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Monday, April 27, 2015

Dubya Trashes Obama Foreign Policy

In the six plus years since he left office George W. Bush has remained silent about Obama's policies despite the fact the current President has blamed Bush #41 for everything that has gone wrong in his presidency.

On Saturday in a closed-door meeting with the Republican Jewish Coalition former President Dubya finally commented on Obama's foreign policy...and it wasn't pretty.  Bush opined that Obama had America in retreat throughout the world, was too soft on Iran and ISIS, and didn't follow through on his own threats, "In order to be an effective president ... when you say something you have to mean it, " a complaint that many have made ever since Obama ignored his own Syrian red line.

As reported by Josh Rogin in Bloomberg:
According to the attendee's transcription, Bush noted that Iran has a new president, Hassan Rouhani. “He's smooth," Bush said. "And you’ve got to ask yourself, is there a new policy or did they just change the spokesman?”

Bush said that Obama’s plan to lift sanctions on Iran with a promise that they could snap back in place at any time was not plausible. He also said the deal would be bad for American national security in the long term: “You think the Middle East is chaotic now? Imagine what it looks like for our grandchildren. That’s how Americans should view the deal.”

Bush then went into a detailed criticism of Obama’s policies in fighting the Islamic State and dealing with the chaos in Iraq. On Obama’s decision to withdraw all U.S. troops in Iraq at the end of 2011, he quoted Senator Lindsey Graham calling it a “strategic blunder.” Bush signed an agreement with the Iraqi government to withdraw those troops, but the idea had been to negotiate a new status of forces agreement to keep U.S. forces there past 2011. The Obama administration tried and failed to negotiate such an agreement.

Bush said he views the rise of the Islamic State as al-Qaeda’s "second act” and that they may have changed the name but that murdering innocents is still the favored tactic. He defended his own administration’s handling of terrorism, noting that the terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who confessed to killing Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, was captured on his watch: “Just remember the guy who slit Danny Pearl’s throat is in Gitmo, and now they're doing it on TV.”

Obama promised to degrade and destroy Islamic State's forces but then didn’t develop a strategy to complete the mission, Bush said. He said that if you have a military goal and you mean it, “you call in your military and say ‘What’s your plan?’ ” He indirectly touted his own decision to surge troops to Iraq in 2007, by saying, “When the plan wasn’t working in Iraq, we changed.”

“In order to be an effective president ... when you say something you have to mean it,” he said. “You gotta kill em.”

Sunday, April 26, 2015

WSJ And NY Times Warned About Hillary/Clinton Foundation & Kazakhstan Uranium In 2008

Years before Peter Schweizer wrote "Clinton Cash," way before Frank Giustra's Kazakhstan mining operation became part of Uranian One which was sold to the Russians.  The NY Times and The Wall Street Journal noted the relationship between former President Bubba, Giustra's donations to the Clinton Foundation, and a possible conflict of interest with Hillary Clinton.

In January 2008 The New York Times reported:
Unlike more established competitors, Mr. Giustra was a newcomer to uranium mining in Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic. But what his fledgling company lacked in experience, it made up for in connections. Accompanying Mr. Giustra on his luxuriously appointed MD-87 jet that day was a former president of the United States, Bill Clinton.

Upon landing on the first stop of a three-country philanthropic tour, the two men were whisked off to share a sumptuous midnight banquet with Kazakhstan’s president, Nursultan A. Nazarbayev, whose 19-year stranglehold on the country has all but quashed political dissent.

Mr. Nazarbayev walked away from the table with a propaganda coup, after Mr. Clinton expressed enthusiastic support for the Kazakh leader’s bid to head an international organization that monitors elections and supports democracy. Mr. Clinton’s public declaration undercut both American foreign policy and sharp criticism of Kazakhstan’s poor human rights record by, among others, Mr. Clinton’s wife, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.

Within two days, corporate records show that Mr. Giustra also came up a winner when his company signed preliminary agreements giving it the right to buy into three uranium projects controlled by Kazakhstan’s state-owned uranium agency, Kazatomprom.

