One could always count on Bill Clinton for two things: “feeling your pain” and shameless self-promotion. The former Emperor got to combine both earlier this week, with a symposium at his presidential library extolling the virtues of his administration (and the CIA) during the 1992-95 Bosnian War.
The event was dedicated to the release of some 300 recently declassified CIA documents pertaining to the Clinton administration’s efforts to leverage the conflict in Bosnia for the rising American Empire. Among the keynote speakers were former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former general Wesley Clark, whose careers reached the zenith during the 1999 attack on Serbia.
To hear Clinton and his hands tell it, this was the shining moment for America, a white knight riding to the rescue of beleaguered Muslims against a new Nazi menace. This became the founding myth of “humanitarian” imperialists, who first arose under Clinton and became dominant during the Obama Restoration.
Those imperialists have been in a spot of trouble lately, with their plan for yet another evil little war thwarted by popular opposition and Russian diplomacy. Releasing the carefully selected documents about Clinton’s involvement in the Bosnian War could be a calculated move to give the “humanitarians” a much-needed shot in the arm, bolster the scandal-plagued CIA, and even set up a plank for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. And though it is unlikely the event was timed to coincide with the government shutdown, the overlap was certainly serendipitous.
There is only one problem with the narrative presenting the American Empire as a “force for good” in the world: it isn’t true…
Recall Hillary Clinton’s big lie about flying into the Balkans under fire. Why lie, if the facts are on your side? Habit?