I owe the Obama administration an apology. Since the early days of 2009, I’ve attributed our Russia policy to naivete. To that romance which those who sat at the feet of Old School commies feel for the Worker’s Paradise of the former USSR. Sure, there was garden variety incompetence and intellectual bankruptcy but when you staff you administration with academics that is baked in. And, of course, they wanted to prove ‘we are not George Bush’. But mostly, I thought, they were laboring under the naive misconception that Russia was anything other than a rapacious, nuclear armed, kleptocracy.
I was wrong. This is just the way the Clinton’s have always operated.
The Russian Scandal
My colleague, Moe Lane, has a piece devoted to the new eruption of scandal, but this is the quick take.
It looks like we can explain the kid glove treatment by looking at donations from state-owned Russian businesses to the Clinton Foundation. Via the NY Times and Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation as Russians Pressed for Control of Uranium Company
The headline in Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir V. Putin’s latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when the newspaper served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: “Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World.”
The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had taken over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. The deal made Rosatom one of the world’s largest uranium producers and brought Mr. Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain.
…Among the agencies that eventually signed off was the State Department, then headed by Mr. Clinton’s wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Other people with ties to the company made donations as well.
And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.
Read the whole article, there is too much awesomeness there to blockquote without running afoul of Fair Use. While the main point of the article is how an unending stream of Russian contributions to the Clinton Foundation coincided with the State Department’s decision to not block the acquisition, an action it had taken before:
When a company controlled by the Chinese government sought a 51 percent stake in a tiny Nevada gold mining operation in 2009, it set off a secretive review process in Washington, where officials raised concerns primarily about the mine’s proximity to a military installation, but also about the potential for minerals at the site, including uranium, to come under Chinese control. The officials killed the deal.
Such is the power of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. The committee comprises some of the most powerful members of the cabinet, including the attorney general, the secretaries of the Treasury, Defense, Homeland Security, Commerce and Energy, and the secretary of state. They are charged with reviewing any deal that could result in foreign control of an American business or asset deemed important to national security.
the State Department gave the go ahead to allowing Vladimir Putin essentially own the world’s supply of uranium.
This is not new behavior for the
Back at the end of the First Clinton Regime, back when even the New York Times was tiring of their antics, there was another similar scandal. This one involved selling US foreign policy to the ChiComs in exchange for campaign donations. Clinton Says Chinese Money Did Not Influence U.S. Policy (does this sound familiar? eerily prescient?)
President Clinton said today that reported political campaign contributions from China to the Democrats had not influenced his foreign policy, but he welcomed further investigation into decisions that made it easier for China to launch American satellites and possibly obtain sensitive technology.
”The decisions we made, we made because we thought they were in the interests of the American people,” Mr. Clinton said, responding for the first time to reports that a Democratic Party fund-raiser told Federal investigators of funneling thousands of dollars from a Chinese military officer in the President’s 1996 re-election campaign. Mr. Clinton, speaking at the end of an economic meeting in Birmingham, England, said he would determine the substance of the charges before deciding whether they would affect policy toward the Chinese Government
In the words of Johnny Chung, who was eventually convicted to conspiring to violate campaign finance laws along with bank fraud and other stuff: ”The White House is like a subway. You have to put in coins to open the gates.”
That the interests of the American people coincided with the interests of people who were funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars of illegal campaign contributions to Bill Clinton and Al ‘no controlling legal authority’ Gore was just serendipity on stilts.
Taken in context with how State Department reacted to all manner of aggression by Russia, its selling of advanced weapons to all comers, and its general douchebaggery one is left with the conclusion that our foreign policy was essentially run as an adjunct to Clinton Foundation fundraising schemes and the fattening of the Clinton family checkbook. This is in keeping with the Clinton philosophy that graft and corruption are the fourth branch of any Democratic administration. What we are seeing is the Clintons as a leaving, breathing, copulating RICO violation and it seems as though Hillary, rather than Bill, is the brains behind it.