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Hillary's Bosnia Trip, 'Under Sniper Fire'

Probably Hillary's most celebrated asset, over Barack Obama, is her experience, especially in foreign hot spots when she traveled as Bill Clinton's trouble-shooting emissary. Has Obama ever been to Bosnia? said Clinton spokesman Phil Singer recently. Ouch, but have any of you?

Hillary on the stump in Iowa, 2007: "We used to say in the White House that if a place is too dangerous, too small or too poor, send the First Lady."

Her most dangerous experience, by her own admission, was when she touched down in Tuzla Airport, Bosnia, in March, 1996 with comedian Sinbad, in tow. Hillary, using the vocabulary of a general, has frequently remarked on that turbulent C17 arrival, landing under enemy sniper fire, that befits the battle-hardened prestige of someone aspiring to to be our next commander-in-chief.

Sinbad in reply, said "Say what?" As Sinbad put it: What kind of president would say, 'Hey, man, I can't go 'cause I might get shot so I'm going to send my wife (and 16 year old daughter)..oh, and take a guitar player (Sheryl Crow) and a comedian with you. He said the "scariest" part of the trip was wondering where he'd eat next".

Singer, Clinton's aide, taken aback by Sinbad's disrespect, shot back, that Hillary's trip to Bosnia marked the first time since Roosevelt that a first lady had voyaged to a potential combat zone.

Hillary recalls vivdly, "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."
--Hillary Clinton, speech at George Washington University, March 17, 2008.

It sounds like a 'Bad day at Black Hawk' adventure, by our brave First Lady. Before you ask who has the film rights for this C17 landing, I think we should look at the nemesis of all politicians- youtube and also the newly released First Lady/ Clinton records, so we can have a closer look at this dramatic arrival which Hillary, not the camp of Obama has been pushing.

First, the records, the First Lady's schedule, released on Wednesday, confirms that she arrived in Tuzla airport at 8.45 am. Monday March 25, 1996 and was greeted by...Well, let's look at the youvideo and see if it was sniper fire that she was greeted by or what ?....You be the judge

According to Washington Post's John Pomfret, who covered her trip... the Tuzla airport was "one of the safest places in Bosnia" in March 1996, and "firmly under the control" of the 1st Armored Division.

"There is peace now," Emina, the eight year old Bosnian girl in the video, told Clinton, according to Pomfret's report in the Washington Post the following day, "because Mr. Clinton signed it. All this peace. I love it."

Four PInocchios from the Washington Post fact checker for Hillary's version..first time I've seen that..

Update: Hillary now says she may have "misspoke":

"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."

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Comments (2)

To my grave disappointment, Hillary and her disbarred hubby have been lying with less and less style as their campaign slips into panic.

I once wrote :

In my lifetime I've had the privilege of watching Magic Johnson and Larry Bird and Michael Jordan play basketball, Wayne Gretzky play hockey, Muhammed Ali box, Tom Seaver pitch, Tiger Woods golf.

And I've heard the Clintons lie.

Greatness comes in many forms.

I guess, like aging boxers who stay in the ring after their skills are gone, the Clintons are sliding into pugsville.

It's so sad.

Steve Crickmore:

Tony Iovino, what bothers me is the context..You would think Hillary would have been embellishing the opposite; that because of US efforts, that part of Bosnia was safe to bring her 16 year old daughter Chelsea and US entertainers into, and it would have been irresponsible to have gone into that area if it were unsafe, and might have risked the lives of the civilian welcoming party on the ground.

But of course, then the little girl's message about peace would then have detracted from the overall massage that the former First Lady was trying to convey, that she personally was some sort of high -risk taking trouble shooter, almost on a par with McCain's war heroics of being shot down in Vietnam. It is curious that Hillary doesn't seem to recall the eight year old Bosnia girl's reading of the poem, which I thought was touching, and quite dramatic. She was really the brave soul, and in that sense we are indebted to Hillary to bringing this incident to our attention, but obviously not in the way Hillary would have liked us to recall her 'action' role..

But it seems that she now can recall that little girl, after alll.

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.

Darn that little child and her poem of peace and gratitude to Bill Clinton, for getting in the way of Hillary's story..


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