The Truth About Hillary
Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich
by Peter Schweizer, 256 Pages
Publisher: HarperCollins, 2015
Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich
When it comes to political and financial scandals touching Bill and Hillary Clinton, it’s what fighter pilots call “a target-rich environment.” To go back a bit in history, in the 1990s there were some Clinton scandals (Whitewater, cattle futures) that involved money flowing to the Clintons personally, but by and large, what really mattered were the illegal foreign campaign contributions either to a specific Clinton campaign organization or a Democrat National Committee entity.
For example, my co-author and I co-wrote Year of the Rat (Regnery, 1998), a New York Times Bestseller, which revealed the millions of dollars in illegal foreign campaign contributions to Clinton campaigns and the DNC, many of them associated with Chinese military intelligence and gangsters from Macao.
In the final days of his Presidency, while Bill Clinton was at the White House hurriedly pardoning drug dealers and weapons smugglers, across town his Justice Department was frantically closing illegal campaign contribution cases before George W. Bush could be sworn in. Something north of fifty people either pled guilty to campaign finance violations or fled the country. As part of his plea deal, Clinton intimate John Huang told the FBI that his boss had pledged $1 million to Bill Clinton in the back of a limousine.
Moving into the 21st Century, Peter Schweizer, in Clinton Cash, (Harper Collins, 2015) has turned attention away from the illegal foreign campaign contributions of the 1990s to foreign money flowing directly to the Clintons personally and foreign contributions to the Clinton Foundation, which they control.
The other change from the 1990s is the unprecedented size of the Clinton operation. As Mr. Schweizer put it, “No one has even come close in recent years to enriching themselves on the scale of the Clintons while they or a spouse continued in public office” (p5). Whereas the illegal foreign campaign contributions of the 1990s brought them to the dance by getting them elected, the Clintons are now in a position to cash in on a monumental scale.
Discussing his book with Howard Kurtz of Fox News, Mr. Schweizer made the following points about Clinton Cash:
”What we are looking at here is a pattern of behavior.”
“It is ‘the power of the stories’ in the book that matter.”
”It’s about ‘Follow the Money’”.
Essentially what Mr. Schweizer and his research team have done is to tear the cover off the biggest money laundering scheme in American political history. By some estimate, it may amount to as much as $2 billion the Clintons have raised for themselves personally and the Clinton Foundation. All of this money is co-mingled between the Clintons’ private bank accounts and the Clinton Foundation.
Another aspect points to is the origins of the money: “The Clintons’ most lucrative transactions” originate not in the United States or Great Britain where “business and politics are kept separate,” but “in parts of the world where corruption and payoffs are simply a part of doing business.” [p17] In short, according to Mr. Schweizer, the Clintons have imported dodgy business practices from despotic regimes abroad and injected them into the American political system in the form of an avalanche of money.
Even before publication, the press has been chasing many of the “stories” which Mr. Schweizer identified as holding up the book. But the press hasn’t noticed everything. For example on page 53 is this passage from the book:
“In January 2009, while at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Bill had gone to Putin’s private party at the Sheraton, where he was greeted by the Russian leader as ‘our good friend’ before cheering him with vodka shots. The pair then headed off to a private room where they ‘talked deep into the night.’”
Bearing in mind, at that very moment, then-Senator Hillary Clinton was negotiating her confirmation as Secretary of State with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. This would make for a good question for the inevitable Congressional investigation.
Clinton Cash is a brilliant book, a good read and something for every American patriot’s bookshelf.
Book review written for CBC by William C. Triplett, II, a former Chief Republican Counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and bestselling author.
About Peter Schweizer
Peter Schweizer is a best-selling author, the President of the Government Accountability Institute, a William J. Casey Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University and Senior Editor-at-Large for Breitbart News. He is a partner in the Washington, D.C. firm Oval Office Writers, which provides speechwriting and communications services for corporate executives and political figures.
From 2008-9 he was a consultant to the Office of Presidential Speechwriting in the White House. He has also served as a member of the Ultraterrorism Study Group at the U.S. government’s Sandia National Laboratory and is a former consultant to NBC News.
His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, National Review, and elsewhere. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs.
Peter received his M.Phil. from Oxford University and his B.A. from George Washington University. He lives in Florida.