The monster deal stunned the mining industry, turning an unknown shell company into one of the world’s largest uranium producers in a transaction ultimately worth tens of millions of dollars to Mr. Giustra, analysts said.

Just months after the Kazakh pact was finalized, Mr. Clinton’s charitable foundation received its own windfall: a $31.3 million donation from Mr. Giustra that had remained a secret until he acknowledged it last month. The gift, combined with Mr. Giustra’s more recent and public pledge to give the William J. Clinton Foundation an additional $100 million, secured Mr. Giustra a place in Mr. Clinton’s inner circle, an exclusive club of wealthy entrepreneurs in which friendship with the former president has its privileges.

A month later in an article called "His and Her Finances" the Wall Street Journal wrote:
What we do know is that Mr. Clinton has allowed donors to use his influence to advance their business interests. That was the case with Frank Giustra, a Canadian mining financier, who won a huge mining concession in Kazakhstan after Mr. Clinton flew all the way to Almaty to introduce him to President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Bloomberg reported this week that Mr. Clinton has also been a frequent flyer on Mr. Giustra's corporate jet.

Mr. Giustra later donated $31.3 million to the Clinton Foundation and has pledged $100 million more. As the New York Times has reported, Mr. Clinton used his trip to praise Mr. Nazarbayev's bid to head the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, even as Senator Clinton was slamming the country's record on corruption and elections. If Mr. Clinton's personal business is going to affect U.S. foreign policy, he ought to tell the world who his benefactors are.
In "Clinton Foundation Secrets" published in April of the same year the Journal not only warned about the Clinton/Giustra connection but pointed out that as Mrs. Clinton neared her 2008 run donations to the Clinton Foundation spiked:
Mr. Clinton seems to understand the value of his mere association. Consider his relationship with Canadian financier Frank Giustra, who took Mr. Clinton on a trip to Kazakhstan in 2005, won a Kazakh mining concession, and then committed to donate more than $130 million to the Clinton Foundation. In a letter we recently published, Mr. Giustra insists his gift was entirely philanthropic and that he won the Kazakh concession on the merits.

More recently, we've also learned Mr. Clinton arranged for Mr. Giustra to meet with Colombian President lvaro Uribe. A Canadian company that Mr. Giustra's firm was advising later acquired interests in Colombian oil fields. Some of the money Mr. Giustra has given the Clinton Foundation has been earmarked for development projects in Colombia.

How many favors has Mr. Clinton done for foreign donors? There's no way of knowing. The former President insists he's aware of no conflicts. Notably, however, donations to the Clinton Foundation soared as Mrs. Clinton neared a presidential run to $135 million in 2006, 70% more than the year before. Somebody seems to think there is value in being generous to the Clintons.

Mrs. Clinton says the foundation is her husband's business, not hers. But as she has said in the past, a Clinton Presidency is two for the price of one. Americans deserve to know who has been donating to the Clinton Foundation.
These past articles are not being brought up to praise the prophecy skills of the NY Times or The Wall Street Journal but to point out another example of ample warnings to Hillary, Team Clinton, and the mainstream media that something was amiss not only because of Bill's friendship with Frank Giustra but because donors to the Foundation seemed to be looking to take advantage of Hillary's possible promotion from the U.S. Senate.

What we are learning today from the various investigations resulting from Peter Schweizer's book are not the result of some oversight resulting in the appearance of a conflict of interests. At best, they were a deliberate lack of attention to blatant warnings. Whether it was because of greed or because of a simple lack of concern because...well..because they are the Teflon Clintons will be discovered over the next few weeks and months. Either way Hillary Clinton should be kept away from the White House unless she goes on a guided tour.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Latest Scandal Eruption-> Pay Clinton Foundation For State Dept. Haiti Contract

The next eruption of the Hillary Clinton/Clinton Foundation scandal goes to Fox News and involves the rebuilding of Haiti after that horrible 7.0 magnitude earthquake in January 2010.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Clinton Foundation chief former POTUS Bubba visited Haiti just a few days after the devastation occurred. Both promised to help Haiti rebuild. In fact Bill was named the UN special envoy to Haiti and along with his Secretary of State wife controlled the billions of dollars of contracts awarded by the State Dept to rebuild Haiti.

