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em·pire

ˈemˌpī(ə)r/

Noun

an extensive operation or sphere of activity controlled by one person or group

The largest empire today has amassed more foreign military bases than any other in world history, spends more seeking hegemonic domination than the rest of the world combined, and has overthrown or attempted to overthrow some 60 governments, most of which were elected by their populations.

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noun

an extensive operation or sphere of activity controlled by one person or group

The largest empire today has amassed more foreign military bases than any other in world history, spends more seeking hegemonic domination than the rest of the world combined, and has overthrown or attempted to overthrow some 60 governments, most of which were elected by their populations. - See more at: http://www.empireslayer.org/2016/01/second-most-biased-source-possible.html#sthash.Jn1BsTr6.dpuf

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Hillary Clinton Pro-War and Imperialism Record in Bullet Points

im·pe·ri·al·ism
imˈpi(ə)rēəˌlizəm/
noun
  1. 1.
    a policy of extending a country's power and influence through diplomacy or military force.
    "the struggle against imperialism"



"I urged him to bomb." - Hillary Clinton

Introduction:


This is a record of Hillary Clinton’s support for wars of aggression and other acts of extremism. 
 
In anticipation of the 2016 election, a principal reason for creating this record is to provide a clear illustration of what is put forth as the supposed "less evil" of the two viable choices in the US system, and examine the consequences this lack of choice has had on the world.

TIME magazine is known as a staple of support and cover for US international criminality.  The famous investigative journalist Carl Bernstein documents that the US government has no external "need to manipulate Time magazine, for example, because there are Agency [CIA] people at the management level."  

However, even TIME has balked at Hillary Clinton's record, reporting that she may well be a more extreme militant than her Republican opponent.   

At the end of the year in which Clinton left her position as Secretary of State (2013), the Obama regime's USA was voted, in a Win/Gallup poll of 65 countries around the world, as the single greatest threat to world peace, with the runner-up (Pakistan, an Islamic fundamentalist US ally) receiving three times fewer votes, and Russia receiving twelve times fewer votes:



This was largely due to multiple, illegal US attacks that were co-schemed and advocated by Hillary Clinton, and ultimately ordered by Barack Obama.

The record is intended to inform current and potential Clinton supporters who favor international law and peace, but may not have deeply researched the candidate, about what they are actually supporting.  While one may still feel trapped into casting a vote for Clinton to avoid a potential worse fate, her record should prompt us to work towards a reality in which we are not limited to choosing between two quite extreme evils.


Hillary Clinton:

