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Bill Insists On Defending Hillary’s Bosnia Lies

From the Politico:


Bill Clinton defends wife’s Bosnia remarks

By: Mike Allen
April 11, 2008

Former President Bill Clinton gave a passionate defense Thursday of his wife’s claim about “landing under sniper fire” — just as the damaging controversy was dying down.

Bill Clinton said the news media treated her like she had “robbed a bank” and claimed she was experiencing end-of-day fatigue, even though she had made the claim in morning speeches.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) acknowledged two weeks ago that she “misspoke” and “made a mistake” in her overly vivid account of the 1996 landing in Tuzla, Bosnia, during a goodwill mission as first lady.

Video of a tranquil arrival ceremony refuted the claim, and her comments hurt her struggling campaign by reviving questions about her candor.

Now, her husband has revived the issue by claiming the comments were true during a “Solutions for America” campaign event in at Boonville High School in Boonville, Ind. Here are his comments, recorded by networks and reported by CBS News:

“You know, I got tickled the other day. A lot of the way this whole campaign has been covered has amused me. But there was a lot of fulminating because Hillary, one time late at night when she was exhausted, misstated — and immediately apologized for it — what happened to her in Bosnia in 1995 [sic]. Did y’all see all that? Oh, they blew it up.

“Let me just tell you. The president of Bosnia and General Wesley Clark – who was there making peace where we’d lost three peacekeepers, who had to ride on a dangerous mountain road because it was too dangerous to go the regular, safe way — both defended her, because they pointed out that when her plane landed in Bosnia, she had to go up to the bulletproof part of the plane, in the front. Everybody else had to put their flak jackets underneath the seat in case they got shot at. And everywhere they went, they were covered by Apache helicopters. So they just abbreviated the arrival ceremony.

“Now I say that because what really has mattered is that, even then, she was interested in our troops. And I think she was the first first lady since Eleanor Roosevelt to go into a combat zone. And you woulda thought, you know, that she’d robbed a bank the way they carried on about this. And some of them, when they’re 60, they’ll forget something when they’re tired at 11 at night, too.”

CBS News producer Ryan Corsaro, who covers Sen. Clinton, reports she made the claim in mid-morning on St. Patrick’s Day.

CBS also has aired videotape of the senator making the remark on at least two other occasions.

The Eleanor Roosevelt claim also has been questioned, since Pat Nixon traveled to Vietnam in 1969…

This is a sad testament to the Clintons and to our times. It seems to be impossible for either of them to separate fantasy from reality.

And despite the claims to the contrary, the Clintons are not even good liars:

And some of them, when they’re 60, they’ll forget something when they’re tired at 11 at night, too.

If the Bosnia story is true, as Bill is claiming, what exactly did she forget? What did she have to apologize for?

And as we have repeatedly noted, Mr. Clinton has repeated her Bosnia claim numerous times, including back in December 2007, at the very beginning of the campaign, when she was a fresh as a daisy she will ever be.

And no, Hillary never apologized for her lies. And her Bosnia trip (such as it was) was in 1996, not 1995.

But so much for petty details.

A larger question might be if Mrs. Clinton is too old and tired to get the facts of her life straight, should she be the person answering the red phone in the White House at 3 o’clock in the morning?

Video of a tranquil arrival ceremony refuted the claim, and her comments hurt her struggling campaign by reviving questions about her candor.

But what is perhaps more troubling, this entire episode once again points up how it now seems impossible for the general populace to understand anything unless they see it on videotape.

For just like in the case of Reverend Wright, we had long ago exposed Mrs. Clinton’s fabrications about her Bosnia trip using her very own words — or at least those of whoever ghosted her autobiography.

CBS also has aired videotape of the senator making the remark on at least two other occasions.

Similarly, no one seems to ever count the first time Mrs. Clinton has made this claim, on the eve of the Iowa Caucuses.

Apparently, if it is not on videotape, it did not happen.

We have become a country of sub-literates, living in a new Dark Ages.

YouTube videos are our stained glass windows.

  

Update!

Update!

An update from Fox News:

Bill Clinton Backs Off After Reviving Bosnia Sniper Story

by FOXNews.com
Friday, April 11, 2008

Bill Clinton backed down Friday after reviving his wife’s exaggerated account of her trip to Bosnia 12 years ago…

On Friday, Bill Clinton said he would no longer talk about the Bosnia trip.

“Hillary called me and said, ‘You don’t remember this, you weren’t there. Let me handle it.’ And I said ‘Yes ma’am,’” the former president said as he visited the scene of a campaign office that burned down in Terre Haute, Ind.

Hillary Clinton spokesman Mo Elleithee said in a statement: “Senator Clinton appreciates her husband standing up for her, but this was her mistake and she takes responsibility for it.” …

Bill Clinton attempted to smooth things over Friday.

“The fundamental fact is she went there, everyone that flew around with her … had Apache helicopters guarding them and there was some risk, of course,” he said. “And she did a good job, and she did a good job for the troops, but she is right. I wasn’t there. I don’t remember the facts right either.” …

Of course the Clintons and “facts” will always be strangers.

And, lest we forget, Mr. Clinton has promised to butt out before. But he just can’t help himself.

He always has to be the biggest liar in the room.

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