As Bret Baier explains in the video below, "coincidentally" many of those who got one of the bountiful State Dept. contracts to help rebuild Haiti also "just happened to" give large donations to the Clinton Foundation.

The Govt. of Haiti set up the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC) and installed the Haitian Prime Minister and Bill Clinton as co-chairs of the commission's executive committee. But soon a number of members of that commission wrote a letter expressing concerns they were not involved in the process and all of the decisions were being made by Clinton and the Prime Minister and they claimed and argued the national priority of the Haitians were being disregarded by the decisions being made. They were correct.

For example there was the Haitian Mobile Money Initiative a system developed to allow Haitians to transfer money via cell phones. That contract was awarded to a company called Digicel who earned more than $50 million in Haiti.The company is run by Irish billionaire who set-up high-paying speeches for Bill Clinton and donated millions of his own money to the Clinton Foundation.

Another program to enable Haiti to raise needed capital by exploiting the country's mineral resources. One of the companies which got a mining permit was VCS Mining. The company had little experience in mining, but right after they got the contract "just happened" to put Hillary Clinton's brother Tony, on its Board of Directors.

Then there was the Caracol Industrial Park, announced in Haiti with great fanfare at a ceremony which included many American Celebrities. The Anchor store is a Korean manufacturer who "just happened" to be Clinton supporters.

Watch the video below, and apparently there is more to come during a Friday night special on Fox.

Trey Gowdy To Clinton Lawyer: Here's 136 Unanswered Questions About Hillary's Email

You can't use political spin with Trey Gowdy. That's a lesson Hillary Clinton's attorney David Kendal learned on Thursday. Kendal send the House Select Committee Chairman a letter saying that the former Secretary of State had already answered all the questions about her email therefore she didn't need to testify on that subject. 

Gowdy responded with a letter (embedded below) containing 136 unanswered questions about the email and issued this statement:
“I appreciate Mr. Kendall’s timely response to our letter but respectfully disagree with his assertion former Secretary Clinton has answered all questions surrounding the unusual email arrangement she had with herself. The press conference held by former Secretary Clinton and the subsequent efforts at clarifying her remarks served to create more questions than answers. I also would note that if the Committee had called former Secretary Clinton when Democrats and her attorney first encouraged us to, the committee would not have had possession of the 300 emails we now have or known about her exclusive use of a personal server and email account to conduct official business."

“The committee is now in possession of thousands of pages of documents from the ARB review no other committee has had access to and the committee expects more ARB documents to be produced by the Department of State in the days ahead. These documents, as well as other documents never before produced to any committee of Congress and transcribed interviews with witnesses never before questioned by any committee of Congress, will aid the committee as it prepares to invite Secretary Clinton to appear."

“Beyond that, the committee has Mr. Kendall’s letter under advisement and will issue a response tomorrow setting out a reasonable path forward with respect to Secretary Clinton's appearances to discuss both Benghazi as well as congressional efforts to ensure the public record is complete with respect to her tenure as Secretary of State.”

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mitt Romney On Clinton/Russia Uranium Scandal 'It Looks Like Bribery'

GOP 2012 standard bearer Mitt Romney was a guest on Thursday evenings Hugh Hewitt Radio Show. The conversation began with a discussion of the latest Hillary Clinton/Clinton Family 'Foundation scandal involving Russia getting a hold of a big part of the United State's uranium supply and the Clinton Foundation getting a big stack of money.

Interestingly Romney who usually avoids being too critical (which is one of the reasons he lost the election) did not hold back when it came to Hillary, saying more than once that the uranium story sounds ad if the Clintons were bribed:

Transcript and video below:

Hewitt: Pleased to welcome back to the program former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 Republican nominee for president, Mitt Romney. Governor Romney, always a pleasure, welcome back.

Romney: Thank you. It’s good to be with you, Hugh.

