Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Jonathan Alter got it wrong about Clinton's Bosnia Lie

Dear Mr. Alter,

Last night on Countdown with Keith Olbermann, you asserted that Hillary Clinton's lies - or "misstatements," to use her words - about coming under sniper fire, and running with ducked heads across the tarmac on her trip to Bosnia were really no big deal. You were wrong that it is not a big deal, when in fact it is a very big deal. Her campaign is predicated on the notion of her so-called experience in foreign affairs. Her claims about her experience in Bosnia are not based on foggy memories, they are not the same as a fisherman's tall tales, nor are they the same as a modestly embellished tale exaggerated for effect. These claims are not misstatements, they are lies. These lies are part of a coordinated campaign to mislead the electorate into believing that Ms. Clinton has some vast wealth of foreign policy experience, when in fact she does not. To misspeak is one thing, to mislead is something entirely more egregious, and it is a very big deal.

Jake Barlow

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