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Are Hillary's Tears a Performance or Reality?Political Commentary Special to Salem-News.com by Frank Nieves
Hillary represents sensitivity as her eyes well up during a recent speech, but are the skeletons in her closet going to rattle?
(DOYLESTOWN, Penn.) - It amazes us about how much talk there is concerning Senator Clinton’s welling up and display of emotion. I was touched by it also. However, we must understand, that this election is not about personal achievements or about simply getting a woman into the White house as President. It is about the horrific state of the nation and foreign relations.
Good wage jobs are more scarce and the divide between rich and poor ever greater. John Edwards said it best and to paraphrase him, "No matter the outcome of the primary, all of the candidates will continue to live very comfortable lives."
No matter what, Hillary will continue to live a very comfortable and cushy lifestyle. During the Clinton years, they constantly reminded us–putting it in our face really about how good the economy was–good for whom?!
Importantly, in case you’ve forgotten, President Clinton pardoned Marc Rich. You might also remember Rich’s Attorney Scooter Libby? Here are a few excerpts to either enlighten or refresh your memory:
The Denise Rich Connection
Marc Rich's socialite ex-wife has donated an estimated $1 million to Democratic causes, including $70,000 to Hillary Clinton's successful Senate campaign and $450,000 to the Clinton presidential library fund. She also lobbied heavily for Marc's pardon.
Investigators want to know if Denise's contributions led to a direct quid pro quo exchange for her ex-husband's pardon. Clinton has denied any connection, saying he relied solely on the information provided by Jack Quinn (former White House counsel and Rich's current lawyer) when he was weighing the pardon request: time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,99302,00.html
Clinton's Marc Rich pardon
On top of that, Weinberg alleges, Rich bought crude oil from the Ayatollah Khomeini's Iran while Iran was holding U.S. citizens hostage. This was in direct violation of a U.S. trade embargo -- and, in effect, helped to arm the Iranians by giving them needed cash.
Bring all of these activities together into a concerted effort to make illegal profits, and you've got what the prosecutor called racketeering -- violating federal criminal statutes designed for busting the Mafia: worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=21595
Marc Rich's deals with Nigeria's Oil
Having stated those basic facts, let's proceed to tackle the Marc Rich issue as it pertains our community. Why is Marc Rich, former President Bill Clinton's January 2001 pardonee and fugitive from the laws of the United States of any significant interest to Nigerians, continental Africans and African-Americans and other Americans who do business with Africans?
First, it is important to examine his consistent and self-serving efforts to undermine pan-African interests in the decolonization of the continent.
Second, Mr. Rich's ignoble support for the apartheid regime in South Africa places his aggressive business legacy on the wrong side of history. Speaking of legacies, I really doubt that Rich really cares about more than making big bucks, here and there.
Third, our community and readers should know about the millions of unpaid royalties and misleading declarations he made in the Nigerian oil and gas business through his numerous deals with soldier-businessmen-politicians who ran Nigeria into an economic stupor.
Fourth, he has been a key player for well more than 25 years in Nigeria's export of its crude oil. He is not your garden-variety businessman. In fact, at certain points in Nigeria's recent economic history, Marc Rich has been the kingpin: usafricaonline.com/marcrich.chido.html
Remember that the illegal war is draining the nation’s resources. Hillary did not do her homework and voted for it and gives no end time frame. We’re not appointing glamour figure heads–we need people who can do the vital research, study, and know what the hell’s going on.
Repeatedly, we contacted her showing the intelligence leading up to the war on terror was utterly cooked up--flawed. Repeatedly, we continue to disclose more information about 9/11 that is vital to our nation’s security. Yet, no one listens and most certainly, we do not hear Hillary talking about it. Remember that she continues to give the Bush administration the green light. She wants to give former presidents Clinton and Bush assignments? Maybe when she takes office, they’ll pardon the entire Bush Administration. No . . . we want total change.
For the most part, the rest of the world has voted in liberal governments and pulled out of Iraq. The rest of the world was first in protecting the environment and the standards in fuel efficiency exceeds ours by far. When will the troops come home if Hillary is elected? When will this massive expense (much of it wasted or stolen) end? Ron Paul said: It’s costing the U.S. $1 trillion per year to keep forces deployed globally." Now, think of the good a trillion per year could do for Americans here in the U.S.
The numbers and possibilities are staggering. Given all those facts, who is better suited to handle the nation’s foreign policy?
While I empathized with Hillary’s personal disappointment, the issues and troubles facing this nation are far too serious. Think of those who cried during the "boom economy" that didn’t include them. Think of the others crying here in the U.S. and around the world.
Think of the cries because of the death of loved ones; the torture, pain, burns, homes destroyed, and the refugees all caused by the war she voted for. The following video shows others crying because of Clinton's blind support for something so greatly serious as war. No–its not her to blame alone, but she did vote for the war and her alliances are greatly disturbing to us.
The video below of Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton comes to you courtesy of ABC News and YouTube:
One of the more active people today in the world of Internet blogging, Frank Nieves is a former resident of Salem, Oregon. He lived in the capitol city from November 1998 to July 2006, and resides today in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Frank first became affiliated with Salem-News.com a few months ago when he contacted us over one of our published stories. Since that time he has steadily contributed a flow of information and leads that have helped a number of our stories get off the ground. Frank Nieves is tuned into the current political scene and we are glad to publish his work here on Salem-News.com. If you would like to send Frank Nieves an email, you can reach him at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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