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March 24, 2008

Hillary Clinton's "Bosnia Sniper fire" Lie

Photo refutes Hillary 'sniper fire' account


Image of Bosnia ceremony contradicts story used to boost foreign policy cred

Sen. Hillary Clinton has used a story of arriving in Bosnia under sniper fire to bolster her foreign policy bona fides, but the Washington Post retrieved a photo showing that upon landing, she actually was greeted in a customary tarmac ceremony, complete with a kiss for a native child.

Clinton has declared on the campaign trail that a welcoming ceremony for the March 25, 1996, arrival in Tuzla was canceled, and she had to run from the airplane into an airport building for safety.

The then-first lady's traveling party included 15-year-old daughter Chelsea, the comedian Sinbad and singer Sheryl Crow.

"I remember landing under sniper fire," Clinton recounted. "There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base."
But the Post's Michael Dobbs says that "as a reporter who visited Bosnia soon after the December 1995 Dayton Peace agreement, I can attest that the physical risks were minimal during this period, particularly at a heavily fortified U.S. Air Force base, such as Tuzla."

Dobbs's report in the Post's "Fact Checker" column has been noted by weblogs Newsbusters and but virtually ignored by mainstream media.

"Had Hillary Clinton's plane come 'under sniper fire' in March 1996, we would certainly have heard about it long before now," Dobbs writes.
He pointed out that numerous reporters, including the Post's John Pomfret, covered Clinton's trip, and a review of nearly 100 news accounts of their visit "shows that not a single newspaper or television station reported any security threat to the first lady."
Pomfret declared, "As a former AP wire service hack, I can safely say that it would have been in my lead had anything like that happened,".
Dobbs says Clinton and her entourage were greeted by smiling U.S. and Bosnian officials, and an 8-year-old Muslim girl, Emina Bicakcic, read a poem in English.
The actor Sinbad had a different account of the trip than Clinton, telling the Post's "Sleuth" column Monday the "scariest" part was worrying about whether "we eat here or at the next place."

Clinton defended her story on the campaign trail this week and dismissed the actor's contention, saying, "Sinbad is a comedian."

Clinton repeated the Bosnia story, saying she remembers "landing under sniper fire" and that "we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base."

Hillary in Tuzla: The Tale of Bosnian Sniper Fire

and another one...........

No Sniper Fire: Hillary Lies Again!


Clinton 'Misspoke' on Bosnia Trip

Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign said she "misspoke" last week when she said she had landed under sniper fire during a trip she took as first lady to Bosnia in March 1996. The Obama campaign suggested it was a deliberate exaggeration on Clinton's part.

Clinton often cites the goodwill trip she took with her daughter and several celebrities as a part of her foreign policy experience.

During a speech last Monday about Iraq, she said of the trip: "I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base."

Wild Thing's comment........

Misspoke??? LMAO oh sure well ok. hahaha HOw about an out an out lie dahling!

Here's what really sucks about this. The people who support her will continue too because they don't care about her lying. They only care about her gaining power. It's obvious she's lying, and she's got to know it doesn't matter. GRRRRRR

Posted by Wild Thing at March 24, 2008 04:55 PM


Isn't that Chelsea standing next to Ms. Inevitible. Makes one wonder if there were 'snipers' there and she took her kid with her, and put her in that kind of danger, one, what kind of a Mother would do that, and two, what will she do to OUR Troops. First thoughts are Somolia?

Posted by: Mark at March 24, 2008 07:08 PM

Does this woman even know how to tell the truth?
With any luck, this is the end of the Clintons--Chelsea may never marry or have children.
This family has their noses in the air so far they're breathing outer space.

Posted by: Lynn at March 24, 2008 07:29 PM

Living with a lie all her life and with a liar for 33 years is bound to leave a lasting imprint on her psyche. That the press published it is hilarious, that old BBC credibility is shining once again. How 'bout some more Kool aid Chelsea dear.

I am not a Marxist.
Karl Marx

Posted by: Jack at March 24, 2008 08:34 PM

Mark, I agree, taking Chelsea with her, sure speaks volumes of how much she cares about Chelsea.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 24, 2008 11:18 PM

Lynn...."This family has their noses in the air so far they're breathing outer space."...LOL good one.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 24, 2008 11:21 PM

Jack, yes for 33 years and then she said the same lie last week. I guess she missed telling her story so did it again. haha amazing

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 24, 2008 11:24 PM

"the homeliest gal in all them hills", the daughter of one of Dogpatch's earliest settlers, Hekzebiah Hawkins. When she reached the age of 35, still a spinster, her father in desperation called together the eligible bachelors of Dogpatch and declared that day to be Sadie Hawkins Day and that "when ah fires my gun all o' yo' kin start a-runnin! When ah fires agin - after givin' yo' a fair start - Sadie starts a runnin'. Th' one she ketches'll be her husband."

Lookie who she caught, William Jefferson Clinton.

Sorry Chrissie, couldn't resist.

Posted by: Jack at March 25, 2008 12:12 AM

Why shouldn't Hillary keep lying? She has no inner core of values and beliefs, she has lied her way to the top, she has intimidated anyone who dared point out the lies, and she has built a fortune lying and stealing and cheating. So, from her view, why change what has been so very successful.

Sadly, most liberals feel the same way. The only wrong is getting caught.

Posted by: LomaAlta at March 25, 2008 12:18 AM

Jack, LOL that was funny.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 25, 2008 12:21 AM

LomaAlta, you hit the nail on the head. The left lies like it is as natural to them as breathing.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 25, 2008 12:23 AM

What person would let his wife and 16 year old daughter enter a war zone and be exposed to sniper fire? No one would. The idea is laughable, yet it was written into her stump speech. What were they thinking? I am guessing they figured the compliant press would not do its job as was often the case in the past. It is amazing to me that the spinners are giving her the benefit of the doubt and attribute it to a faulty memory. You think you would remember running from sniper fire. She said it the first time she misspoke in 12 years; that might come back to haunt Hillary "Mount Everest-Not" Clinton.

She was asked about the sniper remark four times and she stood by her remarks each time.

There were 4000 armed men, Navy SEALS, 40 tanks, and attack helicopters overhead. As one military man said, “There was nobody coughing the day she showed up”. It is insulting to those protecting her.

Posted by: John Austin TX Fitness trainer at March 25, 2008 08:31 PM

"LomaAlta, you hit the nail on the head. The left lies like it is as natural to them as breathing."

.....And how many lies has the right been caught in in the last year alone.. please watch the rhetoric it makes you look foolish :(

But thankfully for me being one who thinks for himself, and not what the godly tv says or which faction of the 1 party system you subscribe to says. I think for myself, and once again I am left without a candidate to support for president. Though I admit the prospect of Bush Clinton Bush Clinton does make feel quite nauseated. But McCain is no better, he has sold what little integrity he had left for a chance at the big chair. So you fake righties do what the Ditto man says, and you fake lefties just do what ever Air America says. Enjoy the illusion of choice? I don't.

Posted by: SirWence at March 27, 2008 06:31 AM

“Why do I have to keep proving to people that I am not a liar?!” -Hillary Rodham Clinton, 2000

What's the difference between something that keeps coming back, and something that just won't go away? Mr. and Mrs. Clinton's list of lies will provide journalistic fodder for decades. However, thanks to DNA, Internet, and other technologies, many of their misdeeds have already come to light, with more on the way. Although the Clintons continue to lie, thank goodness for that. Their blatant untruths only serve to increase the likelihood of their getting caught:

Posted by: Peggy McGilligan at March 27, 2008 11:48 PM