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Hillary's Ridiculous Claim She Landed “Under Sniper Fire” Just Isn’t True

Team GOP - March 25, 2016

Telling the truth is always in Hillary Clinton’s crosshairs. Few incidents illustrate this as clearly as an outrageous exaggeration about a trip she made twenty years ago today.

In 1996, Hillary Clinton traveled to Bosnia as First Lady to meet with U.S. troops and local leaders. In her 2008 presidential campaign, she would later describe the circumstances of her arrival on the tarmac as “landing under sniper fire.” She recalled, “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.”

Heads up. That wasn’t the case.

Video footage shows she was greeted by a group of Bosnian children in colorful native dress, one of whom offered her a poem. Others brought flowers. One of her aides recalled in his memoir Clinton “patted the children on the head.”

Unless Clinton inexplicably confused children’s gifts with gunfire,it’s clear she misrepresented the facts on the ground to make herself look heroic for traveling to a war zone at a time when American forces really were in harm’s way.

Beyond Bosnia, there’s been a decades-long pattern of embellishments, exaggerations, and outright lies about her biography:

  • In 2014, Clinton said she and Bill were “dead broke” when they left the White House. But in December 2000, weeks before leaving office, they bought a nearly $3 million mansion in Washington, DC.
  • In 2008, she said she “helped to bring peace to Northern Ireland.” But America’s chief negotiator, Senator George Mitchell, stated she was “not involved directly” in the talks. Northern Ireland leader David Trimble, who won a Nobel Peace prize for his role, generously described her claim as “a bit silly,” adding, “I don’t want to rain on the thing for her, but being a cheerleader for something is slightly different from being a principal player.”
  • In 2008, Clinton listed a trip to Macedonia to negotiate opening its borders for refugees fleeing from Kosovo as a specific example of an occasion when she was the “go-to person” during a foreign policy crisis. In reality, the Kosovo-Macedonia border was opened to refugees the day before Clinton arrived.

Time and again, the more we look into Hillary Clinton’s claims, the more we see a record of half-truths and outright deception. America cannot afford to have that record extended with her as Commander in Chief.


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