Hillary Clinton and British Blairism

This video from the USA says about itself:

Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders on Whether to Invade Iraq – 2002

18 July 2015

In October of 2002, the United States Senate and House of Representatives were debating whether to give the President of the United States
(George W. Bush) the authority to invade Iraq.

Hillary Clinton voted for the War in Iraq.

Bernie Sanders voted against the War in Iraq.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Umunna: Allured by the Clintons

Friday 26th August 2016

MANY THINK newly selected Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s attractions begin and end with her not being Donald Trump.

She may be pulling the Democrats further to the right than Obama. She may be very close to Wall Street and very enthusiastic about mad, pointless wars. She may have persuaded Obama to abandon his attempt to run a “Don’t do stupid shit” foreign policy and get involved in the “shit show” of the Libyan intervention, which went so predictably badly wrong. But she is not Donald. She is not a borderline-racist huckster.

But some British politicians are much more positively drawn to the Clinton machine. This April, Labour MP Chuka Umunna had a £3,700 trip to Washington to “address a gathering of American policy makers on business, foreign policy and the EU referendum” courtesy of the Center for American Progress (CAP).

Founded in 2003 by former Bill Clinton chief of staff John Podesta — who became chairman of the 2016 Hillary for president campaign — CAP was described by US magazine The Nation as “a shadow government, a kind of Clinton White House-in-exile or a White House staff-in-readiness for President Hillary Clinton.” CAP is well funded, with current and former donations from corporate giants including both Coca Cola and the Pepsi Co, along with Deloitte, Microsoft and arms firm Lockheed.

Umunna is following other Labour politicians drawn to the Clinton-friendly CAP: Ed Balls, then Labour’s shadow chancellor, had two trips to Washington to work on the “Inclusive Prosperity Commission” run by CAP, at a cost of £6,500 in 2014 and 2015.

These are the latest flowering of older roots joining Labour “modernisers” and the Clintons: Bill and Hillary founded the 1990s New Democrats movement, which shifted their party towards a “third way,” with special focus on “cracking down” on welfare, pushing tests and “competition” in schools, and economic conservatism.

This presaged similar obsessions for New Labour. Along the way, the Clinton New Democrats and New Labour were also drawn to backing Bush on the 2003 Iraq war and [being] enthusiastic about the 2011 Libyan “intervention,” with similar grim results.

New Labour and New Democrats links are out of fashion with Labour’s members, who are currently in a more Corbyn-Sanders mood. But Umunna is sticking with the old “new” values.

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