“The statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.” — Mark Twain towards the end of 19th century
The trouble with some politicians is that they sometimes come to believe in the fabrications they create. It becomes a apparent after reading How I Lost by Hillary Clinton (annotated and with an introduction by Joe Lauria and a foreword by Julian Assange) that the former Senator and Secretary of State is one who does not let facts hinder her beliefs which can change drastically depending upon which audience she is addressing.
In this concisely written fast reading book published by OR Books, Lauria has combed through the WikiLeaks’ material released on Clinton and uses her own words to crucify her on the mendacities she has espoused. A clear picture of the 1964 Goldwater Girl comes across, one who has accumulated a lot, is out of touch with the American public, and one who is not disinclined to bend any and all rules if it is to her advantage.
Hillary Clinton has been called the “Queen of Chaos,” and that feeling comes across strongly using her words from her tenure as Secretary of State, and how she ran her 2016 presidential election. Her criminality and the crimes committed by some of her staff, the staff of Democratic National Committee and the staff of the Clinton Foundation. It is apparent from her emails that a quid pro quo existed for access to Clinton after donations to the Clinton Foundation. This is shown in Clinton’s emails and emails of her immediate staff selected by Lauria.
In his 20 page introduction Lauria shows Clinton’s rage at not winning, her blaming of the FBI for her loss, and uses her own words to slay the canard of unproven alleged Russian hacking. He also covers how the nomination was stolen from Sanders, and how the disasters of both Libya and Syria can be laid at the feet of Clinton. What follows in the book is Clinton being indicted, prosecuted and convicted by her own words. The book quotes the many conversations Clinton had with Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs, and they are damning.
“Clinton’s own words in this book portray an economic and political elitist and a foreign policy hawk divorced from the serious concerns of ordinary Americans—the very people she needed to vote for her.”
In his foreword Julian Assange describes himself as a serious journalist, and it is obvious that he is most pleased with what Joe Lauria did with the material he and WikiLeaks released.
With the advent of Trump, and the seeming inability of the Democratic Party to touch its traditional working class base, anyone who cares for the US and the Democratic Party needs to read this tour-de-force of a 262 page book, and learn from Clinton’s obvious mistakes and disconnect.
see also: OR Books
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