  • Supported, in the 1980s, the US-created terrorist insurgency in Nicaragua.
    • Nicaragua pressed charges against the US at the International Court of Justice, which ruled in favor of Nicaragua and demanded the US pay approximately $18 billion in reparations for unlawful use of force, i.e. terrorism and aggression.  The US refused, vetoed Security Council resolutions condemning its actions and calling on all countries to adhere to international law, and increased its aggression against Nicaragua.  (The US did not issue notice to victim countries, like Nicaragua, or its own citizens, that they were now free to emulate Washington and reject court decisions if they did not like them.)  
    • With Hillary as his “partner in power”, Bill Clinton was very likely involved in coordinating drug and gun shipments into and out of the US through a rural airstrip in Mena, Arkansas.  The federal government was running Contra operations from the airbase while Clinton was governor of that state. (see Morris, PhD, Government, Harvard, Partners in Power)
  • Supported aggressive US invasions of or attacks against Haiti (1994, US-backed overthrow of Haitian democracy), Bosnia (1995 - see below - at the end of 2013, nearly half of Bosnia - 49% - viewed US as greatest threat to world peace), and Kosovo (1999 - see below). (4)
  • Supported Bill Clinton regime's illegal bombing of Yugoslavia, an act of aggression which W. Clarke, the top general involved (who recently advocated interning “radicals”), calculated would worsen, not improve, the humanitarian crisis in the region.  As was reported at the time, “the U.S. began bombing Yugoslavia with no consideration for the possible impact on the Albanian people of Kosovo.”
    • For her part, Hillary Clinton personally called Bill from Africa at the time and later reported of their conversation: "I urged him to bomb." (4)  I.e., she urged terror and aggression.
      • As predicted, the bombing campaign increased atrocities by both the besieged Serb and attacking KLA forces. 
      • In fact, in the year before the bombing (as documented in the British Parliamentary report), the conflict had died down and was only being sustained by terrorists of the KLA who, on record, said they were staging attacks to try to induce a response from the Serbs to create a pretext for US/NATO to bomb, which would serve the interests of the KLA jihadists.  
      • Thanks to the bombing, "Kosovo[,] with its massive U.S. army base, has become a global center of human, human-organ and narcotics trafficking..."
      • The US/NATO bombing, along with direct US support for importing jihadists into the region to fight, created a jihadist base in the “heart of Europe”, which has linked jihadist elements from the Middle East to Europe and contributed towards recent attacks there. 
    • Amnesty International released a report which stated that NATO forces targeted civilian Serbian radio, killing civilians.
    • The bombing caused great damage to local civilians, including death, injury, severe pollution (including nuclear radiation from Depleted Uranium munitions –weapons made from radioactive nuclear waste) and widespread ecological damage, consequences for the physical health of the people which will remain for years as well as permanent consequences for psychological health caused by almost 3 months of trauma and fear.
    • Among many other locations, US/NATO detonated explosives in the Ministry of Education in Novi Sad, premises which administered social welfare programmes.
    • Novi Sad residents point out that the irony that Novi Sad was so heavily targeted by US/NATO also lies in the fact that during the time of the bombing, the city was ruled by the local Democratic Opposition, which was against the regime in Belgrade.
    • In 2007, the International Criminal Court found that Serbia had not committed genocide at Srebrenica, which was the US pretext to illegally attack and expand its NATO organization eastward, violating an agreement with Russia that NATO would not move "one inch" east of West Germany.
    • US/NATO continues to occupy the territory it conquered. 
    • A staffer for Bernie Sanders noted at the time, after resigning in protest of Sanders’ support for the aggression, that “a genuine humanitarian concern for the Kosovars would be evidenced in massive [US] emergency airlifts and a few billion dollars right now devoted to aiding the refugees”.  US action, he said, instead supported the assertion (voiced by officials involved in the bombing) that “the goal of U.S. policy is not to save the Kosovars”, and carrying out bombings was not a means of protecting the Kosovars”.  Rather, he noted, the US/NATO were engaging in “deliberate selection of civilian targets, including residential neighborhoods, auto factories, broadcasting stations, and hydro-electric power plants”.
    • Similar or worse crimes than those cited by the US as its pretext for bombing were simultaneously being carried out by US itself and its clients/allies including Turkey, Indonesia, and Israel, with direct US participation.
        • For example, the Clinton regime supplied 80% of the weapons to Turkey to be used to ethnically cleanse the region of Kurds, and US arms shipments to Turkey increased during the height of Turkey's atrocities, which involved “every conceivable kind of torture and massacre you can imagine.”
        • As far as we know, Hillary Clinton did not “urge” her husband to bomb any of the criminal states the US was supporting, or to bomb Washington for its worse crimes, or call for herself to be bombed for her own worse crimes (see below).  She predictably selects targets that, if defeated, would allow expansion of US military hegemony into as yet unconquered areas, and dismisses US and US-client crimes. (Hegemony or Survival, Ch. 4)
  • In 2000, Hillary Clinton said she favored continuing the illegal, anti-democratic U.S. embargo against Cuba.
    • Ricardo Alarcon, PhD, has called the blockade the most “prolonged genocide in history”.
    • Evo Morales, indigenous president of Bolivia, has said of that blockade that the "U.S government practices genocide against the Cuban people”.
    • The blockade is democratically opposed every year in a UN vote by every country in the world, aside from the US, Israel, and sometimes the “US territories” of Marshall Islands (which were largely vaporized and contaminated by US nuclear experimentation on humans) and Palau. (4)
    • With the US completely isolated in the world and threatened with being kicked out of hemispheric organizations, Obama has finally begin, under international pressure and for strategic reasons, to lighten US terror towards Cuba, which he originally increased.
  • Supported the US's illegal bombing and invasion of Afghanistan (here), which has killed tens of thousands, and potentially hundreds of thousands, of people, according to the most recent and comprehensive study. 
    • With Clinton’s direct involvement, after the invasion, the US restarted and to this day continues a gas pipeline project that it had trouble pushing through with the (formerly US-backed) Taliban in power.  See below.  US/NATO has now declared its occupation of Afghanistan will continue indefinitely.     
