Bosnia Bonsai:Hillary's Storied Past

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A Question of Character: Hillary Clinton and James Frey
by Jack Random
Tragically, there is such a thing as Caesar’s fatal flaw.  When an otherwise honorable individual wants something too much, the normal bounds of morality and common decency become less distinguishable. 
 
Acts of treachery, deception and betrayal are suddenly justified by the prize at the end of the rainbow.  

Tragically, Senator Hillary Clinton has crossed that threshold.  

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[Italics]  I remember it clearly.  It was a bone-chilling autumn day.  The air was thick and brittle with fear.  

On the advice of NATO command, we were crouched behind the barrier on the tarmac, awaiting the “all clear.”  

Suddenly, the tender and quivering voice of a child broke through the chill.  “I’m scared,” she cried.  

Hillary stood at once, throwing back all attempts to coax her back to reason.  A shot rang out, so close it reverberated in my ears, then another and another.  

Hillary broke toward the child.  “This is nothing,” she exclaimed.  “I was in Belfast for the Saint Patrick’s Day Massacre!  I was in Port au Prince when Papa Doc Duvalier went down!  I stood between the Hutu and the Tutsi in Rwanda!  This is a walk in the park!”  

She embraced the trembling child, tucked her in her arms and carried her to safety.  I was writing furiously.  It was the most courageous act I had ever witnessed.  She grabbed my hand, whispering “Not a word.”  

It was not about words.  It was all about action.
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Having made experience in foreign policy the cornerstone of her candidacy for president, she has shamelessly padded her resume on the peace process in Ireland and border negotiations in Bosnia.

Whether her accounts were simple embellishment, a lapse in memory or outright fraud depends on whom you ask.  What is equally important if largely overlooked is yet another episode of astonishing poor judgment:  Did she really believe she could get away with it all the way through the November election to the oval office?  

Imagine the heyday the Swift Boat gang would have with Hillary’s courageous descent into war torn Bosnia, braving the threat of sniper fire with Chelsea by her side.  

It is time for Hillary to give up her ambition for the greater good of her party and the nation.  Her opponent has emerged from each assault on his character and qualifications stronger, more dignified and distinctly more presidential while Hillary is increasingly mired in the muck of dirty politics.  

Obama reaches for the stars, inspiring us with a call to wisdom and understanding while Hillary heaps praise on the eventual Republican nominee, even as he promises to extend a catastrophic war indefinitely.  

Ironically, under normal circumstances, it is passion that leads to embellishment and over-statement.  It was passion that led the Reverend Jeremiah Wright to make declarations from the pulpit that would prove impolitic for a candidate to political office.  With Hillary, embellishment appears to have been a calculated political strategy.  

Her plea of inexplicable memory lapse regarding an event portraying her as arriving under sniper fire at a Bosnia airport rings hollow and false.  Her explanation that she speaks a million words a week so naturally some of them will stray from the truth is oddly reminiscent of James Frey’s “A Million Little Pieces.”  Neither Oprah nor the literary community would forgive Frey for his brilliant work of embellishment yet Hillary should somehow be allowed a pass straight through to the White House.  

Obama responded to an attack by association with an eloquent, calm and reasoned address on the state of politics and racial relations in America, refusing to discard a friend and spiritual consultant for his impassioned “misstatements.”  For that, even his fiercest rivals and detractors must respect him.  

What would Hillary do?  

I am sincerely sorry for all those who have given their time, energy, conviction and passion to the first serious woman candidate for president.  This woman has not risen to the challenge; she has descended into an amoral void.  This candidate is not entitled to lead the nation.  She has committed grievous errors in judgment that have cast doubt on the very core of her moral fiber.  

James Frey’s embellishment was born of an ambition to be a published author – an ambition profoundly understandable to any writer who has ever tried and failed to achieve the same.  

The simple truth is:  Hillary Clinton’s embellishment was born of an ambition to be president.  It is also understandable but an American electorate seeking bold new leadership desires a leader who places truth above her own ambition.  

We have such a leader in the person and character of Barack Obama.  

Jazz.  


JACK RANDOM IS THE AUTHOR OF THE JAZZMAN CHRONICLES (CROW DOG PRESS) AND GHOST DANCE INSURRECTION (DRY BONES PRESS).  THE CHRONICLES HAVE BEEN POSTED ON NUMEROUS CITES OF THE WORLDWIDE WEB, INCLUDING THE ALBION MONITOR, BELLACIAO, BUZZLE, COUNTERPUNCH, DISSIDENT VOICE, THE DAILY SCARE, THE NATIONAL FREE PRESS AND PACIFIC FREE PRESS.  SEE WWW.JAZZMANCHRONICLES.BLOGSPOT.COM

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