Sunday, March 09, 2008

Serving cookies and milk doesn't count as political experience.

As part of her claims of experience worthy of being president, Hillary Clinton has claimed a role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland. Critical of her claims, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Lord Trimble of Lisnagarvey stated:

"I don’t know there was much she did apart from accompanying Bill [Clinton] going around," he said. Her recent statements about being deeply involved were merely "the sort of thing people put in their canvassing leaflets" during elections. "She visited when things were happening, saw what was going on, she can certainly say it was part of her experience. I don’t want to rain on the thing for her but being a cheerleader for something is slightly different from being a principal player."

Clinton told CNN that she did help to bring peace to Northern Ireland, though. mind's eye has images of someone sitting in a comfy chair watching discussions (for which she had no business being present if she was). The idea that any first lady would be in on negotiations with heads of state and their chosen representatives is troubling. I really doubt she was there or took part in long-distance negotiations; Bill wouldn't share that spotlight. Conall McDevitt, an insider active in the negotiations and an aide to John Hume, leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party stated:

"There would have been no contact with her either in person or on the phone. I was with Hume regularly during calls in the months leading up to the Good Friday Agreement when he was taking calls from the White House and they were invariably coming from the president."

So where does Hillary get the notion that she brokered peace in Northern Ireland? She got it from a meeting of women in 1995. Granted, those women were active in their community in various roles and degrees, but by no means was this a meeting of the minds that could decide on a peace process (some had their voices heard, but they weren't the big voices). This was a 50-minute tea party. I think the next time I go to get my mocha frap at Starbucks I should broker an end to the thuggery and treachery in New Jersey and Philadelphia. I will break biscotti with criminals and they will then enroll in programs to get an education and jobs. I will be a heroine! Sorry, got carried away with my delusions of grandeur.

One of the negotiators, Steven King (heh), said that Hillary did more to slow things and didn't make any friends when she hugged Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness (Sinn Fein leaders).

How does Hillary's campaign respond to all of this?

"I am quite surprised that anyone would suggest that Hillary Clinton did not perform important foreign policy work as First Lady," the statement said. "I can state from firsthand experience that she played a positive role for over a decade in helping to bring peace to Northern Ireland. She visited Northern Ireland, met with very many people and gave very decisive support to the peace process. "There is no doubt that the people of Northern Ireland think very positively of Hillary Clinton’s support for our peace process, due to her visits to Northern Ireland and her meetings with so many people. In private she made countless calls and contacts, speaking to leaders and opinion makers on all sides, urging them to keep moving forward."

So. Hillary was a meddling, know-it-all, that overstepped her bounds? Yeah. That's who I want to lead our country. She's such a mess. I wonder if she will start taking credit for hits composed by U2? She met with Bono, right?

It is almost funny. Almost, but not quite.

(H/T: Telegraph U.K.)

Captain America has his take on this, HERE.


USA_Admiral said...

Spin, Spin and Spin.

I will be so glad when the Clintons finally get pushed out of major politics. I am sick of these two clowns.

She just keeps lying and lying.

Rodney Dill said...

I can state from firsthand experience that she played a positive role for over a decade in helping to bring peace to....

A Airline Steward/Stewardess contributes towards a positive flight experience too, but that doesn't mean one know how to fly the plane.

RT said...

Arrogance. We see where it got Spitzer. We'll see where it gets Hillary and her ilk.

Just think, this stuff used to work for Bill. Suddenly, a lot of their supporters now question those tactics. Took them long enough.

I used to date a drummer. I guess that makes me able to play. I also went to school with a guy that went on to play pro baseball. I even played pretty good against him. Guess that makes me the next second baseman for the Phillies, huh?


Rodney Dill said...

You'll enjoy this link that Drudge now points to.

RT said...

I've embedded (or whatever) you link HERE so its easier for my millions of readers to view it. Heh.

"The road to peace was carefully documented, and she wasn't on it."


Jon Lovitz needs to file a claim of copyright infringement. Yeah, that's the ticket!