  • In 2001, Clinton called John Walker Lindh, who was tortured in US custody, a traitor for "supporting" the Taliban (see here).  She made this statement long before his trial.  However, this author has found no record of Clinton condemning as traitors any of the many US government officials, US firms, or US individuals who have, on record and openly, under her husband’s regime, supported the Taliban:
    • The US supported the efforts of Unocal to cooperate with the Taliban to build a natural gas pipeline through Afghanistan. Meetings were being held for that purpose up to September 11, 2001. There was also a telephone company interested in Afghanistan. 
      • Unocal’s pipeline project would have brought natural gas from Turkmenistan to Pakistan by crossing through Afghanistan—a route purportedly preferable to alternative routes through Russia or Iran.
      • Unocal CEO John Imle estimated that the company spent between $15 and $20 million on its Central Asia gas pipeline (CentGas) project, including on efforts to lobby the Taliban (here)
        • Unocal also equipped the Taliban with technologies such as satellite phones.
        • "...Unocal –– had very close relations with the Taliban. They took their leaders on junkets to their home bases, they gave them substantial help in the form of office equipment, and they gave medical treatment to many of their leaders. Unocal set up a training school for the Taliban in Kandahar." (here)
      • "[W]hen a Clinton official was reminded that the Taliban persecuted women, he said, "We can live with that." (here)
      • "...a strong campaign [was] waged by rights activists in America, particularly the Feminist Majority led by Eleanor Smeal and Mavis Leno, which lobbied Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright very fiercely to stop the Unocal project and come out against the Taliban’s repression of women. [But] the Clinton administration viewed the Taliban’s rise favorably... [because, in addition to two other strategic reasons] the U.S. wanted to build this pipeline. There was a lot of support from the Pentagon and the State Department for the Unocal effort." (here)
      • "…as it became clearer that Taliban policy-makers were beginning to lean toward Bridas [a non-US oil company] by late 1997, the Clinton administration responded by suddenly paying heed to human rights/women’s groups who had been protesting Taliban conduct for the past two years. In November 1997, after years of relative quiet, Clinton’s Secretary of State Madeleine Albright publicly condemned the Taliban’s treatment of women... [but] it was only when absolute [US] control of that oil was challenged that the Taliban regime was openly discredited..." (here)
      • "[In] August 1998, ...the US embassy bombings in East Africa (attributed to Usama bin Laden) prompted Clinton to... call for the Taliban to expel Bin Laden. Interestingly, the latter’s presence in Afghanistan since 1996 had not stalled the courtship of the previous years, despite being implicated in earlier acts of ‘terror'"(ibid)
      • The US had also been sanctioning Pakistan, but Clinton removed the sanctions to befriend Pakistan so the planned pipeline could run through it to the coast. (ibid)
    • Lindh’s lawyers filed voluminous documents establishing that he is the only person ever prosecuted for supporting the Taliban, even though many firms and individuals had continued doing business with the Taliban after Bill Clinton issued the executive order Lindh was accused of violating.
    • More on Lindh here and here
    • Afghanistan was stable in the late 1970s and had featured strong women’s rights until the US, as it did in Nicaragua, assembled a terrorist army and set it against the country.  After contributing towards the deaths of millions and helping to bring the Taliban to power, the US got what it wanted: an “agreement” from the US-installed Karzai regime to build gas pipelines running from Turkmenistan, through Afghanistan, to Pakistan's coast.  More info here.
      • However, the Taliban later came back to prominence, and then, as Obama's sec. of state, Hillary Clinton again tried to the Taliban to cooperate on the gas pipeline, endorsing “President Karzai’s attempts to open talks with ‘moderate’ members of the Afghani Taliban. The only definition of the “moderate” she provided was those “willing to abandon violence, break with al Qaeda and support the constitution.”" (ibid)  You read correctly: “moderate” members of the Taliban. 
  • Hillary Clinton offered her personal guarantee of US government backing to Chevron to increase Chevron's credibility in pursuing the Afghanistan gas pipeline project:
    • "...both Chevron and Exxon-Mobil have expressed interest in TAPI [the pipeline from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan]."  However, Turkmenistan wanted a firm signal that the US government was committed.  That signal came from Hillary Clinton.  The president of Turkmenistan received "a letter backing Chevron's project from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton." (quoted WSJ article here
    • After Clinton guaranteed US government backing for Chevron to build the pipeline, Obama sent his own personal letter to the president of Turkmenistan, backing Chevron and "emphasizing a common interest in helping develop Afghanistan and expressing [his] support for TAPI [pipeline] and his desire for a major U.S. firm to construct it." (WSJ))
      • In 2012, Obama boasted in a speech that "We've added enough new oil and gas pipeline to encircle the Earth and then some."    
  • As Secretary of State, Clinton backed a major escalation of the US invasion of Afghanistan.
    • With Clinton's encouragement, Obama escalated the invasion from 30,000 to 100,000 soldiers or more.
    • Of the 2,300 American soldiers who have died in the 12-year-old Afghan War, about 1,670 (or more than 70 percent) have died since Obama took office.  Many were killed in the surge Gates, Petraeus and Clinton pushed for.
    • As noted, US/NATO plan to remain indefinitely.
  • Hillary Clinton supported and voted for the illegal US invasion of Iraq, which has been the most deadly war for journalists in history, and has directly and indirectly killed somewhere from a million to 2 million or more people, according to the most comprehensive study.
    • On October 11, 2002, Clinton voted in favor of the illegal invasion. (4)
    • "Former administration officials also tell TIME that Clinton was an advocate for maintaining a residual troop force after the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq... They also describe her as skeptical of diplomacy with Iran." - TIME
    • "As Obama [following Bush’s timetable for withdrawal, created under Iraqi pressure] began withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, Clinton supported an effort to leave behind several thousand soldiers..." - TIME
      • At the height of the illegal US occupation of Iraq, the US bolstered its presence with private contractors. Even when the military began leaving, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was openly talking about establishing a private, State Department-run “army” of contractors to fight in Iraq.
    • Clinton claims she opposed the Iraq surge for purely political reasons, while personally supporting it, and even reportedly saying "The Iraq surge worked", here
