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Same As It Ever Was – Life With the Clintons – Cash For Influence & Endless War

hillaryimage-a-28_1453931815706“We’re in the money, c’mon my honey, Let’s spend it, lend it, send it, rollin’ along”

In 2014 the Wall Street Journal reported that the Clintons had raised between $2 billion and $3 billion since 1992. More than three-quarters of it came from industry sources – for their campaigns, philanthropies, and themselves. At the top of the list of corporate donors were financial firms, and highest up among them was Goldman Sachs. Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase gave generously as well. Not far behind Wall Street were communications/electronics firms.

Bill Clinton likes to give talks and reap the rewards of his position. He earned $105 million from speeches in the 12 years after he left the White House. During a good week he could earn $1.4 million. According to the website 24/7 Wall St, Bill is the 10th-richest of our presidents, with a net worth of $55 million. (Five of the 10 richest presidents have been Democrats, compared to two Republicans).

According to a Politico analysis, Hillary Clinton is worth about $32 million.

Then there’s their Foundation which has mind-boggling travel expense. According to a 2013 New York Post analysis, the Foundation spent over $50 million on air travel over the previous decade – $12 million of it in 2011 alone, “enough to buy 12,000 air tickets costing $1,000 each,” or 33 a day.

“You scratch my back”

Of the 13 speeches between 2001 and 2012 for which Bill Clinton was paid $500,000 or more, 10 were given while Hillary was Secretary of State. Many of those speeches were sponsored by groups with interests before the State Department.

The Wall Street Journal has noted that Hillary was unusually aggressive for a Secretary of State at promoting U.S. business abroad, “pushing governments to sign deals and change policies to the advantage of corporate giants such as General Electric Co., Exxon Mobil Corp., Microsoft Corp. and Boeing Co.”

All these companies gave money to the Clinton Foundation. The Journal counts at least 60 companies that lobbied the State Department during Hillary’s reign as having given collectively $26 million to the Foundation. At least 44 of the 60 participated in projects coordinated by the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).

In 2009, at the request of Microsoft, Hillary lobbied the Chinese to tighten things up on software piracy. Microsoft, a longtime donor to the Foundation, subsequently launched a CGI-coordinated initiative to provide discounted or free software to teachers and students valued at $130 million.

In 2011, Hillary personally lobbied Algeria to buy GE nuclear power equipment; a month after her visit, GE announced a health partnership with the Foundation providing it with between $500,000 and $1 million.

Hillary lobbied Russia to buy Boeing planes, rather than those made by Airbus. Soon after, Boeing made its first contribution to the Clinton Foundation.

She pressed India to lift restrictions that hampered the growth of Wal-Mart and other U.S.-based big box stores. Hillary used to lawyer for Wal-Mart and served on its board; the company has given over $1.5 million to the Foundation.

“Come you masters of war, You that build the big guns, You that build the death planes,
You that build all the bombs, You that hide behind walls, You that hide behind desks”

Veteran journalist Diana Johnstone (the author of “Fools Crusade: Yugoslavia, Nato, and Western Delusions” and “Queen of Chaos: The Misadventures of Hillary Clinton”) writing in Counter Punch: “About a year ago, I concluded my book on Hillary Clinton, “Queen of Chaos” with a fairly pessimistic chapter on the “War Party” which controls United States foreign policy.

What is still lacking in this campaign is clear denunciation of the very worst of Hillary Clinton’s many negative traits: her eagerness to go to war.  And it is not merely Hillary who needs to be defeated: it is the entire militaristic power structure she represents.

The occasion of this campaign should be seized not only to expose the lies of Hillary Clinton, but also to seek freedom from America’s seven decades of subjugation to the military-industrial complex and its organic intellectuals who never cease conjuring up “threats” and “enemies” to justify the war economy. This entire policy needs to be exposed, denounced and rejected. That is what I tried to do in Queen of Chaos.

War creates chaos, and Hillary Clinton has been an eager advocate of every U.S. aggressive war in the last quarter of a century. These wars have devastated whole countries and caused an unmanageable refugee crisis. Chaos is all there is to show for Hillary’s vaunted “foreign policy experience”.

Two things in particular inspired me to write this book. One was the totally unjustified war that destroyed Libya. Most people are totally unaware how much falsification was used to justify that war. Hillary pushed Obama into that war and is quite ready to use it as model for further “regime change” in countries whose leaders she doesn’t like.

Hillary’s emails disclose that she and her advisors hoped that her regime change success in Libya would be a main argument in favor of her election as President. They suggested using Libya as the basis of a “Clinton Doctrine.” It is no secret that she bore major responsibility and indeed wanted to claim that responsibility. As Secretary of State, she not only pushed Obama into the war, she sabotaged efforts to find a peaceful solution and finally gloated over the brutal murder of a foreign head of state. This indicates that she aspires not only to be President, but also to be a War President.

