Barack and company are increasingly desperate. For a group of folks who insist the campaign is over, Hillary is toast, etc., etc., they are certainly straining at gnats. The latest is their hyperventilation over the so-called “lie” of Hillary about her trip to Bosnia. Here’s the clip:
What Hillary said about the plane is exactly right. Cork screw take off and landings were instituted after a buddy of mine–a now retired U.S. Army Colonel–was shot while sitting on a plane flying out of Sarajevo back in 1993. Someone on the ground sprayed the plane with an AK-47 and Mac (my friend’s name) came close to bleeding out. He spent almost a year in rehab. Doctors saved his leg but he was essentially crippled because of that gunshot.
So Hillary is not exaggerating about the danger back then and the plane ride in. It was not as dangerous as Iraq perhaps, but it was still risky.
I do not have access to her full itinerary back then. It is possible she is recalling a different landing that was not filmed. And it also is possible she is confusing one incident with another. But if the big difference is whether she shook hands after getting off the plane or dashed to the car ducking gunfire, well, at least she was visiting Europe in an official capacity. She was doing more 16 years ago then Obama has accomplished since joining the Senate. Hell, the dude’s passport is still stamp free of European ports of entry.
[See No Quarter's trove of stories on Obama's failure to convene a single significant hearing of his European Affairs subcommittee (which covers NATO), or to visit any European countries. See in particular Joseph Wilson's "Obama’s Hollow “Judgment” and Empty Record" and "Obama’s Shallow Credentials on National Security Are Dangerous for the Country."]
So the Obama crowd wants to insist that questions about her memory of an event that happened fourteen years ago is an indictment of her truthfulness or competence? Well, if that is the dis qualifier for becoming President then Barack is really in trouble. He cannot remember anything that he did for the last 17 years if it involves his “uncle,” Jeremiah Wright. He still cannot remember Wright ever saying something racist or ill-considered. At least Hillary’s account of the plane ride is right.