Hilzoy has investigated Hillary’s “foriegn policy” experience regarding Rwanda, and has determined that she is (hold on to your seats) lying:
So, to sum up: the US didn’t just fail to intervene in Rwanda. Our government urged the withdrawal of the UN peacekeeping forces that were on the ground protecting Rwandans, for no better reason than to keep the Belgians from looking like cowards. It refused to jam the radio station that was passing on instructions for genocide. It blocked further efforts to reinforce the peacekeeping forces there. It also failed to do any of the much smaller things that might have shown that our government was not wholly indifferent to the people of Rwanda who were, at that time, being hacked to death with machetes.
It’s worth bearing this background in mind when you hear Hillary Clinton claim that she advocated military intervention in Rwanda. If you don’t, you might think: well, it’s perfectly comprehensible that she might have argued for military intervention but failed to convince her husband. After all, military intervention in another country is a big deal, not to be undertaken lightly. And it’s easy to imagine Hillary Clinton being in favor of it, and her husband reluctantly concluding that it just wasn’t something he could do.***
But if, in fact, Clinton missed the chance to urge her husband to help stop the Rwandan genocide, then she should not pretend that she was, in fact, right there on the side of the angels all along. That’s just grotesque.
And while Hilzoy, being Hilzoy, uses language to give people the benefit of the doubt, I feel no such need. Hillary is lying about her position on Rwanda. Not just lying, but a typical double-axel-triple-lutz with a twisting Clintonian dismount with a straight face added in for difficulty.
At some point, even the most diehard Democrats are going to have to admit that the acrimony of the 90’s wasn’t just caused by the Republican party and Newt Gingrich. There was another force at play.
Obligatory Troll/Hillaryis44 protection: No, I am not going to vote for McCain. Yes, I will vote for the Democrat.