Hillary Clinton likened herself to Winston Churchill as a “polarizing” figure in an interview with the British newspaper, the Guardian, this week. In trying to walk back her statement she said, “I mean, I’m not comparing myself, but I’m just saying people said that but he was right about Hitler, and a lot of people in England were wrong. And Churchill was a pain. He kept popping up all the time.” Well, she is certainly right that she is a “pain” that keeps “popping up”. Elsewise, she is living with the Mad Hatter in Wonderland.
This is such gargantuan overstatement it beggars the imagination. It is like a mouse comparing itself to a lion; a poodle to a bulldog. The pretension of putting oneself on the same plane with Churchill, who arguably saved Western Civilization, is cosmically staggering, indicating self-delusions bigger than the Grand Canyon. Churchill refused to surrender Britain, when many advised it, in 1940, when Hitler’s armies had overrun most of Europe, and Britain stood alone. Clinton abandoned four American heroes to die in Benghazi because it would have been politically inexpedient to save them and then covered up her cravenness.
Churchill saw action as a young cavalry officer in the British military expedition to crush the Dervish rebellion in Sudan in 1898. As a war correspondent his daring exploits in a savage firefight, capture, and escape during the Boer War of 1899-1900 would have probably won him the Victoria Cross (equivalent to the Congressional Medal of Honor) if he had still been in the army. In his political career Churchill served as a cabinet-level minister in multiple areas including foreign affairs, First Lord of the Admiralty, Chancellor of the Exchequer (equivalent to the Secretary of the Treasury), and, of course, Prime Minister, when he rallied the nation in Britain’s darkest hour. Churchill was perhaps the greatest speaker of the twentieth century, an amazing wit, artist, writer, and historian who wrote magisterial prose on the history of Britain and the Second World War. Churchill had an almost total recall and could recite long passages of poetry and prose. Clinton couldn’t recall numerous details about the thirty thousand disappeared emails on her illegal private server which housed them – emails which possibly contained sensitive and secret state department communications.
Clinton was an obscure lawyer, who failed the D.C. bar exam, so she practised law in Arkansas with the notoriously shady Rose Law firm and was implicated in several of their scandals. Then, in ten months, with no previous commodity trading experience, she magically transformed a thousand dollars in cattle futures into a hundred thousand – a ten thousand percent return on investment. Gee, what luck! Posturing as a feminist, she turned a blind eye to her husband’s serial philandering and sexual harassment for the sake of political expediency.
As the First Lady, she botched the Clinton Administration’s health care initiative. Her post-White House career as a U.S. senator from New York was so undistinguished she could have been mistaken for part of the Senate furniture: she sponsored three bills that became law. One of those established a national historical site; the other two named a highway and a post office.
As Secretary of State, Hillary’s legacy was to leave American foreign policy in an incoherent shambles best exemplified by her “reset” of relations with Russia, which has turned out so well…or not. Just ask the folks from Ukraine, Crimea, and Syria. On the positive side, at least she facilitated the sale of U.S. uranium to Russia and Bill got fat honoraria for giving speeches to Russians. That should make the Russians like the Clintons…or rather, of course, like the United States.
But as was Churchill she is an incomparable speaker…or, um, gosh, ha, ha, maybe not. Surely, she is an adept writer and historian…ok, not that either. Perhaps she is a deft politician…uh, deplorable politician? Well, heck, it seems Hillary does not resemble Winston Churchill at all. What she needs is the cigar…maybe she can borrow one from Bill.