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Monday, January 28, 2013

Flags burning no applause ─ dark legacy of top “diplomat” HRC

Students protest U.S. Secretary of State
Hillary Rodham Clinton,
Lahore, Pakistan
Behavior unbecoming, Criminal hypocrisy, 
incessant wars

Editing, ending comment by Carolyn Bennett

Most reckless element denied: war as only response in foreign relations

Following a Sunday Sixty Minutes performance by U.S. President Barack Obama and his Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, journalist Don Debar observed in an interview today with Press TV: “The United States is now at war with more nation states than it has been since 1945.

Muslim women protest
U.S. Secretary of State
Hillary Rodham Clinton
nd whether you consider drone attacks and active war under the old rules, certainly drone attacks are taking place in countries that are not included in that total ─ so the world is more at war than it’s been since 1945

In terms of the number of people who die every day,

In terms that they get blown up,

In terms of assertion of one extrinsic national interest over other national interests on the ground.


Don Debar recalled the United States’ involvement in Libya ─ eight months’ bombing by NATO, the United States and its allies ─ “killing thousands of people, devastating homes and infrastructure that had been built over the past 40 years.”  Given this, he commented concerning the death of a U.S. agent/diplomat, no one should be surprised “that there would be people who were angry over that, that might want to kill those they identify as being responsible.” Yet the Clinton/Obama Sunday performance and the content of media in recent weeks have been quite different from reality on the ground.

Libyans burn
U.S. flag

illary Clinton’s husband,” Debar said, “was the premier Republican president of the late 20th century. He did away with welfare as we knew it; he started war again in Europe; he did away with possibility of keeping down the military after the fall of the Soviet Union.” And Hillary Rodham Clinton [together with her president] continued the Hawkish trend during her tenure as the U.S. Secretary Of State, he said.

Unmentioned behavior unbecoming called to account (or was it?)

Lawmakers in the Republican Party had demanded for months that Secretary of State Clinton “explain in person the many missteps that an independent review panel found in her department’s handling of the Benghazi (Libya) crisis. Clinton’s appearance was delayed by a prolonged illness and a concussion, though some right-wing critics accused her of trying to wriggle out of her commitment to testify.”

A Washington power broker being hauled before the Congress to give an accounting of her stewardship is not the preferred way to end a career but Clinton finally faced, belligerently, a congressional committee.

“On Wednesday [January 23, 2013], Clinton reminded a [congressional] committee that the [Accountability Review Board] had found that direct responsibility for the deficiencies highlighted during the Benghazi assault [on her watch] began at the level of assistant secretary and below. Four State Department managers were placed on administrative leave as part of disciplinary actions related to the report’s findings; one of them resigned.…” 

The Accountability Review Board had found [on her watch] “grossly inadequate” security procedures at the U.S. mission” or “consulate” in Benghazi.


Tunisians burn
U.S. flag at U.S. Embassy
“Obviously, the report by the Accountability Review Board [ARB] illustrates that there is clearly a cover-up by the White House surrounding the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that resulted in the death of Ambassador [Chris] Stevens,”  Detroit political commentator Abayomi Azikiwe reflected in an interview with Press TV.

“The cover-up stems from several factors, Abayomi Azikiwe said, “the most significant of which was the role of Ambassador Stevens on behalf of the United States government in Libya…

A lot of these militias that are operating in Libya and in other countries in North Africa and the Middle East have had relationships with the United States.”

As developments in Syria show, “We can see clearly that some of these organizations that today may be cooperating with the United States; tomorrow may be labeled as terrorists.

“The report reflected poorly, Azikiwe said, “on the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The State Department was guilty of gross negligence and [actions] related to intelligence as well as security in regard to U.S. interest.”

Burning U.S. , Israeli Flags
Rafah, Southern Gaza
Criminal hypocrisy
Palestine, Syria, Iran

Electronic Intifada co-founder and journalist Ali Abunimah last spring assessed the criminal foreign relations hypocrisy of the Obama government’s state secretary.

“U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (the article was published March 12, 2012) gave a stirring UN Security Council speech on the virtues of democracy, human rights, and U.S. support for them. She contrasted the purity of American motives with those of regional adversaries:

When a country like Iran claims to champion these principles in the region – and then brutally suppresses its own people and supports suppression in Syria and other places — their hypocrisy is clear to all.
But Hillary Clinton, he wrote, “did not examine the hypocrisy of U.S. support for dictatorships in the region that also purport to support democracy but only in Syria, while brutally suppressing their own people.”

The previous Friday (March 8), he said, “millions of voters in Iran – men and women – chose new legislators from among thousands of candidates in parliamentary elections. Critics may be quite right that the elections are ‘nothing more than a selection process amongst the ruling conservative elite’ (cf. U.S. elections currently underway), but that is much more than citizens in some U.S.-backed states ever get the opportunity to do.”

ven worse, Abunimah said, “It was on Gaza that [the U.S. Secretary of State’s] hypocrisy truly shone. She said regarding Syria:

Now the United States believes firmly in the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all member-states, but we do not believe that sovereignty demands that this council stand silent when governments massacre their own people, threatening regional peace and security in the process. And we reject any equivalence between premeditated murders by a government’s military machine and the actions of civilians under siege driven to self-defense.

“Clinton was explicitly supporting the right of Syrians to use armed struggle to resist the government, and even claimed that such armed struggle is morally superior. …

“What did she say about Gaza, which has been under unprovoked Israeli bombardment for five days, killing more than twenty people and injuring dozens? …  Not one word of sympathy for the families of Palestinian civilians killed in the Israeli attacks.…

“Israel [had] carried out an extrajudicial execution of people in an occupied territory whom it accuses of a crime; [and] unlike even China and Iran, Israel does not bother to try Palestinians it has sentenced to death in secret and in absentia. It merely jumps straight to the execution phase.

