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Having been a news junkie for the better part of the last three and a half decades provides a certain perspective on the final stages as this Constitutional Republic augered into the dirt. (And continues to tumble toward the abyss. But I digress.) Smarter people may see it with less data but, see it I do. The glide slope had been set long ago in the early Progressive era but history should properly record that here at the end, when the nose dipped purposefully for a little extra speed on impact, it was not bad luck or a failure of good-faith leadership under a unworkable system / ungovernable people. It was the total corruption of the Beltway Ruling Class.
Yes, there has always been corruption in our Beltway Ruling Class. But, as I see it, it was of a somewhat self-limiting model involving the flow of the peoples’ money to domestic entities and the counter flow of the properly arranged percentage back to the accounts of the political machines. The Clinton’s changed that. Having skirted the law regarding foreign campaign contributions in the 1990s without consequences, they elevated the game into the modern perfection of a family crime syndicate utilizing an ex-President, a sitting Senator, a presumed future President, and the entire pay-for-play world beyond our borders. The rest of the Ruling Class watched for a better part of a decade while the Clinton crime family brought in scores and scores of millions of dollars while they were still playing domestic small-ball. As a proper writing of history will hopefully someday tell, the well-worn path for the rest of them into the higher-stakes game went straight through Ukraine. I suspect that is why the hastily engineered distraction of the first Trump impeachment was necessary. (HINT: It wasn’t just the Biden’s that were at risk.)
So I am a good bit of the way into Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich but before we get into this “well-worn path” I mention above, I thought it would be worth the time and effort to present a semi-unrelated case to show the operation in action. (I say semi-unrelated because this involved a different country but, it is worth noting that much of the Clinton game revolves around the nuclear industry.) Interestingly, this story starts with another familiar name:
On July 18, 2005, President George W. Bush and visiting Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh signed a letter of intent at the White House to allow India access to US nuclear technology. The agreement was part of a Bush administration policy to work closely with India to serve as a counterbalance to China. But the agreement required Congress to amend US law and make a special exception for India. – Page 65
The short version here seems to be that India did not want to have to live with the restrictions of joining the nonproliferation treaty (NPT) but some in the beltway wanted to give them all of the same benefits as if they had joined. As always, special treatment equals opportunity. And who do you think was sitting on the Senate Armed Services Committee.: Hillary Clinton. Coincidently, I’m sure, Bill Clinton flew to India later that year to begin what became a very profitable relationship with a man named Amar Singh. That led to introductions to others who…
…couldn’t donate to Hillary’s presidential campaign, but they could and did write large checks to the Clinton Foundation. ([One individual] contributed between $1 million and $5 million.) Indeed, India quickly became a rich vein of Clinton Foundation support. In Washington, the Confederation of Indian Industry hired lobbyists to push for a nuclear deal; at the same time, they sent the Clinton Foundation a check for between $1 million and $5 million. … And there were mysterious donations never really accounted for – as we will see. – Page 70
Did I mention that Senator Clinton (and Team Clinton in general) had a long history of vocally supporting a strong NPT. Are you starting to get the feeling this is all just another beltway charade:
Hillary had not been a supporter of the bill; indeed, her closest aides were all publicly opposed to it. But in September 2008, as the bill’s fate hung in the balance, Amar Singh sat down for a two-hour dinner in Washington with Hillary. Opposition to the bill had come primarily from Democrats. Hillary had supported the “killer amendment’ two years earlier. It was even possible that the Senate might not vote on the bill. Yet in the days that followed, Singh expressed confidence based on what he heard from Hillary that the deal would go through. – Page 73
With obscured millions of those ever so fungible US dollars secured through the blurring of the lines between the personal, the political, and the pseudo-charitable Clinton organizations, let’s see how this comes out:
The vote was called, and the bill was passed. …
In the end, Hillary pushed for the passage of the Indian nuclear deal, despite the public opposition of her closest advisers and the fact that it was a clear reversal of her previous policy positions. As secretary of state, she would talk about her commitment to creating a “21st century version of the NPT,” while also insisting that “the NPT will neither be altered nor replaced.” But that is precisely what her efforts on behalf of the Indian nuclear deal had done. – Page 74
To quote an earlier Peter Schweizer book: “Washington may not be working for citizen, but it’s working quite well for the members of the Permanent Political Class who profit handsomely.”
Into the abyss…
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At the risk of going on too long, I wish to extend that last passage with material that may help set up my return to this larger topic in a later post:
Weeks after the vote, Hillary was nominated to be secretary of state by the newly elected Barack Obama. Part of the agreement struck with the Obama transition team was a requirement that the Clinton Foundation reveal the names of those who had donated money to the Foundation in the past and going forward.
One of those listed was Amar Singh, the Indian politician who had risen so quickly in Clinton World. The mention of his name got scant attention in US media, but those in India who tracked politics took immediate notice. The Clinton Foundation revealed that Singh had given between $1 million and $5 million. But there was a slight problem: based on Indian government financial disclosures, Singh’s net worth was approximately $5 million. If true, that meant Singh had given between 20 and 100 percent of his entire net worth to the Clinton Foundation! – Pages 74-75
There you have another case to utilize a healthy dose of the “suspension of disbelief” one has to use to not see the Clinton crime family for what it is. And, as usual with our reliably incurious press, no one has ever been pressured into explaining any of this. And if you don’t presume their take on this was well north of $15 million hinted at in the text here, then I suspect you just don’t understand the next level of corruption pioneered by Team Clinton.
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