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Clinton Rakes In Cash From Assad's Biggest Fan

- February 23, 2016

CLINTON AND THE ASSAD REGIME'S FAVORITE EDITOR ARE JUST TWO BIRDS OF FEATHER

Today, Vogue Editor Anna Wintour Is Headlining A Clinton Campaign Fundraiser In London With Tickets Running Between $1,000 And $2,700. "Chelsea Clinton will headline a fundraiser for her mother's campaign in London, England, on February 23, taking her now stepped up role on the campaign international. Anna Wintour, editor in chief of American Vogue, will join Clinton in headlining the fundraiser, according to an invite obtained by CNN. Tickets to the event run between $1,000 and $2,700 and the fundraiser will be hosted by Natalie Sara Massenet, the founder of the fashion website Net-a-Porter." (Dan Merica, "Chelsea Clinton Goes Global On The Fundraising Trail," CNN, 1/19/16)

In March 2011, Vogue Issued A Profile Titled "A Rose In The Desert" On Syrian Dictator Bashar Al-Assad's Wife, A Piece That "Struck A Nerve" As It Described Mrs. Assad As "The Freshest And Most Magnetic Of First Ladies." "None of the articles about Mrs. Assad struck a nerve quite like the 3,200-word March 2011 profile in Vogue titled 'A Rose in the Desert.' In it, the writer, Joan Juliet Buck, called Mrs. Assad 'the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies.'" (Bill Carter and Amy Chozick, "Syria's Assads Turned To West For Glossy P.R.," The New York Times , 6/10/12)

  • "The Glowing Article Praised The Assads As A 'Wildly Democratic' Family-Focused Couple Who Vacation In Europe, Foster Christianity, Are At Ease With American Celebrities, Made Theirs The 'Safest Country In The Middle East,' And Want To Give Syria A 'Brand Essence.'" "Asma al-Assad has British roots, wears designer fashion, worked for years in banking, and is married to the dictator Bashar al-Assad, whose regime has killed over 5,000 civilians and hundreds of children this year. The glowing article praised the Assads as a 'wildly democratic' family-focused couple who vacation in Europe, foster Christianity, are at ease with American celebrities, made theirs the 'safest country in the Middle East,' and want to give Syria a 'brand essence.'" (Max Fisher, "The Only Remaining Online Copy Of Vogue's Asma Al-Assad Profile," The Atlantic , 1/3/12)

The Magazine Was Published Just As Assad "Initiated A Brutal Crackdown On Political Opponents," Killing Thousands. "Magazines and online outlets have published complimentary features about the family, often focusing on fashion and celebrity. In March 2011, just as Mr. Assad and his security forces initiated a brutal crackdown on political opponents that has led to the death of an estimated 10,000 Syrians, Vogue magazine ran a flattering profile of the first lady, describing her as walking 'a determined swath cut through space with a flash of red soles,' a reference to her Christian Louboutin heels." (Bill Carter and Amy Chozick, "Syria's Assads Turned To West For Glossy P.R.," The New York Times , 6/10/12)

The Same Month As The Vogue Profile Was Released, Then-Secretary Clinton Called Murderous Dictator Bashar Al-Assad "A Reformer"

In March 2011, Clinton Said Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad Was "A Reformer." CLINTON: "There's a different leader in Syria now. Many of the members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he's a reformer." (CBS' "Face The Nation," 3/27/11)

  • Clinton Said Assad Was A "Different Leader" From His Autocratic Father And Was A "Reformer." CBS'S BOB SCHIEFFER: "But I mean, how can that be worse than what has happened in Syria over the years, where Bashar Assad's father killed 25,000 people at (inaudible). I mean, they opened fire with live ammunition on these civilians. Why is that different from Libya? This is the friend of Iran, an enemy of Israel?" CLINTON: "Well, if there were a coalition of the international community, if there were the passage of a security council resolution, if there were a call by the Arab League, if there was a condemnation that was universal. But that is not going to happen because I don't think that it's yet clear what will occur, what will unfold. There's a different leader in Syria now. Many of the members of congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he's a reformer. What's been happening there the last few weeks is deeply concerning. But there's a difference between calling out aircraft and indiscriminately strafing and bombing your own cities than police actions which frankly have exceeded the use of force that any of us would want to see." (CBS' " Face The Nation," 3/27/11)

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Clinton Earned Three Pinocchios From The Washington Post's Fact Checker For Claiming Assad Was "A Reformer." (Glenn Kessler, "Hillary Clinton's Uncredible Statement On Syria," The Washington Post , 4/4/11)

  • The Washington Post Headline: "Hillary Clinton's Uncredible Statement On Syria" (Glenn Kessler, "Hillary Clinton's Uncredible Statement On Syria," The Washington Post , 4/4/11)

Fast Forward To Today And Assad's Brutal Crackdown And Use Of Chemical Weapons Has Led To The Death Of Hundreds Of Thousands Of Syrians

The Syrian Civil War Has Led To A Death Toll Of More Than 250,000. " Even before Madaya, sieges were common in the Syrian war, which has led to more than 250,000 deaths, displaced millions and generated a humanitarian catastrophe. But the tactic appears to be increasingly applied as President Bashar al-Assad's forces, backed by Russian airstrikes, wage a new offensive against rebel groups." (Hugh Naylor, "Death By Siege In Syria's Civil War: Hundreds Of Thousands At Risk," The Washington Post , 1/23/16)

  • The Washington Post : Syria "Has Suffered Through Some Of The Worst War Crimes, Humanitarian Depredations And Refugee Flows In Recent History." "An extraordinary new crisis is beginning to unfold in Syria, a country that already has suffered through some of the worst war crimes, humanitarian depredations and refugee flows in recent history. Russia, Iran and the Syrian government are conducting a major offensive aimed at recapturing the city of Aleppo and the rebel-held territory that connects it to the border with Turkey. They have cut one supply route to the city and are close to severing another, trapping rebel forces along with hundreds of thousands of civilians. Tens of thousands have fled to the border, where Turkey is denying them entry." (Editorial, "Mr. Obama Stands By Silently As Russia Continues Its Onslaught In Syria," The Washington Post , 2/9/16)

"The [Assad] Regime Has Continued To Use High Concentrations Of Other Toxic Chemicals Like Chlorine Gas Dropped In Barrel Bombs To Suffocate Civilians." "The site of the reported attack is the very same suburb that was hit in a brutal chemical weapons assault in 2013 that killed hundreds and nearly led President Obama to authorize U.S. airstrikes against regime targets. Instead, the U.S. and Russia brokered a deal to destroy the regime's declared chemical weapons stockpiles. The Obama administration hailed the deal as a diplomatic success, though privately American officials acknowledged that not all chemical weapons were removed from the country. In addition, the regime has continued to use high concentrations of other toxic chemicals like chlorine gas dropped in barrel bombs to suffocate civilians." (Margaret Brennan, "U.S. Probes Reports Of Chemical Weapons Use By Assad Regime In Syria," CBS News, 12/24/15)


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