The Clinton Administration, Part 3: Hillary and the Right Wing Conspiracy

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In a previous posting, I cited the cozy ties between China and the DNC/Clinton White House.  To illustrate the connections and how Clinton operated, two cases are indicative.  In 1994, McDonnell-Douglas had transferred military-use tools to a Chinese company which ended up in the hands of the Chinese military.  The company was represented by a DC law firm.  Jamie Gorelick worked as a partner at that firm for 17 years.  In 1995, General Electric, which was a former client of Gorelick, was lobbying for a lucrative contract to convert Chinese coal-fired plants to nuclear plants.  Although no contract could be awarded until the State Department determined China was abiding by nuclear non-proliferation agreements, GE secured the contract despite CIA and FBI knowledge they had sold magnets to Pakistan and reactors to Iran.  The bureaucratic barriers erected by Gorelick and Clinton kept these transactions secret from Congress and prosecutors.  They effectively derailed the investigations until after the 1996 elections, but they are also partially responsible for 9/11.

During eight years of Clinton’s presidency, he managed to hamstring the country’s intelligence agencies. In less than three years, the military shrunk from 2.1 million to 1.6 million people.  Over 90% of the people removed from the federal payroll were in the military.  He cut the army from 18 divisions to 12, the navy decreased by 166 ships and 26 Air Force squadrons were eliminated.  Moreover, he instituted a military pay freeze where greater than 80% of those in uniform earned less than $30,000 a year. 

This did not deter Clinton from socially engineering the military by relaxing requirements for female members, undermining meritocracy in the military, and instituting the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy with respect to homosexuals.  While military families were forced on food stamps, barracks were re-equipped to be co-ed.  

The American military was no longer feared by adversaries, nor respected by friends.  There was an over-reliance on multinational groups like the UN.  By the time Clinton left office, the UN was a reliable critic of the world’s most effective democracies like the United States, Great Britain and Israel while becoming a vocal supporter of countries that harbored terrorists.  Any military forays abroad were not really military in nature: democracy-building in Haiti that failed, flood relief, and food distribution or other humanitarian missions.  Even the country’s involvement in the Balkans was referred to as a “humanitarian war.”

Early in Clinton’s first administration, Hillary was placed in charge of the 500-member health care task force which tried, behind closed doors, to institute socialized medicine in the United States.  This violated sunshine laws which forbid secret meetings when non-government employees are present.  Hillary was sued for these violations by the Association of American Surgeons and Physicians.  US District Judge Royce Lamberth eventually ruled against her and the administration describing her actions as “reprehensible.”  Subsequent revelations surfaced indicating Hillary was hateful towards the Secret Service details assigned to her, and berating Vince Foster during meetings.  In fact, it is her vicious attacks that some blame as the reason for his suicide.  In the final month of the Clinton presidency she led an auction to the highest bidder for her White House memoirs.  Simon and Schuster won the battle giving her an $8 million advance topped only by the $8.5 million advance Pope John Paul II received in 1994.

Although the waning days of Clinton’s last term was filled with scandal, intrigue, and controversy, this was also the time that Hillary was hardening with respect to her political enemies.  It was originally suggested in a 1995 memo written by Chris Lehane, a Clinton adviser and opposition researcher, that there was a “vast right wing conspiracy” to take down the Clintons.  Lehane said that online conservative media outlets like the American Spectator spread conspiracy theories about the Clintons focusing on the Foster suicide, Whitewater and other documented scandals.  These theories were picked up by British tabloids, particularly The Sun, then owned by Rupert Murdoch, then fed into the American mainstream media.  Hillary first used the term on NBC’s The Today Show with Matt Lauer in 1998.  She later claimed that when Bill was making a decision to run in 1991, an unnamed Bush White House person called up and threatened that the Republican Party would personally destroy Bill Clinton.

And although these were the waning days of the Clinton presidency and were filled with intrigue, controversy, scandal, legal wrangling and drama, the Clintons were preparing for the next chapter after the White House.  When New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan announced in 1998 that he would not run for reelection in 2000, Hillary threw her hat into the ring.  To qualify, they bought a $1.3 million mansion in Chappaqua, New York secured with funding from Democrat fundraiser Terry McAuliffe who later became the governor or Virginia.  She hired Bill de Blasio as her campaign manager.

As for Bill, he was busily preparing for life after the presidency and being the husband of the next Senator from New York.  However, Bill had no intention from retiring from public life.  In 1997, he started seeking sources of funding for his presidential library.  Using the connections he had made while President and drumming up financial backing for his library, he eventually formed the William J. Clinton Foundation in 2001.  Key people were Doug Band, an executive at Teneo, an advisory firm.  Another key personality was John Podesta.   

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