Wednesday, November 02, 2016

And grasp for a moment: In 1992, accused of infidelity, Bill Clinton went on 60 MINUTES to deny the rumors.  Today, accused of rape, neither he nor Hillary will say it did not happen.

Bloomberg News has video (go to the link) at Hillary lashing out at the man who yelled "Bill Clinton is a rapist!"

Note that she doesn't deny the charge.

Then she babbles on about divisive and other crap.

Is she saying rape victims are divisive?

That stating you survived rape is divisive?

I love how Bill Clinton and Hillary both can't say that Bill did not rape Juanita Broaddrick.


She made her charges in 1999 publicly and she has stood by them.

Why are Bill and Hillary not repeatedly asked about this by the press?

I love this point C.I. makes in today's snapshot:

And grasp for a moment: In 1992, accused of infidelity, Bill Clinton went on 60 MINUTES to deny the rumors.  Today, accused of rape, neither he nor Hillary will say it did not happen.

This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Wednesday:

Wednesday, November 2, 2016.  Chaos and violence continue, tensions between Turkey and Iraq continue, "Bill Clinton is a rapist!" is heard at a Hillary Clinton rally and at a Bill Clinton rally, and much more.

"Bill Clinton is a rapist!"

The cry was heard yesterday.

It stems from Juanita Broaddrick's charge that Bill raped her in 1978.  She came forward publicly in 1999.  She was one of at least three women that Congress was informed of during the impeachment of Bill Clinton by the House and the censure of him by the Senate.

And let's be clear, he wasn't impeached for "sex" or for "lying about sex."

He lied under oath, denying his affair with Monica Lewinsky.  But he also was impeached for obstructing justice.  This had to do with attorney Bill -- who knew the law -- trying to coach Betty Currie into lying for him under oath.

It wasn't just him lying, grasp that, he tried to get his White House assistant to lie for him.

After the impeachment and censure had taken place, NBC NEWS finally aired the interview with Broaddrick that they had been sitting on.

In 1999, Juanita Broaddrick publicly charged Bill Clinton had raped her.

He has never commented.

He has never been asked about it.

The issue flared up again when Hillary Clinton, War Hawk and fake feminist, declared that all victims should be believed.

"I want to send a message to every survivor of sexual assault: Don't let anyone silence your voice. You have the right to be heard.
Hillary, September 14, 2015

This led to a rally where she was confronted with the question of what about Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones (whom Bill Clinton paid nearly a million dollars to end her lawsuit against him for harassment) and the other women.

Hillary snarled that the person was rude and refused to answer the question.

Like her husband, Hillary's never publicly commented.

It's strange that a man would be accused of rape and refuse to answer the charge for nearly two decades.

It's equally strange that his wife would do the same.

Yesterday, Hillary hit the party town of Fort Lauderdale in Florida and it's there that the cry of "Bill Clinton is a rapist!" was heard again.

David Gardner (EVENING STANDARD) reports Hillary responded with "a tirade."  Lucy Clarke-Billings (NEWSWEEK) adds:

Clinton's voice became hoarse as she yelled: “I am sick and tired of the negative, dark, divisive, dangerous vision and the anger of people who support Donald Trump.
“It is time for us to say no, we are not going backwards, we’re going forward into a brighter future.”

Samantha Chang (BPR) observes, "Hillary can dish it out but she sure can't take it."  NBC NEWS notes that Hillary "unloaded" on the protester -- but they -- and so many other -- fail to mention Juanita Broaddrick.

How is that reporting?

It's not.

But notice that Hillary didn't deny the charge.

She's screaming her head off, in the middle of her 20 minute speech that she shortens to get the hell out of there, but she never says what most wives would in a similar situation, "My husband is not a rapist."

Is there a reason she can't say those words?

Meanwhile, campaigning in Immokalee, Florida, yesterday, Bill heard the same shouted charge.  Adam Pinsker (FOX 4) reports:

"Bill Clinton is a rapist!," was yelled before he was escorted away.
Clinton seemed unfazed by the interruption.
"They sometimes lose their way, they start calling us names that better apply to their candidate and their campaign" said Clinton, referring to GOP nominee Donald Trump.

Bill doesn't answer the charge either.

He's standing in public, speaking to a small crowd, and he's called a rapist for his actions with Juanita Broaddrick and he doesn't respond to that?

How hard is it for him to say, "I did not rape that woman"?

We know he can say, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman."

He had a two year affair with Monica Lewinsky and yet went on national television to declare, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman."

There he was just accused of a consensual affair.

And yet he felt the need to respond (to lie).

But he was accused of rape in 1999 and he's never spoken to that charge.

Nor has his wife.

And it's not an issue that's going to go away.

And let's repeat that Congress learned of Broaddrick's allegation at the same time they learned of two other women saying he'd raped them.

Did Bill Clinton rape Juanita Broaddrick?

I hope not.

But the charge is out there and he has refused to answer it.

(Hiding behind David E. Kendall is an act of weasel words even for Bill who knows all about weasel words and hair splitting over what the definition of "is" is.)

Hillary snarled Saturday, "Voters deserve to get full and complete facts."

If Michael Dukakis' wife Kitty had to be examined by the press, so should Bill and the country has a right to know if he's a rapist.

Sorry, being a rapist does not qualify as "a privacy issue."

Voters deserve to know.

