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Letter: Clinton represents corrupt political system

Clinton represents corrupt political system

During the Democratic debate in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton accused her opponent, Bernie Sanders, of engaging in an “artful smear,” implying she could be bought.

She said, “[T]ime and time again, by innuendo, by insinuation, there is this attack that he is putting forth, which really comes down to ... anybody who ever took donations or speaking fees from any interest group has to be bought.”

Watching this I thought Sanders should have replied: “Madame Secretary, I’m not criticizing you. I am indicting a whole system. It’s not personal. It’s the system.”

My own strong belief is that, without a doubt, Clinton represents that system.

I think this is even more the case with regard to foreign policy. Sanders has been criticized for avoiding questions about our foreign policy.

As Trevor Trimm observes at Common Dreams: While Bernie Sanders may lack foreign policy experience, “he also lacks his rivals’ errors.” Adding, “better judgment is what’s needed, not candidates with ‘experience’ who are calling for more of the same policies in the Middle East that led to war.”

As for Clinton, Ben Norton at Salon notes: “In debate, Hillary Clinton boasted that she is supported by Henry Kissinger, [an] accused war criminal who oversaw policies that led to millions of deaths.”

Note that no one is “insinuating” anything here. I’d argue, flat out, along with Jacob G. Hornberger that “Albright and Kissinger bring shame to Hillary Clinton.” Or they ought to.

Doug Aerie

Buffalo