Hillary: ‘Human Rights Champion’. . . Or Just a Political Whore?

On May 26, 2016, David Sirota and Andrew Perez of the International Business Times published an article entitled “Clinton Foundation Donors Got Weapons Deals from Hillary Clinton’s State Department.”  It seems a consortium of American defense contractors led by Boeing wanted approval to deliver $29 billion worth of advanced fighter jets to Saudi Arabia, despite Israel’s complaint to the Obama administration that this substantial enhancement to Saudi air power risked disrupting the region’s fragile balance of power.  In fact, the deal seemed to contradict the State Department’s documented concerns about the repressive policies of the Saudi royal family.

But in late 2011, Hillary Clinton’s State Department formally cleared the sale as being in our national interest.  Assistant Secretary of State Andrew Shapiro, longtime aide to Clinton, declared that the deal had been a “top priority” for Clinton personally.  What Shapiro did not say, however, was that in the years before Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State, Saudi Arabia contributed at least $10 million to the Clinton Foundation.  Nor did he mention that just two months prior to the deal being approved, Boeing (which manufactures one of the jets the Saudis were to acquire) contributed $900,000 to the Clinton Foundation.

Coincidence?  Not when it’s viewed in light of similar such quid pro quo transactions with other Middle East nations during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State.  According to the IBT article, under Clinton’s leadership the State Department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to 20 nations whose governments have given money to the Clinton Foundation.  That figure represented nearly double the value of American arms sales made to those countries and approved by the State Department during the same period of President George W. Bush’s second term.

The Clinton-led State Department also authorized $151 billion of separate Pentagon-brokered deals for 16 of the countries that donated to the Clinton Foundation, resulting in a 143% increase in completed sales to those nations over the same time frame during the Bush administration.  There was an 80% increase in such sales (to nations that donated to the Clinton Foundation) to all countries during Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State.

Her State Department approved these deals even as many of them enhanced the  military power of countries ruled by authoritarian regimes whose human rights abuses had been criticized by the department!  Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar all donated to the Clinton Foundation and then gained clearance to buy American-made weapons, even as the State Department singled them out for a range of alleged ills, from corruption to restrictions on civil liberties to violent crackdowns against political opponents.

Continue Reading: Hillary: ‘Human Rights Champion’. . . Or Just a Political Whore? – American Clarion

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