Hewitt: Governor Romney, I know you’ve had a chance to read, I assume you’ve had a chance to read the Jo Becker/Mike McIntire New York Times piece today about the cash flowing into the Clinton Foundation from the Russians as they got control of Uranium One. What’s your reaction to this story?

Romney: You know, I’ve got to tell you, I was stunned by it. I mean, it looks like bribery. I mean, there is every appearance that Hillary Clinton was bribed to grease the sale of, what, 20% of America’s uranium production to Russia, and then it was covered up by lying about a meeting at her home with the principals, and by erasing emails. And you know, I presume we might know for sure whether there was or was not bribery if she hadn’t wiped out thousands of emails. But this is a very, very serious series of facts, and it looks like bribery.

Hewitt: I just asked Senator Lindsey Graham last hour if they would hold hearings into the donors to the Clinton Family Foundation, because if the Russians can give them that much money, is it possible the Iranians have as well, Governor Romney?

Romney: Well, we don’t know who gave money, and the IRS apparently is making it known that the filings of the Clinton Foundation did not include the fact that foreign governments were making contributions. And they had misstated their filings over the past several years. This is obviously a very troubling setting. But even what we do know, based on what was written by the New York Times, and is being reported by Fox and others, it has every earmark of bribery. And this is from the office of Secretary of State. This is a very troubling set of facts, and clearly, there’s got to be some kind of investigation to find out what the truth is here, because around the world, people are going to look at Hillary Clinton, a potential candidate for president, a former Secretary of State, and say gosh, is this a person who could be trusted? And I think the American people are asking that question as well.

Hewitt: Now Governor Romney, Brian Fallon, a spokesperson for Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign, said, “No one has produced a shred of evidence supporting the theory that Hillary Clinton ever took action as Secretary of State to support the interests of donors to the Clinton Foundation. To suggest the State Department under then-Secretary Clinton exerted undue influence in the U.S. government’s review of the sale of Uranium One is utterly baseless.” Is that a sufficient response?

Romney: Well, it’s blah, blah, blah. The story that came from the New York Times is pretty straightforward, which is that millions upon millions of dollars were given to the Clinton Foundation at the same time by a group of people who had uranium assets, and shortly thereafter, these people came to the State Department for approval to be able to sell these assets to Russia for a huge price tag. And those are the facts. And if those things are connected, as they certainly seem to be, it’s a form of bribery. And that’s what it appears to be, and that is of course what’s going to have to be delved into, and I’m afraid this is a, this is bigger than just her presidential campaign. I mean, this is a question about whether or not the United States Secretary of State was bribed to grease the sale of strategic assets to Russia.

Hewitt: We also have to look at…

Romney: This is a serious potential setting.

Hewitt: Yeah, we have to look at Paragraph 8 of the story. “Shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One,” the New York Times reports, “Mr. Clinton received a half million dollars for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that were promoting Uranium One stock.” Then very deep in the story, it says, “The $500,000 dollar fee was paid by Renaissance Capital, a Russian investment bank with ties to the Kremlin.” Now you were an investment banker, Governor Romney, before you went into politics, before you rescued the Olympics. Were you in the habit of paying people a half million dollars to speak at your conferences?

Romney: No, we’re a little more jealous with the receipts of our funds to do that. But again, I mean, this is money, we say it’s going to Bill Clinton, but this is going to Bill and Hillary, because obviously, they are a married couple. Their assets are comingled. This is the same thing as if a half a million dollars went to Hillary Clinton. And as Secretary of State, you just can’t have foreign governments or groups that are associated with foreign governments, or fronts for foreign governments, giving money to the United States Secretary of State. This, you know, her responsibility as Secretary of State is the centerpiece of her presidential campaign. And at best, it’s an ethical morass. That’s at best.

Hewitt: Do you think she’ll withdraw? Do you think this is a campaign killer?

Romney: You know, we’re going to see what the facts say. And what comes out, I think there are going to have to be, there’s going to have to be an investigation. But I think the Democrats are going to want to have someone who can be trusted by the American people, and someone who is not embroiled in what appears to be a form of bribery.