RESPONDING TO A CRITICAL REPORT POINTING OUT HOW, AS SECRETARY OF STATE, SHE REFUSED TO HELP IRAQI WOMEN, CRANKY CLINTON TOLD THESE REPORTERS THAT "FEMINISM IS ALL ABOUT ME. WHAT'S GOOD FOR HILLARY DIANE CLINTON IS GOOD FOR WOMEN."
SHE FURTHER ELABORATED, "WHEN I LIFT MY BOAT, IT LIFTS ALL THE BOATS OF ALL WOMEN. NO, IT DOESN'T. AND THAT MAKES THEM SOUND LIKE BOAT PEOPLE SO LET ME START OVER BEFORE VIETNAM BECOMES AN ISSUE IN MY CAMPAIGN. WHEN I LIFT MY BOAT, I ELEVATE MYSELF. AND THAT ALLOWS ME TO BE WORSHIPED AS SOMEONE LIKE MYSELF SHOULD BE. AND IF I'M WORSHIPED, IT TEACHES WOMEN TO FOLLOW MY LEAD AND EMULATE ME AND MAYBE SOME DAY THEY CAN BE WORSHIPED TOO."
"FEMINISM," SHE FINISHED, "REALLY IS THE BELIEF THAT I AM OWED THE PRESIDENCY.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
The War Hawk Hillary Clinton is always in the news. Ben Norton (SALON) reports:
A 2011 email to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shows how the U.S. pressured Iraq’s new allied government to increase oil production in order “to pay the greatest dividends.”
In the email, which was released by the State Department in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, they outline plans “to help move the country in the right direction” — that is to say, to increase Iraq’s oil production by at least 150 percent in the next five years, with the help of “oil contracts with international companies.”
[. . .]
The email to Sec. Clinton shows that, while oil was certainly not the only factor behind the invasion of Iraq, it was a top priority for the U.S. government.
Anti-war protesters frequently accused the U.S. and its allies in the U.K. and elsewhere of spilling blood for control of natural resources. “No blood for oil” was one of the most popular chants in protests against the war.
The e-mail may make many recall then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's 2011 speech.
As David Sirota and Andrew Perez (IBT) reported last September:
When then-U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton voted to authorize the war against Iraq in 2002, she justified her support of the invasion as a way to protect America’s national security. But less than a decade later, as secretary of state, Clinton promoted the war-torn country as a place where American corporations could make big money.
“It's time for the United States to start thinking of Iraq as a business opportunity," she said in a 2011 speech.
Trashy Hillary Clinton could pimp Iraq as a business opportunity.
But the alleged 'feminist' couldn't and wouldn't do a damn thing for Iraqi women.
This is most obvious in the e-mails WikiLeaks published this week.
Melanne Verveer e-mails Hillary on December 11, 2011:
We attempted to raise the issue of women's participation in the Iraq government, in their economy and more broadly when Biden was just in Baghdad. Jeff Feltman was trying to get it into the conversations there.
You will recall the comments of the Iraqi who participated in the NGO meeting with you in Doha about how the door has been closed to women in the government. We have had many discussions with impressive Iraqi women over the last couple years, and to a person they describe their fate as worse now than years ago. Yet without them it will be even harder for Iraq to move forward. To that end, we have been working with post on a action plan along the lines of the National Action Plan on women, peace and security, you will launch next week.
I hope you will find a way to raise the "women's issue" in your discussion tom'w.
And what does the 'great feminist' of all time, the woman with the highest cabinet position in the administration respond:
I raised women's issue w Maliki and Zebari. Can't say either of them seemed interested. But, we'll keep trying -- as always!
What a brave feminist Hillary I'm It For Myself Clinton is.
Verveer, at the time she e-mailed Hillary, was the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues. She had previously, in the 90s, served as First Lady Hillary's Chief of staff, and, in 2001, she and Hillary created the Vital Voices Global Parternship.
Hillary never used her platform as Secretary of State to publicly encourage Nouri al-Maliki or Hoshyar Zebari (her Iraqi equivalent at the time, Foreign Minister). Nor did she use her platform to publicly shame either man.
She did, however, use her platform to repeatedly praise Zebari -- a man whose actions never warranted much praise at all.
Well, Verveer mentions an upcoming event, right?
To that end, we have been working with post on a action plan along the lines of the National Action Plan on women, peace and security, you will launch next week.
That's a reference to Hillary's December 19, 2011 speech entitled "Remarks on Women, Peace, and Security."
In that speech, she name checks Ireland, Liberia, Egypt, Senegal, Darfur, Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Chile, Kosovo, Yemen and Nepal.
But she never mentions Iraq.
In her approximately 4,500 word speech, she never once mentions Iraq.
Helping the women of Iraq didn't, she believed, help her.
And like so many faux feminists, What's In It For Me Hillary has always defined her own self-interest as feminism.
All week long, I felt awful for not having time to read the WikiLeaks e-mail release. I was convinced that anything of value would have long ago been mined.
What I forgot was that, of course, the larger corporate press doesn't care about Iraq and that's only more the case when it comes to Iraqi women.
So, no surprise, we're the only site to note that Hillary Clinton betrayed Iraqi women repeatedly as Secretary of State and that one e-mail exchange makes that exceedingly clear.
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