The other thing that inspired me was the totally disproportionate hostility aroused against Vladimir Putin and Russia as a result of the Ukrainian crisis, which was incited largely by Washington and the European Union. That hostility was already brewing, and Hillary has kept it stirring. These events are part of a trend toward a much greater war than people today think possible.”

Johnstone seems almost certain that Clinton will lead the US into war with Iran and with Russia.

“I don’t imagine that Hillary Clinton would deliberately start World War III. Rather, the situation is dangerously similar to the eve of the First World War, with major powers massively armed and suspicious of each other, when a minor incident set off catastrophe. I call her Queen of Chaos because today, the result of war is chaos, not conquest. Look at the results in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria. There are no real winners, only losers.

Basically, the US economy is radically distorted by the military-industrial complex, which influences both foreign and domestic policy. Financial capital, whose wish list is now determining policy all over the Western world and beyond, loves the military-industrial complex because Pentagon contracts ensure a comfortable profit on investment. And the military-industrial complex loves “threats” because they provide endless pretexts for developing more and more extravagant weapons systems. Hillary Clinton is notoriously the favorite of Wall Street because she supports these interests, including the wars and threats that justify them.

Hillary has skillfully marketed herself, with help from her friends. I have noted elsewhere that she is not a presidential candidate because of her experience. Rather her experience was designed to make her a presidential candidate. A CV with Senator from New York and Secretary of State looks unbeatable. But the record is actually disastrous. Hillary is a well-packaged product, with a massive advertising campaign promoting her as “our first woman president.” W must hope that people’s basic common sense will warn them that they are being deceived, and dangerously deceived.”

Ralph Nader – “Veteran journalist Diana Johnstone captures the imperial worldview of Hillary Clinton in memorable detail. Hillary the Hawk, as U.S. Senator and Secretary of State, never saw a weapons systems she did not support nor a U.S. war practice she did not endorse. This included her hyper-aggressive launch of the war on Libya (against the opposition of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates) and the resulting sprawling chaos, violence and weapons dispersal spilling beyond Libya’s war-torn society to larger regions of central Africa. Johnstone documents Hillary Clinton as ‘the top salesperson for the ruling oligarchy’ and ‘the favorite candidate of the War Party.’ That is what is at stake in November 2016.”

Chris Hedges, author of Wages of Rebellion- “If you are still fooled by Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as the Democratic Party, then Diana Johnstone’s book will dispel the myth that either they or the party are redeemable. Hillary, like her husband, Barack Obama and the Democratic leadership, are controlled by corporate money and willing accomplices in the crimes of empire. Her appeal to gender holds no more promise for the poor, the working class or the wretched of the earth we tyrannize around the globe than Obama’s appeal to race. The predatory engines of corporate capitalism and the security and surveillance state will run as smoothly under her direction as they did under her predecessor.”

David Swanson, author, activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee – “Diana Johnstone’s book, Queen of Chaos: The Misadventures of Hillary Clinton, succeeds in providing an understanding of Hillary Clinton’s own worldview like nothing else I’ve read — and it does so despite being largely not about Hillary Clinton. Johnstone’s book is culture and political criticism at its finest. It’s a study of the American neo-liberal, with a particular focus here-and-there on Clinton. I strongly recommend reading it, for its illumination of the ideologies underlying U.S. adventurism, exceptionalism, and ‘responsibility to protect’, and obsession with identifying believable threats of ‘genocide’ in nations disloyal to Washington or Wall Street.”

 

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2 responses to “Same As It Ever Was – Life With the Clintons – Cash For Influence & Endless War

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  2. Claude Robichaux July 31, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Funny how an article that warns so ominously of money making schemes and biased political influence spends half-to-most it’s energy selling a book/(money making) overflowing with biased political influence.
    DON’T PAY to listen to Hillary,(that’s “bad”) but DO PAY (someone else) to read an opinion about Hillary getting paid (that’s “good”). It’s all hypocritical and contrived B.S. and makes me want to vomit.
    Fact of the matter is this and these -Clinton and Trump are the choices.
    Efforts to slime her/take her down, at this critical juncture/time, can only be seen as passive-aggressive support for Trump (more *vomit*)
    Despite all the rhetoric bandied about for the sake of contest (that is OVER) between Bernie and Hillary, Hillary Clinton is a decent person who gives more than half a damn about everything we on the left/progressive side do.
    Too much is at stake to sit around immaturely whining and crying over spilled milk. SJC picks anyone? Hmmm? Can we not see beyond the end of our noses and egos?
    All those not supporting Clinton are directly supporting Trump and all the shitteousness and hate he stands for.
    -now who’s/what’s “bad”?

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