In honor of Hillary Clinton’s "misstatements" concerning her Bosnia visit, we are happy to flash back to an excellent article written by William Safire in 1996. In cas you don’t know what we’re talking about, Hillary Clinton recently .
"I certainly do remember that trip to Bosnia. I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”
"Now let me tell you what I can remember, OK — because what I was told was that we had to land a certain way and move quickly because of the threat of sniper fire. So I misspoke — I didn’t say that in my book or other times but if I said something that made it seem as though there was actual fire — that’s not what I was told. I was told we had to land a certain way, we had to have our bulletproof stuff on because of the threat of sniper fire. I was also told that the greeting ceremony had been moved away from the tarmac but that there was this 8-year-old girl and, I can’t, I can’t rush by her, I’ve got to at least greet her — so I greeted her, I took her stuff and then I left, Now that’s my memory of it.
"No, I went to 80 countries, you know. I gave contemporaneous accounts, I wrote about a lot of this in my book. you know, I think that, a minor blip, you know, if I said something that, you know, I say a lot of things — millions of words a day — so if I misspoke, that was just a misstatement."
well. She mis-spoke rather repeatedly about that event once she became a Candidate, seems to me at some point it has to stop being a "misspoke" and start becoming a lie. but I guess that depends on what your definition of "is" is.
Essay: Blizzard of Lies
By WILLIAM SAFIRE
Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad
realization that our First Lady — a woman of undoubted talents who
was a role model for many in her generation — is a congenital liar.
Drip by drip, like Whitewater torture, the case is being made that she
is compelled to mislead, and to ensnare her subordinates and friends
in a web of deceit.
1. Remember the story she told about studying The Wall Street Journal
to explain her 10,000 percent profit in 1979 commodity trading? We now
know that was a lie told to turn aside accusations that as the
Governor’s wife she profited corruptly, her account being run by a
lawyer for state poultry interests through a disreputable broker.
She lied for good reason: To admit otherwise would be to confess
taking, and paying taxes on, what some think amounted to a $100,000
2. The abuse of Presidential power known as Travelgate elicited
another series of lies….
3. In the aftermath of the apparent suicide of her former partner and
closest confidant, White House Deputy Counsel Vincent Foster… [h]er
closest friends and aides, under oath, have been blatantly
disremembering this likely obstruction of justice, and may have to pay
for supporting Hillary’s lie with jail terms.
Again, the lying was not irrational. Investigators believe that
damning records from the Rose Law Firm, wrongfully kept in Vincent
Foster’s White House office, were spirited out in the dead of night
and hidden from the law for two years — in Hillary’s closet…
The records show Hillary Clinton was lying when she denied actively
representing a criminal enterprise known as the Madison S.& L., and
indicate she may have conspired with Web Hubbell’s father-in-law to
make a sham land deal that cost taxpayers $3 million…
By concealing the Madison billing records two days beyond the statute
of limitations, Hillary evaded a civil suit by bamboozled bank
"Why didn’t she just come clean at the beginning?" She had good
reasons to lie; she is in the longtime habit of lying; and she has
never been called to account for lying herself or in suborning lying
in her aides and friends….