Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Necessary Roughness

Experienced. Tested. Ready.

Those are the qualifications that this country needs in its Commander in Chief in this time of danger and uncertainty.

John McCain has crossed that threshold.

Hillary Clinton has crossed that threshold.

And certainly THIS MAN has crossed that threshold. The man with whom Hillary went to Hell and back...stood shoulder to shoulder staring death in the eye...the hero who risked it all to help Hillary bring peace to a war-ravaged part of the globe...International Statesman, Global Asskicker and Peace Negotiator...

You might recall that Hillary tried to use this Bosnia Trip to inflate her international creds on "The Today Show" and got confronted by Meridith Viera (see my post and the video from January). Hillary bluffed and bullshitted her way out, emerging battered, but intact. And apparently undeterred...

Never content not to push the boundaries when it comes to truthiness regarding her accomplishments, Hillary has continued to go back to that Bosnian well to puff up her "Commander in Chief Threshold-Crossing."

On the campaign trail she recounts her 1996 trip to Bosnia as "a harrowing international experience" that makes her tested and ready to answer a 3 a.m. phone call at the White House on Day One™..." She elaborates and describes arriving "on a plane that made a tight corkscrew landing to avoid potential attacks. "Somebody said there might be sniper fire," she said, adding tartly, "I don't remember anyone offering me tea on the tarmac."

That's true, Hillary, but don't forget...it was because that grizzled Delta Force of Sinbad, Sheryl Crow and a teenage Chelsea were forced to jettison the tea set during your dogfight with the Serbian Air Force...right?

Well, Sinbad is having none of that bullshit.
Harrowing? Not that Sinbad recalls. He just remembers it being a USO tour to buck up the troops amid a much worse situation than he had imagined between the Bosnians and Serbs.

In an interview with the Sleuth Monday, he said the "scariest" part of the trip was wondering where he'd eat next. "I think the only 'red-phone' moment was: 'Do we eat here or at the next place.'"

[...] Threat of bullets? Sinbad doesn't remember that, either.

"I never felt that I was in a dangerous position. I never felt being in a sense of peril, or 'Oh, God, I hope I'm going to be OK when I get out of this helicopter or when I get out of his tank.'"

In her Iowa stump speech, Clinton also said, "We used to say in the White House that if a place is too dangerous, too small or too poor, send the First Lady."

Say what? As Sinbad put it: "What kind of president would say, 'Hey, man, I can't go 'cause I might get shot so I'm going to send my wife...oh, and take a guitar player and a comedian with you.'"

As you may have guessed by now, Sinbad isn't supporting Clinton for president. He's an Obama guy. All because of Clinton.

"What got me about Hillary was her attitude of entitlement, like he messed up her plan, like he had no reason to be there," Sinbad said. "I got angry. I actually got angry! I said, 'I will be for Obama like never before.'"

So, Sinbad, is it safe to say Hillary is living in "A Different World"?


Smitty said...

My unit rotated out of a Meditarranean security float just before Clinton sent troops to Bosnia. One of my buddies from back in boot camp went thought.

He never really felt threatened. He was put there to maybe kinda provoke something...and never really felt threatened.

Is Hillary suggesting the troops were even more freaked-out than her?

John Howard said...

I have a real problem with the whole notion that even if her plane was shot at, and she was dodging sniper fire the whole time, that that somehow makes her any more qualified to be President, even if her account was completely accurate.

Toasty Joe said...

Hey Furious - I knwo this is off-topic, but I posted a "City Slickers" theme today. You'll enjoy.

Mrs. Furious said...

As Sinbad put it: "What kind of president would say, 'Hey, man, I can't go 'cause I might get shot so I'm going to send my wife...oh, and take a guitar player and a comedian with you.'"

That is fucking hilarious! God I love Sinbad... Why couldn't he have been my ideal TV boyfriend?

Deb said...

I bet Spitzer would have sent his wife sans comedian and guitar player.