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Big earthquakes hit Oregon every four hundred years. Locusts take over the skies of Texas every 17. And every eight years, a Clinton runs for national office, like clockwork: for President in 1992, for Senator in 2000, and then in 2008 and now 2016 for President once again. Locusts and earthquakes are local problems — the Clintons are instead a national infestation.
Fans of Democrat-bashing would do well to pick up “The Truth About Hillary”, a 2005 book written by conservative author Edward Klein. Klein’s book has all sorts of juicy info, giving readers vivid scenes from the life and career of then-Senator Hillary Clinton.
True to form, none of these scenes paint her in a flattering light. Clinton is, in this rendering, a conniving weathervane who changes herself, her “facts” and her attitudes based on the changes around her. In short, she will do anything to get elected; even stay in a marriage that is, according to Klein, based almost totally on political advantage.
Much of this is old and obvious to anyone who reads the newspapers, but is still nice to revisit these old scandals. Perhaps the reader will be reminded of how they felt during the various periods, in 2004, 2008 or 2016, that a Clinton was atop the presidential polls. These scenes recall the shenanigans of the whole Clinton apparatus with their shifting ideologies, hometowns, and beliefs. It also illustrates their typical schmoozing, triangulating and aggrandizing behavior.
The book raises substantive questions about some of Hillary’s puzzling policy decisions; why did Hillary Clinton, who wrote “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child,” stand by while her husband gutted welfare; why did a former peacenik vote for the Iraq War? These are relevant to governance.
But this book entertains the reader in a second way, by adding to the public discourse some provocative and telling details about her life, the kind not found in most newspapers. For example, her White House staff called her The Big Girl. (Yikes.) That when she moved to Arkansas she tried to appear more feminine, so as to appeal to traditional Arkansas voters — even though, Klein writes, she rejected feminine wiles as a political statement — she straightened her hair, adopted a southern accent, and — this is the creepiest — ditched the thick glasses she’d worn much of her life and traded them for tinted contact lenses that made her eyes look bluer.
Like the most provocative tabloids, this book churns up some of foulest muck this side of the Mississippi. How much does the reader want to read about Hillary Clinton’s sex life? Does the reader care about the culture of lesbianism at her college, Wellesley? That she approved of lesbianism? That she looked like a lesbian and walked like a lesbian and probably knew lots of lesbians and even talked to them? Lesbian, lesbian, lesbian, lesbian? Klein is intent on proving her sympathy with lesbians.
Would the reader like to know more unpleasant details? It is a matter of personal taste, disposition, and how much one likes to treat one’s presidential contenders like a “Real Housewife of Chappaqua.”
Regardless of objections of taste and decency, these are – indubitably – the kinds of things we all talk about when we talk about the Clintons. These are the things which we will no doubt talk about in 2016, and again every eight years, when the Clinton storm comes again, until the sun becomes a red giant and swallows the Earth, or at least until Chelsea’s cyborg transgender grandson loses to George P. Bush’s robot dog.
While the more intimate details may perturb some readers, the sales figures suggest that people soldier on anyway.
They want to know the truth about Hillary.
Original CBC review by Reilly Capps.
Trust Betrayed: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the Selling Out of America’s National Security
** Exclusive CBC Author Interview with Scott Taylor **
It should be no surprise to learn that American military members are not the biggest fans of President Obama. Author Scott Taylor, a former Navy SEAL, current Virginia state representative, and founder of the Special Operations OPSEC (Operation Security) Fund, highlights a reason often glossed over in the mainstream media coverage. Namely, when it comes to national security, the Obama administration has more leaks than the Iraqi navy and this has put soldiers and Americans at risk.
Taylor and fellow ex-military members began the Special Operations OPSEC Fund in response to numerous leaks coming from the White House they felt were endangering military lives. Taylor knows what classified intelligence and secrecy means for the success of a mission and has the military credentials to back it up.
Trust Betrayed offers a compendium of the various politically motivated leaks that have spilled from one of the most media-adoring administrations in history. From Joe Biden revealing it was actually SEAL Team Six that took out Bin Laden, to Hollywood producers and directors gaining access to information and areas so secret their names cannot be revealed publicly, Taylor points out a dangerous pattern in the Obama administration.