  • Hillary Clinton supports torture, including hypothermia and waterboarding, which the US classes as a war crime but does not punish unless perpetrated by others (see here):
    • "This procedure [waterboarding] is recognized internationally as a cruel and inhuman method [of] torture, and the US itself sentenced a Japanese soldier to 15 years in prison on war crimes charges for using the technique [of waterboarding] against an American prisoner of war. It has been banned by US law and explicitly repudiated by the military in the latest Army Field Manual." (here)
    • "A nation that has so often carried out military aggression, wantonly attacked civilian populations and targets, destroyed entire societies, used weapons of mass destruction, and used its armed might to crush oppositional movements around the world - killing millions and displacing tens of millions more in the process - cannot be expected to shy away from torture and other atrocities as it routinely goes about its global business." – Dr. Carl Boggs, "Crimes of Empire", pg. 208.  Cont’d:
    • Torture and other comparable forms of inhumane treatment have been explicitly outlawed since WW2.  
    • The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 5, states: "no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhumane, or degrading punishment."  
    • Geneva Convention III, article 49, states: "prisoners of war must at all times be treated humanely" and (article 17) "no physical or mental torture, nor any other form of coercion, may be inflicted on prisoners of war to secure from them information of any kind whatever."
    • These rules are to be applied uniformly, with no exceptions, and to be extended not just to members of armed forces but to militias, volunteer groups, resistance movements, and insurgencies. 
    • The Convention Against Torture (1984) directs each state party to incorporate torture as an offense within its criminal law (Article 4).
    • The Rome Statutes of the ICC define torture and other abuses of prisoners as a war crime. 
    • The US is a signatory to the UDHR, the Geneva Conventions, and the Convention Against Torture. 
    • This has not deterred Washington from setting up its own outlaw regimen for treating prisoners and others under its control. 
  • Hillary Clinton supports the illegal expansion of the state of Israel into Palestine. 
    • Israel's illegal bulldozing of Palestinian homes and replacement of them with Israeli homes went up over 75% in 2013.  (More info.) 
    • As with its illegal embargo of Cuba, the US is isolated in the world in preventing international law from being applied to Israel to make it stop ethnically cleansing and colonizing Palestine.
    • Every year the UN votes on the issue of Israel’s colonization of Palestine, and the vote is virtually the whole world in favor of decolonization and Israel’s return to its legal borders (pre-June, 1967).  
    • Every major human rights organization agrees. 
    • All 22 states in the Arab League agree. 
    • In 2004, the highest legal body in the world, the International Court of Justice, issued a ruling and agreed that Israel must decolonize Palestine and return to its legal borders.  All fifteen judges agreed, including the judge from the US.  
  • Hillary Clinton supported the US-backed Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 2006.
    • "We are here to show solidarity and support for Israel. We will stand with Israel, because Israel is standing for American values as well as Israeli ones." - Hillary Clinton (4)
    • The vast majority of the Lebanese killed were civilians; UNICEF estimates that 30% of those killed were children under the age of 13.
    • The United Nations Development Program initially estimated that Israel destroyed about 35,000 Lebanese homes.
    • After a UN ceasefire was negotiated, Israel saturated Southern Lebanese villages with 4 million cluster bombs (many of them provided by the US).
      • 1 million Israeli bombs failed to explode on impact, lingering as land mines that killed or maimed almost 200 people since the war ended.  As of 2011, munitions were still causing casualties and being cleared by volunteers.
      • Parts of southern Lebanon remained uninhabitable.
      • This is the second largest example of cluster bomb use, after the US use of cluster bombs against Iraq in the early 1990s.  
  • Hillary Clinton's State Department "helped enable Obama’s expansion of lethal drone strikes.  In fact, Clinton may have been the administration’s most reliable advocate for military action." - TIME
    • Use of drones (used by the US mainly to execute suspects without trial, often while they attend weddings, funerals, and the like) has been increased 300% since Bush, killing thousands, likely mostly civilians (see here).
    • The US’s religiously “Hell Fire” drone rockets have a kill/injury radius of 60 feet.   
  • Hillary Clinton supported  the illegal US bombing of Libya, which, thanks to the bombing, is now a failed state.
    • According to The New York Times, the deciding push to take military action in Libya came from Hillary Clinton.
    • “We came, we saw, he died.” – Hillary Clinton responding to the news of Gaddafi’s execution at the hands of US-backed rebels.  She then began laughing.  At least one commentator has pointed out that her statement is a reference to: "I came; I saw; I conquered", a phrase popularly attributed to Julius Caesar, who supposedly used the phrase in a letter to the Roman Senate around 46 BC after he had achieved a quick victory in his short war against Pharnaces II of Pontus at the Battle of Zela.
    • "The political grief Clinton has suffered over the September 11, 2012 attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, comes with an ironic twist: the tragic episode might never occurred [obviously would never have occurred] had Clinton not supported intervening in Libya’s civil war." - TIME
    • "Before the bombing Libya was the richest country in Africa and on track to attain all the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). After the bombing it is likely Libya will not attain any of the MDGs and it has become a failed State."  (here)
    • More.
  • Supports aggression against Syria, both overt and covert, in service of regime change:
    • US and Saudi-backed terrorists have killed hundreds of thousands in Syria.
    • "She pressed Obama to arm the Syrian rebels, and later endorsed air strikes against the Assad regime”, while the US lied, saying it knew Assad had carried out chemical attacks.  She also supported US bombing of the Syrian government, “apparently undaunted by polling that showed more than 70 percent of Americans opposed to military action." (Quote from Time) 
    • Clinton teamed up with David Patraeus, John McCain and Lindsey Graham to push for arming terrorists in Syria.
    • Arming an insurgency to attack a UN member state is classed under international law as aggression.       
  • Backed a fascist military dictatorship in a coup to overthrow Honduran democracy in 2009.  
    • The coup, condemned by the entire world in the UN General Assembly, succeeded "because of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama". 
