning, with psychological problems and a drag-queen boyfriend could single-handedly cause the United States unprecedented embarrassment just by labeling massive downloads as Lady Gaga songs.”Were those comments verbatim, or just the ill-chosen words of the author? We may never know, but one thing is for sure, they were published in a major pop-culture outlet, and there is no taking them back.
Here is a good take-down of the allegation that Manning had “psychological problems.” As for Hillary’s comment about Bradley’s boyfriend, it is not only false, but inappropriate.
If Hillary did indeed say anything of the sort, it is yet another reminder of the Obama administration’s willingness to disregard the fact that Bradley Manning has not yet been convicted of any crimes.
At a fundraiser in San Francisco in April, Obama told me that Bradley Manning “broke the law,” a legally irresponsible and inappropriate statement that could constitute an “unlawful command influence” over any military judge or jury that may preside over Bradley’s case.
Should the President and commander-in-chief, or the Secretary of State for that matter, really be saying such things about a high profile prisoner like Bradley Manning who has not yet been to trial?
The release of the Diplomatic Cables may have been embarrassing for the Obama administration, but for Bradley, his life hangs in the balance.
This is an excerpt. Read the full article here.
Chelsea is a whistle-blower. She remains in a military prison. Today, her Tweets included the following:
Hillary should have to answer about the treatments of whistle-blowers. She should also be forced to clarify her remarks attacking Chelsea as a person, not simply attacking Chelsea's actions (which exposed a corrupt and vile State Dept -- among other things).
Hillary became more and more vile with every year she served and the moment she will most be remembered for screeching "At this point, what difference does it make!" when asked about an attack that killed four Americans (at least four, from other remarks she's made since, the death toll was eventually higher) and wounded many more.
That's Hillary in 2016.
That wasn't Hillary in 2008.
She made clear in those four years that she was craven, that she was a War Hawk, that she was not to be trusted and that she didn't believe in accountability.
That's far different from 2008 where you had her up against a liar posing as an anti-war candidate (Barack) and one who would use every bit of sexism possible to advance himself.
Barack has nothing to point to with pride in the seven years he's so far served as president.
And that the 2008 sexism can't take place today was Hillary's accomplishment.
Had she not gone into the administration, his sexism (which, yes, does include those work-bonding moments of all male basketball and all male golf) would have been addressed by the press.
But it will be addressed by history.
Allowing a man who drunkenly mocked Hillary by groping her cut out to be your speech writer as president?
The future will not look kindly on Barack Obama.
A failure as a president, a failure as a human being.
And a smart Hillary would have sat out his administration.
She could have never run again and been seen as something of a hero for surviving the sexism and staying in the 2008 race.
And a real hero would have done that.
But she's not about heroism, she's about advancing herself.
So she spat on her supporters and went to work for the man who degraded and insulted her (and degraded and insulted her supporters).
She has nothing to point to with pride.
And she's become more touchy and more entitled and more of terror.
Just last year, there was Terry Gross (NPR's Fresh Air) delicately attempting to get Hillary to walk through her transition (sudden transition) to supporting marriage equality and she snapped and lost it repeatedly.
Queen Hillary must never be doubted or questioned.
Knowing that right now, how can anyone think this out of control, crazed person belongs in the Oval Office?
She is Richard Nixon waiting to happen.
If you doubt it, go back to the e-mail scandal.
You can tell yourself nothing untoward happened. I don't believe that, but you can tell yourself that.
But can you also pretend this scandal is anyone else's fault?
She knew she wanted to run for president. She knew she probably would run for president.
But in between two runs, she takes the post of Secretary of State and uses her own e-mail. That may be the standard to be Secretary of Ag but it's not the standard for someone wanting to be president.
She then goes on to destroy the e-mails and to lie about it (contrary to her initial public remarks, she did not use only one portable device to do e-mails).
This is Richard Nixon behavior.
And it's present and public before she's ever president.
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