Taylor then expands his range of criticism to broader national security concerns, particularly in the Middle East where he believes the Obama administration has a fundamental misunderstanding of Middle Eastern politics. In the chaos now ensuing in Libya, Syria, and Iraq, the administration has shown a willingness to subvert strategic interests for political gains. In our relationships with allies such as Israel and Egypt, Obama, John Kerry and Hilary Clinton have shown various betrayals of trust, resulting in greatly diminishing the American sphere of influence in the Middle East.
In some of the more interesting examples, Taylor uses personal experiences from his time as a contractor in Yemen to demonstrate the administration’s flawed approach.
“The most important lesson, by far, was that this is a culture that respects power and ruthlessly exploits weakness. This is a lesson our political leaders don’t seem to understand…”
It would have been helpful for Taylor to offer a bit more history as to why there are leaks, how they came to be a regular part of “politics” rather than isolated and criminal incidents, and to look at past leaks from previous administrations that may have had dire consequences. While the effects of the current administration’s leaks will not be known for some time, looking back into history would’ve provided more ammunition for his argument.
Taylor says his organization is not political and his book is ultimately about securing the safety of members of the armed forces. He and his group do not limit their criticisms only to one political party and Taylor offers quotes and evidence from both sides of the political aisle. In the end, Trust Betrayed is a look at an administration and a country sinking under the weight of political ambition and foreign policy missteps that have cost American lives, prestige and treasure.
Review written by Marc E. Fitch.
About Scott Taylor
Stealing America: What My Experience with Criminal Gangs Taught Me about Obama, Hillary, and the Democratic Party
Nearly sixty years after the founding of America, Alexis de Tocqueville famously quipped, “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” Long before the progressive movement took aim at the country’s wealth, Tocqueville understood the unscrupulous inclinations of men and warned against electing leaders savvy enough to raid the public treasury.
Almost always behind the mask of good intentions, these professional thieves—also known as progressive politicians—use anything and everything to persuade Americans that some injustice, inequity, or wrongdoing in society needs to be remedied. Along with this pitch, they convince the American people that the only way to right these wrongs is to target the wealth-makers of the nation and force them to pay their “fair share”. Once the enemy is identified, the scheme to steal the wealth of the nation is nearly complete.
In Stealing America, bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza sets out to bring this con game to light and to describe the strategies, tactics, and motives of these progressive politicians. No matter the genre, great books are based on great stories, and while D’Souza’s work here includes his usual in-depth research and sharp analysis, Stealing America goes beyond the usual academic assessment to include the author’s personal experience in the American justice system.
D’Souza begins with an inconceivable story of political and judicial abuse of power that ultimately leads to his eight-month sentence in a California detention center. Although a distressful experience, the author is fascinated with the stories of his cellmates and begins to draw disturbingly close parallels to the schemes and motives of the progressive movement in America—specifically those of current standard-bearers Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Each person in the detention center had a story. Although certainly unique in some ways, the circumstances leading to the eventual incarceration of these men formed a collective picture of hard luck, poor choices, and a troubled life of crime and punishment. These prisoners understood power structures quite well and many were members of long-established gangs in both the United States and Mexico.
Through scheming, intimidation, and brute force, these gangs established criminal enterprises hell-bent on getting their “piece of the pie” in a seemingly corrupt and unfair system. Although the stories of these individuals are both interesting and sad, D’Souza soon begins to shift his focus to criminals of a different class: the modern progressive politician.
He begins this work by describing the Founders’ ideal of an anti-theft society, one in which property is earned through determination, innovation, and individual effort, fully protected by the fundamental precepts of American law. This simple principle, established by the signing of the Constitution and the ratification of the Bill of Rights, forms a bulwark against the would-be thievery of plutocrats.
The author goes on to draw distinctions between the common criminal and the progressive politician—the former acquires property through illegal means, while the latter steals wealth through the democratic process. D’Souza catalogs the strategies and tactics of this political con game: foment the anger of the “common man”, pitch noble solutions to the aggrieved masses, gain control of the levers of power, and commence the greatest theft of American wealth since the founding of the country. All done, of course, in the name of justice.