    • "When a fascist putsch, a coup d'etat, overthrew at gunpoint the popular progressive democratic President of Honduras on 28 June 2009, and all countries of the world except Israel and the United States promptly declared the junta-installed government illegitimate, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton refused to join all other nations in rejecting the fascist regime... Hillary Clinton supported the fascists." (here)
    • "...instead [of joining the entire world and condemning the coup], she [Hillary Clinton] joined with then-Senator Jim DeMint (now head of the Heritage Foundation and the chief sponsor of the political career of Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz) in propping up the fascist regime. Promptly Honduras descended into hell, suddenly having the world's highest murder-rate, and becoming a haven of narco-trafficking. What was Hillary thinking? She expressed contempt for Zelaya, but what was really happening here was that American international companies liked paying their Honduran contractors sub-human wages to workers at their plants in Honduras. The Honduran aristocrats owned those factories, and the U.S. aristocrats shared with them the profits from this "free-market" slavery. What did Hillary care about the ongoing terror, murders, and soaring narco-trafficking?"
    • The coup was possible “because of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama." (here)
    • "Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State... displayed a record of carrying out the policies that were being promoted by her lobbyist friends, when she did everything possible, early in President Obama's first term, to support U.S. funding for the fascist junta in Honduras that perpetrated a coup d'etat on 28 June 2009 overthrowing that nation's popular progressive democratically elected President, and who then installed their own regime, and promptly placed their country into a continuing violent terror that caused Honduras ever since to be the nation with the highest murder rate in the world. Hillary's lobbyist friend in that particular matter was Lanny Davis, who also is an occasional Fox News contributor." (here)
    • The US Department of State had prior knowledge of the coup. The Department of State and the US Congress funded and advised the actors and organizations in Honduras that participated in the coup. The Pentagon trained, schooled, commanded, funded and armed the Honduran armed forces that perpetrated the coup and that continue to repress the people of Honduras by force. (here)
    • More info here and here (second link is to video that includes Honduran students holding tear gas cans with "Made in USA")
    • Documentary on the coup.
  • Clinton signed an agreement committing $124 million tax dollars to the building of the Caracol sweatshop assembly park in the north of Haiti.
    • The agreement includes tax breaks for sweatshop bosses. Workers there are making the starvation wage of about $3.50 a day. (here)
  • Has expressed support for US government control over the Internet:
    • "We’re all going to have to rethink how we deal with the Internet. As exciting as these new developments are, there are a number of serious issues without any kind of editing function or gatekeeping function." -Hillary Clinton
  • Denounced Edward Snowden's heroic whistle-blowing as "outrageous".
    • Also denounced China for not “acting like a proper authoritarian regime and arresting Snowden.” – J. Raimondo 
  • Cables leaked by Chelsea Manning reveal Hillary Clinton's "extreme hatred for democracy" (Chomsky) and suppression of popular opinion
    • While 77% of Arabs, at the time of cable leak, viewed US and Israel as biggest threats to peace, only 10% viewed Iran as a threat, and 57% thought Iran should have nuclear weapons as a deterrent to invasion by the US and Israel.  Yet, Clinton, clearly illustrating a preference, championed and reported only the opinions of US-allied Arab dictators.   
  • Said of US-backed Egyptian tyrant Hosni Mubarak, whom Amnesty International has said used rape as a weapon while receiving support from the United States, “I really consider President and Mrs. Mubarak to be friends of my family.”
  • Ordered American officials to spy on high ranking UN diplomats, including British representatives: 
    • Top secret cables revealed that Mrs. Clinton, as Secretary of State, ordered diplomats to obtain DNA, iris scans, and fingerprints, as well as credit card and frequent flier numbers, passwords, and personal encryption keys used in private and commercial networks for official communications. It also included Internet and intranet usernames, e-mail addresses, web site URLs useful for identification, and work schedules. The targeted human intelligence was requested in a process known as the National Humint Collection Directive, and was aimed at foreign diplomats of US allies as well.  Further leaked material revealed that the guidance in the cables was actually written by the National Clandestine Service of the Central Intelligence Agency before being sent out under Clinton's name, as the CIA cannot directly instruct State Department personnel.
  • Commits and supports terrorism against Iran.
    • Issues threats of force, outlawed by the United Nations, against Iran:
      • The US "cannot take any option off the table in sending a clear message to the current leadership of Iran – that they will not be permitted to acquire nuclear weapons" - Hillary Clinton
    • Clinton voted for a symbolic non-binding amendment to label the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution as a "foreign terrorist organization,"... Democratic opponents criticized her for contributing to what they said was Bush administration saber rattling on Iran
    • Regularly contributes to US propaganda efforts against Iran:
      • "If Iran were to launch a nuclear attack on Israel what would our response be? I want the Iranians to know that if I'm the president, we will attack Iran. That's what we will do. There is no safe haven." Hillary Clinton continued, "Whatever stage of development they might be in their nuclear weapons program [the one the UN and all 16 US intelligence agencies say doesn't exist and is not planned] in the next 10 years during which they may foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them." Iran complained to the UN about her comments. (4)
      • Obama chastised Clinton for this, saying her words were "reminiscent of George Bush". 
      • Stated that Iran must prove its nuclear program is peaceful, despite all evidence stating that it is and none suggesting otherwise.
      • Clinton "acknowledged that the harsh US sanctions were intended to target and send the people of Iran a message", i.e., she openly acknowledges collectively punishing civilians; terrorism.  (here)
      • The 1977 Additional Protocols to the 1949 Geneva Conventions prohibit any measure that has the effect of depriving a civilian population of objects indispensable to its survival. Article 70 of Protocol I mandates relief operations to aid a civilian population that is “not adequately provided” with supplies and Article 18 of Protocol II requires relief operations for a civilian population that suffers “undue hardship owing to a lack of supplies essential for its survival, such as foodstuffs and medical supplies.”
      • Art. 70 of Additional Protocol I of Art. 23 of the Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits interfering with delivery of relief goods to all members of the civilian population.



