THIS TIME … IT’S CHEMICAL
Once again it’s the International Business Times on the case (reporters Matthew Cunningham-Cook, David Sirota and Andrew Perez collaborating) … and once again it’s all about foreign countries who donated to her foundation getting sweetheart weapons deals.
Of course this time, it’s chemical … to say nothing of hypocritical (seeing as Clinton was publicly supporting protests against some of the very governments her agency was equipping with chemical weapons).
First, here’s the gut punch from the IB Times latest report, which references Clinton’s relationship with former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak …
The Clinton-run State Department’s approval of chemical and biological exports to the Egyptian government increased in volume just as dollars flowed from Mubarak-linked entities into the coffers of Clinton family concerns. A group closely associated with the Mubarak government paid Bill Clinton a $250,000 speaking fee in 2010, less than 4 months before the Egyptian revolution began. In 2012, a firm with an ownership stake in the company that manufactured the tear gas reportedly used by Egyptian security forces against the uprising paid $100,000 to $250,000 for another Bill Clinton speech.
The approval of American chemical weapons sales to Egypt as Mubarak’s associates were stocking Clinton family interests with cash is but one example of a dynamic that prevailed though Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.
According to the report, Clinton’s U.S. State Department approved $66 million worth of “toxicological agent” sales to nine governments that either donated directly to her family foundation or paid her husband speaking fees.
It also outlines how Clinton endeavored to limit transparency into weapons sales.
The presumed Democratic nominee – who is busily campaigning amongst “everyday Americans” – has already been under fire for discrepancies in her foundation’s tax returns (specifically related to contributions from foreign governments). And of course there’s that whole email scandal.
The common thread in all of this?
Easy: Pay-to-play warmongering …
Of course it will be a miracle if Clinton is ever held to account for this by America’s increasingly left-leaning fourth estate.