In subsequent chapters, D’Souza details the populist sales pitches of these politicians and brings to light the ulterior motives of this democratic thievery. With comprehensive research and analysis, the author describes the four main themes used recurrently by progressive politicians. These include the well-worn refrains of reparations, income inequality, shared success, and simple good fortune.
No matter the profession, almost all who achieve great success learn the strategies, rules, and tactics of their respective fields by watching and modeling the experts. The world of progressive politics is no exception. D’Souza introduces the reader to the godfather of political agitation, Saul Alinsky. In his comprehensive assessment, the author points back to Alinsky’s mob-like methods designed to extract wealth from both individuals and corporations.
The art of the shakedown, often implemented with callous disregard for anything resembling ethics or integrity, was Alinsky’s trademark. Although a distant figure from the past, D’Souza draws clear and distinct lines from Alinsky to two of his the former protégés—Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. The author warns in the final chapters of Stealing America that Alinsky’s ideology and tactics are alive and well in the highest chambers of American political power.
Despite the dire state of political affairs in America, D’Souza provides a way forward. These steps include using all the power of modern media to recognize and expose this progressive con game. In addition, the author encourages engagement in the political process to dislodge incumbent politicians currently involved in progressive thievery.
Although D’Souza acknowledges that the progressive power structures are well entrenched in American politics, he is confident that the ideals and principles that unleashed the country’s entrepreneurial spirit and unprecedented prosperity will prevail once again.
Original CBC review by Bob Macioci
About Dinesh D’Souza
Bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza has had a major influence on American public policy for more than twenty years. He was called a “top young public-policy makers in the country” by Investor’s Business Daily, and the New York Times Magazine named him one of America’s most influential conservative thinkers.
He is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller Obama’s America (2012), as well as several well-known and bestselling books, including Illiberal Education (1991), The End of Racism (1995), What’s So Great About America (2002), What’s So Great About Christianity (2007), and The Roots of Obama’s Rage (2010).
He is the creator of the film 2016: Obama’s America (2012). The film is the second-highest-grossing all-time political documentary, passing Michael Moore’s Sicko and Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. In addition, 2016 was #6 on the bestselling list of all documentaries. A new film based on his book America opens nationwide on July 4th, 2014.
He was the Robert and Karen Rishwain Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and the John M. Olin Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He served as senior policy analyst at the Reagan White House, and he was managing editor of Policy Review. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 1983. D’Souza speaks at top universities and business groups across the country.
His articles have appeared in virtually every major magazine and newspaper, including Forbes, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Atlantic Monthly, Vanity Fair, New Republic, and National Review.
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Con Job: How Democrats Gave Us Crime, Sanctuary Cities, Abortion Profiteering, and Racial Division
The Democrat Party likes to pose as the party of compassion. But where is the compassion in “sanctuary cities” that allow foreign criminals to prey on innocent Americans? Where is the compassion in encouraging envy and lawlessness?
Crystal Wright isn’t falling for the liberal con job any longer. A one-time (2008) Obama supporter herself—and now a totally fearless “Conservative Black Chick”—Wright blows the whistle on the Democrat Party and its policies that are destroying America. In Con Job you’ll learn why Democrat politicians have no problem with inner-city riots; why Democrats so fervently defend Planned Parenthood, how Democrats are remaking America through massive immigration and more.
The 2016 presidential election is set to be one of the most consequential in American history—and Crystal Wright’s book is the one you need to help friends and family avoid falling for the Democrat con job yet again.
About Crystal Wright
Crystal Wright is the editor of the blog Conservative Black Chick and the principal owner of Baker Wright Group, a full service public relations firm. She contributes political commentary regularly to several major news channels, including CNN, HLN, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Channel, and Wilkow Majority on SirusXM. In 2014, Wright became a regular guest co-host for WMAL’s Washington Mornings and the host of WMAL’s Saturday show.
Wright has appeared on several national television and radio shows, including PBS’ To the Contrary, Bill Bennett’s Morning in America, the Geraldo Rivera Radio Show, The Sean Hannity Show, Washington Watch with Roland Martin, BET’s Weekly with Ed Gordon, WVON’s The Cliff Kelly Show, The New School hosted by Charles Ellison on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. She has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, Loop 21, Politic365, AP, and The Washington Informer.