        • Above: Global military expenditures, billions of dollars.  Iran’s are not high enough to be included on the chart. (North Korea's are barely visible.)

      • Professor Juan Cole on the above graphic, titled “US Military Bases Encircle Iran”: “I had grabbed an earlier version of this graphic off a Democratic Underground bulletin board from 2005. It made the point that the United States, which professes itself menaced by Iran, rather has Iran encircled by military bases. I have tried to update the map a bit, though this area is a moving target and the map no doubt isn’t perfect. It is expressive enough, however, of the reality. Iraq and Uzbekistan no longer have American bases, but the US military now has a refueling station in Turkmenistan.
  • As Secretary of State, Clinton was a hawk on the Iran (here). In 2009-2010, she led the opposition to any negotiated settlement and pushed for further sanctions.
    • To clear the route for sanctions, Clinton helped sink agreements tentatively negotiated with Iran to ship most of its low-enriched uranium out of the country. In 2009, Iran was refining uranium only to the level of about 3-4 percent, as needed for energy production. Its negotiators offered to swap much of that for nuclear isotopes for medical research.
    • In spring 2010, Iran agreed to another version of the uranium swap proposed by the leaders of Brazil and Turkey, with the apparent backing of President Obama. But that arrangement came under fierce attack by Secretary of State Clinton and was derided by leading U.S. news outlets, including editorial writers at the New York Times who mocked Brazil and Turkey as being “played by Tehran.”
    • The ridicule of Brazil and Turkey – as bumbling understudies on the world stage – continued even after Brazil released Obama’s private letter to President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva encouraging Brazil and Turkey to work out the deal. Despite the letter’s release, Obama didn’t publicly defend the swap and instead joined in scuttling the deal, another moment when Clinton and administration hardliners got their way.
    • Clinton now endorses Obama’s apparent campaign to lighten the US torture of Iran.  “…not a day has passed since 1953 in which the U.S. was not harming Iranians.” - Chomsky
  • "“To right-wingers willing to look beneath what probably sounds to them like the same identical views of the Democratic candidates, it is pretty clear that Hillary Clinton is the most conservative.” - Bruce Bartlett, policy adviser to President Ronald Reagan; treasury official under President George H.W. Bush, from America’s venerable conservative magazine, William Buckley’s National Review" (source)
  • "We also hear from America’s premier magazine for the corporate wealthy,Fortune, whose recent cover features a picture of Clinton and the headline: “Business Loves Hillary”." (source)
  • "Back to 2013: In October, the office of billionaire George Soros, who has long worked with US foreign policy to destabilize governments not in love with the empire, announced that “George Soros is delighted to join more than one million Americans in supporting Ready for Hillary.” (source)
  • Even the highly establishment and pro-"democrat" publication Time says of Hillary Clinton, the "truth is impossible to deny. Clinton has demonstrated a well-documented willingness to use American military power overseas. Gates’ book is just the latest evidence, along with previous reporting and original interviews with current and former Obama officials, of the strikingly hawkish voice Clinton offered during Obama Situation Room debates.  ...In fact, Clinton may have been the [Obama] administration’s most reliable advocate for military action. On at least three crucial issues—Afghanistan, Libya, and the bin Laden raid—Clinton took a more aggressive line than Gates, a Bush-appointed Republican."
    • The entire Time article, which goes through Clinton's hawkish pro-war record, here
  • According to TIME, Hillary Clinton may well have to defend her right wing extremism against attacks from republicans further left than her.  For example "a GOP nominee could bash Clinton for defying public opinion [and committing war crimes] on Afghanistan, Syria and Libya."
  • In August, the New Republic asked John McCain whom he would support in a matchup between "democrat" Hillary Clinton and the republican Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, a fulsome critic of American military interventions. “Tough choice,” McCain replied.
  • Supports increasing power to the executive:
    • In 2003, Clinton stated that she was "a strong believer in executive authority," wishing that when her husband was president, Congress had been more willing to recognize presidential authority. (4)
  • With Clinton as Secretary of State, the Obama regime vastly increased US weaponry flowing to Saudi Arabia.  
    • Saudi Arabia is the world’s biggest supporter of militant Islamic groups such as the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Taiba, and the Saudi government is reluctant to stem the flow of money, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a 2009 cable obtained by Wikileaks.
      • "Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaida, the Taliban, LeT and other terrorist groups." - Leaked 2009 paper signed by Clinton
      • Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most “significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide,” according to the Clinton cable.
      • Drew C. Bailey, a spokesman for the state department, declined to comment on the cable.
    • In 2013, the Obama regime sent the biggest weapons shipment in US history, 60 billion dollars’ worth, to Saudi Arabia.
  • On Keystone XL pipeline:
  • Says US military bases in the Middle East should be maintained without time constraints.  (Boggs, Crimes of Empire, pp. 244)
  • Some of Clinton’s top 100 supporters from 2003 to 2008:
  • In 2005, Clinton said she supports the wall Israel is building to secure annexation of Palestinian land and resources.
    • Every global authority has declared the wall to be illegal if it cuts into Palestinian territory.  
      • Even George W. Bush said of the wall in 2005, "I think the wall is a problem. And I discussed this with Ariel Sharon. It is very difficult to develop confidence between the Palestinians and Israel with a wall snaking through the West Bank."
      • Colin Powell in 2003: "A nation is within its rights to put up a fence if it sees the need for one. However, in the case of the Israeli fence, we are concerned when the fence crosses over onto the land of others."
  • The Clintons presided over much of the US/UK led genocide against Iraq perpetrated from the early 1990s up to 2003 (here referring only to the sanctions and excluding all other elements).
    • 1991, Bush Sr. regime implements sanctions and intentionally destroys Iraq’s clean water supply.  Bill Clinton, in full knowledge that the sanctions are fatally harming Iraqi civilians en masse, mostly children and the elderly, continues them through his entire presidency, 1993 to 2001.
    • "We are in the process of destroying an entire society. It is as simple and terrifying as that. It is illegal and immoral." - Denis Halliday, after resigning as first UN Assistant Secretary General and Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, to protest the sanctions, which he called "genocidal". - The Independent, 15 October 1998
      • “I was instructed to implement a policy that satisfies the definition of genocide — a deliberate policy that has effectively killed well over a million individuals, children and adults.” – Denis Halliday
    • Halliday’s successor, Hans von Sponeck, also resigned in protest of the sanctions, commenting, “I have not in the past wanted to use the word genocide, but now it is unavoidable.” 
    • Jutta Burghardt, head of the World Food Program in Iraq, resigned in protest of the sanctions two days after von Sponeck.
    • 70 members of US congress called the sanctions a policy of “infanticide”.   
    • But Hillary Clinton stayed on board. “Her reaction [to the sanctions] can be summed in a single word. Silence.”
      • Madelein Albright, Bill Clinton's Secretary of State, went on 60 minutes and said the sanctions were "worth it.”  Albright has been a “close friend of Clinton and serves as her top informal adviser” on foreign policy matters. (Wiki)
    • The US per capita equivalent of the number of Iraqis killed by the sanctions is so high it becomes embarrassing to write, but is in the millions if not tens of millions.
      • “Iraq’s main crime,” says Prof. Juan Cole, “appears to have been to be an oil state not compliant with US demands.”  Despite the US’s “violation[s] of the UN charter and its war crimes in Iraq, none of its high officials [have] faced prosecution. Some of them even have the gall to come on television from time to time to urge more killing.”

