THE DAILY BLADE: To Tell The Truth
When Hillary lies, does she know she is lying? Is she a reflexive liar, a compulsive liar, or a pathological liar? Does the staggering number of lies she has told during this campaign make her morally unfit for the office she seeks? Do the things about which she lied make her psychologically unfit?
Consider these questions while reading excerpts from recent columns by political consultant Dick Morris and his wife Eileen McGann detailing Hillary’s lying lies throughout the years:
† At a 1997 race-relations forum for teenagers in
† Admitted Lies:
† Hillary and Bill Clinton have both boldly - and falsely - claimed that she played an important role in the Irish peace process. … But now her recently released White House schedules show that Hillary’s assertions are one big fantasy. Hillary’s role in all of the Irish visits were no different than any other first ladies … The daily schedules show that Hillary visited
† Now that Hillary Clinton's schedule as first lady has been released, her near-total lack of serious involvement in the real inner workings of the government is bluntly apparent. There are few, if any, meetings with Cabinet members, congressional leaders, the National Security Council, the National Economic Council, leaders of the Irish peace process, players in the Bosnian crisis or representatives from
And consider this explanation of Hillary’s lying eyes – that is, the phenomenon of false memory - by columnist Paul Greenberg:
Just how that false memory forms and is reinforced over the years can be left to the psychologists to explain in detail. Maybe first we exaggerate what happened, then elaborate the imagined memory with each retelling, especially to ourselves. And before we know it, we've fully incorporated the event into our dramatic life story. Our ever-absorbent psyches could put any ordinary screenplay to shame.
Maybe that's what happened with Hillary Clinton and her exciting tale about landing under sniper fire at Tuzla Air Base in Bosnia back in '96, and how she and her brave platoon "ran with our heads down" to take cover. Exciting stuff. She told the story, not for the first time, in a speech at
To lift a phrase from the immortal Gilbert of Gilbert-and-Sullivan comic-opera fame, Sen. Clinton was adding "merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative." …
Hey, we all make mistakes. Call it the Walter Mitty syndrome. For who isn't the daring hero of his own life story, or in this case the heroine of hers? We just hope hubby's tendency to prevaricate hasn't proved contagious. Remember all those churches in
And the biggest whopper of them all: “For the first time in twelve years or so I misspoke.” And not just about
When not attacking Barack Obama, Hillary has tried to get voters to believe that John McCain is running for George W. Bush’s third term. Instead she convinced them that she is running for Bill Clinton’s third term.
Meanwhile, Obama himself is not lying down on the job when it comes to fudging facts – proving that when it comes to politics nothing changes.
On what Obama remembers he “heard at church over the past 20 years” Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi writes:
In the speech on race he delivered on March 18, Obama said: "Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes.” Yet, in a March 14 posting on Huffington Post, Obama wrote: ‘"The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach.”
Note the Clintonian phrasing: Obama was addressing only the statements "that are the cause of this controversy," referring to specific video clips of Wright's inflammatory remarks.
In his interview with Barbara Walters and the gang on “The View” (video link), Obama also said: “Had the reverend not retired, and had he not acknowledged that what he had said had deeply offended people and were inappropriate and mischaracterized what I believe is the greatness of this country, for all its flaws, then I wouldn’t have felt comfortable staying at the church.” In other words, instead of actively protesting Wright’s hate speech by leaving the church Obama passively waited until Wright resigned and then began referring to his as his “ex-pastor.” Not exactly a profile in courage.
So rather than being Kennedyesque, as Caroline Kennedy imagines him, Obama’s handling of the Wright controversy has shown him to be [Bill] Clintonian. But he’s also [Hillary] Clintonian when embellishing his life story.
Washington Post campaign fact checker Michael Dobbs parses a story that Obama has told in a speech at
Sen. Barack Obama traced his “very existence” to the generosity of the Kennedy family, which he said paid for his Kenyan father to travel to
The Camelot connection has become part of the mythology surrounding Obama's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. …
It is a touching story - but the key details are either untrue or grossly oversimplified.
Contrary to Obama's claims … the Kennedy family did not provide the funding for a September 1959 airlift of 81 Kenyan students to the
A more accurate version of the story would begin not with the Kennedys but with a Kenyan nationalist leader named Tom Mboya, who traveled to the
After bloggers pointed out that the
Hillary “misremembered” and “misspoke” about being under sniper fire during a visit to
Editorial Note: On Thursday of last week The Heel, an Ivy-educated attorney with a prestigious
The Los Angeles Times has been running a series of op-eds in which Turkish and non-Turkish experts on that country’s history and current social/political trends (second item) have been duking it out over the Islamization of
It all started on March 15th with this op-ed by Soner Cagaptay, director of the Turkish Research Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, which used charts to explain the case filed by Turkey's chief prosecutor, Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya, in the Constitutional Court to “shut down the Justice and Development Party [AKP], which controls the national government … accused of threatening Turkey's secular democracy, among other things, by using religion as a criterion in making appointments to top bureaucratic posts.” Cagaptay warns:
[S]ince the AKP took power [in 2002], the country has undergone a dramatic transformation. …
Turks' attitudes toward the
Nine days later, The Times published this rebuttal by Turkish MP Egemen Bagis, who is also the AKP vice chairman:
We are only upgrading the country's democratic standards against those who believe that the nation does not deserve an advanced democracy. The parliament's vote for allowing head scarves at universities is nothing but securing basic individual freedoms for female students who have been treated as third-class citizens and banned from universities for their religious garb.
This rebuttal was rebutted on March 28th by an American scientist of Turkish descent, Cüneyt M. Serdar, who wrote this:
One does not need statistics or surveys to know that the AKP is bad for freedom and women's rights. Its origins are deeply Islamist …
In a disturbing trend, secular Turkish women feel growing pressure to cover up, even facing intimidation or discrimination if they don't. In one case, Turkish President Abdullah Gül, who has the authority to appoint university rectors, bypassed highly recommended female professor of medicine Gaye Usluer for a man, who was recommended second to her and received far fewer votes from their colleagues at
In recent years, some
The Times published a second op-ed alongside Serdar’s by Robert Ellis, who writes about Turkish affairs in the Danish press and in the Turkish Daily News:
The AKP is replacing the top echelons of the educational system - along with state administration and the judiciary - with its own followers. It intends to give religious school graduates the same access to universities as state high school graduates as part of this process, so that students primarily trained to be imams can replace secular leaders in the bureaucracy.
As far as Turkish foreign policy is concerned, the last word still belongs to "Bearded Celal," a little-known Turkish philosopher who wrote 50 years ago that "
Michael Rubin, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, has researched the influx of money into
One marvels at how a “progressive” paper like The New York Times can take the position that, the case against the AKP “gravely threatens political and economic stability and