Hillary Clinton, new critical book

This video from the USA says about itself:

Sanders & Clinton Spar on 2002 Iraq Vote; Clinton Praises Henry Kissinger

5 February 2016

During Thursday’s debate in New Hampshire, while Sen. Bernie Sanders conceded former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has more experience in foreign affairs, he questioned her judgment for voting for the Iraq War. “But experience is not the only point—judgment is,” Sanders said. “And once again, back in 2002, when we both looked at the same evidence about the wisdom of the war in Iraq, one of us voted the right way, and one of us didn’t.” Clinton repeatedly touted her time as secretary of state. “I was very flattered when Henry Kissinger said I ran the State Department better—better than anybody had run it in a long time,” she said.

By Ian Sinclair in Britain:

The candidate of the US war machine, at home and abroad

Monday 29th February 2016

A polemical new book sets the record straight about Hillary’s Clinton’s presidential bid, says IAN SINCLAIR

My Turn: Hillary Clinton Targets the Presidency
by Doug Henwood
(OR Books, £10)

ORIGINATING as an article for Harper’s Magazine, My Turn is a lefty polemical primer on Hillary Clinton and her second campaign for the White House.

In it, US writer and financial analyst Doug Henwood explains that the corporate-backed Clinton is a “senior member of the political class” who has long supported neoliberal domestic policies and an aggressive foreign policy.

“Hillary understands how power works, even if she’s systematically on the wrong side of it,” notes Henwood. As her current presidential bid takes flip-flopping to new heights, Clinton has consistently changed her political stances depending on which way the political wind blows, something Henwood highlights by including a series of deliciously contradictory Clinton quotes at the end of the book.

Today she likes to talk about reducing the US’s mammoth prison population but in 1994 she supported her husband’s crime bill that helped to increase the numbers sent to prison. As late as 2007 she opposed same-sex marriage.

“Will you say anything to get elected?” asked the moderator in the October 2015 CNN primary debate.

Henwood is dismissive of Clinton’s time as Secretary of State under President Obama, quoting a Time magazine report that noted “on at least three crucial issues — Afghanistan, Libya and the bin Laden raid — Clinton took a more aggressive line than [Defence Secretary Robert] Gates, a Bush-appointed Republican.” Or, as the title of a recent article by the economist Jeffrey Sachs explained, “Hillary is the candidate of the war machine.”

Famously, she voted for President Bush’s criminal Iraq war. She was the prime US advocate of the Nato-led regime change in Libya that has led to chaos in the region and has long championed arming “the hard men with guns” in Syria, a US policy that has helped escalate the humanitarian and refugee crises.

Journalistic and somewhat gossipy — Henwood seems to relish highlighting juicy instances of Clinton’s bad behaviour over the years — this short book is an accessible and quick read.

While Morning Star readers are no doubt pleased to see Senator Bernie Sanders’s socialist-influenced insurgent campaign gaining ground, Clinton is still the favourite to win the Democratic nomination, with polls suggesting that she would prevail against the top Republican contenders.

My Turn is therefore an important reminder that there won’t be any transformative change under a President Hillary Clinton — just a continuation of the deadly US empire abroad and more corporate attacks on the population at home.

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