There is a very appropriate maxim that applies to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and now, Ryan Lochte: “Oh, what a tangled web we weave: When first we practice to deceive!”
But as you will see, the first two are being treated completely differently than the last.
Obama and Clinton are so entangled in their own web of lies that their lies about the lies are disturbing. Take for instance, the revelation that indeed, the $400 million payment to Iran was linked to the release of four Americans illegally held hostage by Iran.
The Obama administration was adamant in telling us this wasn’t a ransom payment — Obama was even laughing about it. Now, thanks to the Wall Street Journal article, which we shared earlier this week, we know there were no two separate diplomatic channels.
However, leave it up to the Obama administration and its very adept spin doctor at the State Department, John Kirby, who has redefined ransom payments as…you ready for this? “Leverage.” Yep folks, the Obama administration doesn’t pay ransom for the release of Americans — they just leverage $400 million to the Iranians as a means of ensuring the release of Americans in their grasp.And if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, along with your health insurance (deemed the 2013 Lie of the Year by Politifact).
So, not to be outdone this week, Hillary Clinton is also caught up in another web of lies.As reported by Politico, “Former Secretary of State Colin Powell “has no recollection of the dinner conversation” recounted by Hillary Clinton to FBI agents, as documented by journalist Joe Conason in a forthcoming book.
Conason’s anecdote, reported Thursday night by The New York Times, recounts a small dinner party at Clinton’s Georgetown home toward the beginning of her time as secretary of state, with former secretaries Madeleine Albright, Henry Kissinger and Condoleezza Rice also in attendance.
During that dinner, Conason reports, Albright asked the former secretaries to impart advice to Clinton. “Powell told her to use her own email, as he had done, except for classified communications, which he had sent and received via a State Department computer,” Conason wrote in his book “Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton,” of which the Times said it acquired an advance copy.
Powell, according to Conason’s account, told Clinton that “his use of personal email had been transformative for the department” and “thus confirmed a decision [Clinton] had made months earlier — to keep her personal account and use it for most messages.”
A spokeswoman for Powell’s office issued a statement following the Times’ story: “General Powell has no recollection of the dinner conversation. He did write former Secretary Clinton an email memo describing his use of his personal AOL email account for unclassified messages and how it vastly improved communications within the State Department.”
Oops, perhaps the new Hillary Clinton for president campaign logo/slogan should be, “I’m with the liar.” Hillary Clinton has been touting how she’s done nothing different from any previous secretaries of state, and named Colin Powell on several occasions.
The difference is, never did any previous SecsState utilize their own private server, outside of the State Department structure, in order to conduct not unclassified, but classified business. And the conduct of classified email exchanges by Hillary Clinton on an unsecured private server was verified by FBI Director James Comey – who, one must suppose, in fearing for his life, blinked.
Earlier this week we reported on the case of U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class (PO1) Kristian Saucier whose defense attorney is now claiming a Hillary precedent when it comes to PO1 Saucier being punished for possessing six classified pictures from his submarine duty — and destroying computers and thumb drives.
PO1 Saucier is facing some 68 to 73 months in prison, has lost his security clearance, and faces at a minimum an “other than honorable” discharge. As we stated in the earlier piece, in Clinton’s case, worse actions have a different consequence: you become a presidential nominee.
But, there is a far different twist when it comes to the case of the pathology of lying for Obama and Clinton.
Right now, everyone is spinning out of control with the revelation that Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte lied about the episode in Rio de Janeiro. No one held him up and put a gun to his head. Lochte and a couple of other swimmers were guilty of vandalism but instead of being men of character, they lied. And what is amazing to me is the incredible response and news coverage of the creation of a false narrative by an athlete over kicking in a bathroom door.
Where is the reaction from the American people when you know you have a president who is a liar…and another who wants to be president and is a liar. Why is there greater scrutiny of a 32-year-old swimmer, and not of those who sit in and seek to sit in the highest office in the land?
Can it be we hold common people to a higher standard than Obama and Clinton? It certainly appears to be the case when you look at PO1 Saucier and Ryan Lochte. Folks are talking about how Lochte should lose millions of dollars in sports endorsement. We’ve shared the consequences facing PO1 Saucier. So what are the consequences for Obama — who plays golf while Louisiana is under water and California is on fire? What are the consequences for Hillary Clinton, whose integrity has had issues since she was dismissed from a Watergate investigative panel?
If you take the time to pay attention, there’s a new political elitism. It truly resembles a Soviet-style politburo where the rules apply to others, but not to the ones making the rules, regulations and issuing edicts. There are no little white lies. And lies should not be judged differently based on the liar – I’d tend to believe less attention should be paid to Lochte, and more to Obama and Clinton. Then again, there is a media elitism that serves to protect its ideological political elite allies.
Liars lie. It has nothing to do with position, but it just seems we’re accepting a standard that says lying is ok, as long as you’re a progressive socialist. If anything, Ryan Lochte can rest assured that one day, he can run for president — that precedent has been established.