Hillary Clinton actively opposed the economic sanctions against Iran that she now says she championed as secretary of State, political analyst Dick Morris told Newsmax TV on Wednesday.
Secretary Clinton tried at every turn to block congressional sanctions of Iran's rogue nuclear program, and was regularly rebuffed in her efforts, Morris told "America's Forum" hosts J.D. Hayworth and John Bachman in a wide-ranging discussion of Clinton's recent history, health and future prospects.
Clinton, now out of government but considering a run for president, defended her State Department record in a May 14 speech
to the American Jewish Committee. There, she proclaimed the "hard choices" she made to counter Iran, including "some of the toughest multilateral sanctions ever on record."
Clinton, whose "Hard Choices"
memoir comes out June 10, said she "worked for months to round up the votes" in the United Nations for Iran sanctions.
But when it came to equally tough, bipartisan sanctions voted for by Congress, "The record shows the exact opposite," said Morris.
He cited a May 15 article in The Daily Beast
titled "Hillary Clinton Celebrates the Iran Sanctions That Her State Department Tried to Stop."
"Secretary Clinton's comments are a blatant revision of history," Sen. Mark Kirk, Illinois Republican, told The Daily Beast's Josh Rogin. Kirk said the Obama/Clinton State Department opposed an amendment to sanction the Central Bank of Iran that Kirk co-wrote with the Democratic Chairman on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez.
"The fact is, the Obama administration has opposed sanctions against Iran led by Sen. Menendez and me every step of the way, as was thoroughly documented at the time,” said Kirk.
Morris elaborated on Wednesday, saying:
- Clinton also tried to block a 2009 Congressional measure freezing refined gas shipments to Iran, but it eventually passed over her objections.
- She repeatedly criticized the Central Bank sanctions as a threat to global finance and in 2012 got a six-month stay that allowed Iran to replenish its coffers with oil revenues and shore up its currency with gold reserves.
"So for her to take credit for these sanctions, it's the height of hypocrisy," said Morris.
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He said Clinton might also face hard questions about what role, if any, she played in U.S. spying on the United Nations.
Reuters reported last year that
documents obtained by runaway intelligence contractor Edward Snowden show the NSA bugged U.N. headquarters in 2012, and Business Insider reports
Glenn Greenwald's new book on Snowden, "No Place To Hide,"
claims Rice asked the NSA to track U.N. diplomats who were wavering on Iran sanctions.
"Did Hillary use the NSA to spy on those folks? She was Susan's boss," said Morris.
While Clinton's time at State is fair game if she runs for president, Morris said so is Clinton's health — especially after a well-publicized fall and hospitalization in December of 2012 that led to treatment for a concussion and a blood clot.
Former President Bill Clinton recently said his wife's injuries took "six months of very serious work to get over." Morris said that remark raises the question of whether Hillary Clinton might have undergone physical therapy.
"Now, you don't do physical therapy for a blood clot; it's either a stroke or it's not," said Morris. "And if the blood clot dissipated without a stroke, you wouldn't do six months of therapy."
"And the other question. of course, is what caused the fall," he said, recalling that Clinton previously fell in the State Department garage and broke her arm.
"So these are just things you have to look at, said Morris. "Look, Hillary and I are the exact same age. She's one month older than I am, so when you get to be our age, you've got to take things like falls seriously."
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