“This is all perfectly fine” for Hillary Clinton – in her remarks at the UN, “she didn’t even mention it.” What the U.S. Secretary of State offered was “the same old tired slogans: The only way for Palestinians to achieve anything, she insisted – even as Israel bombs and besieges them, executes them, and seizes their land for Jewish-only colonies – is through rigged ‘negotiations’ that have gone nowhere precisely because the United States has its mighty hands on the scale in favor of Israel.”

U.S. opposed at
United Nations
ate in 2012 Josh Ruebner seconded Ali Abunimah’s thoughts in recounting the U.S. Secretary of State’s International Human Rights Day remarks, “[stating] that the United States works to advance ‘the universal freedoms enshrined’ in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which includes the ‘right to life, liberty and security of person’ and ‘When governments seek to deny these liberties through repressive laws and blunt force, we stand against this oppression and with people around the world as they defend their rights.’

“Yet,” Ruebner wrote, “when it comes to U.S. policy toward Palestinians, this rhetoric rings hollow. The United States arms Israel to the teeth, fails to uphold U.S. human rights laws when Israel uses U.S. weapons to commit abuses of Palestinians and, up to this point, has thrown around its diplomatic heft in international forums to shield Israel from the war crimes prosecutions advocated by Human Rights Watch and others.…

protest wall
“While [U.S. Secretary of State] Clinton offered platitudes about standing against aggression on International Human Rights Day, the Pentagon was busy that same day notifying Congress that it hopes to ship to Israel 6,900 Joint Direct Attack Munitions tail kits, which ‘convert free-fall bombs into satellite-guided ordnance,’ and more than 10,000 bombs to accompany them.

On November 18, an Israeli air force pilot flying a U.S.-made F-16 fighter jet fired a missile at the four-story home of the al-Dalu family in Gaza City, killing ten members of the family and two from the al-Muzannar family next door.
“An on-site investigation conducted by Human Rights Watch concluded that the attack was a ‘clear violation of the laws of war’ and demanded that those ‘responsible for deliberately or recklessly committing a serious violation of the laws of war should be prosecuted for war crimes.’

t is past time for Hillary Rodham Clinton to go home not only from foreign service; but from public service anywhere, for any reason within or on behalf of the United States of America.

Sources and notes

“Obama-Clinton ‘show’ … ‘U.S. at war with more states than it’s been since 1945’, January 28, 2013, http://rt.com/news/obama-clinton-praise-libya-919/

“‘We came, we saw, he died’ The real Hillary Clinton exposed, war crimes which mainstream media can't mention, the ambassador killed in Benghazi's buried cable, and the new defense secretary won't invade Iran, or let Israel invade Iran – exclusive. Seek truth from facts with Senator Mike Gravel, Ilana Mercer, author of the book "Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa", Rethink Afghanistan director Robert Greenwald, New York journalism professor Jeff Cohen, international consultant Adrian Salbuchi, Igor Khokhlov of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and independent journalist Joseph Farah.” The Truthseeker, January 25, 2013, http://rt.com/programs/the-truthseeker/benghazi-clinton-new-iran/

“Clinton on Benghazi: defiance — and distress… Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was combative at times in congressional testimony on security lapses in the attacks in the deadly Sept. 11 attack on U.S. posts in Libya that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans” (By Hannah Allam, McClatchy Newspapers) Originally published January 24, 2013 at 6:44 AM | Page modified January 24, 2013 at 4:18 PM, http://seattletimes.com/html/nationworld/2020203586_benghaziclintonxml.html?syndication=rss

“U.S. covers up facts about attack on consulate in Benghazi: Abayomi Azikiwe,” December 20, 2012, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/12/20/279161/us-hiding-truth-about-consulate-attack/

“Obama's Libya lies and how the United States ambassador really died ─ Critics of the Libya intervention warned that dropping bombs in a country and killing civilians, would produce blowback in the form of those who would then want to attack the U.S.”  (Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian), September 20, 2012, http://www.stopwar.org.uk/index.php/libya/1891-obamas-libya-lies-and-how-the-us-ambassador-really-died

“Hillary Clinton, Gaza and the right of civilians to self-defense ─Today at the UN, Hillary Clinton once more gave Israel a blank check to do as it wishes, assured of impunity and full US support” (Ali Abunimah's blog submitted by Ali Abunimah on Monday, March 12, 2012,

“Did Clinton sabotage a Palestinian reconciliation?” (Hasan Abu Nimah and Ali Abunimah), March 4, 2009, http://electronicintifada.net/content/did-clinton-sabotage-palestinian-reconciliation/8111

Ali Abunimah is co-founder of The Electronic Intifada and author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse (Metropolitan Books, 2006).

Hasan Abu Nimah is the former permanent representative of Jordan at the United Nations.

“How the United States supports Israel's war crimes in Gaza ─Israel is the largest recipient of U.S. taxpayer-funded military aid and these weapons are used by Israel to commit systematic human rights abuses against Palestinians” (Josh Ruebner) December 27-28, 2012, http://www.stopwar.org.uk/index.php/palestine-and-israel/2149-how-the-united-states-supports-israels-war-crimes-in-gaza

THE REAL HILARY CLINTON EXPOSED, The Truthseeker, January 25, 2013, http://rt.com/programs/the-truthseeker/benghazi-clinton-new-iran/


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