I do not claim the above bullet list is complete, and in fact I know there is more to add.  Please advise with any information.  I also do not claim to have personally written all the above statements, as many are direct quotes I copied from sources, pasted into the list, and cited or linked.  I say this to illustrate that I have no interest in trying to pass off anyone else's work as my own, and for fair use purposes.

As for trying to demonstrate that I have not created this list because Clinton is a woman, I hope the parts exposing her hypocrisy on women's rights help in that regard, and I will add that if forced, I would vote for Hillary over Jeb Bush, George Bush, and any number of other men of their ilk.  I would also write in Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Michelle Alexander, Amy Goodman, or any number of other women who should be president instead of Clinton, but it could be said that I know this wouldn't result in a woman making it to office because they have no chance.  (I would also vote for Elizabeth Warren over Clinton, but I don't support Warren per se, because she has supported horrible US-backed massacres, as Glenn Greenwald discusses here.)  So, if there are any other tips for good ways to illustrate pro-feminism without taking down Clinton's record, I am open to suggestions.  - See more at: http://www.empireslayer.org/2013/11/hilary-clinton-pro-war-and-imperialism.html#sthash.HW0VfzXA.dpuf
I do not claim the above bullet list is complete, and in fact I know there is more to add.  Please advise with any information.  I also do not claim to have personally written all the above statements, as many are direct quotes I copied from sources, pasted into the list, and cited or linked.  I say this to illustrate that I have no interest in trying to pass off anyone else's work as my own, and for fair use purposes.

