2 mrt. 2008

Ik bracht nog even een bezoekje aan de website van Barack : factscheck
On CNN today:
Q: Senator, can you talk about one specific time when you've had to make that kind of 3 A.M., split-second decision based on foreign policy?
Clinton: Well, I was involved in a lot of the decisions that were made. But again, you're looking at it from the wrong perspective. I'm presenting – you know, no one who hasn't been president has ever done that. So, that's not the right question. The question is, what have you done over the course of a lifetime to equip you for that moment. Now, I think you'll be able to imagine many things Senator McCain will be able to say. He's never been the president, but he will put forth his lifetime of experience. I will put forth my lifetime of experience. Senator Obama will put forth the speech he made in 2002. And that's why national security is a critical issue for Democrats as we go into this primary; because everyone knows that John McCain will make this election about national security, that is a given. And it will be imperative that we have a nominee who is able to stand on that stage with Senator McCain, and I believe I am the person best able to do that. [CNN, 3/1/08]
From her campaign's conference call yesterday:
It was, in this reporter's opinion, the most interesting moment in today's Clinton campaign phoner with reporters. Responding to the release of HRC's new TX TV ad, which asserts in no subtle terms that only she has the experience to deal with a major world crisis, and, relatedly, to keep your children safe, Slate's John Dickerson asked the obvious question: "What foreign policy moment would you point to in Hillary's career where she's been tested by crisis?" he said. Silence on the call. You could've knit a sweater in the time it took the usually verbose team of Mark Penn, Howard Wolfson and Lee Feinstein, Clinton's national security director, to find a cogent answer. And what they came up with was weak -- that she's been endorsed by many high ranking members of the uniformed military. Take a listen... [Hotline, 2/29/08]

Dan gaan we even luisteren, niet waar?
Hotline, 2/29,08
Juist, onder haar supporters heeft ze een hele club militairen in uniform en merendeels gepensioneerd, die haar steunen en daaron is zij - zoals haar campagnestaf verzekerd - in staat om als president in een splitseccond te reageren op een crisis.
Hoezo dan?
Slaapt ze met die lui als ze president is? Maar stel dat het
om een enorme natuurramp gaat of
om een plotselinge, massale uitbraak van een onbekende besmettelijke ziekte of
om een desastreuze ineenstorting van de economie of
om het plotseling gedetailleerd bekend worden van haar hele doen en laten als First Lady met Bill Clinton?
Wat heb je dan aan een stelletje krakende militairen als Storming Norman?
Hillary Rodham Clinton heeft wel een heel beperkte visie op het begrip crisis.

Clinton today on CNN: Well, the issue is who will be there to answer that phone based on a lifetime of experience, and I feel very comfortable putting forth my lengthy experience in foreign policy, representing our country in more than 80 countries, helping to bring peace to northern Ireland, to negotiate to open up borders during the conflict in Kosovo, standing up for American values and interests from Beijing to Africa, Latin America.
George Mitchell: Clinton Was "Not Involved Directly" In Diplomatic Negotiations of Northern Ireland Peace Process. "Hillary Clinton has repeatedly cited her White House years as key to why she has the ability to serve as president from "Day One." Both she and her husband have pointed to her "independent" role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland as an example of her foreign policy experience. Her critics, notably former Clinton pollster Dick Morris, have poured scorn on her claim that she was "intimately involved" in the peace process. So who is right? [...] she accompanied her husband as first lady on those four occasions, so they were hardly "independent" visits. (She would sometimes fly in a day early to give a lecture.) [...] I just spoke to Senator George Mitchell, the Clinton administration's leading Northern Ireland peace negotiator, who said that Hillary was "not involved directly" in the diplomatic negotiations that led to the landmark April 1998 Good Friday agreement on power-sharing. On the other hand, Mitchell credits Clinton with taking an intelligent interest in the issues and getting acquainted with many of the key players. [...] Chris Thornton, a political reporter for the Belfast Telegraph, said that Hillary Clinton's visits to northern Ireland contributed to the "mood music" that made an eventual settlement possible, but were hardly key to reaching an agreement. "Would we have reached a settlement without that kind of stuff? Yes. Would we have got one without the intervention of Bill Clinton and George Mitchell? No." Hillary is making a lot more of her Northern Ireland role on the campaign trail than she did in her memoir "Living History." As the Boston Globe recently noted, her stories of bringing Protestant and Catholic women together have become more dramatic with each retelling. The claim that she brought Catholics and Protestants together "for the first time" seems dubious. This would not be the first time that she has mixed up her chronology.

[Washington Post, Fact Checker, 1/10/08]

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