All the more true when Hillary's tried to build a campaign on allegations about Donald Trump's actions with women.

Rape is not a minor charge.

A woman accused Bill Clinton of rape.

That's one of the most serious charges that can be made.

It damn well deserves an answer.

And calling a woman's assertion that she was raped "divisive"?

Hillary is disgusting.

And grasp for a moment: In 1992, accused of infidelity, Bill Clinton went on 60 MINUTES to deny the rumors.  Today, accused of rape, neither he nor Hillary will say it did not happen.

In Iraq, the war Hillary voted for and supported continues.

The focus remains Mosul.

The Norwegian Refugee Council issued the following statement:
Now that Iraqi forces have just breached into the city of Mosul, we warn that this will decide not only the fate of 1.2 million Iraqis, but of the entire country.

"In the last weeks since the final Mosul operation started, we've seen thousands forced to flee their homes, families separated, many civilians injured and others killed by snipers or by explosive devices," said Country Director in Iraq, Wolfgang Gressmann. "We are now bracing ourselves for the worst. The lives of 1.2 million civilians are in grave danger, and the future of all of Iraq is now in the balance.

"People in and around Mosul have lived for almost two and a half years in a relentless, terrifying nightmare. We are now all responsible to put an end to it."

People trapped inside Mosul city and thousands displaced from surrounding villages are in desperate need of food, water and medicines. As the fighting intensifies in the streets of Mosul over the next hours and days, it will be more and more difficult for humanitarian aid and services to reach those in most need.

Since 17 October—the day the military operation to retake Mosul started—around 18,000 Iraqis were displaced from their homes. Many have fled to newly opened displacement camps that are quickly filling up and can house no more than 54,000 people at the moment, while more are being constructed. Since the start of the operation, we have supported more than 6,270 women, men, and children with emergency aid, education and psychosocial services.

"Beyond the basic aid for survival, the countries involved in this military operation are responsible for the future of Iraq," Gressmann said. "That means investing in Iraq's children, giving them back their childhood, and making sure they have a future to look forward to while being able to put behind them this dark chapter of horror and neglect."

Let's drop back to yesterday's State Dept press briefing where spokesperson John Kirby tried to deny civilian deaths from bombs dropped by war planes.

QUESTION: Okay. Can you update us on Mosul? It seems that the Iraqi army has made its first foray into Mosul proper, the city.

MR KIRBY: I don’t know that for a fact, Said. I have seen some press reporting to that effect. I am leery, as you know, to get into battlefield updates here. But what I can tell you from what I have learned outside of press reporting is that they are making progress, that their campaign is actually ahead of schedule, and they continue to prosecute the fight against [the Islamic State] in and outside Aleppo. But exactly where they are, as you and I speak, I truly don’t know the answer to that.

QUESTION: Now, it’s a little blurry in terms of, let’s say, coalition and aerial bombardment, as far it is concerned. Can you tell us anything – is the U.S. involved in – at least in the battle in terms of, let’s say, fighter jets and so on? Is there participation?

MR KIRBY: That is a better question put to my Defense Department colleagues. I don’t have the order of battle in front of me or what specific air support the Iraqis are getting. It is – I mean, it is a fact that coalition air support has assisted the Iraqi Security Forces on the ground for many, many months, and that the coalition air power was always intended to be part and parcel of the Mosul operation. But exactly what that entails on a day-to-day basis, I just don’t have that information.

QUESTION: Because I just want to follow up on our thing yesterday, as far as air support and the civilian population and so on.


QUESTION: And you indicated that it is very precise and so on. But how do you – what kind of reports are you getting in terms of civilian casualties, whether by coalition air power or whether by the Iraqi army, or in – or by [the Islamic State]  for instance? So what kind of reports on civilian casualties are you having?

MR KIRBY: I’m not aware that we’ve received any reports or credible allegations of civilian casualties caused by Iraqi Security Forces or the coalition thus far in the campaign. Again, I would encourage you to speak to my colleagues at the Pentagon. They track those things, as they should, more closely than we do here at the State Department. I’m not aware of any allegations of civilian casualties.

And I would say, as I said yesterday, we – we, the United States military in particular – takes extreme care and precautions against trying to – against causing damage to civilian infrastructure or civilians in general. And when we think we’ve done it, we investigate it. And when we know we’ve done it, we own up to that. We put a press release out after the investigation is over. And if people need to be held to account for that, well, we hold them to account. And that makes – that – we hold ourselves to a pretty high standard – and a higher standard, I might add, than virtually any other military in the world. So I guess I just don’t know if there’s been any reports.

Those reports are never credible to John Kirby.

This morning, the US Defense Dept announced:

Strikes in Iraq
Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery conducted eight strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

-- Near Bashir, a strike engaged an ISIL tactical unit.

-- Near Beiji, a strike destroyed an ISIL supply boat and a weapons cache.

-- Near Mosul, three strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed four vehicles, a mortar system and a fighting position; damaged two fighting positions; and suppressed three tactical units, two heavy machine guns and a mortar system.

-- Near Rawah, two strikes engaged an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two front-end loaders.

-- Near Sinjar, a strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike.

And during all of this, tensions between the governments of Iraq and Turkey continue.

PM Abadi: we do not want war with but, God forbid, if there is a confrontation the Turks will pay a heavy price.

PM of draws Red Line for Turkish illegal incursions. No doubt the US will be busy erasing it

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