Sinbad’s a comedian, Hillary’s a clown
posted at 2:18 pm on March 21, 2008 by Ed Morrissey
Remember that story Hillary Clinton told about taking two performers and her own daughter into a free-fire zone in Tuzla? Recall that she claimed that she had to run from the airplane to the building after avoiding sniper fire during the landing? The Washington Post doesn’t recall it that way at all, and a review of the reporting from the trip shows no evidence of any threat to Hillary at all. Here’s her claim:
“I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”
And here’s the picture of the greeting ceremony that the Post discovered, and that Hillary claims never happened:
Notice the smiles all around as Hillary bends down to give a local girl an embrace. Or does Hillary want to argue that she grabbed the girl to use as a human shield?
The Post gives Hillary four Pinocchios for insisting that she flew into the teeth of potential death with her 15-year-old daughter in tow:
As a reporter who visited Bosnia soon after the December 1995 Dayton Peace agreement, I can attest that the physical risks were minimal during this period, particularly at a heavily fortified U.S. Air Force base, such as Tuzla. Contrary to the claims of Hillary Clinton and former Army secretary Togo West, Bosnia was not “too dangerous” a place for President Clinton to visit in early 1996. In fact, the first Clinton to visit the Tuzla Air Force base was not Hillary, but Bill, on January 13, 1996.
Had Hillary Clinton’s plane come “under sniper fire” in March 1996, we would certainly have heard about it long before now. Numerous reporters, including the Washington Post’s John Pomfret, covered her trip. A review of nearly 100 news accounts of her visit shows that not a single newspaper or television station reported any security threat to the First Lady. “As a former AP wire service hack, I can safely say that it would have been in my lead had anything like that happened,” said Pomfret. …
Far from running to an airport building with their heads down, Clinton and her party were greeted on the tarmac by smiling U.S. and Bosnian officials. An eight-year-old Moslem girl, Emina Bicakcic, read a poem in English. An Associated Press photograph of the greeting ceremony, above, shows a smiling Clinton bending down to receive a kiss.
When Sinbad tried to tell the truth about this trip, Hillary sneeringly referred to him as a mere “comedian” whose word could not be trusted. As the evidence shows, the comedian in this case told a lot more truth than the lying clown who’s running for President.