As for trying to demonstrate that I have not created this list because Clinton is a woman, I hope the parts exposing her hypocrisy on women's rights help in that regard, and I will add that if forced, I would vote for Hillary over Jeb Bush, George Bush, and any number of other men of their ilk.  I would also write in Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Michelle Alexander, Amy Goodman, or any number of other women who should be president instead of Clinton, but it could be said that I know this wouldn't result in a woman making it to office because they have no chance.  (I would also vote for Elizabeth Warren over Clinton, but I don't support Warren per se, because she has supported horrible US-backed massacres, as Glenn Greenwald discusses here.)  So, if there are any other tips for good ways to illustrate pro-feminism without taking down Clinton's record, I am open to suggestions.  - See more at: http://www.empireslayer.org/2013/11/hilary-clinton-pro-war-and-imperialism.html#sthash.HW0VfzXA.dpuf
I do not claim the above bullet list is complete, and in fact I know there is more to add.  Please advise with any information.  I also do not claim to have personally written all the above statements, as many are direct quotes I copied from sources, pasted into the list, and cited or linked.  I say this to illustrate that I have no interest in trying to pass off anyone else's work as my own, and for fair use purposes.

As for trying to demonstrate that I have not created this list because Clinton is a woman, I hope the parts exposing her hypocrisy on women's rights help in that regard, and I will add that if forced, I would vote for Hillary over Jeb Bush, George Bush, and any number of other men of their ilk.  I would also write in Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Michelle Alexander, Amy Goodman, or any number of other women who should be president instead of Clinton, but it could be said that I know this wouldn't result in a woman making it to office because they have no chance.  (I would also vote for Elizabeth Warren over Clinton, but I don't support Warren per se, because she has supported horrible US-backed massacres, as Glenn Greenwald discusses here.)  So, if there are any other tips for good ways to illustrate pro-feminism without taking down Clinton's record, I am open to suggestions.  - See more at: http://www.empireslayer.org/2013/11/hilary-clinton-pro-war-and-imperialism.html#sthash.HW0VfzXA.dpuf


I do not claim the above bullet list is complete, and in fact I know there is more to add.  Please advise with any information.  I also do not claim to have personally written all the above statements, as many are direct quotes I copied from sources, pasted into the list, and cited or linked.  I say this to illustrate that I have no interest in trying to pass off anyone else's work as my own, and for fair use purposes.

As for trying to demonstrate that I have not created this list because Clinton is a woman, I hope the parts exposing her hypocrisy on women's rights help in that regard, and I will add that if forced, I would vote for Clinton over Jeb Bush, George Bush, and any number of other men of their ilk.  I would also write in Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Michelle Alexander, Amy Goodman, or any number of other women who should be president instead of Clinton, but it could be said that I know this wouldn't result in a woman making it to office because they have no chance.  (I would also vote for Elizabeth Warren over Clinton, but I don't support Warren per se, because she has supported horrible US-backed massacres, as Glenn Greenwald discusses here.)  So, I am open to suggestions
on how to illustrate pro-feminism without avoiding Clinton's violent record.

Update: This author will most likely vote for Jill Stein, keeping in mind that voting alone will not solve the main issues related to the US politico-social system.