In an interview released Thursday, former presidential candidate and political activist Ralph Nader described a litany of inherent flaws with the candidacy of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, pointing to egregious hypocrisy in her campaign against Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Having previously called her the “status quo” candidate and the favorite of Wall Street institutions and military-industrial interests above all other major party contenders, Nader showed concrete evidence of Clinton’s deceptiveness by producing a copy of one of the former Secretary’s speech contracts which stipulated at her behest that she would be the sole proprietor of the transcript.
As for the content of the private Wall Street speeches, Nader reminded the viewer that Clinton usually says what her audience wants to hear.
“She [Hillary Clinton] was reported to have gushed to the bankers, saying she didn’t like all this beating up on the big bankers because she said we’re all in it together,” Nader said.
“A secret White House usually becomes an illegally operating White House”, he continued. “Hillary the hawk is the darling of the military-industrial complex”.
Despite his sharp criticism of Clinton, Nader doesn’t hold much hope for Bernie Sanders’ legacy in building a progressive coalition within the Democratic Party, should he lose the nomination.
In 2015, Sanders promised to support the Democratic nominee without condition — forfeiting any leverage he might have had to influence Clinton’s White House agenda.
After all, Mrs. Clinton has had a long history of supporting neoconservative policies, particularly in military aggression and financial deregulation.
In 1998, her husband signed the Iraq Liberation Act, which stated that U.S. policy should be, “to support efforts to remove the regime headed by Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq and to promote the emergence of a democratic government”.
In 1999, Clinton explicitly recommended that her husband bomb Belgrade, Serbia, during the Kosovo War.
As the junior Senator from New York in 2003, Clinton voted for the invasion of Iraq and later justified her position by citing what turned out to be false information in military and special intelligence reports.
Serving as Secretary of State during President Obama’s first term, Clinton advocated for regime change in Libya through NATO bombing, and in Syria through a CIA-led effort to arm rebel resistance.
In a recent interview on MSNBC, Clinton responded to a direct question about U.S.-led regime change by citing examples of some of the worst catastrophes in world history that could have been prevented with military intervention.
“If somebody could have assassinated Hitler before he took over Germany, would that have been a good thing or not?” Clinton said. “I think it’s a mistake to say you can’t ever prevent war, you can’t ever save people. You know, if there had been a way to go after the leaders of the massacres in Rwanda, to stop that before 800,000 people were killed, what would we have done?”
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