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Jan Oberg. Hillary Clinton: True Hawk and Militarist Disaster for the World

Jan Oberg

 

 

Professor, Director

Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research (TFF)
Lund, Sweden

http://www.transnational.org/index.php

 Jan Oberg personal: https://about.me/janoberg

 

The Clintons Celebrated But Likely Disastrous for the World

 

BY TRANSCEND MEMBERS, 1 August 2016

 

Jan Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research TFF:

http://www.transnational.org/index.php

 

27 Jul 2016

 

Hillary Rodham Clinton was nominated last night by the Democratic Party as its candidate for the U.S. Presidency. She may well win o­n November 8.

 

What a tragedy for Western democracy that the leader of what is still called the free, democratic world cannot produce better candidates than Trump and Clinton through a disgustingly commercialized and corrupt political process where candidates like Jill Stein  did you ever hear of that candidate? doesnt have a chance because she cannot mobilize the funds.

As a European intellectual with a life-long commitment to peace and democracy, I find little reason to celebrate.

 

And why the total focus o­n a few individuals at the top but not the structures that will run them both, such as the Military-Industrial-Media-Academic Complex (MIMAC); the cancer in many societies, including Russia, that President Eisenhower warned the world about in his farewell speech already in 1961?

How short the media memory! Hillary Clintons nomination celebrated all over the mainstream press as a victory for the party preventing it from splitting and for all women.

 

But how can people women in particular really believe in such genderism: that she will be a better president for the US and the world because shes a woman? Hasnt the world learnt anything from the inverse racism: that Obama would be a great president because he is black?

How blind the media to militarism, war and other violence: Not o­ne media focuses o­n the Clintons well-documented fascination with violence and war.

Its time to refresh the memory of the Clintons:

 

Bill Clintons record

From 1994 BC broke all promisesmade by his predecessors and other Western politician to Gorbachev about not expanding NATO an inch. He started out in Tblisi, Georgia. I happened to be there, spoke with the U.S. representative to the country and got a sense what was coming. Later too in Yugoslavia.

There is a straight line from that fatal arrogance to todays Second Cold War in Europe, Ukraine having predictably to be the this-far-and-no-longer country of that mindless and reckless expansion that should never have happened.

BCs interventionist record is also forgotten: He bombed in Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo and Serbia the latter much much worse from any point of view than the Russian annexation of Crimea. It was based o­n the fake Rambouillet talks between Serbs and Kosovo-Albanians, his public liesabout there being an ethnic cleansing of all Albanians in Kosovo coming from Slobodan Milosevic whom he called a new Hitler.

 

No such plan was ever found and I know a bit about it because I was a goodwill adviser both to three governments in Belgrade and to the non-violent Kosovo-Albanian leadership under Ibrahim Rugova.

It was Clintons Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, who masterminded much of it and is o­n record for saying that it was politically justifiable that the sanctions o­n Iraq had killed 500.000 innocent people. And they continued.

And she, having survived as a refugee child in Belgrade, Serbia, with her Czechoslovakian family during the Second World War and spoke Serbian is o­n record for hatred of the Serb people.

Conveniently, the West has forgotten it all. BC is such a charming man (who just told us at the reality show-like democratic convention how much he loves his wife).

His administration was o­ne of the most militarist.

 

Hillary Clintons record

There is no excuse for having forgotten her record. GFrom 2009 to 2013, she served as Secretary of State under Obama, the US president who has been engaged in warfare during more days than any other US Presidentaccording to the New York Times.

HC has supported all the wars she could and she was a mastermind of the war in Libya. o­ne remembers the film clip showing her happiness at Khadafis death.

She is a Cold Warrior, anti-Russia, anti-Putin Russians will be great for fighting Putin. Her war-promoting record is as long as it is well-documented.

 

The most solid documentation is that of professor Stephen Zunes. Zunes is a professor of Politics at the University of San Francisco teaching courses o­n the politics of Middle East and other regions, U.S. foreign policy, nonviolence, conflict resolution, and globalization. He currently chairs USFs Middle Eastern Studies Program. He serves as a senior policy analyst for the Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies, an associate editor of Peace Review, a contributing editor of Tikkun, and a member of the academic advisory council of the International Center o­n Nonviolent Conflict. Professor Zunes is also a TFF Associate and here is his analysis of Hillary Clintons systematic fascination with war and everything military, Hillary The Hawk.

 

AS if this was not enough, here is a Mark Landlers brilliantly researched analysis again in The New York Times  of HCs persistent cultivation of American exceptionalism, interventionism, war and the men with medals. He writes:

Unlike other recent presidents Obama, George W. Bush or her husband, Bill Clinton Hillary Clinton would assume the office with a long record o­n national security. There are many ways to examine that record, but o­ne of the most revealing is to explore her decades-long cultivation of the military not just civilian leaders like Gates, but also its high-ranking commanders, the men with the medals. Her affinity for the armed forces is rooted in a lifelong belief that the calculated use of military power is vital to defending national interests, that American intervention does more good than harm and that the writ of the United States properly reaches, as Bush o­nce put it, into any dark corner of the world. Unexpectedly, in the bombastic, testosterone-fueled presidential election of 2016, Hillary Clinton is the last true hawk left in the race.

 

I can o­nly hope that I am wrong but I fear that Hillary Clinton if she becomes the next President of the United States is likely to be yet another militarist disaster for the world.

 

And for the US itself whose manifest destiny is now manifest decline, caused mainly by all the failed wars, the cost of militarism and their consequences and blowback effects.

 

Original: https://www.transcend.org/tms/2016/08/the-clintons-celebrated-but-likely-disastrous-for-the-world/

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TFF Director Prof. Jan Oberg is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment.

 

Go to Original transnational.org

 

 



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