Politics, Foreign Policy, Current Events and Occasional Outbursts Lacking Couth

A Harrowing Encounter.

Is apparently the true nature of Senator Clinton's 1996 visit to Bosnia. Earlier this month comedian Sinbad, who was traveling with the then First Lady, challenged her accounts:

"What kind of president would say, 'Hey, man, I can't go 'cause I might get shot so I'm going to send my wife...oh, and take a guitar player and a comedian with you.'"

Now the Washington Post sheds more light on Clinton's apparently fallacious recollections:

Had Hillary Clinton's plane come "under sniper fire" in March 1996, we would certainly have heard about it long before now. Numerous reporters, including The Washington Post's John Pomfret, covered her trip. A review of nearly 100 news accounts of her visit shows that not a single newspaper or television station reported any security threat to the first lady. "As a former AP wire-service hack, I can safely say that it would have been in my lead had anything like that happened," Pomfret said.

According to Pomfret, the Tuzla airport was "one of the safest places in Bosnia" in March 1996 and "firmly under the control" of the 1st Armored Division.

I am of the opinion that exaggeration and spin are both valuable instruments of politics. I am also of the opinion that the old cliche of politics and honesty being on the opposite sides of a coin has a great deal of truth to it. But telling a blatant lie and then exaggerating that lie with imaginary peril is a bit much. Even for a politician.

Photo (Corrected): WashingtonPost


Adrian said...

What's amazing about this specific incident is the amateurishness. If you are going to lie about something, at least make your lie difficult to prove wrong! It makes me wonder whether she actually convinced herself that events transpired in the manner she described. The brain is an imperfect storage device and memory is frequently at odds with reality for all people, although not always to this degree...

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Hi Soob, sorry to butt in with an OT notice: you were baffled by my claim that .... anyway, there is a new post on that good ole subject that you are cordially invited to browse

Of course, this comment could be destroyed when used ;-)


Ymarsakar said...

If you are going to lie about something, at least make your lie difficult to prove wrong!

Unless you think the media will make disproving your lie very hard because that is what they have always done for you and your party.