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Bay Buchanan: Hillary Clinton is Dangerous to Civil Liberties

Monday, 18 June 2007 12:00 AM

Hillary Clinton's claim that she thought she was voting for more diplomacy when she voted to authorize use of force in Iraq is part of a pattern that suggests to Bay Buchanan that we are all fools for having let her advance to the point where she is running for president.

While two recent books on Clinton present new revelations, Bay Buchanan's "The Extreme Makeover of Hillary (Rodham) Clinton" offers the best analysis of the presidential candidate. [

"It's inconceivable that somebody would vote for a resolution that's called 'Authorization of the Use of United States Armed Forces Against Iraq,' and yet you would be thinking you might be voting for something that didn't put armed forces in Iraq," Buchanan tells me with her trademark staccato delivery.

In the months leading up to the vote, there was a national debate about whether President Bush should go to Congress to obtain authority to go to war.

"Barack Obama made it very clear as a state senator that he understood what the vote was about, and he didn't approve of it," Buchanan says. "So he understood it. He wasn't even in Washington when the national debate was taking place."

If Hillary really thought she was not voting to go to war, "Why would she have supported the war for the next two-and-a-half years?" Buchanan asks.

Indeed, on April 21, 2004, she told Larry King on CNN that she does not regret her vote to authorize use of force because "at the time, it was in the context of weapons of mass destruction, grave threats to the United States, and clearly, Saddam Hussein had been a real problem for the international community for more than a decade."

"Hillary has a keen sense of entitlement," Buchanan says. "She doesn't admit mistakes or learn from them. She believes in her own mind that she doesn't have to take responsibility for things she's done in the past. She can say whatever it is she wants to say today, and it's as if the slate is clean and nothing has occurred before this."

The fact that Hillary could write in her own autobiography that mean-spirited conservatives who were trying to keep her husband from accomplishing his agenda were behind all the scandals of the Clinton administration is another example of Hillary's refusal to take responsibility.

"It's always somebody else," Buchanan says. "The Clintons are the victims. Someone else has caused this, and their attitude is they have to endure."

Of all of Hillary's prevarications, Buchanan says, none is so clear-cut or shocking as the fact that on national TV, Hillary claimed that when two airplanes hit the World Trade Center, her daughter Chelsea was at Battery Park near the towers, where Chelsea heard and saw the catastrophe unfold.

Hillary's arrogance was so profound that she did not coordinate the story with Chelsea, who wrote an article for Talk in which she described what she had been doing that day. According to Chelsea, she wasn't jogging at the World Trade Center. Rather, she was miles away in a friend's apartment on Park Avenue South. She watched the events unfold on TV.

Given such prevarications, "We are fools when you consider that we allow her to move forward as a serious candidate for the presidency," Buchanan says. "Especially when she refuses to take responsibility for an issue as important as war — to send young people into harm's way, and now she acts as if she never did that, and that it was wrong."

The media have been complicit.

"It's incumbent upon the press to really expose the fact that she is a fraud," Buchanan says. "Because they sit there and they hammer Rudy Giuliani: ‘You did this when you were mayor; you said this when you were mayor; and now you're saying this because you're in a Republican primary.' And Mitt Romney: ‘Here's what you said when you were running against Kennedy. Now here's what you're saying.'"

The media don't do the same with Hillary Clinton, says Buchanan, who is campaign manager for Tom Tancredo's presidential campaign.

"Hillary should be ridiculed for the different positions she's had on this war," Buchanan says. "She should be taken to task and exposed as a complete fraud."

Meanwhile, Hillary is busy orchestrating makeovers that are "constantly in flux," Buchanan says. "Every month, we update it. We look in the computers; we check our polls; we see where we do go; what are the people looking for now? Oh my gosh, people are now upset about the war, but they don't want a timetable, so that's her position. Next month, people now are really furious. They want troops to come home, antiwar activists are a little more upset, so she will change position again."

Lately, Hillary's campaign has suggested she is a moderate or a centrist.

"Look at how she votes," Buchanan suggests. "That's how you look at everyone else. Americans for Democratic Action give her near-perfect scores every single year. And this is in light of the fact that she votes for the war. So when it comes down to the economy, and it comes down to social policy, when it comes down to trade or immigration, she is solidly with the left, the far left."

In contrast to her husband, who imposed tax cuts, "Hillary is very blunt," Buchanan says. "She says she has never supported a tax cut."

Hillary often talks of "remolding society for the common good," Buchanan says. "She's very much a socialist and has a strong belief that the government must be involved, that the government is wise and knows best," Buchanan says.

In fact, Hillary voted against the Medicare drug entitlement because, "She thought it wasn't big enough, there wasn't enough government money going into it, and it had some private sector aspect to it," Buchanan says. "When she pushed for her own healthcare, she was adamant that government makes the decision, that the people have no decision, they shouldn't choose between one or two or three or four government programs or government and private programs. Instead, the government should decide."

In the end, the way Hillary treats the people around her tells you the most about her character, and that in turn is a roadmap to how she would handle the presidency.

Buchanan cites the fact that Hillary fired White House usher Chris Emery because he returned a call from former first lady Barbara Bush, who was having trouble with her computer and sought help from Emery, who had taught her to use it.

"These are the real decent people that make your life run smoothly, and she just treats them awfully, from the Secret Service to the ushers to the White House operators," Buchanan says. "She has to prove that she's better, she's superior, that she's special, and that she is their superior. That's a frightening aspect of her character."

The firing of Emery also underscores Hillary's paranoia, fueled in part by her feelings of insecurity.

"She hired detectives to uncover the personal lives of innocent women who may or may not come out and expose Bill as someone who was a philanderer or indeed abusive to women," Buchanan says. "To me that was physically upsetting as I revisited the details of how she went after innocent people who did nothing to her but that she perceived may harm her or Bill in their pursuit of power."

The pattern suggests that if Hillary Clinton gets in the White House, she would have no concerns about violating civil liberties, Buchanan says. Ironically, it is liberals and the media who reflexively raise civil liberty concerns about such measures as the Patriot Act, which is meant to help uncover plots and prevent further attacks.

"They're so worried about the Patriot Act, and yet they're about to put somebody like Hillary Clinton in the White House," Buchanan says. "We don't need any Patriot Act if she's there."

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