Wright was honored to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference’s 2014 meeting in a featured panel Why Conservatism is Right for Women. She also spoke in 2013 at CPAC’s 40th anniversary in a featured panel The Right View and the REAL Issues with four other distinguished conservative women. In 2012, she was honored to speak about the rise of GOP women in politics to a group of Minnesota Republicans and joined other Republican women at CPAC Colorado in a panel discussion about the False War on Women.
Wright earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Georgetown University and holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University.
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9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America: And Four Who Tried to Save Her
** Exclusive CBC Author Interview with Brion McClanahan **
What makes a president great and worthy of emulation? We have grown far too accustomed to judging all of our political leaders as if they were Roman Emperors or European monarchs of old. We are most guilty of this habit when it comes to ranking the relative successes of American presidents. In his new work, 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America: And Four Who Tried to Save Her, Brion McClanahan demonstrates why the founding fathers would turn over in their graves if they knew that such a standard had become the rule for judging our presidents.
Is the presidency a “bully pulpit” from which the commander-in-chief propounds his policy agenda upon the country? This is how Teddy Roosevelt saw things. Should the president be a strong military leader who has the good sense to know when to ignore the law or past treaties when he has the long-term self-interest of the nation in mind? This is how Andrew Jackson executed his rule. By contrast, should the president be a faithful executor of the law of the land while resisting attempts to secure his legacy through bold, but unconstitutional actions? That is how Calvin Coolidge served throughout his tenure in the White House.
The actions of each of these men mentioned above is covered in fascinating and at times infuriating detail as we see how they each pass or fail the test of a good presidency set forth by McClanahan. This test asks whether or not the president kept his oath of office to uphold the Constitution and protect the republic from all enemies, foreign and domestic. You would be surprised how many great “heroes” of the American presidency are brought down a few pegs as McClanahan systematically subjects their records to this simple standard. We have grown so accustomed to hearing the oath of office discussed casually that we forget an important implication it contains. At times, the domestic “enemies” that the president must vanquish are the ambitions within himself.
This struggle goes on in the mind of every president when he faces the fact that something he wants to do for the good of his country (as he sees it) is technically impossible given the boundaries set by the Constitution. The long and treacherous battle to secure an amendment to make his goal legal is either too daunting or appears impossible. It is at this exact juncture that the great presidents are separated from the merely average or the downright nefarious. The moment the president sides against his oath of office and in favor of his policy preference is the moment he has ceased to serve the people of the United States.
He now serves the vision of the greater good which is constrained only by his own imagination and inhibitions. At that movement, we have lost John Adams’ “nation of laws,” and we have become a mere “nation of men.” You may ask, what is so bad about being a nation of men? Almost all other countries are just that. In the United Kingdom, they long ago lost the constitutional protections of the Magna Charta and the Petition of Right which served as the ancestors of our own Constitution. Now, virtually any law that Parliament can pass through is unchallengeable on any constitutional basis. Law has become merely a debate over which policy preferences should prevail.
It is that very fact which led our founders to write down the Constitution and spell it out in vivid detail so that the very abuses that King George III and Parliament inflicted upon them could never be inflicted upon later generations of Americans by their own executive and legislature. The problem with being a nation of men and not of laws is that your government is only ever as good as the men inhabiting it, whereas a constitutional regime is moderated by the restraints of the Constitution. No matter how avaricious or grandiose a given ruler is, if the Constitution is still enforced, he will always be limited by it.
There may be times where exceptionally gifted and virtuous leaders strain against the bonds of the constitution. The great deeds which they would do for their countrymen are made more difficult because of the amendment process. But as Thomas Jefferson famously said “In questions of powers, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” Paying that small price in those rare times of virtuous men safeguards the liberties of the people throughout countless other instances in which men of average or bad intentions and inhibitions would strip the freedoms of the populace in the name of progress.
9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America is a must read for any conscientious American who wants to see the executive overreach of our current president and future presidents restrained. The book sketches out all the essential events in the history of the American presidency which produced so many of the problems we see at every level of government today.
I urge everyone who has a love for the Constitution and for our nation to pick up a copy of this vital piece of historiography. To quote McClanahan at his best and most succinct: “In the Constitution, the founding generation left us a vehicle for preserving self-government. We ignore it at our peril.”
Original CBC review by Isaac Woodward
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